A lot of people love to bathe. For them it’s routine – they start their day with a shower. Showering give people than fresh new day feels that gets them motivated.
A lot of people abstain from washing their hair due to health reasons. But, here are some reasons why you should:
- The oils
Some oils add beauty; some don’t. A lot of people consider their hair dirty because of oil. It makes the hair all clumpy and sometimes stiff.
The amount of oil your hair produces has something to with genetics, age, sex and the environment. Guess what, oil is produced more at your age of prime. At around 20’s to 30’s, expect your hair to produce more sebum than of the former years and after. It doesn’t sound convenient to how you want to look does it?
However, the good news is the sebum that’s produced by your hair is actually good for your skin. It has vitamin E that protects skin from aging and cancer.
- The sweat
Sweat is known to be the cause why a person looks “haggard”. This is why a lot of people often rush to the shower after a heavy workout. Sweat spreads the sebum giving your hair a different shine, and it’s not the shine you’re looking for. Naturally, your body would feel wonderfully healthy after a heavy workout, but not how you look. Although some people find it hot, do you?
- The dirt
Take a city with all the dust from the wind, the smoke from vehicles and the dirt. Add, your sweat under the heat of the sun, and you get a very bad hair day. This does not only affect your morale but also your ability to become more productive.
Dirt carry bacteria. When you don’t wash your hair asap, it may cause irritation to the skin. Having a longer hair makes it easy to catch more dirt. That’s why a lot of people just can’t wait to get home, turn on that playlist and get to the tub.
- The styles
If you’re job involves audience or national television exposure, then you must be one of the few who apply a lot of hair products every day. Whether it’s all natural for the shine or chemically induced to capture a certain style, you would want to get that out by the end of the day.
Experts advise to not sleep with hair products on. As much as possible, rinse it back before going to bed.
- The type
Your type of hair depends on your genes. Some have curly and thin; the others get the thin and straight.
Straight and thin hairs need to be washed frequently because the oil scatters fast. Having an oily hair makes it easier for dirt, dust and pollen to stick. Contrary to that, sebum brings out that beautiful shine for the thick curls. Curls hair need more moisture to stay soft and away from frizz.
Don’t you just want to wash your hair with a lot of shampoo now? No, don’t! If you think putting a lot of shampoo will make your hair more beautiful, think again. Everything has to be in moderation.
In our next blog, we’ll be talking about many times you should shampoo your hair. Here’s a clue, it’s not every day.
Hair colouring can dramatically change the way you look. If you’re tired of your natural hair colour, consider getting highlights or go for a bold hair color you’ve never tried before like fiery red or platinum blonde.
Hair colouring treatments can be expensive though and without the proper aftercare, you could end up with dry and damaged hair. Don’t worry, though. There are ways for you to make the most out of your trip to the salon. Here are some tips for you to make your hair colouring treatment last longer:
Prep Your Hair
Get your hair ready before your scheduled hair colouring treatment by using a chelating shampoo.This particular hair product is used to remove any buildup of styling products in your scalp and hair. Use it on your hair a day or two before your hair dyeing session. Applying a deep conditioning mask weeks prior to changing your hair colour will also give your hair time to get moisturized and ready.
Protect Your Hair from the Sun
Aside from fading your hair colour, prolonged sun exposure can dry out your hair making it look dull and frizzy. Make sure you protect your hair using a hair protector with SPF when you stay outdoors for long periods of time. Consider buying a hair sunscreen with sunflower oil for extra moisturizing benefits and antioxidants. When swimming in the beach or pool, make sure to wear a swimming cap to prevent colour fading.
Minimize Heat Styling
You are gonna have to lessen the use of heat styling tools like hair blowers, curling irons and straightening irons after a hair colouring treatment. These items speed up colour fading and they could damage your hair especially if you use them right after the colouring treatment. It’s best to stay away from heat styling for the first week or so after dyeing your hair. If you must style, use a thermal protectant to prevent heat damage.
Lessen Shampooing and Washing
Regularly shampooing can fade your new colour and it could strip off the natural oils from your hair. Try to put off washing your hair for as long as you can. Salons usually advise customers to not wash their newly dyed hair for the next 24-48 hours. Another option is to look for a dry shampoo that you can use on your locks.
Install a Shower Filter
Hard water can speed up the colour fading process and they can also dry out your hair. Consider installing a shower filter to remove chlorine, minerals and other chemicals from your shower. Aside from shower filters, you should also make sure to wash your hair only with warm water and not scalding hot.
Use the Right Styling Products
There are hair styling products like hair gels, moisturizers, conditioners and shampoos made specifically for colour-treated hair. Aside from preventing colour fade, many of these products are formulated to bring out your new hair colour and keep your hair moisturized. Make sure you invest in these products so that you get the most out of your new hair colour.
Hair washing is probably one of the most basic of hair care routines. We know we are supposed to wash our hair regularly to remove dirt and oil and to prevent buildup from hair styling products. But what does “regularly” even mean? How often are we supposed to wash our hair?
First, we need to understand that washing our hair does not necessarily mean washing it with shampoo. Rinsing the hair with water alone does not affect the production of sebum, the hair’s natural oil, but shampoo could disrupt it.
So the right question that we should be asking is, “How often should I shampoo my hair?”
The truth is there is no magic number. The answer will depend on the following factors:
The three skin types are: super oily, super dry and balanced. If you notice your scalp is balanced or isn’t too dry or too oily, then you only need to wash your hair for about once or twice a week. If your scalp is super oily, then you will need to wash it every other day, perhaps even every day. People with oily scalp tend to experience itching and flaking if they go too long without shampooing so make sure to observe your hair when this happens. If your scalp is super dry, make sure to apply a moisturizing product like a conditioner.
Shampooing will also depend on how thick, smooth or fine your hair is. If you have fine hair, you may need to shampoo your hair once or twice every week because the fine strands allow sebum to spread faster. People with curly or coarse hair textures need to minimize shampooing because it usually takes longer for natural oils to moisturize all that hair.
How Often You Style
There are countless hair products out there that could let us achieve whatever look we want with our locks. Keep in mind, however, that constant styling may damage hair. It is best to give your hair time to breathe and just be natural. Styling your hair with intensive hair products and washing it with shampoo everyday could increase the chances of damage.
While there is no magic number, we can all agree on these three important reminders:
- Let the natural oils of your hair do their magic. So, let your hair rest from all the artificial styling and chemical products from time to time.
- Using shampoo daily could damage your hair especially if you style often or if it is already dry to begin with.
- Using chemical styling products often can increase the chances of damage. Minimize chemical treatments on your hair and if it’s possible, invest on natural and chemical-free hair products.
Your hair is one of your best accessories so make sure to take good care of it. Take time to observe and understand your hair type so you’ll know how often you should really shampoo. Last but not the least, make sure to only head to salons that understand your hair needs.