If your hair isn’t looking its best, even though you’re religiously following all of the traditional rules about washing, you might be making one or more key mistakes.
In this helpful guide, we look at some of the most common myths about hair washing and look at where so many of us are going wrong.
One of the biggest questions asked by women everywhere is how often should I wash my hair (if at all)? At one time, it was believed that nobody should wash their hair daily, however this myth has now been debunked.
In fact, you should wash your hair whenever you feel that it’s getting greasy. If you have an oily scalp or you’re working out a lot, you might need to wash your hair every day. Some people don’t need to wash for several days and that’s fine too. You probably won’t want to go for longer periods than 5 days without a hair wash though, even in the winter when the dry and cold air allows more mileage from each wash.
You may believe that shampoo is an essential part of every wash but actually that isn’t true. You can refresh your hair perfectly just with water. It removes grime but doesn’t dry out or strip your scalp. You should, however, apply some conditioner to the ends afterwards before blow-drying.
In the old days, we were all familiar with the phrase “lather, rinse, repeat”. That seems to have fallen by the wayside, however there’s definitely some truth to the old adage. A single wash is often insufficient to break the product and residue build-up down fully, particularly if you haven’t had a hair wash for several days.
Washing your hair once, rinsing and then washing it again ensures that all superficial gunk is removed and then the deeper grime is also eradicated. If you can’t work up your first shampoo into a lather, you definitely need to apply a second handful of shampoo and rinse again.
If you need to deep clean your hair, you should always use warm water since this opens up the hair cuticle, improving how well the shampoo can penetrate into the hair shaft. However, when you need a frizz-free and sleek style, you should rinse with cool water. This will close the hair cuticle again.
Never use very hot water as it dries your hair out. This is something to be careful about if you’re relaxing in the bath before washing your hair. If you use a comforting pillow you’ll keep your hair out of the hot water until the time comes to wash it.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to rinse all the product out of your hair before you apply any shampoo. You need to wash your hair for around 30 seconds before even applying shampoo. Of course, it also goes without saying that you need to wash all the conditioner and shampoo out of your hair too. If you’re experiencing issues with scalp irritation or flat hair, you need to wash all the shampoo out more thoroughly.
When you’re shampooing your hair, always work it into the scalp using your fingertips and moving in a circular motion. Begin at your hairline, moving slowly towards your neck as this doesn’t just make the lather thicker, it also cleans more effectively while stimulating your scalp to promote healthy growth.
Not every shampoo is suitable for every hair type. You need one that suits your own hair. If you choose a volumizing shampoo, you could make your hair tangly, while hydrating formulas may nourish your hair but they also weigh hair down. Getting the right product to suit your needs will make a huge difference to the appearance of your hair after your wash.