I’ve said before that hair is in the most fragile state when it’s WET. Here’s a few do’s and don’ts to remember when washing….
– DON’T USE HOT, STEAMING WATER – Use a medium/warm water temperature. If it burns when you step in the shower – it’s too hot. Hot water will strip the hair strands of their natural oils and can dry your ends out. It can also stimulate your oil glands more than necessary, causing over production of sebum (oil) on the actual scalp.
–DON’T SCRUB!- Scrubbing creates friction which will cause the strands that are not healthy or strong to fall out. This is especially bad for the new hairs coming in that are still trying to grow – they are extremely sensitive. Try using a “press and roll” technique. Don’t use your fingernails either – use your fingertips!
–DON’T WRAP YOUR TOWEL TOO TIGHT – Similar to pulling your ponytails too tight, wrapping your towel too tight can cause traction alopecia (hair loss from tension) and can cause strands to break off.
–PROTEIN TREATMENT – If you have chemically treated hair or damaged hair that you’re trying to repair – I recommend doing a deep protein treatment once a week. You should leave in for about 10 minutes. You can find these at any beauty supply store, or try out our Fortified Protein Conditioner from Welker rePHreshed – store.welkerrephreshed.com.
– USE A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER – After you shower (before coming through hair) it’s very important to use a leave-in conditioner. Spray all over your hair and leave in, don’t rinse. I personally love our Energize Leave-In Conditioner, from Welker rePHreshed. It’s a great detangler, UV and heat protectant, and it deep conditions without weighing your hair down like other leave-ins. Check it out at store.welkerrephreshed.com.
– USE A WIDE-TOOTHED COMB – After you spray your leave-in conditioner, use a wide-toothed comb to brush through your hair. Tough bristles on most brushes can cause new hairs growing in or strands that are still in the growth process to fall out.
– SHAMPOO REGULARLY – Most people think that washing your hair on a daily basis isn’t good, but it’s actually quite the opposite. If you’re using the right products, you should shampoo daily or every other day. Skipping shampoos allows bacteria, dirt and debris to linger and build-up on your scalp. This will clog the follicle and make it harder for new hairs to come through.