We all do it everyday, but washing your hair is far more than simply a case of getting it clean - doing it right could eliminate bad hair days and repair damage. Don’t worry, we drafted in SHOW Dry’s hottest stylists to share their ten golden rules on how you should be washing your hair for that salon-silky finish…
Know your type.How often you wash your hair should be entirely dependent on your hair and scalp type. If you suffer from a flaky scalp, daily washing is recommended to help remove dead skin that may hamper the production of natural lubricating oils. If you have a healthy scalp that gets oily at the roots, wash every other day (though if it starts to look very lank or feels uncomfortable, give it a wash). If your hair is dry and porous, shampoo no more than twice weekly to avoid the strands from absorbing large amounts of water that’ll weigh down strands and lead to loss of elasticity and, eventually, a propensity to break.
Focus on your scalp.When you’re massaging in shampoo, stick to applying to your scalp - your ends will automatically be cleansed as you wash out the shampoo and doing it this way will avoid damaging the lengths. Equally, if you have got very oily roots and parched ends, you can use a cleansing shampoo on your scalp and then a more moisturising formula towards the end of your hair.
Though be gentle.You may think scrubbing harder will get your hair extra clean but it won’t - instead, putting too much pressure on your scalp or rubbing vigorously can lead to greasier hair as a result of encouraging excess oil secretion from the sebaceous glands.
Count it out.You want to rinse your hair for twice the length of time you spent lathering it with product. It may feel arduous, but it’s vital to get all the residue out of your hair.
Do consider a second shampoo.Just as you might exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells, washing hair twice will allow the hair and scalp to breathe.
Never rub your hair with a towel.Yes it may speed the drying process, but it also causes friction and damages the cuticle which will in turn distort the natural texture of your hair. Instead, blot dry after squeezing out excess water with a super-absorbent towel like the Aquis Microfibre Hair Towel.
Try a scalp treatment. The scalp is the powerhouse of the hair and is where all the nutrients are produced. If you have a healthy scalp, your hair will be thicker, shinier and more resistant to damage so treat it regularly with a hair mask.
Saturate the hair with water before you shampoo.This will help you to achieve a good lather and speed your shampoo’s passage through the hair.
Don’t comb directly after washing. Your hair will be prone to breakage at this point. Instead, take a wide-toothed comb through your locks while your conditioner is going to work. Bonus: your conditioner will then have more of an opportunity to evenly-coat the strands.
Treat your ends.They need moisture far more than the roots or mid-lengths. Make sure you comb your conditioner through your ends but not at roots where it can contribute to the appearance of greasiness. Tip: pop on a shower cap to let your conditioner or conditioning treatment benefit from the steam action to really push moisture into the shafts.