Hair wash - we have been doing it since infancy, it is understandable to assume that by now we have nailed it, except we haven't!
Did you know the texture, condition and strength of your mane depend on the way you wash it, more importantly, the way you condition it?
And, what if we say, the right way to wash hair is not as simple as rinsing-shampooing-conditioning. Let's go back to basics, shall we?
Shampoo effectively does the job of cleansing your scalp of the dirt, grime and grease buildup. It unclogs the pores and makes it easier for the hair follicles to absorb nutrients.
Where shampoo opens the hair cuticle, conditioner seals it locking the nutrients, improving elasticity and strengthening hair strands. And it's this conditioning technique that you need to focus on.
Slapping on the conditioner and rinsing it immediately afterwards is equal to applying no conditioner at all. Your hair is saturated with water, which keeps the conditioner from penetrating into the hair shafts and nourishing it. As a result of which, your hair ends up being frizzy, dry with no shine, and much less soft.
One simple solution is to towel dry your hair after shampooing, before conditioning, to reap the best out of your conditioner.
For that swish-worthy silky hair, here is a step-by-step method on how to wash your hair using the right technique.
Comb your hair. Work out all the tangles with a wide-toothed comb. Combing before shampooing minimises hair breakage and allows easier cleansing.
Massage your scalp. Using the soft bud of your fingers, massage your scalp in a circular motion. Keep doing this for 5 to 10 minutes to loosen the dirt, dead cells and stimulate blood flow.
Douse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as it can cause the hair shafts to split, leading to frizz and breakage.
Take a quarter-size shampoo in the palm of your hand. Apply it to your scalp and length of your hair; and using water, work it into foam. Massage it for a minute.
Stroking your hair in a downward direction, rinse out your hair. Make sure every last residue is washed clean.
Now the most important part. Before applying conditioner, squeeze your hair and wring out the water as much as possible. Then, wrap your hair length in a towel to blot out the moisture.
When still slightly wet, take a dollop of the conditioner in the palm of your hand and work it through your hair ends. Avoid contact with the scalp.
Let it sit, for at least 5 minutes, before you rinse out the conditioner. To give your locks that added shine, in the end, rinse your hair with cold water. It seals the cuticles and makes your hair appear silky. Pat dry as usual.
By blotting out the excess moisture, you are allowing the conditioner to penetrate deeper, thereby sealing, repairing and moisturising the hair shaft better.