Hair Tips From Hair Salon in Hillsborough
How often should you wash your hair?
When it comes to washing your hair, no two heads are alike. Therefore, you need to figure out what your hair texture is all about in order to figure out just how often you should be washing your hair. Meeting with your hair stylist is one way to figure out what you should be doing as far as taking care of your hair on a daily basis.
Only you can decide (with the help of your hair stylist) what’s right for you but there are some tips and tricks you can follow on how to care for your hair. Read up and then visit your hair salon armored with these newfound ideas. Once you play around with these suggestions you will discover what works for you and you will end up with a routine that makes your hair look and feel its best.
Why do we shampoo?
Your scalp creates natural oil called sebum that protects hair and keeps it moisturized and soft. Sebum eventually builds up along with your styling products and dirt and will weigh hair down. Shampooing removes this buildup. It makes our hair look and smell fresh again and prepares the hair for styling.
When to shampoo
The basic rule for every hair type is to try not to shampoo every day. Washing too frequently can strip hair, leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. Strive to wash it every other day at the most. How long you wait is up to you but you begin to have an itchy scalp or if your hair becomes oily, get out the shampoo. If your hair feels too oily between washes, try a dry shampoo on your roots and then comb it through so it will absorb some of that oil.
How to shampoo if…
You exercise regularly – After a workout, jump in the shower and rinse your hair but don’t wash it each time, even if you are working up a sweat. On the days between washes, rinse with water or even conditioner.
You have fine, straight hair – Fine and straight hair give sebum an easy path from the scalp down each strand allowing it to become oily more quickly. It tends to need to be washed more often. Use a lightweight conditioner and use on your ends only. You naturally produce enough oil to keep your roots moisturized so you don’t need conditioner weight it down.
Your hair is chemically treated – Processed hair is porous (bleached, colored, relaxed, permed, etc.) so it absorbs oils and doesn’t get greasy as quickly. So you can wait a few days between washes. This is good for colored hair because it can lose its pigment every time you shampoo. Use a gentle, non-stripping shampoo for color treated hair.
You have curly or coarse hair – Sebum has a harder time traveling down the hair shaft in curly hair so it takes longer to look and feel oily. This means you can go several days between washes. This also means that the ends of your hair can get dry so use a moisturizing shampoo and use a small dab of hair moisturizer on your ends when you get out of the shower.
If you have more questions about how to care for your hair, trust the experts at Legends Salon of Hillsborough and talk to your hair stylist about the best way to shampoo your hair.