Washing hair is like brushing teeth - we can do it in our sleep. At least we think so. In fact, there are many mistakes that can be made in the process.
A quick relubrication, dry tips, split ends and the like are not just a possible reaction to constant dyeing processes and styling with straightening irons, curling irons, or hair dryers. Whether your hair is healthy and strong also depends on your hair washing routine. Now check to what extent you can still improve your hair care.
How often should you wash your hair? There is no general answer to this question, as each hair type requires different care. When it comes to dry or curly hair, the rule of thumb is that one or two washes per week are enough to rid the scalp of dead skin and styling residues. If you still prefer to wash your hair daily, you should make sure to find a gentle care line for yourself and use additional products such as conditioners and cures if necessary.
Tip: It is better to do without the blow dryer every now and then, it is much more gentle on your hair than not washing your hair every day.
Anyone who tends to get greasy hair will probably want to wash it every day anyway - and may do that too! It is then important to use special shampoos that gently but thoroughly cleanse the hair and regulate excessive sebum production.
We recommend a pH-neutral shampoo, such as that from OGX. And that's why: the pH scale goes from 0 to 14, with 0 being acidic and 14 being alkaline. If your shampoo's pH is too low, it will limit its cleansing ability. If the pH is too high instead, it can irritate the scalp, dry out your hair, or cause frizz.
So how high should the pH of the shampoo be? The natural pH value of the scalp is in the acidic range, which protects both the scalp and the hair from damage. Usually, this value is between 4.5 and 5.5. If your shampoo is in this range, your hair and scalp will benefit in the long term: frizz is prevented and split ends are reduced.
We know these pictures from advertising when real mountains of shampoo foam pile up on your head. To achieve the same effect, add a lot of shampoo to the hair. A mistake! A blob the size of a hazelnut to walnut is sufficient. Even if the hair is long. Because shampoo only belongs on the scalp. This brings us to the next point.
The shampoo is there to cleanse the scalp. So it has lost nothing in terms of length. Instead, simply massage the blob of shampoo gently into your scalp. Tip: A shampoo with sulfates lathers nicely (which it doesn't need at all), but has a very strong cleaning effect that can dry out the scalp and hair. A shampoo without sulfate-containing surfactants is better, especially for sensitive and dry scalps, as this is also gentle on the hair structure.
If you omit the conditioner, you risk brittle hair ends. Why? Your hair is particularly sensitive when it is wet, as its cuticle opens up. A conditioner provides moisture, seals the cuticle again, and also ensures silky, shiny hair.
Just as the shampoo has no place in the lengths, the conditioner has it on the scalp: namely absolutely nothing. It would just weigh down the hair at the base and make it look greasy.
Even if a hot shower may feel heavenly, the high temperature is problematic for the hair: hot water removes moisture from the hair, the cuticle becomes extremely roughened. Better: Use lukewarm water and rinse off with cold water at the end, this seals the cuticle for extra shine.
You should always rinse your hair thoroughly after both shampooing and conditioner. If product residues remain on the scalp or in the lengths, the sebum production is boosted and your strands look lank again.
By the way, you can easily see how thoroughly you've washed your hair: slide your fingers through your hair. Is it squeaking? Then your hair is clean.
Anyone who rubs their hair almost dry with a towel provokes hair breakage because the strands are very sensitive when wet. Instead, just gently squeeze them out with a towel. Tip: Microfiber towels are gentler than terrycloth and prevent frizz.
Since wet hair is much more sensitive than dry hair, you should never brush it through, but rather gently detangle it. To do this, start at the tips and slowly work your way up to the base. Tip: A wide-toothed comb or a special wet brush is perfect for this.
If you work your hair with a straightening iron or curling iron after washing it without having blow-dried it completely, you risk major hair damage due to the evaporation. Therefore, the following applies: Before styling, the hair must absolutely be blow-dried completely. To protect the strands, heat protection that you spray into damp hair helps.