The way you wash your hair can make a world of difference in its health and overall appearance. Are you washing your locks to their potential? Read on to see if your technique needs tweaking.
Photo by Cassell Ferrere
Washing your hair too often can remove its natural oils, drying it out. Your tresses can benefit from going several days between shampoos. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hair three to four times a week (or when it’s dirty).
Shampoo and conditioner do their best work on freshly detangled hair, so use a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb to gently remove knots from your strands before you wet your hair. Detangle any stubborn sections by spritzing them directly with Davines MOMO Hair Potion. Taking the time to detangle helps you avoid breakage and nourishes your scalp.
Exposing your hair to super-high temperatures can leave it looking dry and lifeless, so use lukewarm water to shampoo your scalp. Concentrate Davines SOLU Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser at the roots and really work it into your scalp to remove any build-up. Massage it in for a minute or two to boost blood flow to your scalp and stimulate hair growth.
Rinse your hair out thoroughly and apply Davines MINU Conditioner (a recent Byrdie Beauty Eco Beauty Award Winner!) from the mid-lengths to ends. Unlike shampoo, conditioner should only be applied to the bottom two thirds of your hair. Conditioning the roots will weigh your hair down, making it look greasy. Let the conditioner sit on your ends for two minutes and rinse, followed by a last-minute shot of cold water, to seal the hair cuticle and make your strands shiny.
The way you treat your tresses post-wash is just as vital to its appearance as the way you wash, so no rubbing- this creates frizz. Instead, use a micro-fiber towel to squeeze out the excess water and wrap it around your head to absorb more water. If you want to add texture, twist your locks into a very loose braid, or just remove the towel and let your strands dry naturally.
Jaclyn LaBadia, Feature contributor
Cover photo by Cassell Ferrere