Like brushing your teeth or taking a shower, washing your hair seems like a pretty straightforward habit right? After all, it should be as easy as lather, rinse, repeat. Wrong. There are so many things you could be doing the wrong way. Here’s what you need to keep in mind the next time you lather up.
Use the Right Shampoo
Make sure you’re using a product right for your hair type. If you have an oily scalp with dry or coarse hair, look for a product that addresses your specific concerns. Similarly if you have a sensitive scalp, you may want to look for a sulfate-free formula. Using the wrong kind of shampoo can often wreak havoc with your hair.
Shampoo is for the scalp…
… and conditioner is for the lengths. Don’t separately shampoo the lengths of your hair. Similarly, reserve conditioner only for the lengths of your hair. If you shampoo more than two times a week there is no need to follow the rinse, repeat rule.
Alternate your shampoo
Once you’ve found the right shampoo for your hair type, alternate it with a clarifying one. This way you will get rid of any product build up on the scalp, resulting in healthy, shiny hair.
Let it down
Shampoo brands would have us believe that the best way to wash your hair is to put it all up in a big pile of foam – like the pretty girl in their advert does. In reality, piling your hair up like that can cause unnecessary tangling that leads to further breakage. Let your hair hang down naturally while you massage the product into your scalp as well as while you’re rinsing it out. Which brings us to the next point.
Regulate water temperature
Washing your hair with water that is too hot will only dry it out causing it to frizz up further. Always use warm to tepid water to wash your hair and do a final rinse with cool water. This helps close the cuticles and seal in the conditioner.