Washing your hair seems like a simple thing to do but chances are you’re doing it WRONG! Many of us are not washing our hair properly, causing problems such as hair loss, itchy scalp and dandruff. Here are five tips to maintain beautiful silky mane.
Use The Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type
First and foremost, you should identify your hair type and use a suitable shampoo. If you have dry and damaged hair, use shampoos that contain oils which provide hydration. If you have fine hair, opt for shampoos that contain structure-enhancing additives such as proteins and polymers
People with thick hair should use shampoo with botanical extract ingredients that restore the scalp’s balanced sebum production.
Wet Your Hair Thoroughly With Warm Water
Always wet your hair prior to applying shampoo. It is important to let every strand of hair be soaking wet so shampoo lathers better and spreads evenly. You can reduce the amount of shampoo used when your hair is thoroughly wet.
Having a hot steamy shower can be relaxing but avoid washing your hair with hot water! That is not a perfect temperature for your hair. Warm or luke-warm water is sufficient to allow your cuticles to open up so that the shampoo can penetrate deeper and remove dirt and oil from the hair.
Scrub & Massage Your Scalp Properly
Many of us enjoy a good scrub. As therapeutic as it may be when getting your itch scratched, avoid using fingernails as it will damage your scalp. Scrubbing too harshly will cause abrasions or worse, an infection. Scrub gently with your fingertips to remove dirt, sebum, and build-up on your scalp. Take your time and do not rush. Devote a minute or two to massaging your scalp to improve blood flow which in turn promotes hair growth.
Rinse Thoroughly With Cold Water
After you have done scrubbing and cleaning, it is time to rinse. If you do not rise properly, it will leave build-up on your scalp, causing dandruff problems. Take a minute to rinse off all the shampoo from your hair before applying any conditioner.
It is vital to rinse your hair with cold water. While hot water raises the cuticle which improves the effectiveness of the shampoo, cold water closes the cuticle; sealing in all of that clean, fresh moisture.
Drying Your Hair Properly
Finally, it’s time to dry your hair. If you have been drying hair feverishly with a towel as soon as you step out of the shower, STOP THAT! Drying your hair with your bath towel vigorously will damage your hair, causing breakage and hair fall. You should gently pat your hair dry and then let it dry naturally.
What should you use to dry your hair? A microfiber towel is the best option out there for drying your hair. The benefit of using a microfibre towel is that it does not have a high friction hence it is gentle on your hair. Its fine threads has a high surface area which makes it an ideal material to absorb moisture.