Washing your hair – it’s not rocket science, right?
Well according to the experts, it’s a lot more complicated than you might think. A quick shampoo, condition and go? Not likely.
Apparently, the key to gorgeous hair isn’t in how often you wash it, but the way you do it.
Celebrity hairdresser Charles Worthington says washing your hair too much robs it of essential oils.
“Clients in general shampoo their hair too much, we all like the feeling of being clean however, the oils we produce are also essential for moisturising,” he said.
“Washing your hair less often will also respect the condition of the ends, as the heat of constant drying and straightening is much less.”
So how are you supposed to wash it? Here are a few do’s and don’t’s…
Don’t shampoo once - Do shampoo twice!
When you go to the hairdressers, they don’t stop at one simple shampooing but two – for good reason. Apparently it takes two goes to really clean not just your hair but your scalp too.
"It’s always a great idea to actually shampoo your hair twice, you will find the first shampoo will break down any product build up, the second shampoo will be more cleansing and lather more" comments Ben Moth, Art Director at Easton Regal.
And don’t use half a bottle – a pound coin-sized amount for each cleanse is plenty.
Don’t use hot water - Do use tepid or cold water!
Hairdresser Andrew Barton told The Daily Mail: “Women often wash their hair with water which is too hot, thinking it will make hair cleaner.
“Hot water activates the sebaceous gland which secretes oil and can leave hair greasy soon after washing."
Try tepid and finishing with a cold rinse.
"The final rinse I advise to do with cool water, this will increase shine as it closes and seals the cuticle," adds Moth.
Don’t shampoo your scalp or the ends - Do shampoo the top section and condition the ends!
Shampoo on the scalp will make your hair greasy. Barton said: “Don’t rub your scalp too vigorously. This will encourage oil secretion from the sebaceous gland.”
Instead, work your shampoo through the top section of your hair and as you rinse out, it’ll clean the ends too.
Gustav Fouche, Senior Stylist at Michael Van Clarke suggests using the palms of your hands. “Use the palms of your hands when massaging in the shampoo, as opposed to your finger-tips - this helps to avoid scalp abrasions and reduces stimulation of sebaceous glands.”
Conditioner should be applied only to the ends and worked through using a comb.
Don’t forget to exfoliate your scalp – Do it once a week!
When your skin’s a bit blocked and flaky, exfoliation helps – and it does the same for your scalp and hair. Unclog the pores in your scalp with an exfoliating shampoo or mask once a week.
Don’t towel dry your hair - Do blot it instead!
Fight the urge to vigorously dry your hair with your towel.
“When drying, avoid rubbing with towels, this creates friction and can damage the cuticle leaving hair dull and lifeless, blot dry instead to prevent damage,' said Issie Churcher, HOB Salons’ Creative Colour Director told the Daily Mail.
Blot or dab it try before squeezing out the excess.
Who knew hair washing was such a complicated formula?