If you’re confused about the ‘right way’ to wash your hair, do not feel alone. We grew up washing our hair the way our parents taught us to. For me and many others, it’s washing your hair everyday, or every other day, condition all over, rinse. With blogs and articles being posted daily on the ‘new’ and ‘undiscovered’ way of doing things, what really works?
Making the common mistakes we all do on the daily, could actually be damaging your hair more. Using the correct techniques and products can completely change the way your hair looks and feels. So lets get started.
Like anything else you wash, it needs a good rinse before you add the suds. Give your hair a good rinse, using warm water will open up your cuticles which allows removing dirt and excess product much easier.
Don’t use more than you need
When people say use a ‘pea sized amount’ do you? It never seems enough looking at it in the palm of your hand, but it is enough. If your hair is extra (and I mean extra) thick or long, you can go ahead and double that amount. Shampoo should be added to the scalp as it’s the oiliest and newest area of the hair, let the excess lather through the rest of your hair which is typically dryer and more damaged than the top.
Don’t rinse and repeat
I have always made this mistake! Following the instructions of shampoo bottles, washing your hair twice is beneficial for cleaning both the hair and scalp. Well…this is incorrect. Unless your hair is extremely dirty, like mine is after going to a festival; it will strip the natural oils from your scalp.
NOTE: if you have oilier hair, invest in a clarifying shampoo instead of washing twice.
Cut down on the washing
The more you wash your hair, the oiler it will get because you’re constantly stripping your scalp of its natural oils that your hair needs to stay healthy! Check out (Less shampooing, healthier hair)
Use the right products
I’ve got to be honest everyone, when I started using salon hair products or just paying attention to the ingredients in hair products, everything changed. Coloured hair needs colour treatment products, dry hair needs moisturising products and so on. Get some advice from your hair dresser next time you’re getting a new do. It’s a great way to get an idea of what you should be using.
Apply conditioner to the middle and ends of your hair, leave the conditioner in for 3-4 minutes to allow the moisture to sink into the hair follicles.
NOTE: ring your hair out/apply to damp hair.
Cold water rinse
This is my biggest struggle in winter, but we just have to push through it. Cold water will close the hair cuticles and create a seal over the hair. This locks in moisture and gives the hair a great shine!
Love Sarah x