Wash Your Hair Woes Away
While you might think washing your hair is just a mundane step in your morning routine, it actually plays a big part in influencing hair characteristics. Traits such as texture, colour, stylability, and much more can be effected by this one step in your regimen. It’s also important to note that quality is better than quantity, as daily washing can lead to residue-coated strands, colour fading, and dryness. In order to get the best out of your hair, think of washing as more of a treatment for your specific hair needs and goals. Here are some common hair concerns that can be overcome simply by washing:
Whether it’s a dry, flaky skin issue or a fungal one, there are ways you can wash your hair to help treat dandruff. Tea tree oil, for instance, is one of nature’s natural fungicides, so using a shampoo that contains this potent oil is a great, non-drying way of freeing yourself from those unsightly dry flakes. Another remedy would be to rinse hair in an equal parts water and apple cider vinegar solution. Apple cider vinegar is another common household product that works as fungicide.
Since those with dry skin and scalps are more prone to dandruff, just switching to a more moisturizing shampoo or simply washing less frequently might be all you need to significantly reduce dandruff.
Washing your hair can even tone or colour-correct hair. As anyone who has ever gone blonde knows, keeping brassiness at bay is an ongoing battle, but thankfully, the right shampoo can keep your blonde hair bright and brass-free. Purple or violet coloured shampoo is one of the best ways of nixing yellow, orange, and red hues at home. This shampoo is a must-have for anyone wanting to maintain their platinum hair or just keep their blonde highlights looking salon fresh. Purple shampoo is also great for making grey hair look more like strands of shimmery silver.
Hair strands develop residue for a number of reasons, it could be from an abundance of minerals in your shower water (also called “hard water”), the inevitable accumulation of hair products over time, or even shampoo or conditioner from your previous wash that wasn’t rinsed well. Tell-tale signs of hair that has too much buildup would be a flat, coarse, and weighted appearance, and hair that feels “coated.” You’ll lose that clean silky feeling and your hair will have a hard time fluffing up.
A good clarifying wash will remove built up residues and restore your hair to being lightweight, soft, and touchable. It might be tempting to keep using a clarifying shampoo, but due to the acidic quality of clarifying ingredients such as lemon or apple cider vinegar, it’s best to use them sparingly to avoid throwing your hair’s pH off balance.
An extra moisturizing way of washing your hair is to leave your conditioner in first, or do a hair mask prior to getting in the shower and washing. You can also try a sulfate-free shampoo. Though sulfates are what cause your shampoo to create that satisfying lather that leaves your hair feeling squeaky clean, over time it contributes to dryness. By using a sulfate shampoo, you’ll be striping your hair of its natural oils every day, which won’t give it a chance to coat the full length of your hair. Try using a moisturizing shampoo around your crown and letting it rinse through the length of your hair.
Grow Hair Faster and Healthier
If longer hair is what you’re after, it’s easy to become impatient and discouraged waiting for it to grow. You can speed up the process by keeping your scalp healthy and stimulating growth with a scalp massage while washing. Another tip for growing longer hair is to wash no more than 3 times a week so your scalp sebum has a chance to protect the length of your hair, which will reduce breakage. Avoid washing hair in super-hot water and end your show in a cold rinse to seal the cuticle and keep moisture locked in.
Simply washing your hair the right way can make a huge difference in texture and stylability, if you’re not convinced, let us prove it to you! You can take advantage of our buy 9 wash and styles and get the 10th one free promotion and see what a difference the right products and attention can do for your hair. Schedule an appointment with us to start seeing a difference.