Who does not love the sight and feel of smooth, silky and fresh-smelling tresses? We try to make regular oiling, hair spas and haircuts a part of our hair care regime. But do we follow the right steps to cleanse our locks? They get exposed to sun, pollution and dirt through the week, and are a fertile ground for bacteria to thrive. They need proper cleansing and care. We know you shampoo your hair regularly, but are you doing it right? If you can tick all these points below, the answer is YES!
1. Detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb.
2. Dilute one part of shampoo with two parts of water. This not only gives better and easy application but also reduces the harshness of the chemicals in your shampoo.
3. Wet your hair completely, then pour generous amount of the diluted shampoo on your scalp.
4. Now, gently massage it onto your scalp for 2 minutes and wash till the water runs clear.
5. You don’t need to apply shampoo to your locks because they will be cleansed when you wash your crown area. Remember, shampoo is for the scalp and conditioner is for the hair.
6. Repeat if necessary, such as after a rough day outdoors or after an oil massage.
7. Now, squeeze out all the excess water from your hair and apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair – only the hair and not the scalp. Your scalp secretes a lot of natural oils, so applying it on your scalp will add to the oiliness and make your hair greasy soon.
8. Leave it for two minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Not a trace should remain. (Here’s a secret: If your hair gives off steam while blow-drying, there’s still some conditioner in it.)
9. Gently squeeze out the excess water and wrap a cotton cloth such as a T-shirt around your hair. Do not rub with a towel – this leads to broken strands and hair fall.
10. Air dry during summer, and with a hair dryer on cool setting in winter. Comb through damp hair – not wet, just damp.
Tip: For better results, give your hair an oil massage a few hours before shampooing.