So We’ve Been Washing Our Hair Wrong All Along

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Washing your hair is simple, right? We all know how to lather up a shampoo and slap on some conditioner – so how hard can it be to do it properly? Well, we hate to break it to you, but chances are that the way you’re washing your hair is actually making your mane worse, not better.

Yes, you need to pick the right products, but how, where, and when you apply them is actually the secret to healthy hair – and more of it. Don’t panic, because we tapped Jess Filewood, top stylist and colorist at Aveda Dubai Flagship Salon, to find out everything you need to know about how to properly wash your hair. Who knew hair care could come down to this?

Brush

Dry skin brushing is big when it comes to skin and body care, but it’s just as important for your scalp. We contend with lots of pollution, sand, dust, and dirt in the Middle East, and these form layers and sit on the scalp. But they don’t just sit there – they clog hair follicles, prevent hair growth, and create dry skin. This is why you need to brush! And no, it’s not true that brushing your scalp will pull out hair and cause hair loss. It actually stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which helps bring more nutrients to follicles in order to promote healthy hair growth.

Hair fall happens from within and can be down to factors such as diet, stress, and hormonal changes. In fact, you naturally lose around 100 hairs a day! So, if you haven’t brushed your hair for a few days and then find lots of hair in your hands, don’t panic. This can be a build-up of natural hair loss. Of course, seek a doctor’s advice if you feel it’s more than usual.

Using a professional paddle brush will make a difference, particularly a boar-bristle brush, which is known to be the best for your scalp and hair. Alternatively, try Aveda’s ‘Pramāsana Exfoliating Scalp Brush’. Its specially designed looped bristles massage the scalp whilst exfoliating it, helping to loosen any build-up and impurities. Massaging it into the scalp for ten seconds helps increase blood flow, in turn promoting hair growth and creating the foundation for beautiful hair. You can use it in the shower, too!

Exfoliate

You exfoliate your face at least once a week, right? Especially after wearing makeup? So, now’s the time to start exfoliating your scalp. After brushing your hair and scalp (make sure you really feel the brush on your scalp), use the ‘Pramāsana Scalp Cleanser’. It really helps prevent the build-up of dry skin and excess dirt and, by removing all those blockages, your hair follicles are clear. This helps with new hair growth, and you have added shine!

Shampoo

Try not to wash your hair daily as this strips your locks of natural oils, which in turn encourages your scalp to produce more oils, making your hair greasier – and faster, too. If you struggle with oily roots, try a dry shampoo in between washes. It’s a great product to fill in the gap and get you out of the daily washing habit!

However, if you are sweating and working out on a daily basis, it is more hygienic to wash your hair to keep your scalp healthy. Just make sure you are using a natural daily cleansing shampoo, like Aveda’s ‘Shampure’. It gently cleanses and provides weightless, long-lasting nourishment while infusing hair with the brand’s signature calming aroma and 25 pure flower and plant essences.

If you don’t wash your hair every day, always shampoo twice. With the first shampoo, apply product to the scalp, massage in, and add more water if necessary. But be careful as over-applying product can make your scalp oily. If you don’t get much lather, this can mean that the shampoo is working to remove the oils and dirt. Repeat this process, but this time, really rub and scrub your scalp. Always remember to take the shampoo over the ends of your hair – they get dirty, too!

Condition

Conditioning is very important, especially if you’re purifying your scalp. Think of hair care as you would skincare – when you exfoliate, you moisturize! Always squeeze out excess water before applying any conditioner or treatment mask, as water acts like a barrier and prevents the product from absorbing properly. Work your product through mid-lengths and ends. I like to tip my head upside down and work it through the hair that way – towards the roots, but not directly onto the scalp.

Depending on which moisturizing treatment you are using, it’s best to avoid the scalp in order to prevent against oily and flat roots. However, you can purchase treatments designed to be applied to the scalp directly. Alternatively, I find scalp drops more efficient. I recommend the ‘Pramāsana Protective Scalp Concentrate’, which caters to all scalp types. Apply drops directly to the scalp on wet hair. Each bottle is infused with natural ingredients, such as seaweed to help control and balance sebum levels. There’s also tamanu oil to protect from pollution, dust, and sand, as well as prevent dryness and irritation.

Dry

The simplest, but most important, tip is to always pat your hair dry rather than rubbing it with a towel. If your hair is fine, this creates knots and damage. And if your hair is thick, it can create more static, frizzy hairs. It’s best is to get a turban towel; they’re lightweight and easy to use. Twist your hair together in a towel to ring out any of the excess water. Always do this before applying a styling product, as – again – it allows the product to be absorbed better.

If you blow-dry your hair, my top tip is to always keep the nozzle off the hair dryer on. This directs the flow of air downwards, in one direction, to ensure a smoother finish. It’s also best to start by rough-drying your hair as this removes any excess water and saves you from arm ache! Drying your hair upside down will help create some extra va-va-voom volume.

Then, using your paddle bush or your styling brushes, remove any static or frizzy hairs. Start with your hairdryer above your head with the nozzle pointing down, and your bush below. When you have a slight bit of tension, slowly move the nozzle down the hair strand. This helps smooth out hair cuticles for a sleeker finish.

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