Samantha has always enjoyed her hair washed by a hairdresser- it’s satisfying, relaxing and her hair never looked so gorgeous.
But being a super busy woman doesn’t give her the time to visit the salon as often as she would like. And that’s why she had always wondered how to wash her tresses at home so that they would look and feel like as they were washed in the salon.
Understanding Samantha’s as well as other girls’ frustration, in this article, we have discussed the steps you should follow to wash your hair like a Pro so that they look just like salon-washed hair.
1. Choose the Right Shampoo
Choosing the right shampoo for your hair washing routine is important if you want your tresses to be cleaned as well as look silky and smooth. Not all the shampoos available in the market are suitable for all types of hair and therefore, you need to be cautious when buying a shampoo for your hair.
For delicate fine hair, we would suggest a mild yet voluminous shampoo (like this Kerastase Densifique Bain Densite Bodifying Shampoo) to add the required amount of body to the flat tresses while cleaning them gently without stripping off any moisture and nourishment.
Similarly, to clean your thick, coarse hair, you should adopt a moisturizing shampoo so that it not only removes dirt and buildups from your scalp but also makes them silky, smooth and manageable. The Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Shampoo would be an excellent choice for your thick hair.
On the other hand, if you have severely damaged hair locks, hair experts suggest that you adopt a sulfate-free shampoo for your cleaning regime. Sulfate tends to strip off moisture and natural oils from your hair making them drier, brittle and more damaged.
2. Know the Right Washing Technique
Even when you have the right shampoo according to your hair type, your hair would never look like as you have just visited the salon if you don’t know the proper washing techniques. Knowing how to wash your hair properly is very important.
Begin by wetting your hair. Then take an appropriate amount of shampoo ion your palm and start at the hairline (because women tend to wear makeup but don’t clean the hairline properly). Keep on lathering down the hairline to the crown and then down to the nape of the neck so that all your hair and scalp is covered in shampoo.
Then with gentle motion and delicate pressure, massage through the scalp to remove the dirt and build-up but not hurting the scalp skin. After 4-5 minutes, rinse off the shampoo completely with water.
If you are washing your tresses on the 4th or 5th day, then apply more shampoo and work through the hair and scalp using a scrubbing motion. By removing dirt, debris, and buildups, you are letting your scalp breathe again which in turn will make your hair stronger and silkier.
3. Use Luke Warm Water
Even though a hot, steamy shower seems super relaxing after a long day of work, it’s a big NO-NO for your hair. Washing your tresses with hot water can strip off moisture and nourishment from your making them dry, brittle and more prone to breakage and damage.
Hair experts suggest washing your manes with lukewarm water following a cool rinse to keep the moisture level intact. The warm water opens up the cuticle layer and the cool rinse shuts them up so that the moisture remains in the hair strands for a long time making your tresses silky and smooth.
4. Don’t Forget the Conditioner
After you are done rinsing off your shampoo completely, it’s now the time to apply your favorite conditioner. A hydrating conditioner like the Nexxus Moisturizing Conditioner would not only provide your tresses with additional nourishment but also make them look frizz-free, replenished and full of life.
Apply the conditioner from the mid-length and work your way to the roots. Leave for 3-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly. The reason we suggest not to apply conditioner on the scalp is that it can clog the roots and weigh down your hair.
5. Use a Microfiber Hair Towel
You may be out of the shower but you are surely not done yet. If you want your freshly washed hairs to look like as if you just walked out of the salon, don’t forget to use a microfiber hair towel to wrap them up. A microfiber towel (such as the DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel) soaks up all the excess water in a matter of few minutes and leaves your tresses smooth and frizz-free.
6. Less is More; Avoid Washing Every Day
The secret to enjoying great hair locks is to avoid washing them daily; cleaning your tresses thrice a week or every other day would not only remove the dirt from your scalp but also keep your manes healthy and silky.
Your scalp produces an adequate amount of natural oils to keep the hair locks well-nourished, healthy and shiny. But when you wash them daily, the cleaning agents of a shampoo wipe off the oils and nourishment from the hair and the scalp making them super dry and brittle which then leads to hair breakage and severe hair fall.
However, if you want to wash your precious hair locks every day then we would suggest you try co-washing; co-washing or “conditioner only” washing means that you skip the shampoo and wash your tresses with just a conditioner. The benefit of this washing method is that it acts as a great conditioning and hydrating treatment for your hair locks while cleaning them thoroughly without stripping off any moisture or natural oils.
Try this Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Cleansing Conditioner for your co-washing routine.