Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How to Shampoo, Condition, and Rinse Thin Hair


Thin hair easily becomes limp and lifeless throughout the day. Your most important steps for a fuller looking head of hair starts with your shampooing, conditioning and rinse routine ...

Use a mild shampoo, so you’ll need less conditioner. Lather the shampoo between your hands before using and avoid scrubbing your scalp. A gentle wash is more than enough for people who shower everyday. Your scalp produces natural oils and will increase production in response to the dry conditions created by harsh cleansers or hot water.

Limp hair gets easily bogged down with conditioners. When you wash your hair, use a very light conditioner on just the tips. Even if you use a “volumizing” conditioner, try to keep it away from the top 3-4 inches of hair closest to your scalp. Most conditioners are “pH balanced” because acidity makes the outside layer of each hair shaft contract and look shiny. This also causes the diameter of the hair shaft to become smaller and lay smoother. For people who need volume in their hair, this is not a desired effect.

Rinse your hair and scalp well, using plenty of lukewarm water (avoid hot water) to get out every trace of shampoo and conditioner. A good rule of thumb is to continue rinsing for 10 seconds more after it feels like it is completely rinsed. Once your hair is completely rinsed, quick it a quick shot of cold water.

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