#1 Using the Right Shampoo
Hair shampoo is one of the core elements to a healthy scalp and hair. However, did you know they can also cause damage if it’s not the right type?
Is Shampoo Bad for Your Hair?
Shampoos that contain silicones or certain sulfates can be harmful to your hair, scalp, and skin. Although these products can make your hair feel clean, they actually remove natural hair oils. This can lead to dull hair, breakage, frizziness, and even skin irritation for those with sensitive skin. So if these types of shampoos are bad, what shampoo is good for your hair?
The Right Shampoo for You
There are many different types of shampoos and finding the right type can get overwhelming. So here are a few products we use in our salon and sell to our clients.
Fine, Thin Hair:
To provide some extra umph to fine, thin hair, we recommend using shampoo and conditioner combos like Redken Volume Injection or Pureology Pure Volume.
Thick, Coarse Hair:
You'll want to look for shampoos and conditioners with moisturizing qualities, like Redken All Soft or Pureology Hydrate.
Check out shampoo/conditioner combos that won't strip your color every time you wash it, like Redken Color Extend or the sulfate-free version Color Extend Magnetics.
If you prefer to go blonde, you'll need look for products with repairing qualities, like Redken Blondage or Pureology Strength Cure. If you are dealing with damaged, over-processed hair, try Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate.
For textured hair beauties, you want to check out our curly hair professional line by Mizani. Look for Mizani's Scalp Care, Moisture Fusion, or True Textures.
#2 Frequency of Washing
In addition to using the right product, using it at the right time is equally important. Natural hair oils are important for healthy, beautiful hair. So washing your hair too frequently can actually be damaging your hair. However, letting your hair accumulate too much oil, dandruff, or product residue between washes can potentially cause scalp diseases and fungal infections. So how often should you wash your hair?
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
According to the experts, they recommend against washing your hair every day but encourage washing at least once a week. Having said that, the exact frequency of washing your hair can vary depending on:
- Hair Type
- The Amount of Natural Hair Oil
- Usage of Additional Hair Products
- Lifestyle and Activities
If you are worried that you’re washing your hair too often or not enough, consult with one of our student hair stylists. With their professional training, they can help guide you through making changes to your hair care routine.
Should You Wash Your Hair Twice?
Yes! Washing twice is crucial to ensuring your hair is thoroughly clean. The first round of shampoo-ing is to work loose any scalp build up and remove hair product residue. After completely rinsing out all of the shampoo, a second round will actually cleanse your hair.
#3 Proper Application
The steps you take in your hair washing routine are just as important as the hair cleansing products. Simply using cool or warm water instead of hot and soaking your hair before shampoo-ing can do wonders for your hair washing routine. In addition, don’t apply shampoo directly to your scalp. Instead, you should work it between your palms to emulsify the shampoo before gently massaging it through the crown of your hair. Applying shampoo to your ends is not needed. And one of the most common mistakes people make is rushing through rinsing. Left-over shampoo can create greasy hair and an itchy scalp, so always be sure to thoroughly rinse.
Is It Bad to Scratch Your Scalp When You Shampoo?
Best scalp health practices encourage gentle massaging pressure without using nails while washing your hair. Harsh rubbing or circular motions with nails can actually damage the hair follicles.
Don't forget to condition!
Only apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the ends of your hair. Putting conditioner on your scalp can create create oiliness. Just like with shampoo, make sure to thoroughly rinse all traces of conditioner. When drying your hair, we encourage using a microfiber towel OR an old t-shirt; you should also squeeze or pat your hair as opposed to rubbing it.
Enjoy Healthy, Beautiful Hair with City Pointe
At City Pointe Beauty Academy, we love helping our clients feel beautiful and confident about their hair. Want to know how to properly wash your hair at home? Schedule a shampoo and style with one of our students and learn more about which products we recommend for your hair type!