How to wash my hair? This is a common question I am asked along with how often should I wash my hair!
What are the effects on the hair and scalp? How to succeed in spacing out your shampoos?
Whether you do wash your hair every day or once a week, this is something to master and yet it is not always done so well.
Washing your hair in the morning is almost an automatic action for many of us. Without thinking too much, we apply shampoo and rinse quickly, well done! Except we often do not always have the right technique.
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON ERROR?
Generally, it is the surplus of product in the same place. Women tend to put shampoo in their hands and spread it in the middle of the head. It is thought that the hair is washed, but the product is actually not well distributed in this way.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO APPLY THE PRODUCT IN THIS CASE?
Start by putting a little shampoo in the palm of your hand which is distributed first on the front, at the forehead, then we take a little product spread at the temples, then the crown and finally at the nape of the neck. When the shampoo is well placed everywhere, it is necessary to rub with the fingertips to distribute it on all the zones. If you have really thick long hair, you can add a little product to the mid-lengths and ends.
WHAT IS A GOOD MASSAGE TECHNIQUE FOR THE SCALP?
You really have to feel that the scalp is being rubbed, not just the hair. You need to touch your scalp with the tips of your fingers, spreading them a little and make circular movements. And if you feel your first shampoo has not cleansed your hair well, you can do a second shampoo if necessary. What takes more time is fully rinsing out the soap suds.
WHAT IS A GOOD RINSE?
Rinse until you hair feels a little rough. If your hair slips, it is too soft and it means that some shampoo remains. All the product should be rinsed fully, from roots to the ends.
WHAT FREQUENCY SHOULD I WASH MY HAIR?
A million dollar question! It all depends on the nature of your hair. The ideal would be twice a week, but it all depends on various factors…thickness of your hair, length, damaged, where you live, lifestyle etc. Fine hair, for example, gets stuck to the scalp very quickly as soon as there is any grease, therefore looks dirtier quicker. For fine hair, it is better to shampoo every other day and alternate with a dry shampoo if we find that the hair needs it in-between.
IS IT REALLY BAD TO WASH EVERY DAY?
Sometimes it is hard to imagine taking a shower without getting our hair wet, but it's a false impression that we have to clean it every day. And In fact, washing your hair everyday forces the production of more sebum, as the massage stimulates the scalp and it sensitises the hair. Apart from those who have very thin hair or tend to sweat at night, shampooing twice a week is sufficient enough.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHICH TYPE OF SHAMPOO TO USE?
It is actually better to choose a specific shampoo for the scalp, not for the hair. For a healthy scalp, you can use any type of product that you want, with a mask that matches the shampoo chosen. The rules are just slightly different if you have coloured hair. For example, if you are highlighted blonde, you may want to use a pigmented shampoo to help with any brassy tones. The for a sensitive scalp, that is oily, it is necessary to take a specific purifying shampoo for the scalp and a conditioner or mask that is adapted for the mid-lengths and ends of your hair in order to nourish them as well.
WHAT FREQUENCY SHOULD I DO MASKS?
If times permits, you can do a weekly mask just to keep your hair in tip top condition. If your hair is damaged through over-processing or chemical damage, I would recommend doing a mask twice a week, an evening in the week and on Sunday. It is necessary to towel dry your hair well before applying the mask so that it penetrates through the cuticle better, and leave it on as long as possible. The ideal is to leave it on overnight for the hair to dry with the treatment, and rinse the next day.
A SECRET TIP TO SHARE?
For those who tend to have really oily hair and would like to wash their hair less, instead of massaging the shampoo in, imagine stroking your hair with shampoo. This will stop the aggravation of the sebaceous gland in your scalp and help normalize production of sebum.
Enjoy your November, correctly washing your hair ;)