So you've been shampooing your hair since you could walk, but did you know that there's a proper way of washing your tresses so you don't cause much damage and breakage? Here's how it's really done.
1. Comb it out.
Before you jump into the shower, take a few minutes to comb out and untangle your locks with a wide-toothed comb. Not only will this lessen the amount of hair that clogs the drain, but it will also reduce hair breakage.
2. Start with wet—not damp—hair.
Begin by rinsing your hair with warm water, as this will help open the pores of your scalp, which will absorb oils better.
3. Long hair? Start with conditioner.
If your hair length falls beneath your shoulders, take your conditioner and apply it to the ends of your hair. Rinse and then apply shampoo. The ends of your hair are usually dry and dull, and this step will help add extra shine and moisture to your long locks.
4. Lather from the roots to the tips.
Squeeze out a coin-sized (as small as a 25-centavo coin) amount of shampoo on your palm and work it up to a lather on your scalp. Gently massage your head in small, circular motions. If your hair is long or thick—or both—go ahead and add more shampoo. Continue massaging your scalp and adding water every 20 seconds or so.
5. Do not apply conditioner on your roots!
Your scalp naturally has the most oil already, so adding conditioner will make things worse. Apply your conditioner mid-length on your hair, and then work your way down to the ends.
If you have time, take a hair clamp and put your hair up with your conditioner still in for about five to 10 minutes.
6. Rinse up.
Rinse your hair thoroughly. It’s better to rinse your hair with cool water, because this will shut your cuticles close, leading to super shiny and pang-artista hair.
7. Know your hair type.
Read the labels on the shampoos and conditioners that you buy carefully. Use a moisturizing shampoo if you have dry hair, and a color-safe shampoo and conditioner if you have treated hair.
If you have naturally oily locks, you should wash your tresses daily. But if you have normal to dry hair, best to do it every other day—and just use dry shampoo in between washes. Dry shampoo will keep you feeling fresh and will help zap oil from your scalp.
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