Did you wash your hair today? Or better yet, did you NEED to wash it today? Many people suffer from an oily scalp and feel like they can’t go a day in between washes without risking a bad (and greasy) hair day.
But what they don’t realize is that a daily shampooing – which seems absolutely necessary when looking in the mirror – is actually doing more harm than good to their locks.
When you wash your hair every day you actually strip your hair of all the nutrients and natural oils it needs to be healthy. This can lead to breakage, brittle strands, very little shine, and overall, it will dry out your scalp.
From washing your hair two or three times a week to brushing from the bottom up and blow-drying from a distance, these are the tips and tricks employed by a stream of leading hair stylists and celebrity colourists; a holy grail of hair rules, if you will.
Shampoo Twice Using A Clarifying Shampoo
It’s going to be a while until you shampoo again — lather up good. Sometimes it isn’t dirt or oil that gets your hair looking dirty, but actually a build-up of products. Regular shampoo can’t always get rid of this, so try a clarifying shampoo every now and then to make sure you’re really getting your hair clean.
Take into account your hair type and lifestyle choices
Of course, how often you need to wash your locks also depends on the type of hair you have. Your hairdresser can advise how often you should be washing – it depends on how active your scalp is in producing oil.
The curlier your hair is, the longer you can go between washes. The straighter it is, the faster the oil wicks down, so that can make it oilier faster. If you have superstraight hair, you may not be able to go more than two days without washing.
Pull It Back As Often As Possible
When you aren’t out socializing or needing your hair to look amaze, tie it back. Just keep it off your face, especially when walking around outside in the heat.
Go straight for a hair rinse
If you need to (or prefer to) rinse your hair after a workout, here’s how to do it. The water temperature needs to be COOL (or lukewarm if you have to). Cool water will wash away dirt, lifted dead skin cells, odors, and sweat off your hair, but it won’t dissolve oils like warm water will. (Which is good!)
You can wash your body with whatever temperature you want to. Just keep your hair out of the water stream until you’re ready to do a cool water rinse, and avoid letting the water pressure sit on your head for the entire shower. When you’re ready, rinse your hair under cool water, and gently run your fingers through your hair/across your scalp to get the water to all areas of your head.
Massage your scalp to encourage circulation
Giving your head an invigorating massage as you shampoo is a good way to encourage blood circulation and helps to detoxify the scalp.
Brush only as much as needed to make your hair neat
Do not over-brush your hair as brushing is stimuli to the oil glands and this is likely to increase oil production.
Get a futuristic shower cap
If you’re trying to preserve a great blowout, a shower cap will easily become your new BFF. But there’s no need to rely on the unattractive plastic covering from your grandmother’s day.
To maintain those shiny locks and remove the buildup, try these natural scalp clarifies:
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has an ingredient called acetic acid, which is what breaks down any build up on your hair and scalp; it kills bacteria and finally, balances the hair’s pH level to give you more shine and to bring out colour.
How To Use: Measure one tbsp ACV to 1 cup water. You can add this directly to your scalp or add it to a spray bottle for easy application. Gently scrub the scalp and rinse.
Baking soda works wonders on hair, along with its other many household helps. It’s gentle, it’s the weakest alkaline, and it very gently clarifies hair from chemical buildup.
The standard amount for hair care is one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of water. Those with curly or thicker hair might need a bit more baking soda, and those with thin or fine hair might need less. Experiment, and see what works for you.
Rosemary and Thyme
Both rosemary and thyme are excellent clarifiers. Another added benefit is that both herbs are well known to nourish the hair follicle and stimulate hair growth.
How to use: Simply place 4-5 tablespoons of dried leaf thyme or dried rosemary in 10 oz. of distilled water. Bring mixture to boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain herbs from liquid. Add another cup of distilled water. Use this mixture on wet hair immediately after shampooing.
Egg is fool-proof way to clean greasy, oily hair. It will not just get your hair squeaky clean, egg cleanser will also add lots of shine and volume to your hair. Plus eggs are packed with biotin (often touted as the ‘hair growth vitamin’), iodine, selenium, pantothenic acid (you hear in shampoo adverts) and vitamin B12 – all great for shiny, healthy hair.
Egg Cleanser: To make an egg shampoo, simply whisk a couple of eggs and use this to wash your hair. Some people also add warm water (2 to 3 tablespoon for 1 egg) and a few drops of essential oils to mask the smell.
To use, massage the mixture into your scalp and hair and leave it on for 5 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. (Make sure that you use cool/lukewarm water to avoid cooking the egg on your head.)
This creamy grey colour clay is another excellent cleanser for oily, greasy hair. It is rich in minerals such as silica, which helps to sooth irritated scalp conditions like dandruff, decrease breakage and add lustre to hair.
To make bentonite cleanser, mix 2 to 3 tablespoon of bentonite clay with enough plain water (or 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice) to make a runny paste. Massage into your scalp and hair and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.