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How To Wash Your Hair Based On Hair Type

Despite being one of the most universal examples of hair care, many do not know how to properly wash their hair. Regardless of whether you have thick and curly or fine and straight hair, here are some helpful techniques to take away.

Common Mistakes

The most common mistake is not applying enough shampoo or not working up a complete lather around the head. An amount of shampoo the size of a quarter should be applied to the top and bottom of long, thick strands. An amount the equivalent of two dimes is sufficient for thinner and shorter hairstyles. When shampooing their hair, many individuals tend to put shampoo directly on top, only getting a small amount on the bottom, which is insufficient for the removal of dirt, oil, and buildup from entire scalp. In addition to not getting your hair clean, improper washing can even cause dandruff. The number of times you shampoo is also determined by how often you wash your hair. Wash your hair twice using the first shampoo for lifting oil and grease, and a second shampoo for complete cleansing. However, use only one shampoo if you wash your hair daily.

Thick and Curly Hair

Shampooing at least three times and cleansing the scalp is essential for thicker, textured hair, especially if you use a lot of styling products. People with this hair type should wash their hair every two to three weeks. Pre-shampoo by washing with water and applying a small amount of conditioner to the ends rather than the roots. Then rake your fingers or a wide-tooth comb through the length. Rinse your hair with hot water and begin the first shampoo by cleansing the scalp with a clarifying shampoo. Then, using your second shampoo, massage in circular strokes. Use a co-wash as your third shampoo. As for the conditioner, leave it on for 10 minutes under a shower cap, then rinse with cold water.

Medium Textured Hair

If your hair is neither too thick nor too fine, you should wash it once a week or every 10 days at most. Use a sulfate-free, low-lather shampoo and massage it into the scalp in circular movements. Wash your hair twice with warm water to open the follicles and get rid of dirt. Then, for at least three minutes, condition your hair from the mid-shaft to the ends. To retain moisture, apply a stronger conditioner after two rounds of shampooing, or a once-a-week mask.

Fine Hair

Given that people with thin hair are prone to excessive oil production, a daily single wash is advised for both straight hair and looser curls and waves. Use a good shampoo, thoroughly rinse it out, and condition from the ears down. Sometimes, conditioner isn't even necessary. If your hair particularly oily, rinse and condition with a little spray detangler. Do not apply conditioner to your scalp as it might cause your hair to get weighed down.

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