We have been shampooing our hair since ancient times and it’s pretty much always the same, right? Wrong. Award-winning UK hairstylist, Mark Leeson, shares the one insider hair-washing tip that will change your life — or at least your hair-washing game — for good. This post is adapted from an article that first appeared on CareerGirlDaily.com.
The art of hair washing is simple. Just douse yourself in water and lather up with shampoo, right? But like a lot of us, your hair has probably started to look damaged, dry and split-ended, plus it’s hard to manage and style like you want. This is especially true in extreme weather conditions, like in the dead of winter or the mid-summer heat. Stylists everywhere are touting the no ‘poo (er, that’s shampoo) craze. But proceed with caution. Ordinary detergent-laden shampoos do strip hair of their natural oils, resulting in dry and frizzy hair. But you should regularly clean your hair and scalp to eliminate dirt, sebum and pore-clogging oils that can keep hair growth from looking healthy and strong.
Experts recommend co-washing (short for “condition washing”) and it is everywhere at the moment. Bloggers and beauty gurus alike say it transforms their lives by improving the condition of their hair.
Mark Leeson, who is also the Global Creative Ambassador for Goldwell, shares all the dirt, so to speak, about the benefits of co-washing, so that you know the facts before you ditch the shampoo for good.
Mark says, “[With] ‘co-washing’, there is no need to use the traditional shampoo and conditioner method. Lathering shampoos often contain harsh ingredients that strip the hair of its natural oils and nutrients, as well as your color. We then apply conditioner to add that moisture back into the hair after this cleansing process…”
1. Be picky
If you attempt this technique with your regular conditioner, chances are you will end up with limp, greasy locks. So when choosing your conditioner, look for one that is low in silicones. Also, choose one that has no parabens, so it is more lightweight and your hair retains its bounce. And choose one that is sulfate-free to minimize irritation and dryness.
A good nourishing conditioner will also have nutrients, such as Keratin, Biotin and Zinc, to add the look of thickness. It will have no artificial colors and will be gentle on color-treated hair. Try Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner.
Once a week or biweekly, detox your scalp with a good cleansing shampoo. Skipping this step can lead to an itchy scalp, or a build-up on the hair, weighing it down and making it look limp or dirty. Look for a gentle formula that has no SLS or SLES to keep your scalp clean and healthy, and promote the best possible environment for healthy hair growth. Try Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo.
3. Be kind to your scalp
Some bloggers swear by co-washing and haven’t washed their hair with shampoo in years. It can bring hydration to most hair types and is great for coarse, curly hair. You need to find your favorite products, though.