The first step to happy and healthy hair is a CLEAN SCALP! So, washing is the first lesson:
- Wash your hair at least once a week.
- Washing your hair in the shower keeps your hair going in the direction you’d like to wear it, keeps it from tangling, and makes it easier to do three things at once: shower, wash your hair, and condition your hair.
- Use a gentle shampoo for washing that moisturizes your hair while cleansing it. Avoid shampoos with the following ingredients: Ammonium lauryl sulfate, Ammonium laureth sulfate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, and Sodium olefin (ed oleth) sulfonate; these are all harsh cleansing agents.
- When you wash your hair pour a quarter to silver dollar size of shampoo into the palm of your hand and concentrate the shampoo on your scalp, not the length of your hair. The length of your hair will get clean by the suds coming down from your scalp and the water pulsing on it. Also, rubbing your hair with shampoo is a recipe for unnecessary tangling. Gently use the pads of your fingertips to massage the shampoo into your scalp.
- How do you know your hair is clean? When you can produce suds. If the shampoo in your hair does not lather, it means that you still have a lot of product build-up in your hair. So you will want to rinse and repeat. (However, if you are using a natural shampoo you may not produce any suds at all.)
Before starting on a healthy hair regimen, it’s a good idea to do one clarifying shampoo to remove product build-up and start with a clean slate.
After washing ALWAYS condition, always! Some people think that frequent washing dries out the hair, but it’s not true. What dries out the hair are harsh shampoos combined with not conditioning the hair after washing. The second step to moisturized, happy, healthy hair is well conditioned hair!
Use a moisturizing conditioner; if the bottle says for dry, frizzy, damaged, or curly hair, chances are it’s a moisturizing conditioner.
- After rinsing out all of the shampoo, apply a quarter to half-dollar size of conditioner to your hair (not scalp) especially focusing on the ends. The ends of your hair are the oldest and driest part of your hair and need the most moisture.
- Finish your showering and let sit on your hair for at least 5 minutes while in the shower.
- Rinse out in shower.
- Proceed to hair styling.
DEEP CONDITIONING WITH PROTEIN
Once a month or every two weeks you will need to deep condition your hair to keep it strong and healthy. If your hair is breaking you will need a conditioner with protein in it. Too much protein can make your hair hard and brittle, so you have to find your correct balance based on your hair type and the current condition of your hair. The deep conditioner I use is a light protein conditioner with moisturizing properties. I recommend to always follow a protein conditioner, no matter how light, with a moisturizing conditioner.
Use a light protein conditioner, it should be cream or gel based.
- After rinsing out all of the shampoo, apply a quarter to half-dollar size of conditioner to your hair (not scalp).
- Apply a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer or heating cap for at least 15 minutes.
- Rinse out in shower.
- Apply a moisturizing deep conditioner; this should be a heavy cream based conditioner and will usually be found in a jar instead of a bottle. Apply a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer or heating cap for at least 15 minutes.
- Rinse out.
- Style your hair.