Sometimes the trees do not let us see the forest. If we talk about hair, the trees are all those headaches that translate into how to avoid frizz, keep your hair shiny, have the perfect curl or choose the cut that suits you best. more favors us.

But, friends, let’s not lose sight of the forest, which in capillary terms would translate into the basics of good hair, that begins, this is so, for proper washing. Truths like fists, it will be of little use that you are the number one expert in the art of use irons and dryers if the hair is not washed well.

Beyond how often you clean your hair, one of those debates that starts and doesn’t end is how the million dollar question of the perfect mane And, sure, like all of them, because nobody is perfect, like the closing phrase of ‘With skirts and crazy’, that there is mistakes in which you fall at the time of hair washing that take you away from perfection. Let’s analyze and correct.

Do you comb your hair before you wash it?

Paradoxically, a good hair wash begins… before the wash itself. Yes, because the first step is done dry and is neither more nor less than detangle and brush hair before submerging it.

Reasons? “This stimulates the blood circulation of the scalp and facilitates the subsequent penetration of the shampoo”, Explain Alberto Sanguino, from Llongueras.

This previous hairstyle also has its own idiosyncrasies: you have to start at the tips and end up in the root zone, never the other way around. And the brush has to be made of natural bristles or carbon fiber. all this for prevent breakage and unwanted damage, as the hairdresser emphasizes.


Do you wash your hair with any shampoo?

Let’s go directly to talk about which shampoo to choose, overlooking and drawing a thick veil over those used for hair washing. any body gel, eg.

As the dermatologist tells Andrea Combalia in his book ‘Healthy skin in a healthy body’ (Grijalbo), choosing a good shampoo is not an easy task, because on the one hand it is necessary to carry out good hygiene, but on the other it is necessary to avoid using aggressive products that damage the cuticle.

“Shampoo contains substances called surfactants or surfactants that favor the separation of the sebum from the hair, trap it and then eliminate it with the rinse. In addition, they carry foaming substances, moisturizing active ingredients and perfumes and, depending on needs, certain ingredients such as sebum regulators, antibacterials and fungicides, to treat certain pathologies”, explains Combalia.

Dermatology adds that there are very controversial ingredients in shampoos, such as sulfates and silicones, but we must bear in mind that not all synthetic substances are harmful, nor are all natural ones harmless.

It is also important What pH is the shampoo? “The skin of the scalp is oily and, therefore, more acidic than the rest of the skin, too alkaline pH damages the scalp, opens the cuticles and promotes frizz”, continues Combalia.

There is a lot of science behind champs and each mane is unique, so you have to choose the one best suits to our scalp and our hair.

Do you choose the shampoo well?

If the market is full of shampoos, it is because each hair has specific characteristics and, therefore, needs different washing products.

When the length has different specificities with respect to the scalp, the ideal is use two champs in each wash, one for each need. In a first ‘champunada’ one will be used, for example, for oily hair if the scalp is like that, and in the second, then one for curls, or for straight hair or moisturizing, according to the characteristics of the length.

Do you really know how to apply shampoo?

Another issue to take into account that reviews scar Sánchez, from Davines in Spain: “The product is not applied directly to the head, you have to emulsify it well in the hands earlier to be able to distribute it homogeneously”.

From there, the washing it is usually double. In a first ‘champunada’, “you begin by spreading the product around the root zone and continue rubbing the area of ​​the nape, crown and, last but not least, behind the ears. Once the first soaping is finished, the hair is rinsed with hot water” summarizes Alberto Sanguino.

in the second we will work in a more superficial way the zone of the roots and we will focus in the middle and ends. “You have to avoid rubbing your hair, so it doesn’t get too tangled, and try to work with your fingers washing vertically”, indicates the hairdresser. Once the soaping is finished, it is left act the shampoo two minutes.

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What do I choose, mask or conditioner?

You are one of those who passes olympically apply a moisturizing product after each wash? Mistake! “Moisturizing the hair after each wash is essential, because after washing, the shampoo has removed some of the fat that covers the cuticle and we must proceed to nourish the fiber and, incidentally, avoid static loads and frizz”, explains the dermatologist Andrea Combalia.

Oily hair must also be hydrated, like oily skin, only with light and specific products, and always from mid to ends so as not to overload the scalp with sebum.

The mask and the conditioner they are not exactly the same. The first has less percentage of water in its formula, it is more thick and emollient.

And how and when to use conditioner and when mask? the conditioner applies after shampoo, after having wrung the hair a little to remove excessive moisture, and only from the middle to the ends. It is not necessary to let it sit.

the mask it’s a extra treatment and nutrition when the hair needs that extra hydration. It is also applied from the middle to the ends, it works well with the hands, strand by strand, massaging them, and let it rest.

Are you clearing up okay?

If you think that everything you need to know is already there, there is still a way to go, because lightening is not something to be taken lightly.

First of all, you have to use the right water temperature. Yes EST very hot, leaves hair dull; if you have oily hair, it can also over stimulate sebum production. The ideal is to use warm water and, if you dare, as in the hairdresser, finish with a jet of cold water, but not too much, which closes the cuticle and makes hair shine and shine in all its splendor.

And you have to clarify conscientiously, so that shampoo and treatment residues do not add weight to the hair or encourage dust, pollution and dirt particles to adhere to the remains more easily.

And you, how do you dry your hair?

At the end of the mentioned steps under the shower jet, and before leaving it, point Carlos Fernández, by Franck Provost, what to do “gently wring out the hair with your hands, from the top to the ends”,

Afterwards, it is time to remove the moisture with a microfiber towel, without rubbing or twisting the hair, until it stops dripping. “After this, the whole set is covered in said towel until it practically loses its moisture,” continues Fernndez. And he adds: “Once it is more or less dry, unravels from the tips up.” Better do it with a wide tooth comb to avoid damage.

The master trick? “If we apply hair oil to the ends, this step will be easier and the hair will look shinier,” he clarifies.

I know, there is no excuse, now you know how to wash your hair like an expert. Why do it wrong when you can do it right…


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J. A. Allen

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