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How To Wash Your Hair

Woman washing her hair

Who knew there was so much to know about washing your hair? Don’t fret, Hairfinder experts ‘break’ it all down so that any future ‘breakage’ can be avoided while preforming the cleansing task that we all do so often.
 
Whether you are a daily shampooer, an every other day washer or the cleanse when you feel like it kind… there is no doubt about it, washing your hair is a task that most of us do on a regular basis. Hairfinder helps turn what can be a daunting task into a rather delightful one.
 
A great number of shampooers hop in the shower utterly sleep-dazed or in some sort of robotic-like stupor. Maybe you’re just waking up or perhaps you’ve had a long day and all you want to do is unwind with a warm shower. You may want to skip out on shampooing if you are too tired to do it correctly. You could be causing irreversible damage to your hair.
 
We understand that there’s a great deal to consider for proper shampooing and fortunately for our readers our experts clarify and enlighten on the very important Do’s and Don’ts of hair cleansing. For a task performed so often, there are many things one needs to be aware of. Before one even steps into the shower to shampoo, getting the best results begins at home by researching which shampoos are pH balanced.
 
Shampoos are a hair product that is on one’s hair more than any single other product, some of you use it every single day. Having the proper pH shampoo makes ALL the difference in the world. Read on to begin the shift to fabulous locks and understand what top blunders people make while shampooing so you can stop yourself in your sudsy tracks.
 
Understanding Shampoo:
 
If one has an oily scalp, dehydrated stiff ends or even thinning hair a pH-balanced shampoo can aid in repairing the hair and even provide you with the dazzling hair you’re worthy of. The pH scale is measured from 0-14. A shampoo that is more acidic will have a pH rating from 0 to 6.9 while a shampoo that is more alkaline will have a pH rating from 7.1 to 14.
 
The ideal shampoo is between 5.0 - 6.0 (the pH level where our hair, skin and nails exist). Unfortunately, most shampoos do not have pH ratings published on them but we share a few pearls of wisdom to help the selection process go smoothly.
 
• For color-treated hair select a shampoo that has components such as macadamia and coconut oil or vitamin E to add moisture. When terms like moisturizing or hydrating are printed, pH levels are low (acidic).
 
• For oily hair go for a pH-balanced cleanser that contains panthenol.
 
• For dry hair use a pH-balancing shampoo that contains fatty alcohols like cetyl alcohol.
 
• Shampoos can also undergo the litmus assessment. Simply, dip a litmus paper in the shampoo and compare its color to the pH scale chart.
 
How Often to Shampoo:
 
As hair varies and textures differ by ethnicity, so does the demand to use shampoos. One may be washing hair more frequently than is necessary. Ultimately, hair is a fiber that does not benefit much from washing. Let’s think of a wool fiber. The more you launder it, the more damaged it is going to appear.
 
In general the longer, thicker, more processed and curly the hair is, the drier it tends to be, so these hair types can go longer between washes. If oil production on the scalp is high and one needs to shampoo more often, use an "everyday shampoo" because it contains weaker detergents.
 
Experts agree that shampooing twice a week should suffice, of course there are always exceptions (getting sweaty or using loads of styling product may merit more shampooing) but perhaps a dry-shampoo is the way to go for in between shampoos.
 
Now that we have covered the very important topics of how to spot a pH balanced shampoo that works for you and how often one should was their hair, let us now address how to properly wash hair.
 
How to properly wash hair:
 
Hair is in its most fragile state when it is wet, so gentleness is crucial. To begin, brush the hair to make sure that one goes into the shampooing process tangle free. Next, thoroughly soak hair by using relatively warm water to open the cuticle (this allows the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate and truly cleanse).
 
Then apply a splotch of shampoo to the palm of your hand. Dip the fingers from the other hand into the shampoo and dab a little on the scalp in the bangs area, around the ears, the nape of the neck and the crown areas. Continue this until the scalp is generously covered with cleanser.
 
Next, using the finger tips gently scrub, concentrating at the roots, making sure to thoroughly scrub the entire scalp (in a downward motion). Some water may be added for a better lather. Once this step is completed, you may choose to add another dollop of shampoo (depending on how much product there is to wash away) this time, first spread the shampoo all over the hands and apply the shampoo to the rest of the hair (the ends almost never need shampoo) by running the shampoo from top to bottom.
 
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