Washing your hair may seem relatively straightforward – rinse, wash, rinse, condition – but there is actually more care needed to ensure hair is healthy, shiny and nourished! When you leave the salon, that’s when your hair likely feels amazing. Stylists know how to properly give your tresses a fantastic wash, and we’ve outlined some tips below that you can do at home!
Avoid washing hair every day
While this may seem counterintuitive, washing your hair less will actually make it healthier! Overwashing strips hair and scalp of natural oils, which means it will work overtime to produce more oil – leaving you with an oily mess. People with thin hair should try to wash hair every other day, while those with thicker, coarser hair can go as long as 5-7 days. Use a quality dry shampoo in between washes to soak up oil and give hair a little boost.
Detangle hair prior to washing
Divide your hair into four sections and gently brush out any tangles or knots prior to washing. This will help to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, which will reduce the amount of hair that falls out during shampooing!
Keep it lukewarm
While we all love steaming hot showers, it can actually be super damaging for your hair. High temperatures can make your hair look and feel dry and dull. Using lukewarm water is the better option, and end your shower with a cold shot of water to seal in hair cuticles – resulting in ultra shiny locks!
Focus on cleansing your scalp
It’s no secret that healthy hair begins at the scalp. Gently and thoroughly massage the scalp for at least 1 – 3 minutes to remove build up. Rinse and then repeat! Don’t scrub scalp in a circular motion or direction, but instead massage with the natural flow of your hair, downward.
Don’t rush the conditioning step!
Avoiding the roots, smooth on conditioner from mid-shaft toward the ends of the hair. While the product is still in your hair, use a wide tooth comb to work out any tangles or knots. Leave on for 5-7 minutes (you can even wrap your hair in a towel while you wait!) – but don’t leave for longer than 7 minutes as doing so will leave unwanted residue.
Towel dry and protect
Now that you’ve washed your hair thoroughly, gently squeeze out water with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. When your hair is wet it’s the most vulnerable, so remember to brush and towel off gently to prevent breakage and damage. Apply your favorite heat protectant or styling product and you’re ready to go!
Taking care of your hair properly will result in tresses that are healthy, shiny and vibrant! If you have specific questions about caring for your hair type or need product recommendations, be sure to ask one of our talented stylists at your next appointment!