You think you know how to shampoo, right? I mean, you’ve been doing it your entire life!
You might be surprised to learn that many women aren’t getting the most out of their hair care routine because they don’t know the best way to apply shampoo and conditioner. Yes – you might be doing it wrong and without realizing it, making your look less than fabulous than it should!
So, that whole soapy lather thing we see in commercials and then do ourselves? Not good! Not only does bubbly lather often indicate your shampoo contains sulfates (which dry out your hair and can cause brittleness and breakage) but you also don’t clean your roots as thoroughly as you need to.
Instead, rub a dollop of sulfate-free shampoo between your hands and use your fingernails to get it deep into your scalp. Don’t worry about the ends of your hair – they’ll get cleaned when you rinse it out. Once you’re sure that the top of your head is completely lathered, rinse it out and move on to the conditioner. If you avoid conditioner because you find it weighs your hair down, try a lighter conditioner designed for thinning hair so it volumizes.
When you condition, you actually want to start from the ends and work your way up – the opposite technique of shampoo. The ends can split and break, so they need the most nourishment. You don’t need as much conditioner by your scalp (unless you have very dry or frizzy hair) because the natural oils in your head take care of that. Once the conditioner is applied, leave it on as you wash your body.
When you’re ready to rinse, make sure your water is tepid to cool – NOT hot. I know this does not sound pleasant, but it will ensure smoother hair and promote shine.
Congratulations on shampooing your hair the right way!