Beautiful hair: Once a week or daily? These 5 rules make up the perfect washing routine for beautiful hair...
Conditioner, mask, serum: For shiny hair, we put a lot of time and energy into using the right care products. The essential is often neglected: the actual washing. After all, it's just some water and shampoo, isn't it? In fact, the washing routine makes up a significant part of hair care. We, therefore, explain how to properly clean your mane so that it stays healthy and has a wonderful shine.
Unfortunately, there is no blanket answer to how often you should wash your hair. In general, however, if you use shampoo too often, you unnecessarily strain your scalp and lengths. Depending on hair type, length, and even skin type, you can use the following guidelines as a guide:
It is important to adapt the shampoo and conditioner to your hair and skin type, after all, there are special products for everyone: fine, greasy, dry, scaly, and even for permed and colored hair. If you have a sensitive scalp, it's worth taking a closer look: Here you should use a shampoo with a mild surfactant that is pH-neutral (about 5.5) and contains little alcohol.
The sebaceous glands on the scalp produce fats that ensure a well-groomed scalp and shiny lengths. Water that is too hot can wash away these lipids, thereby drying out the hair. Therefore, the hair should always be cleaned with lukewarm water. Tip: Rinsing off in cold water at the end ensures that the cuticle layer closes completely and the mane shines evenly.
When it comes to quantity, the following applies: high-quality products are very economical – a small quantity is usually sufficient. You should lather the shampoo in the palm of your hand before you distribute it at the roots. Depending on the length, you then need a walnut-sized (shoulder-length hair) or pea-sized (short hair) amount of conditioner.
First, the hair should be dampened with lukewarm water. Then lather the shampoo in your hand and apply to the roots. Tip: When you wash your hair, you don't have to shampoo the entire hair down to the tips. It is mainly the scalp that accumulates oil and dirt. Here you should massage the product gently, for at least one minute. Then rinse the hair thoroughly with water. If necessary, repeat the process. If you like, you can now knead some conditioner or a mask into the lengths - from the tips to about the earlobes. Let it work according to the product instructions, then wash it out well.
Once the hair is wet, it is more sensitive and breaks off more quickly. Stylists, therefore, recommend thorough brushing before showering. In this way, the lengths are untangled, most of the styling residue is brushed out and blood circulation in the scalp is stimulated. Important: The brush should have sealed edges (i.e. small nubs over the bristle ends), not be too hard, and should be cleaned regularly. After shampooing, a wide-toothed comb is good for detangling the strands. Also good: Special brushes that have been specially designed for wet hair.