You’ve been washing your hair from time immemorial and so, wonder what’s there to learn about this task that’s part and parcel of your routine. Well, how you remove oil and grime from the scalp and hair, and what products you use for the same, have a strong bearing on how good (or bad) your tresses are. So, here are some tips to help you wash your hair correctly and keep it healthy and happy.
The 7 steps to a good hair wash
# 1 – Detangle your locks. Brushing your hair before a shampoo rinse helps remove fallen strands and untie knotted hair, which can otherwise go from bad to worse when you shampoo.
# 2 – Rinse your hair with lukewarm water before applying the shampoo. This opens up pores and removes excess oil and grime, allowing the shampoo to lather well.
# 3 – Use an appropriate amount of shampoo. A coin-sized amount works for shoulder-length hair. If your locks are longer, use double or triple the quantity, but never a palm-full!
# 4 – Lather the shampoo with water in your palms before use. Pouring it directly onto the scalp may prevent the shampoo from being distributed evenly. Also, use gentle up-and-down motions instead of circular ones to create a rich lather (scrubbing vigorously is definitely a no-no!).
# 5 – Use cold water to rinse out the lather. Lukewarm water is acceptable in winters, but remember to finish off with cold water, especially on mid-lengths and ends. This helps your hair stay healthy and shiny.
# 6 – Follow every shampoo rinse with a conditioner. This helps to keep your tresses smooth and frizz-free. Squeeze out excess water and apply the conditioner from mid-lengths to ends (never on the scalp or roots as it can turn your hair greasy quickly!). Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes.
# 7 – Rinse with cold water. Squeeze out excess and towel-dry your hair gently.
Quick tips for healthy hair with every wash
- Pamper your locks with an oil massage at least once every week. This helps nourish the hair and prevents frizz and dryness.
- Find hair oils messy and time-consuming? Use a conditioning hair mask after shampooing and before conditioning.
- Do not wash your hair every day. Rinse with shampoo every 2 days if you have oily scalp and hair and every 3 days if you have normal or dry hair. In fact, you could skip shampooing on every alternate wash and use just plain water and conditioner to prevent hair from drying out.
- Wanna go longer without a shampoo rinse? Use a dry shampoo. The product revives greasy hair between washes while imparting a fresh scent.
- Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair types. Sulphate-free formulations are for normal or dry hair. Shampoos rich in teat tree oil help moisturise hair while bringing balance and freshness to the scalp. Keratin-based formulations infuse new life to dull and damaged hair while nourishing shampoos add bounce to curly locks while keeping them frizz-free. Specially made formulations, typically those free of sulphate and sodium chloride, work best for colour-treated hair.
Adopt these healthy hair rinsing practices and your locks will thank you with bounty and beauty.