Your hair is the crown that you never take off. They hold a significance that goes beyond mere aesthetics. Your tresses represent your individuality, culture and personal style. No matter what hairstyle you adorn, they can become a symbol of self-expression radiating health and youthfulness. But on an even deeper level, healthy-looking hair gives subtle signs of your nutrition, stress levels, and overall physical condition.
So, how can you maintain good hair? The answer is simple. Keep them clean, nourished and hydrated. Besides a balanced diet, good shampoo can provide most of the benefits you need. However, no matter what shampoo you use, you can only maximise its full potential once you know how to use it properly. This blog tells you all the dos and don’ts of shampooing your hair and common mistakes to avoid.
The Right Way to Apply Shampoo
While shampooing your hair might seem like a regular and easy task, you must remember certain dos and don’ts. To get optimal results, always remember the rule: the less, the better. Begin by wetting your hair thoroughly, and take only a small amount of shampoo. A quarter-sized amount might be enough.
The next most important rule is never applying shampoo directly to your hair. Take it on your palm, lather it, and then massage it into your hair. Use gentle motions of your fingertips to stimulate blood circulation. Avoid using your nails, as they can cause scratches. Use lukewarm water to thoroughly rinse your hair until the product is completely washed off. If you feel the presence of any dirt or excess oil, repeat the same process.
Overwashing and Underwashing Your Hair
Proper washing is necessary to maintain healthy hair. But overwashing or under washing it can damage your hair in the long run. Washing your hair too many times can strip away natural oils and make it dry. Under washing, however, can lead to a buildup of oils, dirt, product residue, etc., and make your hair look greasy and dull. While the frequency of wash depends on the hair type, lifestyle, and personal preference, the general guideline is to wash your hair every two or three days.
Beware of Excessive Heat
At the end of a long tiring day, the benefits of a hot shower cannot be denied. But while it may be relaxing, it is important to avoid using hot water while you shampoo your hair. Doing so can remove natural oils from your hair, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. Instead, use lukewarm water when rinsing your hair, as it can retain moisture and seals the hair cuticles. Thus, you have smoother, shinier, and healthier hair. A pro tip is to rinse the hair with cool water to boost shine.
Conditioning is a Must
Some people skip conditioner after they shampoo. As the name suggests, a conditioner adds moisture, nourishment, and softness to your hair. Therefore, it is a must in your hair care routine. Once you rinse your shampoo thoroughly, gently squeeze out any excess water and apply a conditioner only from mid-length to the ends of your hair. Avoid applying conditioner to the roots or scalp. Leave it for a few minutes, then rinse it completely with cool water.
Once you finish the shampoo routine, it’s natural to want your hair to dry quickly. While using a towel is more common and natural, rubbing your hair vigorously with it can cause friction and breakage. Therefore, always use a towel to first gently wring out the excess water and then pat dry your hair with it. You can also wrap your hair in a towel and leave it for some time. Doing so will allow the towel to absorb any moisture without putting any force on the hair. Make sure you use a good quality, soft microfiber towel.
Brushing Wet Hair
Always avoid brushing your hair when it is wet. Doing so can cause breakage as the hair is prone to stretching and snapping when wet. You can use a wide-toothed comb after towel-drying your hair. Begin from the tips and work your way up, combing away any knots or tangles. Let your hair air dry partially before brushing or styling to protect it from unnecessary stress and damage.
Use Heat Protectant Products
If you do not have time for the towel-drying method hair or want your hair to dry quickly, you can use a blow dryer. However, use heat-protectant products to save your hair from the damaging effects of heat-styling tools. It creates a protective shield on your hair, reducing the risk of heat damage. Doing so can greatly impact your hair’s long-term health and condition.
Now that you know how to use shampoo to reap all its benefits, you can get shiny, lustrous, and beautiful hair. Just follow the dos and avoid the don’ts. When you buy shampoo, make sure you choose the right formula. Doing so can help you address specific hair issues and revitalise your locks while cleaning your scalp. Remember, your hair is an extension of your personality and style. So keep them looking good.