It took me a few decades and one great conversation with a hairstylist to realize that I’ve been washing my hair all wrong for all these years. Seriously though, how hard can it be to wash one’s hair – just plop a handful of shampoo on your head, massage well like you mean it; then rinse and plop another handful of conditioner on your head, let it sit while you sing happy birthday, curse your day job or plan a vacation, and voila, quick rinse, twist, squeeze, wrap tightly in a towel turban-style and you’re ready to dry! Right? Wrong!
Here are three simple tips on how to properly wash your hair!
Wash the scalp, not the strands
Don’t pour directly from the bottle onto your head. Less is more, thus, place a small amount of shampoo on the palms of your hands, rub your hands together until it starts to foam a little and distribute evenly onto your scalp by gently massaging the product in. A common mistake happens when shampoo is placed on the strands of the hair which are then rubbed against each other and vigorously cleansed. Even the best beauty products won’t prevent your hair from damage if you treat your hair like a washing machine treats your laundry. The truth is your strands don’t need shampoo. Apply shampoo only to your scalp because when you rinse the shampoo from your scalp the strands will naturally get cleansed.
Condition the strands, not the scalp
The most common mistake when it comes to conditioners is to apply them onto the whole head and massage it into your scalp. The truth is, conditioners should not be applied to the scalp, only gently to the strands (⅔ of the whole hair). Same rules with regards to amount apply here as well, just like with shampoo – a little goes a long way. Let your conditioner sit the recommended amount of time — usually a few minutes, and rinse thoroughly to avoid unnecessary buildup.
Don’t treat your hair like laundry
Yes, you read it right. No more towel turbans, no more twisting and wringing the hair as if it’s your socks or something. Gently (very gently) pat the hair dry with a towel and go get some coffee while your hair air dries a little before you blow dry it (don’t forget about a heat protectant).
That’s it! As you can see, simple things like washing your hair can sometimes be done incorrectly so don’t hesitate to ask your #hairstylist for advice, affirmation or even a demonstration on how to take care of your hair after salon appointments if you’re unsure. If you don’t have a professional hairstylist or are picky as hell, check out http://sizarz.com where you can find professional hairstylist and barber listings, not simply salons.