Thursday, July 7, 2016

You're Washing Your Hair Wrong All This Time, Here's Why


Washing our hair is something we all do on a near daily basis. But did you know that it could be the reason behind those frequent 'bad hair days'?

This is all because you're washing your hair wrong all this time. Getting it wrong can take your hair from silky and shiny to totally lackluster and damaged.

The reason your hair feels silky soft after a visit to the salon isn't pure coincidence because hairdressers are carefully trained to wash and condition hair using a tried-and-tested regime.

Using the correct techniques can make a world of difference in your hair’s health. Below are the best tips for lathering up and doing the right way of washing your hair.

1. Start with a rinse.

Just like your laundry needs a rinse cycle before you add detergent, hair should be thoroughly wet before you add your shampoo. Much better to use hot water because it will open the scalp's cuticle to be able to absorb the oil in your shampoo.

2. If you have long hair, condition first.

This will not only keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine.

3. Lather up but only at the scalp.

You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp, particularly at the nape and the best way to lather up is from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will inevitably be the oiliest, while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair.

4. Be gentle

Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Think about washing your hair like you hand wash your delicates very carefully.

5. Don’t rinse and repeat.

Despite what the instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle may say, there’s no need to wash your hair twice. Unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce a lather.

6. Add conditioner from the mid-lengths to the tips.

After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of the hair before you put in the conditioner. Don’t put conditioner at the roots of your hair; the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs.

7. Finish with a cold water rinse.

Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine.