July 6, 2010 – So, my salon manager Julie gave me a long lecture on the right way to wash hair and what the consequences are if you don’t – so I thought I’d share that with you today!
For best results, wet your hair with warm water to open the scale-like cuticles of the hair and wash all the oil and dirt off. And then, you can rinse your hair with cold water after wards to close the cuticles and add to the shine of your hair.
Then you might want to rinse your hair under the shower to rid it of leave-on conditioner or any styling products you have used – do this with your fingertips, but be gentle.
Then, pour a dollop of shampoo on the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, and then apply the shampoo to your scalp. Take note that you should put the shampoo on your scalp and not at the ends of your hair, as the shampoo would dry your hair’s ends and cause it to weaken and split.
Also, do NOT mix your hair all over your head as you shampoo (I do this a lot!!!) because it will get all tangled up. After this, rinse the shampoo off.
Now let me tell you why we shampoo twice. The purpose of the first shampoo is to clean the oil and dirt off; the second shampoo is supposed to let the shampoo treat our hair. So, repeat the process, but let the shampoo sit on for around a couple of minutes. Rinse the hair completely after this.
To get rid of excess water, don’t pull or tug your hair because the hair is at its most delicate when it is wet, just squeeze the water out. After this, apply a dollop of conditioner – and apply it along the hairline, the nape and the ends of the hair. Pile your hair inside a shower cap and let the conditioner stay there for around ten minutes. Then, rinse it off completely.
Now this whole process may feel long winded. But hey, great hair takes time and effort.