Here’s How You Should Be Washing Your Hair
Never underestimate the power of proper hair washing. It could may very well be all that stands between you and having amazing hair. And one of the first and easiest steps to achieving great hair is by keeping it clean. Think about all the things you did today, think of all the smog, smoke and dirt you were exposed to. Couple that with sweat, oil, and hair products you apply on the daily — all these factors and more that damage your hair.
While it may seem like a no-brainer, there are actually a lot of factors come into play when deciding how and how often you should be washing your hair. Factors such as your hair’s thickness, scalp oiliness, lifestyle, and weather. Some people wash their hair daily, some a few times a week. But you’d be surprised to know that many people don’t know how to properly wash their hair.
Warm then cold
When washing your hair, use lukewarm water to open your hair cuticles and end with cold water to close them. By opening your hair cuticles, you allow the products to penetrate deep into your scalp. Closing them would lock in all the products to ensure long lasting results.
Use the right products
Got oily hair? Then steer clear from products that boast of moisture locking ingredients. Dealing with dry and damaged tresses? Look for labels that say “hydrating” and “moisturizing”. Limp hair? Volumizing products should add more body to your otherwise flat hair.
Fingertips not fingernails
Gently scrub your scalp using your fingertips and not your your fingernails. Using your nails may cause little cuts and damage on your scalp.
Conditioners penetrate deep into your hair making it soft, smooth and tangle free. But depending on your hair type, conditioners can make your hair look limp, dry and oily. If you already know you have an oily scalp, ditch the conditioner. Otherwise, apply this product only on the driest parts of your hair, such as the ends. Avoid applying conditioner on your scalp as this is where oil is produced.
Rinse all residue thoroughly using cool water. Do make sure no product remains as this may lead to a dry and itchy scalp.
Press a towel on your hair and pat away excess water. Do not rub as wet hair is sensitive and prone to breakage.
Remember, your hair is your crowning glory so be gentle with it. Whether wet or dry, try not to brush or pull on your hair too hard. Avoid too-tight hair ties. And do keep heat induced hair style tools to a minimum. Hair styling tools such as curling wands or blow-dryers can cause major damage to your hair. Another key to great hair? Studies show a proper diet can hugely improve your hair’s condition. So eat your way to healthy scalp and beautiful hair!
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