Dos and dont’s to washing long hair

Posted on April 01, 2016 by Elite Hair

Posted in Tips & Advice

It may seem like one of the easiest things in the world, something we all do – but there is definitely a technique to correctly washing long hair.

1. Choose the right shampoo

We really encourage our clients to buy salon professional hair care. Supermarket shampoos and conditioners are full of chemicals and parabens that make the hair feel temporarily silky, but in reality are dehydrating the hair. You can tell a cheap shampoo if it has a lot of foam when rubbed between your hands – this is an indicator of parabens.
We highly recommend Morocconoil shampoo as it is highly nourishing, but also has multiple ranges to suit all hair types.

2. Choose complimentary conditioner, and invest in a weekly treatment

Once a week, it is great to give your hair some love, by applying a nourishing treatment. Particularly after any lightening service, or if you have spent lots of time in the sun – we recommend applying the treatment to towel dried hair.

3. Brush the hair BEFORE getting in the shower

This makes the hair easier to wash, and easier to comb when you get out!

4. Only use a small amount!

If you are using a professional high quality shampoo, you should not need much! A 5-cent piece since should do the trick. Lightly foam between your hands with a little water, and apply to roots only. When you rinse, enough shampoo will make its way to the ends. You do not need to actively wash the mid lengths to ends of the hair, as the oil comes from the scalp.

5. Take some tools into the shower with you!

When you apply conditioner, squeeze out as much water as you can, then just apply to mid lengths and ends. Twist the hair up on top of your head and leave to penetrate while you do your other business! After 5 minutes, comb the hair with a WIDE tooth comb to lightly distribute the conditioner through the rest of the hair and ensure it is knot free when you get out.

6. Rinse quickly with cold water

Just before you get out of the shower, (it’s not very nice, but) turn the tap to cold and do a final rinse. This closes the pores and cuticle of the hair, ensuring the treatment is retained for as long as possible.


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