For starters, the cleansing detergent of shampoo causes dry hair, which leads to brittle hair and inevitable damage. Even the shampoos that promise to repair dry hair will have this agent if they intend to clean the hair as well. These shampoos often contain an agent that leaves a film on the hair to produce a false shine. Now you are left with damaged hair and build up. Also, the scrubbing action that is involved in the “lather” process creates new split ends and makes old ones worse. To avoid these problems, learn to wash your hair the way stylists of the stars recommend.
This process takes a little bit longer, but the results are worth every second. Before you even step into the shower, make sure your hair is free of all tangles. After your hair is wet, apply a small amount of shampoo and carefully rub it onto the scalp, and only the scalp. If you are concerned that this will not be sufficient in cleansing, you can leave the shampoo on your hair without scrubbing for an extra minute or two. Next, simply rinse the shampoo. As it slides down the rest of your hair, it will continue to clean, ridding your hair of the products you have applied and the natural oils that are produced in the scalp. Unless you are washing your hair after a day of playing in mud puddles, the “repeat” direction is completely unnecessary. The result is clean, easier to manage hair.
A few more simple tips can enhance this process. When applying conditioner, only use it on the hair that extends down the nape, not the hair close to the scalp. The scalp produces natural oils rendering conditioner unnecessary. Leave it on for a few extra minutes and rinse with cold water to close the cuticles leaving the hair smoother and less susceptible to further damage when styling. Finally, when drying your hair, never, and I repeat, never, rub it with your towel! Rubbing a rough, albeit soft, towel against the grain of your hair further damages it and makes split ends far worse because hair is its weakest when wet. Instead, blot your hair with a towel and comb it slightly with your fingers. When it is dry, then feel free to brush.
If you insist on using a blow dryer on your hair, there are a few rules to avoid heat damage. If you have the time, wait for several minutes to allow your hair to dry naturally slightly. Drier hair is stronger and you won’t have to expose it to heat as long. Also, slide a serum or pomade on every section of your hair to create a barrier between the cuticles and the heat.
Let’s not blame the hair product manufacturers for not informing us of these vital directions. The bottles are generally small, leaving room for a mere three (misleading) words. And, of course, they do offer serums, masks, and lotions for us to repair the damage they have caused.