Why is it that our hair always feels lighter than air, soft and squeaky clean after a visit to the salon? Is it the product our stylist uses, or something to do with how our hair is washed?
We asked Jessica Longhurst, Salon Partner & Artistic Director at Oscar Oscar Robina, to share her fool-proof guide for the perfect home hair wash.
DETANGLE YOUR HAIR before getting in the shower. Tangled/knotted locks make it more difficult to massage your scalp and rinse out product. Try brushing with an Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush (RRP $49.95) prior to showering to get your tresses in order.
2.Once in the shower, SATURATE YOUR HAIR from root to tip with warm water before applying any product. This will help open the hair cuticles, allowing your hair to absorb the nutrients in your shampoo and conditioner.
3.DON’T USE TOO MUCH PRODUCT. For each shampoo, you only need around a 50 cent coin worth of product to thoroughly cleanse your hair. More product doesn't automatically equal a better result. If your lather is weak, add more water and keep working it.
4. ALWAYS SHAMPOO TWICE. The first shampoo works to remove any oil and product build-up from the hair strand. Your second application provides an additional cleanse plus it allows the benefits of your chosen product to take effect (eg: add extra volume, shine or repairing proteins)
5. OPT FOR GENTLE PRESSURE when massaging shampoo into your hair, particularly around the roots. Use the tips of your fingers, rather than your nails and don’t scrub too harshly as friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to unwanted breakage and frizz.
6.CONCENTRATE ON YOUR SCALP. This is where natural oils are produced and therefore your scalp tends to require a little extra TLC. If you find your scalp tends to be oily, consider using a balancing shampoo such as Aveda Scalp Benefits (RRP $32) which helps remove excess sebum creating the ideal foundation for healthy hair.
7.RINSE THOROUGHLY AFTER SHAMPOOING until your hair feels squeaky clean. Squeeze all excess water out of the hair before applying your conditioner or masque to allow for better absorptcion of product.
8.CONDITION YOUR HAIR using a 50 cent coin worth of product. Only apply to your mid-lengths and ends (your ponytail area), avoiding the roots. Leave on for a few minutes to maximize results. Once a week, substitute your conditioner for a masque treatment such the Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque (RRP $55) for an extra boost of nourishment.
9.RINSE WITH COOL WATER to help seal your cuticles. Ensure there is no product left in your hair and that the water is running clear into the drain. If you see suds, keep rinsing!
10.Remember, DON’T OVER-WASH YOUR HAIR. Three or four times a week is sufficient for most hair types. Use a dry shampoo like the Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo (RRP $30) to extend that clean sensation on non-wash days!
For more helpful tips, visit your local Oscar Oscar Salon for a complimentary hair consultation and personalised hair care prescription.