Washing our hair is probably the one thing all of us do to ensure our hair is looking it’s best but do you find that your hair only really gets that true ‘freshly washed feeling’ and full bounce when you leave the hairdresser? It may well be that your home technique needs a bit of a brush up (no pun intended) So this week we decided to look at how to get the most from your hair wash…
BRUSH YOUR HAIR FIRST
Before you even get in the shower you should brush your hair. This simple act has a number of benefits for your hair; it loosens up any dirt, removes stray hairs and untangles knots which all contribute to keeping your hair in a healthy condition.
FEELING HOT HOT HOT
Water temperature is so important for your hair care. Ideally you want to be washing your hair with lukewarm water. Water that’s too hot will open up your hair cuticles and will allow keratin proteins and other natural moisturising factors to escape meaning you’ll be literally washing your hair’s strength down the plughole.
DOUBLE NOT TROUBLE
Always always wash your hair twice… the first wash removes dirt, pollution and any product residue on your hair. The second shampoo essentially adds shine and gloss giving you that wonderful ‘just washed feeling’ you’ve been missing!
CHOOSE YOUR SHAMPOO WISELY
If you’re not already using a sulphate and paraben free shampoo then you really need to think about doing so. SLS is actually the detergent used in most clothing and washing up products. Imagine putting that onto your hair and the effects it will have… additionally harsh chemicals can really contribute to ongoing hair and scalp issues. There is a huge variety of chemical free ones with a range of prices so don’t let this be a barrier to switching.
TECHNIQUE IS EVERYTHING
While it’s tempting to shove a huge dollop of shampoo onto your head you really want to be looking at using on a hazelnut sized amount (even if you’re blessed with super long locks!). The first shampoo should not really lather that much as it should be busy removing all the nasties from your hair. The second shampoo should be the lathery one. Apply your shampoo directly to your roots and massage into your scalp paying particular attention to the areas that are harder to reach. Make sure you scrub around the back of your ear and nape of your neck!
Rinsing will make all the difference as long as you’re using the right temperature. You want to be using either cold or at least lukewarm to rinse out the shampoo. Squeeze your hair in your hands during rinsing to maximise it. If you don’t rinse properly your hair will be flat, lifeless and feel somewhat coated. Ideally look to hold your head under the water for an extra 20 seconds after you think your hair is clean. But don’t forget to be gentle.. wet hair is much weaker and prone to breakage.
USE YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
Shampoo and Conditioner fulfil two completely different purposes for your hair. Shampoo is your cleaner and you only really need it on the areas that get dirty… your roots.
Conditioner belongs on the drier areas of your hair – your mid lengths and your ends. Never put a daily conditioner on your hair roots as this will weigh your hair down and remove any natural volume you have. If you do want to give your roots some love with a conditioning treatment then you want to look at a hair mask (like Our Healthy Hair Mask) as these are specially designed to give moisture and strength without overdoing it.
Conditioner used properly closes all the cuticles back down leaving your hair feeling smoother and stronger.
COOL IT TO FINISH
Depending on your temperature tolerance you ideally want to finish with a final cold rinse. While this can feel shocking to your scalp, what it actually does is stimulate blood circulation, seal your hairs cuticles and leaves your hair extra smooth and shiney.
WRAP IT UP WELL
If you haven’t already invested in a microfibre towel then it may be worth doing so. They’re much better for maintaining the condition of your hair since the fibres won’t rough up your cuticles meaning less frizz and the additional benefit is they absorb a lot more moisture meaning your hair will dry quicker potentially saving you time with a heat styler/dryer too!
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