Correctly shampooing your hair is much more than applying the shampoo and rubbing in through your hair. When you follow these steps, your hair will be healthier and full of body & shine!
- Take the time to detangle and brush your hair. It will help avoid breakage and stimulate the scalp and let you get the most out of your shampoo and conditioner. Depending on your hair type, you can do this with a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb before stepping into the shower. Detangle any stubborn knots by spritzing them directly with a leave-in conditioner (Original Sprout Miracle Detangler is a great one.).
- Saturate your hair. Before applying shampoo, make sure that hair is properly soaked by saturating it completely under lukewarm water for at least a minute. This can help open the pores of your scalp and allow it to be more receptive to any products you apply.
- Massage, don't scratch. While washing your hair, it may be tempting to get rid of grime by tackling it head-on, but be careful not to press or dig your nails into the scalp harshly. Instead, massage your scalp gently in circular motions using your fingertips and a clarifying shampoo. using scalp massaging techniques in the shower have been linked to reducing stress. Aside from feeling super relaxing, scalp massages can also help create an ideal environment for hair growth. Scalp massages can stimulate the hair’s follicles and help with removing dead skin cells on the scalp.
- Start by rubbing at the temples in small circles, slowly working your way to the top and focusing on the hairline. Next, move onto the nape of your neck by placing both hands on the sides of your head and rubbing your fingertips in circular motions and gently using your thumbs to pull the skin upwards at the base.
- Use the correct amount of shampoo. With daily washing, it’s important to use the right amount of product on your hair. To avoid overloading on the suds, try using a teaspoon amount of shampoo and conditioner. While your shampoo should be focused on the scalp, your conditioner should be applied only to the ends. You can always add more conditioner or follow up with a mask afterwards if you feel like your hair really needs the added moisture.
- Certain hair types are better off washing every few days as opposed to daily. If this sounds like your hair, on the days that you do cleanse it is time for the lather, rinse, repeat! To get the best clean possible, it’s best to break down your shampooing routine into two stages. The first rinse will take care of major dirt and grime that has latched onto your hair, while the second rinse can help deep clean the hair.
- Rinse, Rinse, Rinse. As you spend time washing your hair, it’s important not to overlook rinsing. Take a few extra minutes to properly remove any shampoo and conditioner out of your hair to save yourself trouble with post-shower build up.