Do You Really Know How to Wash Your Hair?
Everyone washes their hair, but are you really doing it right? How often should we wash our hair? Are there different ways to wash hair for different hair types?
Hair type, texture and length are factors that everyone knows about, but scalp condition and lifestyle are very important factors that many people overlook, such as the amount of time you spend exercising and the level of pollution in your city.
While there is no one-size-fits-all universal answer to this, it all comes down to correctly identifying your hair type - which may be a little different from what you think it is.
How do you wash your natural hair?
● First, before you can determine the best time to wash your hair, you need to properly assess your hair - even if you think you already know what it is. That's because there are many factors that are indistinguishable from the naked eye, such as the porosity texture of your hair.
● Washing your hair without using products and then letting it air dry is the easiest way to determine the texture of your hair. The trick to assessing the thickness and texture of the hair is to take a piece of hair and rub it between your fingers.
● If you can barely feel it, you have fine hair; if you can feel it and there are lumps, then you have coarse hair. If your hair is one of those in-between, it's medium hair.
● However, if your hair has frequent split ends or if your hair overall looks shapeless and bad, then low porosity may be the cause. Low porosity can leave your hair lacking shine and bounce, which can eventually lead to split ends.
● How do you test the porosity of your hair? Please take another strand of hair and place it in a glass of water. If the hair floats on top of the water, it means your hair has low porosity. Also, if your hair takes a long time to air dry or is completely soaked with water when washing, these are also signs of low porosity.
Wash your hair according to the hair type
If you have fine or flat hair
In general, fine hair is mostly flat, which means that fine strands will get greasy faster than other types of hair. Most people with fine hair need to wash their hair every day, but more importantly, you need to know how to wash your fine hair.
Use a dime-sized amount of shampoo, fine hair doesn't need a lot of shampoos and too much will just make you wash your money away, literally.
Don't apply shampoo directly to your scalp. Lather the shampoo in your hands first, then massage it into your scalp.
When washing fine hair, rinsing is a very important step. We recommend that you rinse your hair with slightly colder water, cold water helps to close the hair shaft, making it smoother and shinier,.
If you have oily hair
Excessively greasy hair should be washed once a day and you need to focus more on the method than the products you use. The most effective way to wash greasy hair is to separate it into sections. Use your fingers to massage the scalp, which activates the follicles and the roots of the hair, bringing oxygen to the roots.
Then, be sure to rinse your hair very thoroughly - any residual product will accelerate the oiliness of your hair, and the conditioner should be applied only to the ends.
If you have thick or dry hair
Having thick, dry hair is a very enviable thing. This type of hair does not need to be washed too often, just once or twice a week, and you need to spend your time preventing your hair from drying out.
Apply a conditioner or repair mask before shampooing to give your hair extra moisture, then use a small amount of shampoo at the roots before applying the second round of conditioner and rinsing out.
Wash hair with dry shampoo between washes to keep hair dry at the roots (dry shampoo does not affect the health of the scalp)
If you have naturally curly hair
The frequency of shampooing actually depends on the needs of your individual hair type, but natural hair should not be washed too often to avoid drying it out. After washing your natural hair with shampoo, it is important to nourish your hair with a conditioner to lock in moisture and hydration and protect it from harmful environmental influences.
After shampooing your hair at least twice to remove all buildup, you will need to apply the conditioner to your wet hair and then apply it to your entire hair before partitioning and combing through each section, using a combing brush, working from the bottom up.
The reason I prefer to use a combing brush rather than a wide-tooth comb is that a combing brush helps remove shed hair. Thoroughly combing the hair helps avoid tangles, especially for those with curly hair and tighter textures.
If you have balanced hair
Those girls who have hair that is not too thin nor too thick can wash their hair every two days with a mild shampoo. It is important to note that a common mistake many people with this hair type make is to over-wash.
This can cause problems with your otherwise healthy hair, such as causing your hair to become very dry at the ends, or causing your scalp to produce too much sebum, which can lead to oily roots.
So, resist the urge to wash your hair too often and keep it to a maximum of 3 times a week.
If you have curly hair
Coarse and curly hair tends to be drier, so the longer you let your natural oils work, the better.
Shampooing advice for curly hair is to wash once or twice a week with a moisturizing cleanser, then spend more time conditioning with conditioner.
For conditioner, start at the ends of your hair and work your way up the hair, allowing the conditioner to stay on your hair for a few more minutes if you have the time.
If you have colored hair
For colored hair, just wash according to your hair type, however, if you want your color to last longer, you will need to use a color-conditioning shampoo to protect your hair color.
If you have a sensitive scalp
For less severe scalp problems, a mild and moisture-rich shampoo can reduce itching and reduce dandruff. Dandruff is a skin condition unrelated to scalp and hair care. Dandruff can occur for a variety of reasons and may be related to genetics, the balance of skin microbes and allergies.
A more sensitive scalp is likely to be seborrhea dermatitis. Redness of the scalp, excessive oil and scaly dandruff are the telltale signs of seborrhea dermatitis. If your scalp is really bothersome and persistent, then general hair care won't help you much and we suggest you should see a dermatologist.