It seems that some of the Chinese magazines are loaded full of beauty tips. No wonder they are so popular! Anyway, I was reading one from Hong Kong while at a hair salon recently and was quite pleased to find many useful and interesting hair care tips. Good thing I can read Chinese characters quite well and so I am able to understand most of the tips. Here, I’ll share five simple tips that I’ve found to be very relevant.
1. Comb oily hair before shampooing
It is not advisable to shampoo twice a day even if you have very oily hair. It is best to shampoo once thoroughly. To cleanse oily hair effectively, it is recommended to brush your hair prior to shampooing. Apparently, doing this will bring the oil residue to the surface of the hair and make it easier to wash. I believe this will also help to make for tangle free hair that is easier to shampoo. It is also advisable to spend a bit more time massaging the shampoo into areas where your hair is the oilest and that’s usually the crown and back area. You might like to rinse and repeat if you feel that the first wash wasn’t as clean.
2. Avoid over lathering during shampooing
Many of us probably equate more lather with cleaner hair but too much lathering will also damage the cuticles as the tendency is to rub the hair to create more lather. So we should be applying shampoo on our scalp, and not on our hair. By gently massaging the scalp throughout our entire head, the suds will be distributed throughout the hair. In addition, no matter what the instructions on the shampoo bottle says, the rinse and repeat instructions are only necessary if you have really oily hair.
3. Blot hair with a dry towel after shampooing
Many of us use our bath towels to wipe our hair after shampoo and I am one of them. So instead of wiping your body first, make sure you wipe your hair first as a dry towel can absorb more water and shorten the hair blowing time, which will translate to protection against heat for your hair. If you have long hair, you might want to consider using a separate towel just for your hair. Also, we should be using the towel to blot excess moisture out and not rub our hair with the towel to avoid friction between strands of hair that will also cause cuticle damage.
4. Comb wet hair with a wide tooth comb
A narrow toothed comb or brush can damage your hair cuticles especially when you use it on your wet hair. Hence, a wide tooth comb is an essential hair care item as it allows you to comb through your hair easily without tugging and pulling, thereby minimizing any damage to the hair cuticle and prevent the hair fibres from splitting. A hair brush with rubber tips will also be a good tool when it comes to brushing your dry hair.
5. Avoid pulling white hair to damage hair follicle
Do not pull out white hair as excessive force applied to pull out any hair will cause damage to the hair follicle and possibly, even adjacent follicles. I for one never pull out my white hair. Instead, I will trim them if they are too obvious and I have no time to dye them.
Actually after reading the article, I realized that I’ve not really been caring for my hair the right way due to bad old habits. So I really need to be more conscientious with my shampooing and drying techniques going forward.