Washing your hair seems a simple enough concept, yet this is precisely why it often goes overlooked. How you wash your hair, how often and what with are all very important, and are determined by your unique hair/scalp types and needs. Your hairstylist can help you diagnose these and prescribe product accordingly, but the goal of this blog is to give you a better idea to start.
A) How often.
Through my clients’ responses as of late I find that a distinct number of them are washing their hair too much. Over washing can strip hair of its important natural oils that are designed to protect your hair, which can in turn cause an overproduction of oil which creates greasy roots + dry ends. Keep in mind, though, that overproduction can also be hormonal.
In any case, washing your hair less often allows those protective oils to work their way down your hair shaft. Which brings me to my next point: Long hair should be washed less often. Why? If the hair is long; it’s going to take 4 or 5 days for those oils to travel down! This is also why it’s a great idea to brush your hair often. If your hair is long and also thick, the boar bristle brush will be your best friend.
I can’t stress enough: you must be thorough. Comb out any knots or backcombing before getting your hair wet. Take your time, this isn't a race. Shampoo with circular motions all over the scalp. Make sure to shampoo twice! The first shampoo removes sebum/oils and product buildup. Now that all the excess is gone you can really get into the cuticle of the hair and get a proper cleanse with the second wash. If you have colored hair make sure you rinse your hair with a cooler temperature water to help prevent fading. If you have uncolored, super greasy hair warmer water will help break down all the debris and buildup. Now it's time to condition! Comb conditioner through the ends of your hair and let it sit for 2-10 minutes before thoroughly rinsing with water set at the coolest temperature you can handle. The cold water will smooth down the hair cuticle and help seal in moisture and shine. This is especially true for curly hair, where the cuticle lifts and splits much more easily; usually at the “bends” of the curl. Curly hair can also benefit a lot by drying it with as soft a cloth as possible, wrapped up rather than rubbing it dry.
C) What With.
Again, your stylist can help prescribe a “custom order” but generally speaking these are pretty good rules to follow. Those who wash their hair every day for whatever reason should use a gentle, daily shampoo, with a Ph level of 4.5-6. Hair that naturally has a coarse, dry texture needs something extra smoothing and softening aka Love by Davines which is amazing. Hair that has been damaged by highlighting, bleach-outs, or regular hot tooling needs to be strengthened with protein and extra moisture. (Keep in mind that while most protein enriched shampoos are ok to use every time, the leave-in products can easily be overdosed.) Everyone should use a clarifying shampoo regularly, about once or twice a month. This removes buildup such as product, dirt, mineral deposits, chlorine, free radicals, or oil; all of which will dull your hair and keep your active- ingredient- rich products from getting into your hair to do their thang.
Should you have ANY scalp issues and/or particularly fragile and stressed hair, Davines has a variety of medicinal therapeutic shampoos that we are confident will cure your woes! I will go into these with more detail in my next blog; Scalp Health - Getting to the root of the problem.
I hope this was helpful, even if you learnt just one thing. Cheers and happy sudsing!!
-Bad Ass Mother Cutter-