Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A couple of thoughts about our hair...
Do we need to rinse and repeat? Not usually. If your hair is especially greasy, yes, but otherwise, no. (Although I'm contradicting Homer who said, "Always repeat".)
When should we rinse and repeat? If your hair is especially greasy, either from sebum or oils you've added to your hair.
Why does the second shampooing feel more lathery than the first? Because some surfactants don't foam or lather well in the presence of sebum. The second shampooing always feels more lathery because you've removed the sebum with the first washing!
What's the best way to wash your hair? I can't really answer this as everyone has their own definition of "best", but I find if I wash my just my scalp with the first shampooing, then the scalp and ends the second shampooing, this works best for me. Don't pile your hair on top of your hair - just bring the shampoo to the ends of your hair and massage lightly. The ends of your hair really don't get that dirty.
How long should I leave conditioner on my hair? According to the Beauty Brains, just long enough for it to work, which is just about instantly. The key is to cover as much of your hair as possible. I tend to leave my conditioner on as long as it takes to sugar scrub and exfoliate my feet, but that's just because I'm kinda lazy.
Should I comb the conditioner through my hair? Yes and no. Remember that our hair is most fragile when it's wet, so if you encounter a tangle, let it be! Get the conditioner all over your hair, then use a really wide mouthed comb. If you can't comb your hair in the shower, leave it be and wait until you use your leave-in conditioner.
What questions do you have about the process of washing, conditioning, or styling your hair? Let me know!