• Hair Care

    Recommended Hair Care Routine 

    hair care


    How Often Should I Shampoo My Hair?  

    It is generally recommended that the hair be washed no more than every 7-10 days. Shampooing more often than that tends to dry it out. However, shampooing ethnic hair varies by hair texture. For example, an individual with very fine hair will need to shampoo their hair more often than an individual with medium to coarse hair. For coarse hair sometimes it is necessary to rinse and saturate hair before applying shampoos. This will rinse out any build-up of products such as gel, hair grease, mousse, and leave in conditioners. 

    The Process of Shampooing: 

    how to wash your hair

    1. Shampoo hair in shower or kitchen sink. If possible, attaching a removable spray nozzle to the sink or showerhead greatly aids the process. 

    2. Squeeze some shampoo (approximately 1 tbsp.) into the palm of your hand and gently massage the shampoo all over the hair. 

    3. Using the ball of your fingertips (don't use your nails-scratching can irritate the scalp), gently massage the scalp with in and out motions, moving your fingers through the hair starting around the hairline and the nape of the neck and working your way to the center of the scalp. 

    4. When an individual has tightly curled tresses, be sure NOT to gather the hair in a bunch on top of the head, as this may cause unnecessary tangling. 

    5. For thicker hair, it may be necessary to apply and rinse out shampoo two or three times, with one-two minute rinses in between. It is recommended to wash the hair within the sections they divided it into when combing it out. This can make the washing process easier. 

    What Type of Shampoo to Use: 

    choose correct shampoo

    1. Assess the characteristics/ needs of the type of hair for which you're selecting a shampoo. You may have to try several before finding one that "fits". Generally you want to look for a mild, moisturizing shampoo with a balanced pH value. The pH balance refers to the alkalinity and acidity of a particular product. A pH of 5 is supposedly the closet to that of normal hair and scalp. A balanced pH value will help maintain the hair's natural acidity level giving hair its shine and manageability.

    2. The one ingredient to be careful to avoid in a shampoo is lauryl (or laureth) sulfate. Shampoos with this ingredient are designed to strip the hair's natural oils, and were not created for very curly hair. 

    3. Use of a "clarifying shampoo" every 4-6 weeks removes residue build-up from all of the various products being used on the hair (e.g. shampoos with protein, oils, gels, etc.). 

    4. Shampoos and conditioners suggested and targeted towards ethnic hair make thick hair more manageable.

    Why Do I Need to Use a Conditioner and How Often? 

    Conditioner is a lotion/cream for the hair and is intended to improve the surface qualities of the hair by smoothing the cuticle, keeping hair soft and giving it sheen. A conditioner should be applied after a shampoo

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