When it comes to great hair care, there are many theories and myths flying around the internet. However, when it comes to your shampoo, there are many facts you probably don’t know.
For gorgeous, healthy, soft, full locks, you need to know these important, little-known facts before you shampoo.
① The Right Shampoo is Important
First, you need to know that choosing the right shampoo is important. For example, if you have very thick hair, a moisturizing shampoo will work well.
However, those with fine hair should skip heavy, moisturizing options and go with shampoos that boost volume.
② Clarifying Shampoo Should Be Used from Time to Time
You should use a clarifying shampoo from time to time. How do you know when to use it?
If you notice that you have some buildup on the scalp or your hair doesn’t seem to respond to your current hair care products, use a clarifying shampoo for a wash or two.
③ Clarifying Treatments Should Be Used More Often by Blondes
Blondes, or those with chemically treated locks, need to clarify more often than others. Blondes and those who have chemically treated hair have more porous hair. This makes hair more likely to absorb product residue or pollutants.
④ Get Healthier Hair By Massaging In Shampoo
If you want healthier hair, start massing your shampoo into your scalp. When you massage the shampoo into your scalp, it improves blood circulation to the area.
This helps to improve hair growth and gets the goodness of your shampoo to your scalp where it matters.
⑤ Pay Attention to Water Temperature
Water temperature is really important when you wash your hair with shampoo. If you use water that is too hot, you can end up with hair that is lifeless and limp.
For better results, use warm water when you shampoo. Then, use cool water to rinse your hair, since it helps to seal the cuticle of your hair. This ensures that shine and moisture are locked into your locks.
⑥ Shampoo Expiration Dates Matter
The expiration date on your shampoo really matters. While it isn’t really “bad” after it expires, it won’t offer you the best results. Use shampoo before the expiration date for the best results.
⑦ It’s Possible to Make Your Own Shampoo
Yes, you can actually make your own shampoo, and it’s not really difficult. All you need is some water, vinegar and baking soda.
This easy DIY shampoo will eliminate buildup from hair, but you don’t have to worry about putting harsh chemicals in your hair.
How to Create a Baking Soda Shampoo
- Approx. Ratio for the Recipe: 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup water OR make a paste with baking soda and a small amount of water and store in an old lotion tub.
- Just rinse thoroughly if you make a paste. The ratio for this recipe is flexible – there’s really no right or wrong way to do it.
- Add more baking soda if your hair is thick and long or oily, and less if it’s short and thin or dry.
- Take the bottle, flip your head upside down, and squirt the shampoo onto your scalp.
- Then, take your fingers and rub your scalp in a circular motion, adding more shampoo if it feels like you need it, and rinse very thoroughly.
- It’s very important to rinse thoroughly or your hair will feel grainy and dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar Conditioner/Rinse
The ratio for the conditioner is one tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar to one cup of filtered water.
My hair is so dry, thick and long that I use a lot more and it works wonders for my hair – about 1 cup ACV with 1 cup water (but this is only me).
Application for Vinegar Rinse:
- Tilt your head back, close your eyes (to avoid getting this mixture in your eyes), and distribute through your hair.
- After a few seconds, rinse with cold water.
- When starting this method for the first time, be careful to pour the ACV on just the ends of your hair so it doesn’t get on your scalp. It makes my scalp feel oily.
- However, if you are dealing with psoriasis, dandruff or dry skin on your scalp, ACV does WONDERS for healing dry and damaged skin and I recommend applying it to your scalp until your skin heals.
- I have had a few spots of dandruff in the past and the ACV has cleaned it up after one application!
⑧ You Don’t Need a Lot
More shampoo isn’t better. You really don’t need a lot. Just use about a quarter-sized dollop. This way you can easily massage it into your scalp without all the extra foam that too much shampoo can create.
⑨ Higher Priced Shampoos Aren’t Better
If you can’t be bothered to wash your hair and decide to turn to dry shampoo, try applying it the night before. This will give your hair enough time to absorb all of the powder, and you’ll wake up with extra volume.
⑩ Make the Most of Dry Shampoo by Using it at Night
Last, when you use dry shampoo, make the most of it by using it at night. Put it in your hair at night and head to bed.
This gives hair the time to absorb the dry shampoo, giving you clean, fresh hair and plenty of volumes.