As a kid, mom told me that I had to wash my hair every single day – and I believed her because by the time 6pm rolled around, my scalp would be greasy and my hair felt dry and…gross. Part of that could have been due to the fact that I was 10 and loved to run around outdoors and get as messy as possible, but part of that was definitely due to over-washing and over-conditioning my hair.
I used to spend 45 minutes each morning before work washing, drying, and styling my hair. As soon as I realized that I was going about it all wrong, my hair was healthier, my scalp felt better, and best of all, my hair didn’t need to be styled every single morning. When something like washing your hair becomes routine, it’s hard to stray from old habits. These steps should convince you to TRY!
Brush that mane before you get into the shower.
This will do several things. 1) You will stimulate your scalp, which will promote hair growth by increasing circulation. 2) You will prevent breakage while you’re trying to untangle it after the shower. 3.) You will keep your drain free of too many hairs that might clog it up halfway through your shower.
Put a small amount of shampoo in your hand and work it into your scalp. ONLY your scalp.
The ends of your hair are prone to breaking and becoming brittle when you strip away all of the oils that keep them healthy. Use enough shampoo to cover your scalp and help to remove excess oils, but there is no need to apply shampoo all the way down to the tips of your hair unless you’ve been rolling around in the mud or spilled mustard on them over lunch (guilty).
Massage your scalp.
Before you rinse out that shampoo, massage your scalp for a good minute or two once it is fully lathered. This will remove more dirt and grime and the massage will further stimulate your scalp.
Rinse with warm water and wring it out.
Don’t use scalding water to rinse out your hair! Use warm-to-cold water to get all of the soap suds out. Using colder water helps your hair to prevent breakage and frizzing.
Condition the ends of your hair and work your way up, but SKIP your scalp!
Wring out as much water as you can and apply conditioner to the ENDS of your hair – the part that needs conditioning the most! Run it through your hair and work your way up, spreading the conditioner until it’s a few inches from your scalp. The ends of your hair need the most nourishment and hydration, but your scalp will produce enough healthy oils without the added conditioner. This is why I always had greasy hair by the end of the day as a child. I would put the conditioner on my scalp, and by the time my natural oils had built up, there would be too much oil in my hair.
Rinse with COLD water.
Hey, I settle for cool water, honestly (I can’t handle the cold). The cold water will “seal” the outer layers of your hair and help to protect it from damage throughout the next few days.
If you blow dry your hair, follow these instructions!
First, add a heat protectant. Second, use a cool-to-warm setting (heat will BREAK and DAMAGE your hair faster than anything!). Third, start from your roots and work your way down. Fourth, don’t stay in one spot for too long. You don’t want your hair to become too brittle!
And last but not least…
You really only need to wash your hair 2 or 3 times a week. If your hair tends to built up a lot of oil fairly quickly, you might need to wash it more often, but in my case, my hair was only oily because I washed it too much! Try these tips and see if it makes a difference in your hair!
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