We all need to wash our hair to keep it healthy and beautiful. From when we are very young our parents teach us a certain way to do it. The question is, are we doing it right or are we doing unnecessary damage to our hair without even realizing it. Here are some simple, easy tips to help keep your hair soft, silky and strong.
1. Before you start, make sure you gently brush your hair out with a soft bristled brush. This eliminates tangles making it easier to get your fingers through your hair when you wash it. This will also remove loose hairs that can clog your drain.
2. Don’t use too much shampoo or conditioner. Too much product can leave residue on your hair making it limp and lifeless. Start with just a little bit of product, about the size of a quarter. You can always add more if needed. Make sure you use products that are targeted for your hair type.
3. Shower in warm water, not hot. Hot water dries your hair and scalp out. If you color your hair, it can also fade your hair color. Rinsing with cool water will close up your hair follicles to protect it from split-ends. It also gives your hair more shine.
4. Don’t pull, tug or twist your hair while cleansing it. Your hair is most vulnerable when it is wet. Being gentle with it will help avoid split-ends and breakage.
5. Give yourself a head massage! When shampooing use the pads of your fingers to gently massage your scalp. It increases circulation while removing hair products, oil and dead cells from your scalp.
6. Avoid products that include silicone in the first three or four ingredients. Silicone in small quantities is okay but too much in a product will make it limp weigh your hair down.
7.Consider using a sulfate-free shampoo. While this is a great suggestion for anyone, it is especially helpful to those with dry or colored hair. This will also benefit those that have allergies, eczema or dandruff since Sodium Laurel Sulfate (one of the most common sulfates) is an irritant to your scalp.
8. If you have tangles you can use a wide-tooth comb on your hair while the conditioner is in. It is important to use a wide tooth comb and not a brush or fine tooth comb as these will tear and split your hair.
9. Make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly. Conditioner builds up fast and can weigh your hair down. To remove product build up you can rinse your hair after with 1 cup of water mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or double it for extra long hair. This will safely remove residue without stripping your hair. Any vinegar scent will be gone within a couple of minutes.
10. When you dry your hair don’t pull or twist it. Take a towel and gently squeeze around your hair. Once the bulk of the water is removed you can gently twist your hair into a towel loosely.
11. Only wash your hair as often as you need to. Most people can get away with a day or two in between washes. You can still condition the ends or use a leave-in conditioner if it becomes unmanagable. Consider using a dry shampoo to refresh your hair between washings.
Written by Dalylah
MakeupTalk Content Manager
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