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5 things you need to know about washing your hair.

Most of us think that we have the right routine of washing our hair.

When I’m working with clients at the salon and the washing part starts,  so do the questions.

 

The  questions I get asked the most by clients are: 

 How many times a week should I be washing my hair?

How much shampoo should I use?

Am I conditioning enough?

My hair gets oily very fast, why is that?

Let’s not forget the ‘No conditioner, it makes my hair flat’ statement.

 

Having these same questions? 

You are in the right place.

 

How many times should I wash my hair?

Hair washing routines differ depending on your scalp, hair type and your hair density.

For example, curly hair tends to be on the drier side. 

People with curly hair should wash less than people with straight hair, who tend to wash more often.

The scalp produces and builds up natural oils, these oils dispense through the hair and are beneficial nurturing & hydrating the hair.

The straighter the hair the faster the oils dispense through the hair. 

Straight hair should be washed every three days, extra curly hair once a week, and every texture in between 3 to 7 days.

 

How much shampoo and conditioner should I use?

The most important part of washing your hair is, washing your scalp.

The usual amount is 1 teaspoon for fine to normal hair and 2 teaspoons of shampoo for thick hair.

For conditioner, it is a bit different depending on the length of the hair.

While conditioning, feel if the product has been equally distributed if that is not the case apply more.

Short hair above the shoulders 1 teaspoon.

Medium hair length hair 1,5 teaspoon

Long hair 1,5 to 2 teaspoon.

Which shampoo and conditioner is the right one for me?

Selecting a shampoo and conditioner can be a difficult task.

especially when there are thousand and thousand of product to choose from.

For shampoo & conditioners, the most important factor is using sulfate & parabens free.

The second important factor is knowing your main hair concern for example: cleansing the scalp, protecting your color, controlling a scalp problem, giving volume.

Then you have shampoos based on textured hair like waves, curls and coils.

The best way is asking your hairdresser for advice, but selecting a shampoo based on your needs is always a good idea.

The same thing applies to conditioner and hair masks.

 

What is the difference between a conditioner and a hair mask?

A lot of people think that a conditioner and a hair mask is pretty much the same.

Wrong, oh so wrong.

It’s true that both products may have some similarities but the effects on the hair are different.

Conditioners are formulated to soften, conditioner and give shine to the hair. .

They also help detangle the hair.

Conditioners are kept for 1 to 2 minutes in the hair and are always applied after shampooing.

Hair mask, on the other hand are formulated to strengthen the hair from the roots to the tips.

The ingredients in a hair mask are much heavier in comparison to a conditioner.

This means that using a hair mask every time you shampoo can weight down to hair.

To prevent that, it is advised to apply a hair mask before you shampoo followed by a conditioner.

Hair mask is kept 5 to 10 minutes, the longer the better.

 

What is the difference between salon product & store brand products?

Besides the price, the most important difference between professional and store brand products are the ingredients, the quality and the quantity of said ingredients.

Salon products are more concentrating and refined, the product is not watered down.

This means you would need less amount of product to achieve your goal.

The most important ingredient , surfactant ‘detergent’ meant to cleanse the hair.

Problem is not al surfactant are the same, Salon products contain the gentler version of a surfactant.

That’s why they produce less lather during shampooing.

Store brand products contain harsher surfactants , these can strip the hair of essential nutrients, moisturizing agents and even color.

Because of the high surfactant base of store brands shampoos, they compensate with their conditioners by increasing the softening effect for the hair.

Besides giving stress to the hair, this causes build-up and residue.

Making your hair flat, easily oily or dry. 

 

My Favorite Shampooing & conditioning products.

Oway' Organic way' Volumizing hair bath for fine, lifeless, floppy hair. It cleanses fine and fragile hair, bestowing body and strength. It purifies the scalp lifting the hair from the roots.
Davines , Melu conditioner .Ideal for long or damaged hair. Its formula is designed to gently condition the hair leaving it soft and light, and adding body and volume. Perfect since It does not weigh down the hair.
One of the purest haircare products on the market, O'right's Green Tea Tree in a Bottle.designed for normal to slightly damaged hair.

Do you still have questions about washing your hair habits?

Feel free to leave a comment.

– Dayhana Herrera

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