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The way you wash your hair has an important impact on your scalp and hair health.
You might think that washing your hair is as simple as it gets, but there's actually a science to it. When done properly, a strong hair routine can promote scalp health, hair growth and make your strands shinier and softer.
Here are a few steps to follow, according to experts.
Don't wash your hair too often
Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't shampoo your hair every day. Instead, try aiming for every other day or, better yet, every third day. Over-washing can actually cause your scalp to produce more sebum and make your hair greasier in the long run.
Remember, you're the one who knows your hair best! If you have product buildup or just did a particularly sweaty workout, then there's no need to push your hair wash a day further.
Although a hot shower feels great, you should avoid washing your hair under water that is too hot. Furthermore, a cold rinse at the end will seal your hair's cuticles, trapping in moisture, and make it shinier and easier to manage.
Use a dime-sized amount of shampoo and lather into a thoroughly wet scalp; the roots are actually the only part of your hair that need thorough washing. When you rinse off your shampoo, the strands will get washed in the process.
Choose the right shampoo for your hair needs, and avoid harmful ingredients such as sulfates, silicone, phthalates and sodium chloride.
Avoid aggressive scrubbing at your wet hair—it's weaker and can be easily damaged. Instead, massage gently with your fingers in a side-to-side motion. Then, flip your head upside down and get to the spots that tend to get the greasiest. Flipping your hair will also increase blood flow to your scalp and may promote hair growth.
Did you know that water quality can have a major impact on your hair health? If you wash your hair with hard, unfiltered water, it can cause your hair to become dry and brittle.
Hard water is characterized by a high amount of dissolved mineral content, such as calcium, magnesium and iron. The good news is, it's not damaging your internal health and you can actually fix the issue by installing a shower head filter!
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