One of the first self-care routines we learn is shampooing. As we grow up, this part of our beauty regimen becomes second nature. We’re more concerned with efficiency and less concerned with how to maintain healthy hair. Kick your mindless shower routine and remember these four tips when shampooing hair! Your locks will perk up in no time.
1. Warm Water
Rinsing your hair with warm water before washing loosens dirt and oil so your shampoo can clean more thoroughly. Keep in mind, however, that rinsing your hair with warm water helps open your hair’s cuticle, causing porosity in your hair that might fade color-treated hair more quickly. That said, if you’re dealing with color-treated hair, try using a sulfate-free shampoo.
2. Cold Water
Once shampooed and conditioned, rinse your hair with cold water to close your cuticles. Rinsing your hair with cold water, especially after conditioning, seals the hair’s cuticle and allows it to retain lots of necessary moisture. This sealing also promotes shiny, luscious locks and a smoother finish. It also helps naturally detoxify your hair, since toxins and waste products are eliminated more easily with cold water.
3. Skip It
Shampooing every day can deprive your hair of its natural oils and nutrients. Naturally, your hair produces an oil called sebum, and this acts as a protection barrier for your hair. According to professionals, it’s okay to go a couple days without shampooing! Washing too often comprises your hair’s lushness, since shampoo traps oils, washes away sebum, and dries your hair out if you do it too frequently. Not only does skipping a few days give your hair natural shine and body, it also helps daily styling hold better.
4. Switch It Up
Using the same products month after month can lead to a dreaded hair plateau.Contrary to popular belief, your shampoo doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time; instead, your hair’s natural chemical balance is altered by your shampoo over time. If you switch your shampoo out every four to six weeks, your hair will react well and remain manageable.
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