by Erick Carter
Even though we have discussed this before, one of the most common questions I am asked is, “What is the correct way to shampoo my hair?”
At the risk of being repetitive, let’s review:
- Most people jump into the shower, wet their hair and then shampoo. It’s best to let the water run 3-4 minutes on your hair before beginning to shampoo. It’s also important that when shampooing do not pile your hair on the top of your head to scrub. Furthermore, scrub your scalp only (not your hair)and do so using only your fingertips. This will help prevent tangles.
- When rinsing the shampoo out, rinse for 3-4 minutes at a minimum depending on hair length. This will allow the shampoo to clean the ends while insuring removal of all the soap. Don’t forget behind the ears, the last thing you want to do is leave shampoo, which can dry and look like flakes.
- Also you don’t have to rinse, lather and repeat. In most cases, one soaping is enough. We did that mostly for those who wash their hair once a week in the salon. If applying conditioner— which I recommend to 95% of my clients — rinse well. If you have coarse wavy/curly hair don’t be afraid to leave a little conditioner in. Most shampoos have a higher pH than your hair. A conditioner brings the pH back to its normal level.
- You don’t have to wash your hair every day. The natural oils from your scalp are great for your hair. In between shampoos, you can use dry shampoo if you have fine hair. Rinse your hair with conditioner if you have thick hair.
- A great clarifying shampoo once a week or every other week can help prevent product build-up.
I am always open to questions so please feel free to email me yours. Who knows? It may end as a feature in Life in Naples.
I would like to invite all readers to write in your questions. You can do so by email at Erickcre8U@gmail.com or call me at 239.777.2380.