Posts Tagged ‘shampooing’

The Proper Hair Washing Technique


Last week we discussed hair washing frequency and the impact it can have on the hair and scalp, but what about the shampooing technique used while washing? Doing something is only as effective as the technique being used to do it in the first place; If it’s not being done properly in the first place, frequency will matter less and less.

Knowing how to properly shampoo your hair at home is important, especially when it comes to keeping your hair maintained in between visits to your Ottawa hair salon. George Northwood, stylist to the likes of celebrities such as Alicia Vikander and Alexa Chung explains that “most people don’t actually get their hair truly clean when they wash it, so it ends up covered in a sort of film which leads to dullness and lack of shine over time. By shampooing twice you have a first wash, to remove excess dirt and grime, and then a second wash to really get it squeaky clean. The main mistake we all make is to use too much shampoo in the first place, adding more and more when we find we don’t build up a sufficient lather. If you’re washing your hair twice you don’t need much shampoo at all – maybe a two-pence-sized blob for each time. The first wash probably won’t create much lather as its just cleansing away all of that grime and build-up. It can actually be quite half-hearted – just squirt the product into your hands, rub them together and run through the hair. I call it external cleansing. Then the second shampoo is your opportunity to really get it right into the roots and create a proper lather.”

The better you are able to wash your hair, the better maintained it will be in between stylings. Make sure to discuss the best shampooing techniques with your Ottawa stylist at Caralyn’s upon your next visit.

Frequency of Hair Shampoing


In life there are a few age old questions: What is the meaning of life? What came first, the chicken or the egg? Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? Another important question to add to that list is: how often should the average person shampoo their hair? This question is can be difficult to answer because it depends on several different factors.

“Shampoo traps oils, so if you do it too frequently, you may dry your hair out, leaving it prone to breakage, says Angela Lamb, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. ‘Hair produces natural oil called sebum, and shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair,’ Lamb says. For the most part, some dirt is OK and natural — and you definitely want some oils to remain in your hair.” But, what about those who feel the need to shampoo their hair every single day? Is that excessive? Once again, it truly depends on certain factors. “The experts agree: Only a small group needs to shampoo daily, like those with very fine hair, someone who exercises a lot (and sweats), or someone living in very humid place, Carolyn Goh (Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA) says. ‘If you have oily scalp, then daily washing is needed,’ she explains. ‘Sometimes, people think they have dry scalp because they have dandruff, but in those situations, more frequent washing is also helpful.’”

When it comes to hair, the idea of cleanliness and health isn’t necessarily linked to daily shampooing, however if that is something which you’re accustomed to and feel comfortable doing you should never be shamed for it. Regardless of how often you shampoo for whatever reason make sure to visit your Ottawa hair stylist regularly to keep your hair looking and feeling its best.