Ever wondered why you always feel your hair is better washed whenever you take a trip to the salon to have it washed than when you wash it yourself? The answer is simple. It is because the pros who handle your hair know the right steps and follow them judiciously to make the hair well shampooed. Since we have a team of the pros with us, we decided to consult them to share these tips with us, so that we can in turn, share them with our dear readers to take your shampoo game to the next level and leave you with silky shining beautiful hair.
1. Avoid washing your hair often
Contrary to popular belief, those with the best hairs do not actually wash their hairs as often as you think they do. Sometimes, the reason you feel unsatisfied after washing your hair is actually not because you do not wash it well, but because you wash it too often. According to studies, your hair produces more oil when you wash it too often, so the best way to wash your hair may actually be by not washing it too frequently.
2. Always make use of lukewarm water
We know how relaxing a steaming shower can be and we also know how dangerous it is to your hair. Apart from the fact that the high temperature makes the hair look dry and lifeless, they also make dyed hair fade faster. Though the ideal temperature for the hair has not been ascertained, it’s best to use cool water because while warm water opens up the cuticle, cool water seals it shut, helping in locking the moisture and benefiting the hair in the long run.
Also, avoid using water that has chlorine and synthetic materials to wash your hair. If possible, invest in water filters. It won’t only leave your hair healthier, but also give you skin the glow it deserves.
3. Massage the scalp and roots of your hair gently
The health of the hair begins at the scalp, so it is only right that you exercise the utmost gentleness when washing the root and scalp. Avoid using your nails or massaging the scalp too harshly. Your scalp may feel like it needs the pressure, but trust us, it usually isn’t as dirty as you think. So when next you are washing your hair, dedicate one or two minutes to massaging your scalp. It also helps boost blood flow to the scalp, thereby stimulating hair growth.
4. Select a shampoo that suits your hair type
Always know the type of hair you have and go for the one that suits your hair type the most. Contrary to popular belief that the shampoo leaves the hair immediately it is washed, it actually stays on for a bit longer than you think. So if you have a dry hair, go for shampoos that are smooth, moisturizing formulas. You don’t want to use shampoos that are not hydrating for your hair. If you have fine hair, a gentle shampoo should work just fine for you. And for those with bleached hair, a clarifying shampoo would work best for you, as it prevents unwanted yellow tones.
5. Give your conditioner enough time in your hair
The key to properly conditioning your hair is patience. Unlike shampoo, it doesn’t require a quick massage and rinse. Leave the conditioner in your hair for about 5 to 7 minutes to condition it properly. You can also use a comb to detangle the hair while the conditioner is still in. Getting the timing right is really important, as leaving it longer than that will leave residue in your hair.
6. Properly towel-dry your hair and apply protectant
After washing the hair, always endeavour to towel-dry it properly and apply some sort of heat protectant to it, especially if you plan on using a hot tool afterwards. It is no news that your hair needs to be totally dry before applying any heat on it. Never make use of any hot tool is the hair even slightly damp, you have no idea the harm you’re causing to your hair and the follicles if you do.
While we assure you that these steps we have given you above will your hair washing game a facelift, we also believe you may have some other potent tips that we did not mention in the article. Kindly do well to share them with us in the comment section, so other readers can see and learn from it too.