Wash your hair shiny and healthy!

A blog about washing your hair?

You have got to be crazy!

But please read on – as a hair and makeup artist, I cannot begin to tell you how many people who think they wash their hair well, in actual fact don’t!

I spend a lot of time at weddings and shoots spraying copious quantities of dry hair shampoo into newly washed hair. So often the smell of oil and sweat which emerges from my client’s scalp makes my stomach turn.

And these are not dirty girls either, they are beautifully groomed and clean and frequently have just washed their hair in the last hour or so.

The trick to washing your hair is to wash the scalp, not the hair, but the scalp.

Wet your hair thoroughly under the shower and apply your shampoo to the scalp on the hot spot – which is the back of the head where you wear your ponytail, or bun. Scrub your whole scalp with your fingertips as if your life depended on it! Then run the foam through the rest of your hair to the ends and rinse. If the weather is hot, or you are using a natural shampoo repeat. If you have Balayage or an oily scalp with dry ends, you may need to use two different shampoos – one for the roots and one for the ends as you will find that the one which suits the ends will leave your scalp oily and the one which suits the roots will leave the ends dry.

If the weather is hot, or you are using a natural shampoo repeat. If you have Balayage or an oily scalp with dry ends, you may need to use two different shampoos – one for the roots and one for the ends as you will find that the one which suits the ends will leave your scalp oily and the one which suits the roots will leave the ends dry.

If you have Balayage or an oily scalp with dry ends, you may need to use two different shampoos – one for the roots and one for the ends as you will find that the one which suits the ends will leave your scalp oily and the one which suits the roots will leave the ends dry.

But before you start buying shampoo number two for the ends, first try a richer conditioner. Conditioner must only be applied to the ends of the hair, not

Conditioner must only be applied to the ends of the hair, not anywhere near the scalp – the scalp does not need conditioning. Massage the conditioner into the ends, and with a wide toothed comb, comb it through all of your hair if you have dry, or bleached hair. If you have natural hair, do not comb through as it will make your roots oily.

After your shampoo or conditioner, make sure you rinse thoroughly. Because our shower heads are now water saver shower heads, we so often do not rinse our hair that well. I am lucky, being on tank water, I have

Because our shower heads are now water saver shower heads, we so often do not rinse our hair that well. I am lucky, being on tank water, I have an old fashioned shower head – lots of water! But when I travel, I really struggle rinsing my hair as it is thick and tends to hold on to shampoo and conditioner.

I am a big advocate for natural anything – but I have found that natural shampoos often leave people with scary oily hair. I mean smelly drippy greasy hair. If you change from a chemical based shampoo to a natural shampoo, it will take a while for your scalp to adjust, as it is used to pushing out extra oil to compromise for the scalp being stripped, so you may need to start your change to natural shampoo buying one which is suited to oily hair, before moving onto one for your hair type. You will also find that you will always have to wash twice, natural shampoos just will not lift styling products out of the hair as efficiently.

If you change from a chemical based shampoo to a natural shampoo, it will take a while for your scalp to adjust, as it is used to pushing out extra oil to compromise for the scalp being stripped, so you may need to start your change to natural shampoo buying one which is suited to oily hair, before moving onto one for your hair type. You will also find that you will always have to wash twice, natural shampoos just will not lift styling products out of the hair as efficiently.

You will also find that you will always have to wash twice, natural shampoos just will not lift styling products out of the hair as efficiently.

If you have really greasy hair, which you just cannot get to a shiny floaty condition, buy a deep cleansing shampoo and use till your hair starts to look the way you want it to. If you use a lot of hair product, you may need to do this regularly as products will build up over time. A deep cleansing shampoo is also handy to have around after a massage to remove the build up of oil. No deep cleansing shampoo and need one right now? Don’t tell anyone I told you, but grab that dishwashing liquid……………..

No deep cleansing shampoo and need one right now? Don’t tell anyone I told you, but grab that dishwashing liquid……………..

A great alternative to dry shampoo when you do not have one on hand is corn flour or baby powder. Massage into your scalp as you would dry shampoo, leave for a few minutes and with head above the bath or shower, using your fingers and or a brush, brush out! Corn flour is a better choice for dark hair.

If you have ongoing scalp issues, massage  Apple Cider Vinegar into your scalp straight after you shampoo, rinse and then condition as usual. Great for dandruff, and itchy scalp. It also removes any product build up from your scalp and hair.

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