Hair is the crowning glory that completes any look. Our hair is very susceptible to damage when it’s not maintained properly. There are a few basic steps to follow in order to achieve shampoo advert worthy locks. Avoid direct heat, get regular trims, and most importantly, know how to wash it correctly. Is there really a correct way to wash hair? Believe it or not, there is. it’s not just about scrubbing with a blob of shampoo, pouring half the bottle of conditioner on, and then combing. It takes a bit of effort and patience to keep the cuticles smooth without leaving clumps of hair in the drain.
Follow these foolproof steps for the shiniest hair on the block.
Ever wondered why the stylist always washes your hair twice? There is a method behind the madness at the washbasin of a hair salon. The first wash is to remove the film of natural oils that accumulate on the hair and scalp. The second shampoo is for deep cleaning. This also helps to save product. The same rules should apply at home. First, start by wetting your hair with lukewarm water. Next, pour about ten milliliters of shampoo into the palm of your hand and spread it evenly over the hair. Massage this in for a few seconds, focusing on the scalp. The first shampoo will not lather so don’t be tempted to add more.
Give your hair a quick rinse then gently massage your scalp and hair with the same amount of shampoo again. This is when the shampoo will start to lather. Gently massage the shampoo in for a minute or two. Don’t scrub, rather use gentle circular motions to avoid damaging the hair root or aggravating your scalp. Once the shampoo has lathered, rinse it thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Conditioner is usually where things go wrong. It’s not about how much you use but rather about how it’s applied and where. Before applying conditioner, gently wring out any excess water from your hair and gently blot it with a hand towel. This will prevent the conditioner from watering down. The amount of conditioner to use is determined by the length of your hair. For long hair, use a dollop of conditioner equivalent to the size of two blackberries. For medium length or short hair, use a dollop the size of one blackberry. Distribute the conditioner evenly over the ends and mid-shaft. Do not massage the conditioner onto the scalp or roots, this will leave your hair looking limp.
Gently comb your hair, starting at the ends working your way upwards with a wide-toothed comb. Wet hair is much weaker and more susceptible to breaking and damage, which is why it’s important to comb the conditioner through gently. Start by detangling the knots at the ends rather than combing it from the root downwards. Once it is combed, let the conditioner sit for seven minutes before rinsing. Ideally, you should rinse your hair with cold water to help seal the cuticle for extra shine and silkiness.
Now that your hair is clean, gently wring out the water and blot it dry with a towel. Don’t rub it vigorously, this will cause damage. Detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb. Dry it, style it and give it a flick. Now your locks are ready to shine!