there a Right Way to Wash Your Hair?
Nicole Elizabeth Smith
it or not, there is a right and wrong way to
wash your hair. And how you shampoo and condition
your hair will make all the difference in its
health, shine, and overall condition.
washing your hair, it is best to do so in the
shower, as you won't be able to rinse properly
in the sink. Start by rinsing your hair to remove
any leave-in conditioner or styling products.
a quarter sized dollop of shampoo and rub your
hands together to distribute it. Put the shampoo
on your scalp, not the ends of your hair. Work
the shampoo into a lather by massaging your
scalp with your fingers. You may also use a
scalp brush. Don't mix your hair all over your
head; the more you do, the more tangled it will
may notice that during the first shampoo, you
won't have much lather. That means your hair
is still dirty. Rinse well and repeat, but this
time, let the shampoo sit for a minute (especially
if you are using a protein shampoo). Rinse,
then press the water out of your hair. Never
squeeze or pull your hair when it's wet. Instead,
smooth your hands from the top of your head
down to remove excess water - an important step
before adding any conditioner.
and Rinsing: Hot water or cold?
say you should wash your hair in hot or warm
water to help remove dirt and build-up, and
rinse in cool water to close the cuticle and
add shine. However, the effects are barely noticeable.
penetrate better on towel dried hair so remove
excess water first. Be gentle! To protect your
hair, smooth your hands from the top of your
head down to remove excess water. As your hair
grows longer, gather your hair at the base of
your neck with one hand, and once anchored,
use the other hand to gently press the water
out of the ends of your hair.
use a generous amount (half-dollar size dollop
or more for longer hair) to ensure your hair
is completely covered. Concentrate on your hairline,
nape, and the ends of your hair, where it's
needed most. Massage well, but DO NOT COMB THROUGH;
it's too damaging to your hair. Snap on a plastic
cap and sit under a warm dryer for 10 minutes.
Rinse well and follow with an instant conditioner.
Elizabeth Smith, the author of "Healthy
Black Hair" (2003), is a freelance health
and beauty writer and a graduate of Michigan
State University. She and her son Zack live
in Michigan. Currently, she is beauty editor