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Your beauty and fitness regime require your minute attention; even the small things. This might come as a surprise to you, but even something as simple as shampooing and conditioning your hair has a right technique behind it. It is not sufficient to simply lather up the way you always do. To get the full benefits of your hair care products, you have to utilise them in the right way.
So, the next time you get ready for a bath, with all your hair care products ready, do keep in mind these useful tips and tricks to achieve a cleaner and healthier scalp, and yes, a happier you! Following is the detailed explanation to do the hair spa at home. Check out:
It is best to start with some basics before doing anything new. Let us introduce you to those first.
You do not necessarily have to wash your hair daily, or even every other day, as long as you are not trying to get rid of dandruff. It is sufficient to wash your hair twice or thrice a week. If you have dry or damaged hair, you may want to wash it less frequently, maybe once every four days.
Do not expose your hair to water that is too hot or cold. Instead, stick to warm or tepid water, depending upon the condition and quality of your hair. Also, if you notice that there is not much lather during the first wash, then it is an indication that your hair is dirty. So, you should wash it again, after rinsing off the lather the first time.
Surprised? We are sure you are. But yes, you need to brush your hair before you step into the shower. This will decrease the chances of tangles while you are shampooing, thus preventing hair breakage. This is especially important if you have brittle hair or the problem of hair fall.
It is suggested to limit the use of hair products such as mousses, gels, hair sprays, etc. on your hair. The reason behind this is that they tend to build up on your hair and scalp, which clogs your pores. This ultimately would lead to a lot of hair fall.
In addition to all the things aforementioned, one must also keep hair wash process a short one. It is advised to get in and out of the shower as quickly as possible. The longer your hair is sopping wet, more fragile and breakable they will become.
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When it comes to shampoo, more does not necessarily mean better. It is best to avoid using too much shampoo since it strips away the natural oils that help in protecting your locks against dust, pollution and damage.
There are chances that the pores of your scalp might be clogged with oil or dirt. So, the best way to cleanse them away is by steaming your hair before shampooing. In order to do so, all you need to do is soak a towel in hot water and wring out the excess water. Now, you have to wrap the towel around your head and leave it like that for over 20 minutes before jumping into the shower.
Now, after steaming your hair, you are required to massage your scalp gently with your fingers for a few minutes. This is how you would be able to get rid of the dirt and build up. Not just this, you will also be able to root out the weak hair strands of your scalp.
Have you ever heard that you should use SLS free shampoos? Well, for the ones who don’t know, these are sulphate-free shampoos. It is recommended to wash hair with paraben and SLS free shampoos to avoid hair breakage and damage. While parabens are added as a preservative, SLS helps in forming a lather. Both of these chemicals cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Topping it all, the recent studies have said they can also be carcinogenic and can also cause major eye damage. So, better choose organic shampoos!
Also, don’t make it a habit of washing your hair on regular basis. Washing hair every day can make your hair extremely dry and brittle. It is the best option to wash your hair no more than twice in a weak. This will not affect the moisture level of the hair and would also help in maintaining the hair health.
Now that we have dealt with the correct amount of shampoo to be used, let us move on to the right technique:
Massage your hair with any hair oil to condition and moisturise them in the best possible way. You can use oil such as coconut, almond, or olive oil onto your hair and scalp one hour before head wash. This is how oil will penetrate your hair shaft and will also nourish it from within to give you smoother, glossier, and frizz-free hair.
In order to get fuss-free and smooth hair, you have to towel dry before conditioning. This may sound a little tedious, but this is one of the best ways for conditioning so far. Once you are done with the shampoo, you now have to wrap a towel around your head to soak up all the excess water. After this, apply the conditioner evenly on your hair. The conditioner will fully be absorbed in your towel-dried hair and will easily prevent it from frizzing up.
One of the most important tips for conditioning is to avoid using much of your conditioner. Applying the right quantity of conditioner is the key otherwise your hair will look super greasy.
You might have heard this a lot many times and it's highly recommended to not use conditioner on the scalp. No means NO! If you use it on the scalp, it will buildup on it and would clog your pores. This will lead to reduced hair growth and increased hair fall.
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If you think that leaving the conditioner on your hair for some time would moisturise your hair in a better manner, then you are completely wrong. Conditioners usually work instantaneously when the wet hair cuticle is swollen and open. There is no further chance of penetration once done in wet hair. In fact, leaving the conditioner on for too long can actually make your hair greasy.
In case you have curly hair, you must deep condition them every 2 weeks. The reason why we are saying so is that curly or kinky hair tends to dry up pretty quickly.
Conditioner helps to hydrate the damaged hair ends and makes your hair easier to manage.
For the ones who don’t know, terrycloth towels soak out the moisture from your hair while removing excess water, therefore, leaving it dry. A better option to try is to use either a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt that are gentler on your hair. Moreover, you don’t strip all the moisture out of it.
There are many of you who might rub your hair with a tower or rigorously coil it up in a towel hat to dry it. But this should not be the case! You must not do this anymore. Any of these drying methods would only be disastrous as they cause knotting, frizzing, and breakage. The best way is to use a micro t-shirt or a microfiber towel to gently pat dry the wet hair.
One of the strictest NO-NO is the use of a hairdryer. Just like any other heating styling tools, the blow dryer can damage your hair as well as can also cause split ends. However, if you absolutely need to use a blow dryer to dry your hair, then its best to use it on a cool setting.
It is the best if you detangle your hair when there is a conditioner on it. All you need to do is run a wide-toothed comb through the lower half of your hair in order to get rid of all the knots and tangles easily.
In case you lose huge clumps of hair when you brush it, this is because you might be doing it instantly after you are done with your shampooing. You must keep one thing in mind that your hair is delicate and easy to get brittle if it’s wet. You must wait until your hair gets 70% dry and detangle only with a boar bristle brush or a wide-toothed comb.
Following are the shower hacks everyone should keep in mind:
Well, there you go with your celebrity-like soft and gorgeous hair by enjoying a hair spa at home! The above points sum up the right way to shampoo and condition your hair. If you have any secrets of hair care that you would like to share with us and the other readers, then do leave your comments below.