Applying Shampoo on the hair is one of the most basic thing we all do with our hair. But are we always adopting the best ways to apply shampoo without causing any potential damage to the hair? Hair is an important aspect of personal care and a beautiful face and striking features are not enough to make our look complete without beautiful healthy hair. Therefore, instead of finishing in a hurry, we should adopt the most effective ways of cleansing as well as nourishing it. Applying shampoo should be considered as more than just a hair cleansing ritual which can actually make you feel relaxed after a long day at work or travel. In fact, shampooing hair the right way can be therapeutic as well. We have listed some necessary steps to be followed while using shampoo on your hair that will cleanse the hair and scalp and also make your tresses silkier, shinier and stronger with every wash. Here are the steps
1. Oil Your Hair:
Oiling your hair before applying shampoo can be extremely beneficial. Firstly, because oil nourishes our scalp and hair and makes it stronger and promote hair growth. Secondly, the left out oil which was not absorbed can be washed off with shampoo which would otherwise remain in the hair as a sticky and greasy mess. Thirdly, our hair tend to lose moisture and oil locked in the hair follicles while shampoo is being used, making the hair dull and frizzy. Hair oil helps in maintaining oil balance of the hair. It is best to use coconut oil, mustard oil or olive oil. You can use a mixture of these or add any other essential oil that are beneficial for hair to it like castor oil or eucalyptus oil.
2. Brush Out Your Hair:
Before rinsing your hair, make sure that you brush your hair properly. Brushing improves blood flow into the hair follicles and opens up the pores and unclogs them off excess oil build-up. Brushing also detangles each strand and removes all stubborn knots from your hair which makes it easier to rinse the hair.
3. Rinse Thoroughly:
Rinsing your hair is very important to prepare your hair for shampooing. It is best to rinse your hair before shower. However, if you choose to rinse it while in the shower, do it with caution as wet hair is always fragile. Avoid using hot water as it is likely to reduce the moisture and make your hair dry and frizzy. It is best to use warm water which helps in opening up and unclogging the pores in the scalp and cleanse it off all impurities, dirt and excess sebum. This also makes the hair and scalp more receptive to conditioners and oils applied in the hair.
4. Apply Shampoo:
Now let’s get into the most crucial part i.e. shampooing the right way. Take some shampoo on your palm, a generous coin sized portion for short to medium hair and almost twice of it if you have longer hair. Start applying from the roots to the tips, gently massaging with your finger tips. Don’t forget to cleanse the scalp gently without rubbing it abruptly. While working through the length of the hair, avoid rubbing in circular motion. Also avoid any form of scrubbing as this may damage the hair. Keep massaging gently while rinsing off with water. Begin from the back of the neck to
the front hair.
5. Squeeze Out The Water:
Before applying a conditioner it is important to dry the hair off extra water. If it remains drenched in water, it will not be able to absorb the conditioner. Moreover, a considerable amount of the conditioner will go waste with the runny water. You can either get rid of the extra water with the help of a towel or gently squeeze it out with your hands.
6. Condition With Patience:
Both shampooing and conditioning needs great deal of care which should not be finished in a hurry. Take a small dollop of conditioner, almost one third of shampoo you had used. Spread it evenly on your hair through the midshaft to the hair tips. Allow the hair to absorb it for 3-4 minutes and wash off thoroughly with water. Make sure no conditioner is left on the hair after washing which will otherwise cause accumulation of excess oil in the hair making it greasy to attract dust and dirt.
7. Use A Leave-In Conditioner:
If you have frizzy and unmanageable hair, leave in hair conditioner is for you. You can apply it on cleansed hair after a shampoo session. Once you have applied a leave in conditioner, you can leave your hair open or untied while stepping out, without worrying about managing it.
8. Use Cold Water:
You can use warm water to cleanse your hair and condition it. However, it is always best to use cold water in the final rinse. As already mentioned, warm water helps in opening up the pores, cold water works as a toner and closes those pores.
9. Drying Your Hair:
Shampooing is incomplete without following the proper procedure for drying. First of all, wrap your hair around with a towel and avoid wrapping it right. As wet hair is very fragile, instead of using a comb to detangle it, start removing the tangles with your fingers when the hair is partially dry. Avoid blow drying when not necessary. Blow drying results in loss of moisture from the hair and makes it dry and frizzy.
10. Choose The Right Shampoo:
There are so many varieties of shampoos that suit every hair type. There is possibly every variety of shampoo like anti-dandruff, for straight hair, for black hair, keratin treatment shampoos, herbal shampoos, and many more. It is essential to choose a shampoo that works good on your hair without causing any potential damage. You should also avoid experimenting much with shampoos and their brands. Choose a shampoo that also suits your budget so that you can use it for a longer time. Whether you wash your hair with shampoo daily or twice a week, shampooing and conditioning should be a relaxing and rejuvenating affair, rather than a cleansing ritual, so that your hair remain healthy and bouncy between two cleansing sessions.