Last week we discussed hair washing frequency and the impact it can have on the hair and scalp, but what about the shampooing technique used while washing? Doing something is only as effective as the technique being used to do it in the first place; If it’s not being done properly in the first place, frequency will matter less and less.
Knowing how to properly shampoo your hair at home is important, especially when it comes to keeping your hair maintained in between visits to your Ottawa hair salon. George Northwood, stylist to the likes of celebrities such as Alicia Vikander and Alexa Chung explains that “most people don’t actually get their hair truly clean when they wash it, so it ends up covered in a sort of film which leads to dullness and lack of shine over time. By shampooing twice you have a first wash, to remove excess dirt and grime, and then a second wash to really get it squeaky clean. The main mistake we all make is to use too much shampoo in the first place, adding more and more when we find we don’t build up a sufficient lather. If you’re washing your hair twice you don’t need much shampoo at all – maybe a two-pence-sized blob for each time. The first wash probably won’t create much lather as its just cleansing away all of that grime and build-up. It can actually be quite half-hearted – just squirt the product into your hands, rub them together and run through the hair. I call it external cleansing. Then the second shampoo is your opportunity to really get it right into the roots and create a proper lather.”
The better you are able to wash your hair, the better maintained it will be in between stylings. Make sure to discuss the best shampooing techniques with your Ottawa stylist at Caralyn’s upon your next visit.