You’ve been washing your hair all wrong

It’s funny how you can get something as simple as washing your hair wrong. It seems pretty basic, run some water through it, put your shampoo, wash, rinse, repeat. But there is a little but more to it than that.

  1. Don’t put shampoo on dry hair, before adding water. You should make sure your hair is completely wet before adding on the shampoo. Running water through your hair first helps open up the cuticles which helps remove dirt trapped in the hair.
  2. When washing, use the tips of your fingers and not your fingernails to gently massage at the scalp of your head. Wash in stroking motions, rather than circular motions as those could tangle the hair, and cause hair loss when you are trying to detangle.
  3. Sometimes you don’t need to use shampoo to wash your hair, instead use a conditioner to co wash. Co-washing involves using a conditioner to cleanse your hair and maintain its moisture at the same time, unlike washing with shampoos which tend to strip the hair of its moisture.
  4. Never skip out on using a conditioner after washing, even when you use one of those two in one shampoos. When conditioning, start at the middle of your hair, and end at the tips. Conditioning your roots could lead to over saturation of oils there, as your hair already creates it’s own natural oils.
  5. Get the right type of shampoo and conditioner meant for your hair type. We all have different types of hair textures and patterns, products working for your friend, might not work for you.
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