How to Wash Your Hair

How to Wash Your HairWashing your hair isn't rocket science, right? You have been doing it every day or every other day for years, there's no way you've been doing it wrong this whole time. As a matter of fact, a lot of people don't really know how to wash their hair the right way, and you might be one of them.

If you use the wrong techniques, you could be damaging your hair without even realizing it. If you have dull or brittle hair, suffer from hair loss, can't cope with dehydration or excessive sebum secretion, check out our tips on how to wash your hair.

Mind your hair type. Manufacturers do not produce shampoos for different hair types just because it's an effective marketing trick. Your hair type does matter! If you have dry hair, you need to choose a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. If you dye or bleach your hair, find a shampoo designed for colour-treated hair. How often you should wash your hair depends on your hair type, too. If you have oily hair, you may need to wash it every day. Dry or normal hair requires less frequent shampooing.

Rinse your hair first. Most shampoo manufacturers explicitly state that their products need to be applied to wet hair. There's a reason for this. When you rinse your hair with hot water before shampooing, hot water opens the cuticle. This serves two purposes. When the cuticle is open, your shampoo removes more dirt that if it were closed and your conditioner absorbs better. However, the water should not be too hot.

Lather up at the roots. Regardless of your hair type, your hair is probably oilier at the roots than at the ends. The longer the hair, the drier the ends. That is why you need to apply a small amount of shampoo to the hair closest to the scalp, lather it and then spread the foam along the entire hair length. Massage your hair and scalp very gently so that you don't overstimulate your sebaceous glands or damage your hair. Don't rub or scratch.

Don't wash your hair twice if it's unnecessary. Even when the directions on your shampoo bottle say “rinse and repeat”, you don't have to do it if your hair is clean enough. Excessive shampooing strips your hair of oils and nutrients, making it dry. You should wash your hair twice only if it is extremely dirty or if you've applied cosmetic oil and need to wash it out.

Don't apply conditioner at the roots. As we've already mentioned, the natural oil produced by your sebaceous glands is concentrated near the scalp. If you apply conditioner there, your hair's roots will look greasy. We recommend that you apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to tips. Don't rush to rinse it out. The longer the conditioner stays, the better its effect.

Rinse your hair with cool water. While hot water opens the cuticle, cool water shuts it tight. It makes your hair smoother and shinier.

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