It seems like every few weeks we hear about a new way to wash our hair that’ll ensure perfect locks. It used to be washing hair once a week, then it was washing hair with conditioner (or the co-wash/no shampoo method).
Now, some hairstylists are recommending shampooing twice in one wash, a method known as double shampooing.
Eventually, according to celebrity hairstylist George Northwood, “The hair will become a lot stronger, shinier and healthier” after implementing this method.
Double shampooing isn’t your run-of-the-mill ‘lather, rinse, repeat’ method. It’s actually a strategic way of washing your hair to clean it while helping it absorb the actual benefits of the shampoo.
According to Northwood, this method “creates a better surface for the products to work and be absorbed.”
Step 1: Hop in the shower and wet your hair. Then, use a sulfate-free shampoo for your first wash. Concentrate on washing your scalp.
We recommend: Pureology’s Hydrate shampoo, R290 for 250 ml
Top Tip: If you have really dry hair, you can go in with cleansing shampoo oil like The Body Shop Rainforest Shampoo Moisture Oil, R110 for 250ml.
Step 2: Rinse, then go in for wash number two. You can use the same shampoo, or you can go with a moisturizing and nourishing shampoo.
We recommend: Wella Luminous Reveal Shampoo, R239
Step 3: Finish the method with a nice deep conditioner if you really feel like you need some TLC.
We recommend: L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Conditioner, R49.95 for 250ml
Top Tip: If you have fine hair, celebrity stylist Chuck Amos recommends jumping out of the shower after shampooing and coating your ends in a treatment like Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Therapy Mask, R89.95 for 200ml. Wait 5-10 minutes and then rinse the treatment out.
Deep conditioning for thicker, coarser or curly hair in need of a more intensive treatment, might need some heat during the process:
- You can invest in a self-heating towel turban, or pop your hair in a plastic shower cap and wrap it in a steaming hot towel.
- The heat will help open the follicle, allowing the treatment to penetrate deeper. Leave on for up to 30 minutes, then rinse.
What’s great about this double shampooing method is that because it really cleans your hair, you can go longer between washing it. So while you’ll be using more product per shower, you won’t be doing it every day.
Plus, if you’ve noticed that your hair sometimes remains greasy even after washing, an extra shampoo could also help cure your hair woes by really allowing that cleanser to penetrate deeper, leaving hair voluminous and soft.
This article originated on: womanandhome.com