Lather, rinse, repeat – right? Wrong. If you were under the impression that washing your hair was a mindless activity with seemingly no strategy involved, you’re likely missing out on extremely healthy hair. That’s right, washing your hair incorrectly can lead to limp, overly oily, overly dry, frizzy hair that’s not only unattractive, but also downright unhealthy.
Start with a Thorough Soak
Many people make the mistake of shampooing too soon once they jump in the shower. You want to make sure your hair is thoroughly soaked, as dry roots will cause shampoo to flake, causing an itchy, dry scalp once the hair dries totally. Make sure to soak the hair with warm water, as water that is too hot or too cold will cause the hair follicle to remain closed; warm water will allow the follicle to open slowly as it prepares to receive nutrients.
Wash with Shampoo
Select a shampoo that is organic and doesn’t contain unnecessary additives. Really do your research to determine what it is exactly that you’re putting in your hair. Put a quarter size dot of shampoo in your palm, and rub your hands together before applying thoroughly to your scalp. Massage the roots of your hair, using a small up and down motion rather than a circular motion, so that you avoid tangles. Take about a minute to massage it in, and then rinse with the same warm water.
Wash with Conditioner
Next, take your carefully selected organic conditioner and put a dime size amount in your palm. Rub your hands together, and apply to the ends of your hair, working back toward the root, but never fully massaging into the scalp. Rubbing conditioner on the roots of your hair may cause an excess of oil once it’s dry, so preserve your conditioner for the body and ends of your hair only.
End with a Thorough Rinse
After you’ve conditioned your hair, make the temperature a bit cooler (not cold), and rinse. The cooler temperature will help your hair follicles close back up, locking in the nutrients in a slow and healthy fashion. Make sure that all remaining shampoo and conditioner have been completely rinsed.
Do it Less Often
Lastly, it’s important to note that most people should not be washing their hair every day, as doing so essentially trains your hair to need it. Rather, 3 times a week is ideal. You’ll need to train your hair by spacing out your washes a little at a time, and noticing slow improvement in the condition of your hair over time.
If you continue to wash your hair in this way for several months, you’ll begin to notice a drastic improvement in the condition of your hair.