Written by Jannelle Singleton and Kathy Zuluaga
Washing our hair is something we all do routinely. It’s something so basic and something we are so used to we don’t even think about how we are washing our hair or if we are doing it properly. In fact, most people don’t realize they are washing their hair incorrectly! Have you noticed your hair gets oily faster and you are having to wash it more frequently than you’d like? Do you feel like your hair is always a tangled mess or your color never lasts? Well ladies (..and gents), you could be washing your hair incorrectly, but not to worry! We are here to help. Our talented stylist, Jannelle Singleton, gave us some tips on how to shampoo and condition our hair properly and the benefits of doing so!
Tip 1- Where to apply shampoo
To begin, we should always apply shampoo on the fingertips instead of the palm of the hand. That way most of the shampoo will not go down the drain. Doing so will save you money. By applying it on the fingertips, you’re ensuring you are getting it on the roots and scalp.
Tip 2- Shampoo does not go on ends
Shampoo should not be placed on the ends of hair and/or rubbed, scrubbed or tortured in any way. This roughs up the cuticle and leaves hair in a tangled mess. The whole purpose behind shampoo is to get rid of oil or sebum from the scalp, which could never possibly reach the end of your hair. It will, however run through your ends and this is enough.
Tip 3- Forget the bubbles!
Most quality and professional shampoos and conditioners such as the Oribe and Goldwell Kerasilk lines, are sulfate, paraben and sodium chloride free. Which also means – little to no suds. For those who feel compelled to have a bubble bath on your head, Jannelle tells us it is unnecessary for the health and cleanliness of your hair! Doing so will strip out your color and overly dry out our hair, making it fragile and prone to breakage or shedding. If you fall into this category, make sure your hair is thoroughly wet before shampooing and add a little shampoo. If that is not to your liking, add a little more water and a little more shampoo instead of just shampoo. You will see the difference!
Tip 4- Conditioner goes on the ends
When it comes time to condition our hair, you should shake out or ring out any excess water and then start with a quarter size of conditioner to run through the midsection to the ends of your hair. (The midsection is about an inch off the scalp to an inch or two from the bottom.) During the process, if you notice any tugging or the conditioner not gliding, add some more where it starts to catch. It does not go on the scalp or roots. This creates buildup on the scalp. It also leaves the hair greasy, heavy, and you will have to wash your hair too soon.
By following these tips, you will save money on shampoo, your hair will be softer, shinier, tangle free, your color will last longer, and your hair will shed far less. Now you can put that extra cash towards that Dry Shampoo you’ve had your eye on!