We know this might be a bit of a boring topic but we found it necessary to discuss the importance of washing your hair properly. Many of us make simple mistakes so we’ve decided to help by giving you our top 10 tips below, which will make you a pro at washing hair.
1. Soak, Soak, Soak
Wash your hair normally for a couple of minutes before applying shampoo or any other products. Make sure to soak your hair well with water for a few minutes. Only use lukewarm water to soak your hair and open the pores of your scalp. NEVER use hot water as this can dry your hair.
2. Cold Water Rinsing
If you forget everything else on this page, remember this… When rinsing, always use cold water (or at least in the final step). Cold water helps to close the cuticles and seal the moisture in each strand of your hair. If possible, try to get all shampoo and conditioner out of your hair by washing with cold water.
3. Be Gentle
When you’re not in a hurry, it’s best to dry your hair with a towel. Make sure that you don’t rub harshly to prevent any damage and dullness. If you can, try squeezing out the excess water gently or leave it to dry on its own. This is one of the best tips any hair expert will give you.
4. Oil Before Shampoo
If you’re planning on washing your hair it’s recommended that you oil your hair at least 2 hours before washing. You can use olive oil, coconut oil or mustard oil and apply it generously. This fights the problem of harsh ingredients in shampoos stripping essential oils from the strands of your hair.
Make sure to detangle your hair before washing or during pre-wash shampooing. This helps ease the knots and it’s just easier to detangle while your hair is still dry because wet hair is weaker and more fragile. The easiest way to detangle is to divide your hair into four sections. Please don’t ignore this tip.
6. Dilute Your Shampoo
Don’t rush to throw away that expensive shampoo which is causing flaking on your hairline and temple area. Always dilute your shampoo with water to lower the concentration that’s applied on your hair and scalp.
7. Condition Your Hair
Once you’re done shampooing and rinsing, apply conditioner to your hair evenly with a comb. Rinse it off in a couple of minutes or leave in (depends on the container directions). Never apply conditioner directly to your scalp, and always rinse off properly. Any residue left behind can harm your hair and make it look dull.
8. Scrub Gently
Don’t ever scrub your scalp harshly. Do it in small circles and be very gentle, using the pads of your fingers to loosen any dirt, skin flakes and oils. After scrubbing, use lukewarm water to rinse for about a minute.
9. Massage Your Head
Massage your head while you shampoo. Use your finger in a circular motion from front to back and back to front. This helps with exfoliating your scalp. Repeat this for a few minutes.
10. Brush While You Shower
Always begin your shower routine by brushing your hair. This will stimulate the blood circulation in your scalp, prevent pore-clogging and reduce split ends & hair fall.
Following these tips will keep your hair both healthy and manageable. We hope to have taught you something new. If there’s something specific you’d like to read about, just let us know and we’ll gladly prepare an article.