Now many readers will begin to contemplate on this topic. Thoughts like, isn’t shampooing quite easy? Should it be discussed? Obviously, the right way to shampoo should be wet, shampoo, rinse, condition, (steam), rinse and dry. So, such an easy task cannot be done wrong. This article will wow you a lot. The fact is you can make lots of mistakes when it comes to shampooing…that’s right! So the underlying question is; how is this possible? As we dig into this article, we will find out what shampooing mistakes we have made.
For the purpose of this article, the process of shampooing is divided into three; pre, intra and post shampooing, which simply means before, during and after shampooing respectively. Now, some of you are already inquisitive to know more about these processes. Let’s take a look.
Before shampooing, choose the right shampoo for your hair. People with virgin hair always prefer to use a sulfate free shampoo, due to the nature of the hair, Natures Gentle Touch Monoi Oil Natural Hair Strengthening Shampoo can be used. On the other hand, if the hair is relaxed, a moisture care shampoo is advisable, an example is; Natures Gentle Touch Herbalblend Moisture Care Shampoo. However, there are times when the chemical application (relaxing) is done on the hair. Ensure to use a shampoo that has a colour indicator which shows when the correct pH balance is restored to the hair. This will enable proper removal of the chemical or relaxer. An example of such is Natures Gentle Touch Silky Neutralising Shampoo.
Also, it is important to detangle the hair. This can be done by properly combing the hair with the appropriate comb before getting the hair wet. Wet hair is usually delicate, so it is important to ensure that the hair is properly combed beforehand. After this has been done, ensure that the water to be used is warm, not hot. Warm water opens the hair cuticle which makes it easy to remove any dirt and build up from the hair. When the water setting has been properly regulated, then you can proceed with shampooing.
Shampooing is a very delicate aspect. Start by rinsing the hair with warm water. When the hair is soaking wet, take a moderate amount of shampoo and gently lather the root of the hair with the fingertips, not nails, then work down to the ends. Do not fold the hair up and scrub it with the shampoo as this can cause a lot of tangling and damage. After this is done, you can rinse off the shampoo.
After shampooing, apply conditioner to the hair. Shampooing strips the hair of its moisture, conditioning helps to restore moisture to the hair. Start from the ends of the hair to the root. Ensure that the ends get a generous amount of conditioner since they are more prone to damage. Gently massage into the hair. If you are using a deep conditioner, you need to allow for 10 – 15 minutes under a steamer, while an instant conditioner only takes 3 minutes. After conditioning, rinse off conditioner with cold water.
Finally, dry the hair properly. A leave-in conditioner can be used on the hair while styling it.
Have you been shampooing right? By now, you should be able to pinpoint some mistakes that have been made. The good thing is you now know the right way to shampoo.