These simple tips to wash your hair the right way will leave your hair looking and feeling like never before! Our hair is precious to us; although it’s physical functionality may be limited, it works to add an overall appeal to our features, especially if our hair is healthy, shiny and full of life.
Hair that is dull, lifeless and lacklustre tends to dull our entire appearance, and can also have a negative effect on our sense of confidence. To possess a head full of healthy, shiny hair is not a miraculous occurrence. It takes great care and patience to maintain hair that can reflect light well, and is strong from the roots to the tips.
One needs to pay great attention to following a healthy diet, lifestyle, the kind of hair care products used and various environmental and physiological factors.It is also important to note that washing your hair the right way can also affect the health and appearance of your hair. Although it may sound funny, there are right and wrong ways to wash your hair and scalp.
Here are some simple tips to wash your hair the right way.
Comb your hair before the shower
Using a wide-toothed comb, gently comb your hair to remove any tangles. This will reduce hair breakage while shampooing, and also stimulate blood circulation to your scalp
Frequency of washing your hair with shampoo
It is not a must that you need to shampoo-wash your hair each time. Excessive shampooing can lead to dryness of the scalp as it may strip your hair off its natural oils. Limit shampoo-washing your hair to three times a week. For the remaining days, opt for co-washing or washing with plain water.
Washing your hair using piping hot water is a strict no-no. The hot water can strip the hair strands and make them appear dry and lifeless. It is best to begin the hair rinse with warm water, and end with cool water for the final few rinses. This helps in locking moisture to your hair strands, and gives it a healthy shine.
It is important to maintain a clean scalp; a build up of oil, dirt, product residue and scalp skin can hamper the growth of fresh, healthy hair. However, care must be taken to be gentle with your scalp – do not be aggressive in washing your scalp. Use minimal pressure while applying shampoo onto your scalp, gently massaging as you do so
Although the market is teeming with brands of shampoos, not all of them suit your hair type. After identifying your hair type and needs, spend some time in figuring out which shampoo formulation is right for you. If you have oily hair, opt for a purifying shampoo and avoid shampoos that are super-hydrating or moisturizing.
However, use only a small amount of the product so that you don’t dry your scalp. For dry hair, opt for shampoos that are moisturizing and hydrating. These shampoos can also work for those with coarse hair.
Be patient with your conditioner. The golden rule is to never skip it if you are shampoo-washing your hair. Gently squeeze excess water from your hair and then apply a coin sized amount of your favourite, silicone free conditioner from the mid-shaft, and down to the tips; avoid conditioning the roots of your hair.
Once you have applied the conditioner, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair. Leave the conditioner on for about five minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
It is important to be gentle while shampooing, conditioning and drying your hair. Begin lathering at your roots, using gentle motions and applying minimal pressure. This will increase blood circulation to your scalp. Then, smooth the lather over the length and ends of your hair in a straight stroking motion. Avoid scrubbing your hair shafts, as the friction can adversely affect the hair’s cuticles.
For long hair
If you have long hair, apply a small amount of conditioner to the ends of your hair BEFORE you apply shampoo, and rinse lightly. This will protect the ends from damage, fill in any cuticle gaps with moisture and make the ends smoother and shinier.
Do not rinse and repeat
A common mistake we make is to wash with shampoo, rinse and then repeat the cycle. This will unnecessarily damage the hair as the hair shafts get stripped off its natural oils; hair begins to appear lifeless and coarse. It is best to go with a single application of shampoo to wash your hair, unless your hair is extremely dirty and it just didn’t lather the first time
Post wash care
Being gentle is key to preserving the health of your post-washed hair. Hair is most vulnerable after a wash, and hence it is important to consciously avoid being too rough with drying and combing our hair. Opt for towel-drying or air drying instead of using a blow dryer, whenever possible.
Void using a brush; instead, use a wide-toothed comb to gently detangle your wet hair. If you need to use heat to dry your hair, apply a heat protection serum before using a blow-dryer.
These ten simple tips to wash your hair the right way work wonders for your hair. The idea is to be gentle with your hair and scalp; choosing the right products go a long way to ensure that your hair is supple, healthy and full of life.