Are You Washing Your Hair Right?

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Out of all the things you could be doing wrong, hair wash is the last thing you’d think you got wrong. It seems pretty simple; wash your hair, lather it with shampoo, cleanse your hair, apply conditioner, wash it out and blow dry. However, not everyone benefits from this particular hair care routine. People with different hair textures need to follow specific hair wash techniques that complement their hair type. For example, if your hair is too oily, you will need to wash it more often than those with dry and coarse hair. The ingredients in your shampoo and conditioners also have a role to play in how your hair looks after the wash. Here are some expert hair washing tips according to your hair type. Read on to know what your hair needs for the perfect hair day.

Tips And Tricks For Shampooing

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  1. Regardless of how many times you wash your hair in a week, there are a few tips to keep in mind to get the best results. Lather up from the back of your head, starting at the nape of your neck. Remember the area behind your ears as well. Use circular strokes with the pads of your fingertips during the initial wash. Remove filth and grease from the scalp by scrubbing vigorously.
  1. To wash your scalp properly, you must separate your hair before getting into the shower. First, allow the water to run through your hair by tilting your head forward and separating your hair at the back.

How To Wash Fine Hair

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Your hair’s texture is determined by the diameter of each individual hair strand. So a lot of hair isn’t always a bad thing if the width of that hair is of fine texture. However, because thin hair has a smoother and less porous shaft than thicker hair, they are more likely to produce excessive oil.

Rinse well and condition from the ears down with a single  wash. Conditioner isn’t always necessary. Use a detangler spray if your hair is particularly greasy.

A clarifying shampoo is a shampoo that removes product buildup and oils to leave your hair squeaky clean. Use once a week is ideal for fine, tight curls. Consider it a fresh start for your hair. However, due to the drying ingredients in most formulations, it is not recommended for everyday usage. Instead, for best results apply it once or twice a month, depending on your hair’s needs. When using a clarifying shampoo, you should apply it to your hair roots, scraping with the tips of your fingers to stimulate the scalp.

How To Wash Textured Hair

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Those with hair that is neither fine or coarse should wash their hair no more than once every seven days. Curly hair might benefit from a sulfate-free, low-lather shampoo that you massage into the scalp in a circular motion. You don’t want to use anything that will strip the oil from the hair. To open your follicles and eliminate filth, wash your hair twice with warm water. Condition your hair from the mid-shaft to the ends for at least three minutes.

How To Wash Curly Hair

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If you have thick, textured hair and use many styling products, you should shampoo at least three times a week to make sure your scalp is clean. If you don’t clear your hair properly after using products like gloss, cream, gel, or pomade, you run the risk of suffocating your scalp.

The silicone residue in your hair is something you need to consider. It takes a long time for the shampoo to completely break down the molecules and remove them. Add a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine if you’re having trouble getting a good lather. Then, put your head back in the shower and start washing the ends first and dragging the shampoo from the roots to the tips.

Washing every two to three weeks is recommended to keep the hair and scalp clean. Detangle your hair before shampooing by washing it with water and applying conditioner to the ends of your hair, not the roots. A wide-toothed comb can also be used for this purpose. Braid the hair in two or four parts if your hair is too long. After it’s done, you can take a hot shower and thoroughly rinse your hair. Start with a clarifying shampoo and massage in circular strokes only, not zigzagging or up-and-down.

So now that you know all the possible mistakes you were making while washing your hair, keeping your hair healthy won’t be a tough job. Make sure you identify your hair type and texture and nurture your hair accordingly. Do not apply products before doing the patch test, and especially if you like experimenting with your hair as your hair needs time to recover from the damage.

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Indrani Karmakar
Indrani KarmakarSenior Social Writer
Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and doodling.

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