Are You Washing Your Head the Correct Way
Washing your hair and scalp comes naturally. You use shampoo, warm water and your fingers to get rid of excess dirt, oil and build-up. However, you may not realise this, but many people are actually washing their hair and scalp incorrectly. You may think that there is no such thing as an incorrect way to wash your hair and scalp, but in reality doing it incorrectly can cause damage and unsatisfying results. Following these steps will ensure that not only are you washing your hair and scalp the correct way, but you will get the results you want with little to no damage.
Steps for Washing You Hair/Scalp
- Completely soak your hair with warm water. Make sure that it is completely soaked before continuing.
- Place a small amount of shampoo, about the size of a nickel, into the palm of one hand.
- Rub your palms together to work up a good lather.
- Massage the shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips.
- Move your fingers throughout your scalp and hair, rather then moving your hair. Doing so will prevent tangles.
- Completely rinse out the shampoo with warm water until you see no more suds.
- Once the suds are gone, rinse with cold water.
- Run conditioner through your hair from the middle section down to the ends. DO NOT put conditioner on your roots or scalp.
- Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes and rinse well with warm water.
Tips For Washing Hair/Scalp
- Choose the Right Shampoo
You want to make sure that you are using shampoo that is beneficial to your needs. If you have a dry scalp and hair you want moisturizing shampoo. If you have an oily scalp and hair, get shampoo designed to prevent excess oil. If you have dandruff or excess build-up on your scalp, use an anti-dandruff shampoo.
- Water Temperature
You need to make sure that you are using warm water to wash your hair and scalp. This temperature will make it easier to get rid of the excess oil and dirt. Do not forget to rinse with cold water at the end. It will allow the hair follicles to close and make your hair look better.
It is always necessary to repeat the shampooing process. In fact, doing so could cause you to have over-dry or over-oil hair.
- Rinse Well
Make sure that you rinse out all of the shampoo. When in doubt, rinse some more.
- Blot Dry
Squeeze any excess water out of your hair using your hands. Blot your hair and scalp using a towel, do not rub. Rubbing with cause breakage and can even cause lesions on the scalp.
- Wash Sparingly
There is no need to wash your hair and scalp on a daily basis, unless you have very oily hair and scalp. Every-other day should be perfect or even every three days. If you need a quick pick me up you can try using a dry shampoo instead of a full shampooing.