How You Should Be Washing Your Hair
Best Ways to Wash and Dry Hair
A clean scalp and hair is what we should hope to achieve regularly. While most of us try to keep a good hair cleansing and maintenance routine, we do it without the understanding of how to best achieve it. Each part of our body has a specified way of cleaning it. How you wash the skin on your face is not the same way you wash the skin on the other areas of your body. This is so because the skin on the other areas of the body tends to be tougher and less exposed than that on the face. The scalp which is the skin on your head also has its own ways of maintaining it. Due to the many underlying blood capillaries and veins, the scalp is often a very sensitive spot. Any pressure and tension on it can cause serious conditions that are not easy to cure or manage. With this in mind, before using any hair loss treatment your hair and scalp should be washed and dried using a favorable technique that soothes and heals it to allow for hair and scalp rejuvenation.
Prepare Thoroughly Before Every Wash
1) The first step in preparing your hair is to oil your scalp and entire head with natural hair growth oil.
Let it soak in for a couple of hours before the actual wash. Hair oils soothe the scalp and help restore the natural flow of blood into the hair follicles. Another reason to oil your hair before washing it is due to the shampooing effect left on hair. Shampoos drain the scalp and hair off its essential natural oil composition. Using natural hair oil as a base before any shampoo comes into contact with the hair and scalp will prevent any harsh chemicals and compounds from corroding its outermost layers.
2) Secondly, you'll need to brush out your hair to remove any tangles and knots.
We do this before the actual wash because hair becomes very sensitive and easily breakable once it gets wet.
Don't start by shampooing immediately rather, rinse your hair with clean water then apply the shampoo on the scalp and hair roots. Massage it in lightly then proceed to the first rinse. Depending on how dirty your head is, you may have to apply the shampoo a second or third time as you rinse it out, do this till the foam and water that comes off is clear of any dirt colorant.
The Right Water Temperature to Wash Hair
The first and most important component in cleansing the hair is water. Water is a universal solvent that has just the right amount of gases, compounds and nutrients. As a solvent low in viscosity, it easily penetrates some hard to reach areas of the scalp and hair and softens these areas to remove dirt and smudge. For the sake of the blood capillaries, veins, scalp and hair cells the right water temperature should be used while washing the hair. The best water temperate to wash hair should be slightly hot to lukewarm and for conditioner use cold water. Do not use very hot water while shampooing your hair since its heat will burn the protein layer on the hair. Very hot water also interferes with the natural way of warming the body which is often gradual as you adjust the temperatures. Instant warmth applied on the body is not right and may result in a sudden heat wave on its cells thus causing frizz and strain.
Conditioners are often milder than shampoos and they contain compounds that are relevant for restoring and strengthening hair cuticles. For them to work effectively we advise that they are used right after shampooing the hair. Apply the conditioner along its entire length and massage it into the scalp using your fingers. Leave the conditioner on the hair for a few minutes then rinse it out with cold water. This water shouldn’t be very cold but have cool temperatures agreeable to the body. Hair conditioners are best for closing the scalp pores and cuticles. Open pores and cuticles should be avoided at every cost, if left open harmful bacterial and microbial agents may penetrate through. These agents may be useful on the outside of the pores and cuticles but once inside them they may cause serious hair and scalp conditions.
While Shampooing and Conditioning Your Hair
Only apply generous amounts and remember that these cleansing products are not meant for the entire head but for the scalp. We can't really avoid these products from getting onto the hair so we try hard to prevent any shampoo from reaching the hair strands. The lather that foams while rinsing is enough to cleanse and clear out any dirt residue from its ends.
Best Conditioner To Use On Your Hair
Use a good conditioner that has smoothing and hydrating properties. On the use of conditioners, we strongly advise that you don't stick to one manufacturer, change them as oft as possible. Other than the common rinse out conditioners we are used to there are other types of conditioners known as leave-in conditioners. These conditioners are best used to restore dry brittle hair.
How To Best Dry Your Hair After Washing It
After the washing routine comes the drying routine. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair or toweling it to dry water. Press a clean dry towel against the hair, pat all around it and let the water soak into the towel. Do not move the towel in a back and forth manner since this movement will eventually weaken and damage the hair.