Washing Your Hair the RIGHT Way

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Believe it or not, many people fail to wash their hair the correct way and wash their hair too often. The old instructions on the back of the bottle of “Lather, Rinse, Repeat” don’t take into account your hair type and the amount of styling products you use. Washing your hair correctly will allow your higher end products to last longer, therefore saving you money in the long run.

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When washing your hair, it is important to control the temperature of your water. Using water that is too hot will not only dry out your scalp, but can cause hair color to fade before its time. The closer to cool the better.

Before you shampoo, it is important to thoroughly wet your hair with warm (again not hot) water. Use this water to rinse as much styling product out of your hair as possible, so that you do not have to use as much shampoo. Let the water do the work.

Start with a quarter size amount of shampoo and disperse into both hands. Apply to scalp in different areas rather than just the top of your head and work around your scalp. If for some reason, you are not experiencing a decent amount of lather, rinse and take another quarter sized amount and repeat. If your hair is extremely dirty or you have a lot of product buildup, you may need to repeat this a third time.

Keep in mind, you are lathering your scalp, not your hair. The water and soap running over your hair should be enough to clean your strands. If you do use quite a bit of sticky product on your actual hair shaft, you may want to consider lathering your strands as well, but you’ll want to avoid over washing it and stripping the natural oils from your hair. Rinse with warm water.

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Now it’s time for conditioner. How much you use will depend on the amount of hair you have and the quality of the product. Typically the higher end and more quality conditioners will allow you to use less in order to get the right amount of conditioning. Focus on applying your conditioner from the middle of your strands to the ends and then lightly work your way to the scalp. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and tend to get worked the most. Your ends are what need the most hydration. When rinsing, use the coolest water you can handle. This will close down your hair cuticle, leaving your hair smoother, shinier and will help preserve your color.

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Of course, this can all change based on your individual hair type, your lifestyle and the products you use. This process is based on the products I carry at Salon Amaryllis: Seven haircare and Lakme hair care. If you have questions at all or would like to try some of the products I carry in the salon, you can always stop by or send me a note and I’d be happy to help.