I have been doing hair for 30 years and I still find it interesting how little people know about washing their hair. I think I have heard and seen it all. I am guessing if you are reading this, you might be thinking to yourself “have I been washing my hair wrong all these years?!” Well I can tell you products do matter and no, you cannot use body wash on your hair! You should be shampooing your hair no more than every other day. You want your scalp and hair to be nourished by your own oils. If you workout every day or have a tendency to be oily, use a dry shampoo to get you thru. So, how should we wash our hair?
Diagnose your scalp and decide what your hair concerns and goals are.
I know this seems like a lot, but if you haven’t done these things, you are not washing your hair correctly. Let’s start with your scalp, a healthy scalp is crucial as it keeps your hair follicles clean and fed ensuring continued growth for your hair. If your scalp is dry or you are dealing with a scalp condition, you should be addressing this with a shampoo. I personally love Davines Scalp Scrub Shampoo with Sea Salt once a week. It refreshes the scalp and removes impurities, product residues and polluting particles. It gives texture to the hair and keeps it clean and light for longer. It’s also the winner of the Women’s Health Best Clarifying Treatment 2020. This product is unique because it has a scalp exfoliator and can deep cleanse the hair all in one. You can buy it in our hair salon in Anchorage, Alaska!
If your scalp has dry patches and flakes, you will need to add in a dry scalp shampoo such as Davines Naturaltech Purifying Shampoo for scalps with dry or greasy dandruff. Clarifying and detoxifying, Purifying Shampoo fights microbial attacks and dandruff, establishing a healthy environment for hair growth. Maintaining balance on your scalp will prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
Determine what type of hair you have and how to approach it.
Do you have curly hair, fine hair, aging hair? Your hair can fall into many different categories. The important thing is to write them all down in order of concern. Here’s an example: I have fine hair, it lacks shine and body. I am over 40 and have gray hair that has a different texture. I also use bleach on my hair and fight a scalp condition called dermatitis. Now you can see how one product could not address all of these issues. Now that you have your list, you should meet with your stylist and decide what products and routine is best to aid in conditioning your hair. At our You Beauty Lounge, all of our hair consultations are free.
It’s important to use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. This will help keep a proper balance of protein and moisture in the hair. Protein is what adds strength to your hair, giving your hair body and protection with any future chemical processes. Moisture helps keep your hair hydrated, adds softness, shine and helps maintain any curl structure in the hair. Your weekly treatments will help keep your hair’s cuticle closed making your hair stronger, smoother and shinier. One of my favorite deep conditioning treatments is from the haircare line Seven, the Kente Bond hair mask. It is a deeply reparative, moisture balancing treatment for dry hair. It infuses hair with moisture while sealing the damaged cuticle and protecting against free radical damage. You can also ask your hair dresser to add on a deep conditioning treatment during your hair appointment.
Use proper technique.
It turns out that some of the habits you developed as a child might not be so good for your hair. Let’s talk about how you should implement your hair washing routine after you have your products and routine planned out.
- Thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water.
Do not shower with hot water. The hot water swells your cuticle, not allowing your products in the hair correctly. I think we can agree most of us dread shampooing our hair and styling it, so we are now using more texture spray and dry shampoo then ever.
- Apply shampoo evenly if it does not suds
Work shampoo to your hands, then apply evenly throughout your hair. When actually washing your hair, you want to stimulate your scalp, not just pat the shampoo on. The stimulation increases blood flow which promotes growth and a healthy scalp. If your shampoo doesn’t suds, it’s only adhering to the product (meaning it’s not cleansing your scalp or hair), and not your hair, so you need wash it again until it suds. Suds = bubbles.
- Rinse and reapply, leaving your shampoo in your hair for at least 1 min.
Now it’s time for the conditioner, but before adding it, ring out the extra water and apply your conditioner evenly to ends. If you are someone who struggles getting body in your hair, do not apply conditioner to your roots. The conditioner needs to sit for a minute. The longer it sits, the more time it has to saturate in the hair to do its job.
- Ring out your hair out again in the shower with your hands.
- Use a microfiber towel to towel-dry hair.
Choose a towel for your hair, preferably made out of microfiber that will pull the water out of the hair without roughing the cuticle of the hair. With your towel, pat your hair do not rub it and twist your hair around.
- Before you brush your hair, it is very important to add a leave in conditioner and oil/serum to your hair.
These last two products lock in moisture, seal your cuticle and are a thermal protectant.
- Thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water.
I hope this helps you sort out why and how you should really be approaching shampooing your hair. Sometimes, people think short hair should be faster, but you still need to follow all of these steps. A major takeaway should be that products really matter when it comes to caring for your hair. I always recommend using organic hair products because you eliminate the unnecessary chemical intake that can be harmful to your body. These products will lead to healthier hair and body. In our hair salon, we sell and use Davines, an organic line from Italy and Seven produced in Bellevue Washington and Seven Hair Care. Get with your hair dresser and try this for 3 months and see the difference in your hair for yourself. Consistency is key. You Beauty Lounge is a hair salon located in Anchorage, Alaska. All of our hair consultations are free!