Washing your hair the right way makes an immense difference in health, shine, and bounce.
Use the following techniques to make sure you’re not damaging your strands:
1. Rinse first.
Like laundry, hair needs to be thoroughly wet before adding shampoo as hot water opens the cuticle, allowing for removal of dirt or product trapped in the hair. Additionally, warm water loosens the oils in the scalp, and leaves the cuticle open to absorb the oils in your conditioner.
2. Condition first if you have long hair (past shoulder-length)
Running a small amount of conditioner through your ends protects fragile ends from drying out. Lightly rinse before shampooing to keep hair healthy and fill/ moisturize any holes in the cuticle to make it smoother and shinier.
3. Lather up — but only at the scalp.
Hair only needs to be shampooed at the scalp, where hair is youngest and oiliest. The best tactic is to work from roots to ends, the most fragile, driest part of the hair. Usually a quarter=sized amount is ideal, unless you have particularly long or thick hair—then double that amount.
4. Be gentle!
The hair cuticle can be permanently damaged by too much rubbing, which in turn leads to frizz and breakage. Hair should be washed carefully and delicately starting at the roots in vertical strokes to increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth. Circular motions can tangle hair. Then smooth the soap over the ends in a downward stroking motion. Don’t rub back and forth or scrub ends.
5. Wash once.
Hair only needs to be washed once as overdoing it will strip hair. Only if hair is extremely dirty and there was no lather from the shampoo is a second wash warranted.
6. Condition from the mid section to the ends
Squeeze some water out after shampooing prior to adding conditioner, then leave it in to rinse after you’re done showing for longer absorption time. Condition only towards the middle and tips of your hair as the roots are where there is concentrated oils from your scalp.
7. End with a cold rinse.
Close and seal the cuticle with cold water. This will seal the shingle-like outer layer allowing it to reflect more light, boosting shine.
Use hair products that suit your hair type.
Be sure to use products that are specific to your hair. For instance, use color-safe shampoos and conditioners if you color your hair, and moisturizing products if your hair is dry. Shampoos that promote volume tend to make hair dry, so they are most suitable for fine hair that would otherwise be weighed down by more conditioning products.
Your type also determines how often you should wash.
Fine or oily hair may need to be shampooed daily, where dry or normal hair can be washed around 3 times a week.
Filter your water.
A shower filter that removes minerals and rust will promote hair health and aesthetic, as these can dull color and makes blondes muddy and dark. Hair should also feel softer.