Washing one's hair is the very first building block of hair health. You may neglect your trims, vitamins, and deep conditioners, but I'm telling you, you're in for trouble if you don't wash your hair with regular precision. What are the risks? To name a few: clogged pores, dandruff, bacteria, yeast build up (which leads to terrible scalp irritation) and hair loss. There is of course the comments you may get from just the smell... NOTHING made me laugh harder or cringe more than when Taraji P. Henson said that after an extended stint sans washing her dad sniffed about and said her head smelled like the hind quarters of a goat. A goat. Now that's the honesty of a father's love!
So how does one get optimal hair through cleansing? I mean really! In order to have Nicole Scherzinger hair, must I lock myself in the airplane bathroom crash about in that upright coffin with microscopic sink to emerge with ecstasy screaming, steward calling hair? I mean first of all, I can't even get the press-button water to stay on long enough to wash and rinse one hand, much less accomplish such a feat. Where would I put my purse? What about the inevitable passenger beating on the door needing to rid themselves of the questionable chicken cacciatore? Who are these marketers anyway? Deceiving us with the genetically blessed, hair-flinging Scherzinger strutting down the tiny aisle in what appears to be a flatteringly-lit, moderately populated and completely adult economy class. Well I never!
Tip one. NEVER attempt to cleanse your hair in the bathroom of an airplane. That point settled. Lets go through the basics.
1. Rinse to start - The first step in a proper wash is total water saturation. A thorough rinse removes the first layer of dirt and particulate matter from the hair.
2. Don't use too much shampoo! - Shampooing is basically cleansing the hair from product build up, environmental dirt and particles that get trapped in the hair. You don't need a ton of product to shampoo. About a quarter size should be used for each wash.
3. Double wash - So instead of thinking that you need a half bottle to scrub hair clean. Consider washing your hair twice. The first wash probably won't create much lather as its just cleansing away all that dander. This external cleansing of the hair can be quite half hearted. The second shampoo is your opportunity to really get right into the roots and truly cleanse of the scalp and roots of the hair.
4. Wash in sections - Unless you have poker straight short hair you shouldn't be throwing your hair up in a pillowy pile of foam when washing. Why??? You are creating tangles in the hair, which you may end up getting free of via breaking the hair when you attempt to detangle. Instead section the hair into 2, 4 or more parts depending on the thickness and length of the hair, washing each section as described above.
5. Cold Rinse - If you have fine hair and shampooing is your only step to cleanse and condition. Then after your regular warm rinse follow up with a cold (as you can stand it) rinse to seal the cuticles and cut down on the dreaded frizz.
1. Unless you have super fine or oily hair, you may want to consider the every day or every other day wash. If you have thick wavy to loosely curly hair you may want to wash every second or third day. For those with super curly to kinky hair treat your hair like cashmere. Wash regularly gently and every 3 to 5 days. Of course you may want to wash more frequently based on how often you work out and how oily your hair is.
Consider playing around with the timing of your hair washes. Don't put yourself in a box. You may think a once a week wash is good enough but it may be too infrequent. On the other end of the spectrum an everyday wash may be drying and stripping your hair.
Determine what is best for you, and put it in PEN on your calendar.
p.s. We'll be taking a break to le you get settled into the routine so far.