Amazing! These are the golden rules to wash your hair well

If you want your hair to be healthy, the most important thing is to wash it. It's a task we always do and yet many of us do it badly. By learning to wash our hair properly we avoid dandruff, irritation, and dirt. Follow these steps to do it the right way.

We all want healthy, shiny hair and we do everything we can to make it so. But sometimes we don't get the results we want because we're making some very common mistakes. Here we share the golden rules to wash your hair well.

Washing the hair less often will help preserve the natural oils.

Amazing! These are the golden rules to wash your hair well

1. Avoid washing your hair every day

If you want to achieve proper hair health, you should wash less frequently. As doing it too much can affect your scalp's microbiome, which can let bad bacteria and fungi take over and cause inflammation. What's more, the oil that forms in your hair is very healthy, so washing your hair between 3 and 4 times a week will be ok!

2. Always warm water, never hot water

If you are going to wash your hair, keep in mind that the temperature influences the quality of the wash. Avoid hot water on your hair because it damages the scalp, roots, and the rest of the hair. Using hot water can remove essential oils and moisture from your hair and leave your scalp dehydrated and hair frizzy and static. On the other hand, cold water seals the moisture in the hair, which leaves the scalp hydrated. It also closes the pores, preventing dirt and excessive oil from entering the scalp. If you cannot stand the cold, use warm water to rinse the shampoo and cold water for the conditioner for a glossy look,

Hair porosity is your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. Photo: Shutterstock

3. Hair must be completely wet

Wet the hair very well, so you will need less shampoo but obtain better results. Most people don't do so. Remember that every strand needs to be soaking wet in order to wash your hair thoroughly. If your hair is particularly dense, run your fingers through to check that water has made it from the root to the ends of your hair.

Also, make sure you use the shampoo that matches the type of hair and scalp you have. You should dilute it before using it as well, so as not to put so much chemical directly on your hair.

4. Gently massage your scalp

Massage the scalp in gentle circular motions with your fingertips.  Scrubbing the scalp is a key step to an effective shampoo. Focus your initial shampooing efforts on the scalp to help remove dirt, sebum, and build-up that accumulates on its surface. 

Do not use nails or apply force. Apply gentle but steady pressure from scalp and roots to ends for at least 3-5 minutes. This allows you to eliminate product residues and the absorption of nutrients from your conditioner.

Microfiber towels are known for absorbing a ton of excess water from washed hair.

5. Conditioner is never applied to the roots

Never apply the conditioner on the scalp, just the ends. The scalp naturally produces oils, then if you condition your roots, you add extra oils to a natural process and make your hair heavy, flat, and oily, unless you have a naturally dry scalp or extremely thick hair, then you could be the exception. If you have normal hair needs, let the conditioner act for a few minutes, massaging and squeezing the hair so that it takes in its nutrients. Then rinse it well so that no product remains.

6. Protect your hair from heat

When you are styling, your hair comes in contact with heat, Unless you apply a protectant, the heat removes the color pigments in your hair (natural or not). Heat can also break down the keratin protein that gives your hair its strength and elasticity -causing your hair cuticle to open up and cause frizz.

Instead, you should try to allow your hair to dry naturally as much as possible, but if you need to use a hairdryer or styling tools, make sure you apply a heat-protecting product.  

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Tina Reese

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