by Mary Wolff
When it comes to taking care of your curls, you know the main steps for healthy hair. The big three steps (wash, condition, and deep treat) are the building blocks of any good hair plan. Have you ever wondered if you are washing your hair the right way? When it comes to that first crucial step in hair care, there are a few things you should keep in mind abbot the right way to wash your hair.
1. Use less shampoo. Most people, regardless of their hair texture, are using too much shampoo. If you are one of those people that fills your palm with shampoo, you are using too much. In fact, the recommended amount of shampoo you should use is probably less than you think you need. For hair that is short to medium in length, you will need anywhere around the size of a quarter. For longer hair that falls past the shoulder blades, you will need closer to two quarters. This will really help cut down on shampoo costs!
2. Work your way below root to tip first. The idea is to apply the product to your roots and massage them until around mid-shaft, and then let the rest of the solution run down your strands on its own. The reason for this is because shampoo can have a drying effect on your strands and natural oils act as the buffer between the shampoo and the hair. Since oil has a harder time traveling down to the ends of your hair, you need less shampoo there. This will prevent your ends from drying out.
3. Do not rub the hair shaft. When you are washing, and rubbing as your means of cleansing, you naturally disturb the hair shaft and raise the cuticle. Too many people are rough with their strands when washing, and think rubbing them is the right way to wash hair. You should only ever run your hands down the hair shaft when washing, never rub up.
4. Give hair a squeeze. After you have washed and rinsed your hair, giving it a squeeze before you move onto conditioning can remove excess water so your conditioner stays more concentrated. Hair can hold a lot of water and your conditioner will always work best at full strength.