Hope y’all had a productive week?
This article is a guide on how to wash our hair the right way.
Is there a particular way to wash hair? some may ask, well there is. Your hair is at its most vulnerable when wet and if precautions aren’t taken while washing, you might be doing your strands more harm than good.
I know most people don’t have the time to wash nor do they even wash their hair themselves, but this guide will go a long way in helping out whenever you want to take out time to do so.
African hair loves water, trust me. You can never feed it enough so, there is nothing like over washing. It only becomes “too much” when you always shampoo the hair. Most times, you could just spritz your hair with water – it’s also a part of washing.
The steps to washing your hair the right way are listed below:
• Wet the hair thoroughly with warm water. Most people don’t do this, they just pour a little water on d hair and go straight to shampooing – this is very wrong. You need to wet the hair thoroughly to open up the cuticles and remove some dirt.
• Shampoo from roots to end. The root hairs are younger and oilier while those at the ends are older and drier.
• Use medium vertical strokes when shampooing as this increases blood flow to the scalp and stimulates growth. Friction while shampooing can damage the hair cuticle which can lead to breakage or frizz, while circular motions cause tangling.
• After rinsing out the shampoo, squeeze out some water from the hair and then put in the conditioner. For oily hair, apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends as the natural oil from the scalp is already concentrated there. For dry hair, apply the conditioner from roots to ends.
• Rinse out with cold water as this shuts the cuticles tight, sealing its outer layers. This causes it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine.
Note: Shampooing just once is enough before conditioning, except in cases where the hair is very dirty.
” Over-pooing” can strip the hair of its lustre.
Always give time for your shampoo to work by allowing it to sit on the hair for 3-5 minutes.
The longer the conditioner stays on the hair, the better it is absorbed so don’t rinse off the conditioner immediately after applying it on the hair. Leave the conditioner on the hair for 7-10 minutes and then comb through before rinsing out.
I hope with this tips, you will cultivate the habit of handling your hair well while washing. So, on your next visit to the salon, enlighten your stylist on this if you feel he or she has been doing the wrong things.
Remember to always drink lots of water to help detoxify your body system and help stimulate hair growth.
Have a blessed weekend.