Try These Top Hair Washing Hacks!
How often have you just slapped shampoo on your hair, scrubbed and rinsed and thought your hair was clean? You may think you’re doing the right thing…but unfortunately that’s not the way to get sparkling clean hair. People who don’t wash their hair properly don’t get their hair truly clean so it ends up covered in a sort of film that leads to dullness and lack of shine over time.
Follow these hacks for washing your hair and you’ll make a genuine difference in hair health as well as its bounce, shininess and maximum luster.
- Hair should be thoroughly wet before adding shampoo. Warm water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair.
- Condition first… sometimes: If you have long hair, condition it first. If your hair falls beneath your shoulders, protect its fragile ends from drying out and incurring more damage by running a small amount of conditioner like Revitalize Conditioner through them and lightly rinsing before any shampooing. This not only will keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making the hair smoother and enhancing shine.
- A big mistake is using too much shampoo in the first place. Look at how much you’re using. Then cut that in half, to about the size of a quarter. That’s all you need! A shampoo like Renew Shampoo removes all the dirt and oil from you hair while holding onto essential oils and lipids you need to prevent dryness and breakage.
- Don’t scrub too hard. Vigorously massaging shampoo roughs up the cuticle, causing frizz, flyaways and miniscule tangles. Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.
- Lather from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will be the oiliest while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair. First, rub the shampoo between your hands with a little water to emulsify it. Then gently massage the roots with your fingertips and run what’s left through the length of your hair. This is the first wash and known as external cleansing.
- There’s a reason to shampoo your hair twice. The first wash removes excess dirt and grime. The second wash gets your hair squeaky clean. The second shampoo also is the time to really get your shampoo right into the roots and create a proper lather. The suds will run down the rest of your hair and get the mid-length to ends clean.
- Get the shampoo fully out of your hair so your conditioner can do its tricks. A full two minutes of rinsing is recommended. Then gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair. Now you’re “conditioner ready!”
- How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type. If you have oily or fine hair you may need to shampoo daily. Normal hair can probably be washed three times a week and dry to very dry hair can go 4 to 5 days to a week without washing.
A word of warning – skip the sulfates! Sulfates are detergents that give shampoo its foamy lather. But they strip skin of oil and dry out your hair. Sulfates also can strip hair of color. Shampoos without sulfates keep the cuticle tighter, which prevents color fading. Ignore them all together and use a shampoo without any harsh ingredients in it like Renew Shampoo or Revitalize Shampoo.
These hair washing hacks will have you on your way to a gorgeous mane. Stay tuned for next week when we talk about the best hacks for conditioning your hair!