Beauty

Are You Washing Your Hair The Right Way?

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In spite of the amount of time people spend getting their locks to look perfect, most people put very little thought into the actual procedure of hair washing. No, forget the age old advice of not washing your hair everyday, so long as you wash it correctly.

The way you wash your hair has a much greater impact on the overall health and appearance of your hair than you might have thought. The reason your hair feels silky and bouncy after a visit to the salon is not an act of magic. It is because hairdressers are carefully trained to wash and condition hair using a tried-and-tested regime. Washing your hair the wrong way can take your hair from silky and shiny to totally lackluster and damaged.

Follow these simple steps and you will never go wrong with your hair again, pinky promise!

Brush Your Hair Before You Wash It

Before you step into the shower, give your hair a thorough but gentle brushing. Brushing will stimulate circulation in your scalp while also preventing breakage. As an added bonus, brushing before you shower will also prevent hair from going down your drain.

Skip The Shampoo

If your hair needs a wash everyday, try doing it without shampooing it. Your hair will still look just as lustrous and alive with water alone. This will remove excess grime without stripping or drying out the scalp. Use a conditioner on the ends and blow dry. You are perfect to go!

Never Overdo It On Shampoo And/Or Conditioner

Instead of shampooing and conditioning all the way through, concentrate shampoo toward the scalp, and condition just the mid-shaft to the ends of your hair. Your ends need more moisture as they are prone to split ends while your roots need a little less of it so they can maintain volume.

Mask It

Always use a restorative deep conditioning mask once or twice a week to keep your hair from going dull and lifeless. Also, before you step out, always use either a lightweight oil or anti-frizz cream to shield your tresses from wind, water, sun, pollution, dirt….you name it woman!

Choose Wisely

Sulfates (sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate) are industrial-strength cleaning ingredients that you should avoid at all costs in your shampoo, especially if your hair is color treated. You will be washing your expensive dye job down the drain otherwise.

Do Not Skip The Conditioner

If you want shinier locks, use conditioner every time you wash. Conditioner cuts down on friction and breakage when you brush your hair later. While a conditioner may not do the deep cleaning most shampoos will, it will still leave your hair feeling and looking nice.

You’re Hot And You’re Cold

While warm water opens a hair’s cuticle to allow shampoo and conditioner to do their job, cold water helps to close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner, which helps your hair look shiny and healthy. So, by all means, take a warm shower, but at the end, rinse with cold water.

Dry Your Hair The Right Way

Drying your hair with a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel can tame your frizzes. A towel creates friction, which will cause tangles and split ends.

Let It Sit

You should leave your anti-dandruff shampoo in for at least three to five minutes before you rinse it off. Letting the shampoo sit will help it work its magic.

Do Not Apply Your Conditioner To Sopping Wet Hair

Wring your hair out before you apply conditioner. The water dilutes the efficacy of your conditioner and it will not work as well you want it to.

Now go enjoy your beautiful, salon-perfect hair!

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