Here’s how it goes with most women – they learn a certain way of washing their hair when they were kids and never make changes to this routine even after growing up. What you need to do is make a few changes in your hair washing and drying routine to see an improvement in your hair within a few weeks. So, here are the best shower tips that you can follow to keep your hair healthy and happy! I have Vietnam hair and I am applying these methods.
1. Tips For Shampooing
Steam your hair before shampooing it: The pores on your scalp are usually clogged with oil and dirt. The best way to cleanse them away is by steaming your hair. To do so, soak a towel in hot water and wring out the excess water. Wrap this towel around your head and leave it on for 20 minutes before jumping into the shower.
Massage steamed hair before shampoo: after steaming your hair, gently massage your scalp with your fingers for a few minutes.
Use cool or lukewarm water: The heat from hot water can strip off natural oils and leave your hair cuticles open, thus allowing all the moisture to escape from it.
Use paraben and SLS free shampoo: Both these chemicals have long been known to cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Apply shampoo only on scalp: The purpose of shampoo is to cleanse and remove the dirt, dead skin cells, and product buildup from your scalp. Rubbing shampoo on the lengths of your will only strip it of its natural oils and leave it looking dry, dull, and lifeless. So, take a quarter-sized amount of shampoo and massage it into your roots and scalp until it lathers up.
Gently massage while shampooing: When lathering the shampoo, gently massage your scalp with your fingers, moving in a circular motion. Not only will you easily cleanse away the dirt from your scalp, the massage will also help improve the blood circulation to your hair follicles and boost hair growth.
Don’t wash your hair daily: Most shampoos contain chemicals that can make your hair extremely dry and brittle if used daily. So, it’s best to wash your hair no more than twice or thrice a week to maintain its health and optimum moisture level.
Do not stretch shampooing time: Your hair is in its most fragile state when it’s wet. So, ideally, you should shampoo and condition your hair within 15 minutes of wetting it to keep damage and breakage at the minimum.
2. Tips For Conditioning
Condition your hair with oil before shower: Massage some coconut, almond, or olive oil onto your hair and scalp an hour before you wash it.
Towel dry before conditioning: This step may sound a bit tedious to you but it’s what you need to do to get frizz-free vietnamese hair. The conditioner will get absorbed into your towel-dried hair much more easily and prevent it from frizzing up.
Don’t use too much conditioner: Applying too much conditioner will weigh your hair down and make it look super greasy.
Do not apply conditioner on scalp:You’ve probably already heard this a million times, but I’m still going to reiterate it once more – don’t apply conditioner to your scalp. This is because it will form a build up on your scalp and clog your pores, leading to reduced hair growth and increased hair fall.
Do not apply conditioner on scalp: This is because it will form a build up on your scalp and clog your pores, leading to reduced hair growth and increased hair fall.
Don’t leave the conditioner in for too long: Conditioners work quite instantaneously when the wet hair cuticle is swollen and open. In fact, leaving the conditioner on for too long can actually make your hair greasy.
Deep condition every two weeks: You need to deep condition your hair at least every 2 weeks, especially if you have curly or kinky hair as these hair types tend to dry up pretty quickly.
3. Tips For Drying
Microfiber towel/Cotton t-shirt: The texture of these towels can also frizz up your hair and cause breakage. A better option would be to use either a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt that are gentler on your hair and don’t strip all the moisture out of it.
Don’t aggressively rub your vietnam hair while drying it: The methods of drying hair are disastrous as they cause knotting, frizzing, and breakage. The correct way is to use a cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel to gently pat dry your hair to remove all the excess water and let it air dry the rest of the way.
Avoid using a blow dryer:The heat from a blow dryer can damage your hair and cause split ends the same way that other heat styling tools do.
4. Tips For Detangling-Vietnam hair
Detangle when there’s conditioner in your hair:Another great way to avoid losing too much hair is to detangle your hair in the shower after you’ve applied conditioner to it. Just run a wide toothed comb through the lower half of your hair to remove all knots and tangles easily.
Detangle your hair when it’s semi-dry:If you lose huge clumps of hair when you’re brushing it, it’s probably because you’re doing it right after you step out of the shower. Your hair is delicate and most prone to breakage when it is wet. So, wait until your hair is about 70% dry before you detangle it with a boar bristle brush or a wide toothed comb.
After applying the above methods, the results received were really surprising. My Vietnam hair is very smooth, not dry and frizz.