The best thing i learnt how to do was wash my own hair. It has proven to be cheaper and great for my hair. Lets be honest not all hairdressers have the greatest products for your hair and when you are on your journey you want to be consistent on the products your use. There is a right and a wrong way of washing hair, today i will be sharing with you tips on how to wash your hair well.
1. Pre- poo. Use a bit of your conditioner or your choice of oils in your hair before you shampoo. You can do this overnight or a few hours before you shampoo. This helps to prevent the stripping effects of your shampoo.
2. Start with a rinse before you put your shampoo in, this makes it easier for shampoo to penetrate when your begin to wash. Rinse with warm water. When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb the oil in your conditioner when you deep condition.
3. Only apply shampoo at your roots. When you are rinsing out the shampoo it will still move down your hair strand though to your ends so there is no need to coat your ends with extra shampoo which further dries it up. Don’t use more shampoo than you need, a quarter-sized amount of shampoo is enough. If your hair is particularly long or thick, go ahead and double that
4.Be gentle with your hair. Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Think about washing your hair like you hand wash your delicates — very carefully.
Start your lather at the roots.Increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth by using vertical strokes with medium pressure. Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.
Next, Smooth the lather over the ends in a straight stroking motion.Do not scrub the fragile ends or use a back and forth motion like you’re washing a rag on a washboard.
5. Avoid rinsing and repeating despite what the bottle says. Avoid stripping your hair unnecessarily. Unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce a lather, in which case, go ahead and lather up one more time.
6. Use cold water on your final rinse. Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine.
7. Use a cotton t shirt to dry. Towels are usually rough and cause friction which leads to breakage. Look for an old t shirt and start drying your hair gently.