A Simple and Effective Hair Wash Regimen in 4 steps
You know your hair type and you’ve chosen a shampoo that suits it.
The shampoo cleanses well enough that you probably don’t need to wash your hair every day, and perhaps contains conditioning ingredients designed to help handle one or two problems you commonly encounter.
Now you’re ready to head to the shower and shampoo effectively, yet gently. Here’s how, in four quick easy steps.
Hair Washing Step 1: Prerinse
Soak your hair thoroughly, craning your head forward so that the water runs from back to front. If you have relatively long hair, gather it up and flip it forward to ensure a good rinse. You may find that the entire process is easier if you stand with your back to the shower head as opposed to facing it.
This will almost surely feel awkward at first, since most folks like to tilt their face up toward the shower head and let the water run from the top of the forehead back. But that’s precisely what we want you to avoid. The strands along the edge of your forehead and at the sides of your hairline are typically the shortest and most brittle on your scalp.
When you subject them to intense water pressure, you encourage split ends and breakage. Rinsing from back to front allows you to avoid this problem. Another advantage of the back-to-front rinse is that it virtually guarantees that the roots will be as well rinsed and well cleansed as the ends, an especially important consideration for anyone prone to dandruff or scaling of the scalp.
Finally, adjust the water temperature of your rinse to suit your hair type. Coarse or unruly hair generally responds best to warmer water, while fine, limp hair usually likes a lukewarm rinse.
The reason: The curls and kinks in coarse hair require hot water to help break down the strong hydrogen bonds that caused the strands to bend this way and that in the first place. Limp hair, conversely, needs all the body it can get, so you don’t want to further weaken its already frail molecular bonds with water that’s too hot.
Hair Washing Step 2: Applying shampoo.
Pour enough shampoo into the palm of your hand to lather your hair deeply and completely. The amount of shampoo required will vary depending on the density of the product’s concentration (i.e., how much or how little water the formula contains), as well as the length and thickness of your hair.
A full tablespoon, give or take, should be about the right quantity in most cases. Next, gently work the shampoo into your hair, using a massaging motion with the tips of your fingers. Take your time and make sure the shampoo lather penetrates down to the roots and scalp.
If you cover these areas well, the ends will take care of themselves. Also, be attentive to the hair around your temples and along the nape of your neck. These spots are often glossed over too lightly or, even worse, missed entirely.
Step back from the water while you apply the shampoo, and allow the lather to stand for 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing it out. This gives the shampoo adequate time to bind chemically with the hair shafts. If you rinse too hastily, you will be removing the shampoo from your hair before it has a chance to do its job.
Hair Washing Step 3: Cleansing rinse
Rinse under cool or tepid water until every trace of shampoo has been removed from your hair, again with your back to the onrushing water and your head craned forward.
A complete cleansing rinse will probably take more time than you think—a full minute at a minimum, and somewhat longer if your hair is at all thick or bushy. If you like, you can speed up the process a bit by massaging your hair during the rinse.
Hair Washing Step 4: Drying
First blot excess moisture from your hair with a thick, absorbent bath towel, then comb while the hair is still fairly wet. If you towel-dry your hair, be sure to use a blotting or patting motion, as opposed to a vigorous rubbing that can lead to fraying and breakage. If you blow-dry your hair, do so at a moderate heat setting.
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