Please Explain: How To Wash My Hair.
1. Wet your hair thoroughly
Don’t jump straight into applying your shampoo. Instead, let your hair get fully wet. Allow the water to run though it for a while.
Depending on how thick or dense your hair is, this might take longer than you think. So let the water flow over your head for at least 1 minute, then run your fingers through your hair to make sure all of it (even the ends) are fully wet.
Letting your hair get fully wet with lukewarm water helps open the cuticles, making it easier for your hair to absorb your conditioner later, Amanda advised us.
2. Apply your shampoo
Remember: This shampoo should be the right kind for your hair.
You also need to make sure you’re applying the correct amount of shampoo for your hair length — not too much (you might not get it all out) and not too little (your hair might not get a thorough cleanse).
If you have short hair, aim for a small dollop of shampoo that’s about the size of a ten cent piece. For shoulder-length hair, think quarter-sized. If you have long hair, you’ll want to squeeze enough shampoo to roughly cover your palm.
Before applying the shampoo to your hair, mix it with a little water in the palm of your hand. “This way you’ll reduce the direct impact of the shampoo on your scalp and reduce product consumption Amanda Advised us.
Then, make sure to apply the shampoo to your entire scalp and crown. You don’t need much (if any) shampoo on the tips of your hair.
“The truth is that you have to focus on shampooing your scalp, rather than the ends of your hair,” Amanda says. “Apply shampoo only onto the scalp, and let it clean the rest of the hair when you rinse it out.”
3. Go easy on your scalp
It’s easy to be tempted to dig in with your nails and “loosen” build up on your scalp, but this is a really bad idea.
“Our scalps are highly vulnerable to abrasive washing,” Amanda explains. “You should never scrub with your nails, as it may cause serious irritation — or even let infections in.”
Instead, take the time to massage your scalp with gentle pressure, for about 3 minutes. Aim for the same kind of pressure a stylist uses when they wash your hair and give you a scalp massage. Encourage a massage type motion this not only helps to clean the scalp it also invigorates the scalp
Amanda says that you should “avoid harsh back and forth movements,” while you massage the shampoo into your scalp. “Move your fingers and palms gently to avoid tangling and damaging the follicles.”
4. Rinse thoroughly
Spend 1 to 2 minutes rinsing your hair to be sure no soap remains. One of the biggest mistakes people make is accidentally leaving shampoo in their hair, which leads to scalp build up. Amanda says in some cases irritation as well.
If you have dry hair, you might want to try rinsing with cold water, because it helps hair stay stronger and healthier. Cold water doesn’t dry out the sebum layer of your hair, a naturally lubricated barrier that protects your hair and keeps it strong.
REMEBER TO SHAMPOO TWICE (2) - Especially if you are only washing once a week.
5. Apply conditioner
You don’t need to put conditioner on your scalp — it might make things oily. Instead, apply the conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the ends of your hair.
Then, let it sit the recommended time (usually found on the bottle). Some conditioners need to sit for 2 to 3 minutes, while others require 5 to 7 minutes. Letting it sit this amount of time will soften and smooth your hair, making it shinier once it’s dry.
While you let the conditioner soak in, you can use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair if you want.
6. Rinse again
Just like with shampoo, make sure you get it all out. Again do not use harsh scrubbing.
Once you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair. Be sure to squeeze or pat your hair dry instead of rubbing it.
If you can, use a microfiber towel or an old T-shirt to dry your hair. The rougher the material fibre, the more damage it may cause to your hair.
If you want to, you can also add in a detangler or hair protectant after towel drying.
We hope you find this information helpful.