Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Wash Your Hair

Ready? Set? Rinse and Repeat!
1. Shampoo your hair

Before you set foot in the shower to wash you’ll need the right products. Think about what’s important to you and what your hair needs. Moisture? Protein? Volume? Curl enhancement? Clarifying? Get the most out of your time in the shower by using the proper strategy. Different shampoos offer different benefits so read the bottle carefully before you buy. You may be surprised at what a difference the right shampoo makes. (Ask your own happy hair stylist what they would recommend for you if you get stuck.)

I personally prefer to encourage clients to wash their hair every other day. If you over wash your hair, your scalp will try to compensate and produce more oil. Natural oils are good for you so every other day is a good balance.

Once in the shower shampoo with about a quarter-sized amount of product. Maybe more or less depending on how much hair you have. If your hair doesn’t lather, rinse and repeat until it does so you know your hair is clean. Always make sure you rinse out the shampoo completely before moving onto conditioner.

Using moisturizing shampoos everyday can sometimes cause build up on your hair so use a Clarifying shampoo about once a month to break up oils and deep clean your cuticles.

2. Condition your hair

After a thorough rinse try to squeeze as much water out of your hair as possible. It’s amazing if you leave a towel over the shower and dry it a little, too. Apply conditioner to midshaft and ends of hair. Comb through with your fingers to disperse the conditioner through all of your hair. Keeping a wide toothed comb in your shower is great too for an even more thorough saturation. 

Warning! Don’t just slap a lump of conditioner right to your head. This can cause your scalp to become oily. The ends of your hair have been with you the longest and are what need the moisture the most.

Leave the conditioner in your hair while you shave, wash your face, and/or loofah it up. This gives your strands a couple of minutes to soak up the nutrients in the conditioner. Once you’re ready to rinse, turn down the water temperature a little to help seal your cuticles. (A refreshing way to wake ya up in the morning!) Make sure you rinse hair well so it is not weighed down when you get out of the shower.

Follow these conditioning steps for daily washes or weekly mask applications.

Remember, your hair is an extension of you, so take care of it.
You deserve to look and feel beautiful inside and out.
Love, The Happy Hair Stylist

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