Washing your hair is one of the most fundamental methods of caring for it. Washing your hair is a daily ritual. It does more than just clean our hair; it relieves tension and improves our attitude. However, it's essential to learn how to manage your hair in the shower while it's wet and fragile. But are you shampooing your hair correctly? Since everyone's natural hair is different, you must figure out what works best for you, your lifestyle, and your hair. We've got the lowdown on how to manage washday like a pro to help you establish your perfect regimen.
Here are some hair care ideas, as well as dos and don'ts, to help you make your hair care regimen even more effective.
Detangle Your Hair Before Wash
• DO: Before you wash, detangle your hair. Detangling your hair is necessary, but it can be time-consuming if your hair is thicker, longer, or your curls are tighter. The easiest approach is to detangle with your fingers first, then with a broad tooth comb.
• DON'T: Yank your hair during detangling. It's something we've unhappily learned from sitting in between our mothers' laps as she brushed our hair. Starting at the root and pulling out hair as she combed all the way through. Not only does this give an unneeded headache, but it also uproots hair that wasn't ready to go. This might even harm the follicles, causing the hair to fall out and never grow back.
While Washing Your Hair
• DO: Before shampooing, make sure you completely rinse your hair with water. Shampoo lathers and distributes more evenly on damp hair. If you wet your hair thoroughly before washing it, you'll find that you need less shampoo to wash it. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water. Warm water will assist open the hair cuticles, allowing the shampoo to enter deeper and eliminate debris and oil from the hair. The open cuticles will also be better able to absorb the conditioner's oil and hydrating properties.
• DON’T: Shampoo only the hair. The roots are usually the oiliest part of the hair and thus the scalp requires the greatest care during shampooing. Since the ends of the hair are older and drier, they get even more dehydrated after being treated with shampoo. So, rather than washing your ends, concentrate on cleaning the scalp.
• DO: Condition deeply. You must have realized that deep conditioning on wash day results in maximum moisture. Because the ends of the hair are the driest and require the most moisture, apply extra conditioner to the ends and let it on for a longer period of time. Continue with your shower while the conditioner does its magic. Remember to wash the conditioner off with cold water to help close the cuticles and to ensure your hair doesn’t become frizzy.
• DON’T: Rush your hair wash day. Most of you are probably busy and have a large to-do list. But it's called wash day for nothing. It's important to detangle, wash, deep condition, and style your hair with care. Even if our natural hair is thick, we still have a lot of work to do. So, take your time and maintain your hair with love and care.
How To Dry Your Hair?
• DON'T: Pull-on damp hair. When your hair is wet, you may notice it is a little more brittle, so be extra careful not to tug or pull the wet hair, or you'll lose a few strands.
• DO: Allow your hair to air dry. This is usually a better alternative to using a blow dryer, and it's one of the reasons why wash day takes so long. Another useful suggestion is to dry your hair with an old t-shirt rather than as a towel to reduce frizz.
• DON'T: Use too much heat. If you must use heat (particularly on wash day when the hair is damp), apply a heat protectant product and avoid overheating the hair; as it will harm the hair in the long term.
How To Achieve Your Long-Term Hair Goals?
• DO: Protect with protein. Some people may be unfamiliar with this phrase, but including it in your wash-day regimen can be beneficial. Because hair is made up of protein, using a protein treatment on wash days helps to strengthen the hair. There is a list of DIY protein treatments available online, as well as protein treatments available at your local medicine shop. Most protein treatments include eggs and oil to provide moisture.
• DON'T: Use an excessive amount of commercial goods. It's tough to advise don't use them at all because these products do assist stimulate natural hair development, but there are several compounds in shampoos and conditioners you should avoid, such as sulfate, isopropyl alcohol, PEG, and glycol, to name a few.
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