The reason your hair look and feel so good after a trip to the salon is the difference in art of shampooing and managing your strands with care. You might not really know how to wash your hair the right way. Using the correct technique can make a world of difference in your hair’s health, bounce and shine.
Here are 10 hair washing tips for salon like hair:
1. BRUSH YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU SHOWER
It's better to detangle your hair before shampooing.
2. YOU ARE WASHING HAIR TOO OFTEN
Most young men and women today wash their hair too often. Three times a week is sufficient for most hair types.
3. RINSE HAIR WITH COLD WATER
Start with a rinse. Hair should be thoroughly wet before you apply your shampoo. Cold water helps in shutting the cuticle tight, seal the outer layer and this reflects more light and gives off most shine.
4. YOU SHOWER IN PIPING-HOT WATER
Steamy shower are relaxing, but exposing your hair strands to high temperature leaves them dry and frizzy. It's preferable to wash hair in cold water because it helps in locking moisture.
5. LATHER UP, BUT ONLY AT THE SCALP
We need to shampoo the hair at the scalp only. Best way is to lather up from roots to ends. Never use more shampoo than you need.
6. YOU ARE SCRUBBING YOUR SCALP
Be gentle. Don't use nails or massage the scalp too harshly, apply minimal pressure. Usually two rounds of gentle, non-abrasive shampooing is enough. Friction can permanently damage your hair cuticle, leading to breakage and frizzy hair.
7. DON'T RINSE AND REPEAT
Despite the instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle may say, there is no need to wash your hair twice .
8. YOU ARE NOT PATIENT WITH YOUR CONDITIONER
Do you constantly wonder how long to leave your conditioner on?
Unlike shampoo, conditioning is not about quick massage and rinse. Apply conditioner from mid shaft of hair towards end. You can leave conditioner applied for 5-7 minutes. Applying conditioner will lock moisture to your hair.
9. NO CONDITIONER ON YOUR SCALP
Scalp itself produces a lot of natural oils. So, you don't need to condition your scalp at all. Just condition the middle of your hair all the way down to your tip.
10. YOU ARE TOO HARSH ON YOUR POST-SHOWER STRANDS
Never comb your hair after washing it, instead comb through it whilst the conditioner is still settling in. Never towel dry your hair.
The way you treat your hair post-wash is vital to overall health and appearance of hair.