Here are some tips on washing hair and how to look after it…
Shampoo your hair twice. If you wash your hair every day, 1 shampoo is generally ok. However if you wash your hair any less often, do 2 lathers of shampoo in your hair.
The first will cleanse your hair and scalp. The second will treat your hair and scalp for any concerns you have and also make sure your hair is actually cleaned properly. If you shampoo once you may find your hair is constantly oily and product may build up in hair.
Distribute your shampoo evenly between your hands before putting on your scalp. Apply the shampoo evenly, some on top of head, sides and back. You want to have an even lather throughout the whole head.
Don’t put all the hair on top of your head when shampooing, this knots the hair up and damages the hair cuticle.
Shampoo your roots, then the shampoo that runs over the rest of the hair is enough to clean it. Don’t rub your hair when shampooing on the lengths and ends. Again this knots the hair and damages the cuticle.
Try to use a sulphate and paraben free shampoo. Sulphates are the nasty foaming agents they put in cheap shampoo and conditioners (mainly supermarket brands) like floor cleaner and other horrible things. And paraben’s are the preservatives. You should look for products that have a symbol on the back of the bottle saying “12m” which means you should use within 12 months of opening. If you dig up a product from the back of the cupboard from a couple of years ago, don’t use it! It will cause more harm than good and can actually damage the hair.
Stay clear of high marketed supermarket brands that claim to make your healthier in 6-8 washes etc. These brands that are very cheeky with their marketing. They make you think it’s “the best non salon shampoo” but the truth is its every hairdresser’s nightmare. These products contain dangerous silicones that coat the hair and make it appear to be soft and shiny. In the long term it’s damaging the hair and can cause a chemical reacting if you colour your hair lighter that can burn the hair and turn it to jelly.
When conditioning keep the product away from the root if you hair gets oily. If you massage it in it can make the problem worse.
Shampoo opens up your hair cuticle and conditioner closes the cuticle back up, so it is essential that you use both. Two-in-One products generally don’t work and should be avoided!
Use products for your actual hair type. Eg, if you have flat, lifeless hair, use a light, volumising shampoo and conditioner that won’t weigh your hair down.
Hairdresser’s recommend salon quality shampoo and conditioner for a reason. It’s not to make you buy expensive products, it’s because we have an expert opinion and can advise on a proper product to work on your hair. Get a professionals advice where possible.
Most supermarket shampoos are very diluted. Hence why they are cheaper – you get what you pay for. When you make the swap to quality hair care you will notice a huge difference in the condition of your hair. It may cost you more, but it will last you a lot longer as it is concentrated, so you only use a small amount.
If your hair is weak, damaged, coloured, dry or frizzy, sometimes a treatment mask is better to use than a conditioner as it is stronger. Alternatively, you can use a treatment once a week when you feel your hair needs some loving. Hair steaming is also another great way to get your hair feeling fantastic and healthy. It promotes hair growth and locks in moisture!