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  • Writer's pictureLouise Maxwell

Clean Hair, Healthy Scalp

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Washing your hair seems like a simple thing to do but in reality I see so many people who don’t wash their hair properly and it can cause all sorts of problems.

First things first, brush hair to get rid of any knots, tangles or dreadlocks. Gently brush through hair from the end to the root on longer hair as it will release tangles more easily. Also less damage to hair.

Make sure to use warm water when washing hair, as hot water can be too drying and cold water won't remove dirt and oils.

Please be water conscious.

Use a good shampoo without sulphates to avoid stripping hair of its natural oils and causing dryness or sensitivity. Gently massage the shampoo into the scalp to not only cleanse hair but also to stimulate healthy blood flow. I love using my scalp massager shampoo brush, just not too aggressively. It feels so good and gets rid of flakes and build up on scalp. Not ideal if you have any skin irritation though.

Rinse thoroughly, and shampoo twice if needed. It's important to make sure to get all the shampoo out of the hair, especially behind the ears and hairline. It can cause irritation and dry scalp if not rinsed well. Cold water rinse does not make your hair shinier unfortunately so only use cold if you like that refreshing feeling!

If you've been using sunscreen or silicone creams on your hair, or your hair looks dull or feels weighty, consider using a clarifying shampoo for an extra deep cleanse. It will remove any build up or oils from products and give the hair back its shine. If you use products on your hair it is good to do this once a month.

When towel-drying hair, avoid rubbing or pulling, as wet hair is at its weakest and can snap easily. Instead, squeeze the excess water out and add conditioner to mid-lengths and ends. Gently comb through hair with a wide-tooth comb from the end to the root.

If you have curly or wavy hair, comb your hair through with conditioner in the shower, then rinse, squeeze gently in a towel and shake out the excess water. Leave to dry naturally.. This can help maintain the natural texture and curl formation.

Other tips to keep in mind include:

  • Choose shampoo and conditioner suitable for hair type.

  • Don't over-wash hair, as this can strip it of its natural oils and cause dryness.

  • Use warm water to wash hair.

  • Focus on your scalp when shampooing hair.

  • Rinse hair thoroughly to remove all traces of shampoo and conditioner.

  • Consider air-drying instead of blow-drying to minimise damage. This will also mean less frizz to naturally curly and wavy hair.

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