New Hair Washing Rules

December 16, 2014

Little tweaks in your shower routine could make your hair fuller, healthier, and more manageable.

“Lather, Rinse, Repeat”… NOT

DO IT EVERY OTHER DAY

Your hair looks best when the natural oils that start in the scalp are allowed to reach the ends. That’s why we recommend shampooing every other day — or even every third day.

BRUSH IT

Yes, you need to brush your hair before you step into the shower. This will decrease the chances of tangles while you are shampooing, thus preventing hair breakage. This is especially important, if you have brittle hair or the problem of hair fall.

DITCH THE FOAM

Non-foaming and sulfate-free shampoos are considered less damaging to your hair, because they don’t contain harsh chemicals that can strip your hair of natural oils.

DIAL DOWN THE TEMPERATURE

Shampoo and condition your hair under lukewarm water, then switch to cold water right before you get out of the shower to close the hair follicle and give it shine.

RINSE RIGHT

Rinsing your hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your scalp, which keeps it healthy, shiny and dandruff-free. It can also help whisk away buildup from styling products.

MASK YOUR HAIR

Hair masks are heavy-duty color protectors and hydrators and can give you a few extra weeks between salon appointments. Those with coarser hair can apply masks all over their head, but finer hair types should just focus on the ends.

SLOW DOWN

Pat—don’t rub—your hair dry. Your strands are delicate, and your vigorous drying is just a whole lot of destructive friction. Since your hair grows from the root, the ends of your hair are as old as your last haircut, and they become ever more vulnerable to damage until you trim them off.

BEFRIEND DRY SHAMPOO

Use it the right way: shake the can well to distribute the powder, then hold it at least six inches from your head. Lift up your hair in sections, spray the dry shampoo at the roots, and let it sit for a few minutes before rubbing it in with your fingers.
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