Thursday, October 23, 2014
By Tricia Stevens
Did you know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to wash your hair? If you’re like us, you probably just jump in the shower, shampoo and condition your entire hair separately and that’s it. Well, there’s a better way. And it keeps hair healthier, cleaner and results in less damage. According to dermatologist, Dr. Rebecca Kazin, washing techniques including over-cleansing, improper product application and scalding hot water can damage strands. Here are her suggestions on the right way to wash your hair:
1. First, rinse hair with warm water before shampooing. Make sure water is warm and not hot. By rinsing first, you open the cuticle, which helps release trapped product or debris and helps sulfate-free formulas foam better.
2. Make sure to shampoo on the roots. This is where hair is oiliest and needs cleaning the most. This is particularly true for medicated shampoos that are treating the scalp as well as cleaning hair.
3. Do the opposite approach with conditioner. Apply conditioner to the ends where hair is the driest and most damaged.
4. Most people don’t shampoo again, but if you do, it’s better to skip this step as it strips hair of natural oils needed for softness and shine.
5. Finally, rinse hair with cool water to close the cuticle and increase shine.