There are many varying opinions out there as to how often you should wash your hair. Some people advice everyday while others suggest weekly or longer! I think it depends on your hair type and your personal preference. Clean hair is beautiful hair. But whatever your choice is, be sure to treat your hair with care.
It helps if your hair is tangle free before shampooing, so using a natural bristle brush, distribute the sebum (natural oils that are secreted from your scalp) to the hair ends. Be gentle with your hair. When washing your hair, use a quality shampoo with a neutral ph balance. Concentrate on your scalp, massaging well with your fingertips (not your fingernails), allowing the suds to flow over the rest of your hair. Massaging your scalp will help stimulate blood flow, nourishing the hair follicle, targeting hair growth.
Finish off with a quality conditioner. This helps to minimize tangles, nourish and protect your hair. If hair is oily, apply conditioner to the ends only. Using a final rise of cold water closes the follicles and makes the cuticles to lie flat with the result of less breakage and very shiny hair – Bonus!
Towel dry hair, gently squeezing out excess water. Then, using a wide tooth comb, start at the ends and work your way up to the scalp, combing hair in sections. Wet hair stretches and will break, so handle with care.
Natural air-drying is the least damaging for your hair but this is not always practical, so use a low heat setting and only partially dry hair, concentrating on the hair closest to your head. You will feel more comfortable especially if you live in a cold climate.
If you continue to care for your hair you are more likely to keep it longer, both in time and length!