There are some expert tricks you can use to get the results of a professional treatment when washing your hair at home. Not only does this make hair cleaner and look better, but it also saves a significant amount of money on shampoo. We can do so many things wrong when washing our hair, but one thing we definitely don't pay enough attention to is the exposure time of our shampoo. We briefly introduce the 60/180 rule and explain why you should massage the shampoo into the hair and then leave it on longer.
For a long time, it was thought that it was enough to massage the shampoo into the hair briefly, rinse it out again and then leave the conditioner on for quite a long time. In reality, however, the shampoo needs a while for the ingredients to develop their optimal effect. This is especially true for moisturizing and repairing shampoos suitable for very dry hair.
Depending on the condition of your hair, you should leave the shampoo on for between one and three minutes, i.e. between 60 and 180 seconds, reveals hairdresser Gabriel Llano. The expert explains: that the longer and more damaged the hair is, the longer you should leave the shampoo on.
And this is exactly how the 60/180 rule works: If you have dyed, very long hair that you use styling products on every day, you should definitely leave the shampoo on for three minutes. This really cleans the hair and allows the nourishing ingredients to move in. But if you have shorter hair that you don't subject to as much stress in the form of hairspray, heat, and the like, leaving the shampoo on for about 60 seconds is sufficient.
During the shampoo wait, don't sit back and watch, Llano points out, massage your scalp for at least a minute before rinsing off. If you stimulate the scalp by massaging, the skin and hair can absorb the care product better. This ultimately improves the result after washing your hair. The hair is optimally cleaned, stays fresh longer, and is healthy and strong. While there is no scientifically proven evidence that scalp massage can speed up hair growth, it does stimulate blood circulation and is, therefore, a plus for more beautiful hair.
The hairdresser points out a remarkable fact related to the type of shampoo used: when it comes to moisturizing or repairing shampoo, you have to wait carefully for the ingredients to work their magic. Therefore, in such cases, these 3 minutes are necessary and appropriate.
It is well known that shampoo should always be applied all over the scalp. In addition, it is important that the shampoo can also get into the hair tips. The point is not to massage the shampoo into that part of the hair, but to pull it through the rest of the hair to reach and remove any residue. Expert Llano advises that you should cleanse your hair by moisturizing the entire length of your hair. That's why you should always start at the scalp and then slowly and carefully work the shampoo through the rest of the hair to the ends because well-moistened hair looks smoother.