We all spend a lot of time and money on many different products that we find on the market to make our hair look perfect. But the real problem might be in the way you wash your hair.
Two of New York’s hair pros, Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon and hair stylist Nunzio Saviano of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York share their best tips for lathering up—and doing it the right way.
Follow these few tips and steps to wash your hair the right way:
1.START WITH A RINSE – Your hair should be completely wet before you add your shampoo. This will enable the hot water to open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt from the hair.
2.IF YOU HAVE LONG HAIR, CONDITION FIRST AND THEN SHAMPOO – It may sound weird but if your hair is beneath the shoulders long, protect fragile ends from drying out by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing, before any shampooing. These will not only keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine,” says White.
3.LATHER UP — BUT ONLY AT THE SCALP – The best way to lather up is from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will inevitably be the oiliest, while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair. Don’t use more shampoo than you need, a quarter-sized amount of shampoo is enough. If your hair is particularly long or thick, go ahead and double that.
4.BE GENTLE! – Rubbing can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Try to wash your hair very carefully.
5.DON’T RINSE AND REPEAT – “Avoid stripping the hair by doing one shampoo only, which is usually sufficient,” says White. “Unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce lather,” in which case, go ahead and lather up one more time.
6.ADD CONDITIONER FROM THE MID-LENGTHS TO THE TIPS – After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of the hair before you put in the conditioner. Then clip your hair up and finish showering, leaving the conditioner rinse out for the final step of your shower. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Don’t put conditioner at the roots of your hair; the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there.
7.FINISH WITH A COLD WATER RINSE – Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine
If your hair is oily or fine, you may need to shampoo daily. Normal or dry hair can lather up closer to three times a week.
Use products that are made for your hair type. If your hair is dry, choose moisturizing products. If you color your hair, opt for color-safe formulas.