Over the past few years shampoo has been getting a bad rap and people have questioned if it's even necessary to use it to keep our hair clean. We've investigated the logic behind this phenomenon and discovered that the reason many people are so 'anti-shampoo' is because they may not know how to wash their hair correctl
Even if trends like 'no poo' (no shampoo) or 'low poo' (only washing hair with a small amount of shampoo every few days) are not recommended by professionals, they still remind us of how important it is to space out our shampoo sessions. Washing your hair only every other day or every two days is beneficial to your hair because you are not stripping it of its natural oils on a daily basis, thus your locks become healthier and shinier.
Dry shampoo is our ally
To help us extend the amount of time we are able to go between washes, we can use dry shampoo. If your hair is looking a bit greasy on day two or three, dry shampoo will absorb any oils and make your hair look cleaner, almost as if you just washed it. To reap the most benefits from dry shampoo it is recommended to spray it into your roots before you go to sleep, that way when you wake up the product has already had time to soak up most of the oils overnight. The next morning you can spray a little bit more of the product into the roots if needed, wait two or three minutes, and then brush your hair out to disperse the dry shampoo throughout your hair and also to remove any remaining white residue.
Tip: Dry shampoo is also a great way to add volume to your hair, so use it whenever you want to make your mane to look a bit wild!
Plan of attack: Strategically choose your shampoo and use it sparingly
So many different types of shampoos exist it's easy to become overwhelmed and not know what kind to buy. Trial and error is always an option, but your best bet is to ask your hairdresser for advice, as they know your hair best and will be able to recommend the type of shampoo that will keep your locks looking luscious longest.
Once you would like to use the shampoo you have purchased, it is important to untangle your hair first while it is dry, before hopping into the bath or shower. You should also use a hair mask or an oil from time to time (once a month at least), before you actually wash your hair. Once in the shower or bath, wet your hair with warm water and then apply a small dab of shampoo to your hair and start massaging it into your roots and then the rest of your hair. If you find that the product is not turning mousse-like enough, add a tiny bit of water. After one or two minutes rinse the shampoo out with cold water, and then follow up with conditioner to add further nourishment to your hair, which will especially help keep the ends of your hair healthy.