Monday, September 26, 2011

Black Hair- 3 Simple Steps to a Great Shampoo

Are you looking to improve your shampoo technique? Others have found it hard to achieve good results because they don’t know the basics. Here is how you can overcome the obstacles in 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Slowly and gradually detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb and then saturate your hair with water.  I like to keep a wide tooth “shower comb” in my shower for just this reason. You can purchase these for a couple bucks.  Take your time, treat your hair like fine silk.  Start at the bottom and work your way to the roots, you’ll lose less hair that way.  You want your hair completely wet; because you want to dilute the shampoo. Even the gentlest of shampoos can have a drying effect on our hair!

Step 2: Dispense a dime to quarter sized amount of shampoo into your hands, depending on the length of your hair, and massage vigorously into your scalp taking care not  to tangle your hair.  If your hair is shoulder length or shorter I recommend a dime amount, if your hair is longer go with a quarter.  Concentrate on your scalp. This is where most of the dirt and buildup is; the length of your hair will get cleansed by the shampoo that sluices through it when you rinse.

Step 3: Rinse your hair completely! Make sure all the shampoo is gone by parting your hair and checking your scalp.  The rinsing process should take a full minute or even two! Squeeze out all of the excess water before proceeding to conditioning your hair.  There you have it! The three steps to a quality shampoo.  

Key to success: Focus on your scalp! There should be minimal contact between the shampoo and the length of your hair.  The warm water is enough to remove the product buildup you may have.