Hair hygiene starts at the hair washing station and is one of the services which is generally given less importance and less time in salons.
This service should be done while taking into account the essential needs of the scalp and hair to make them look good. It also serves as the basis for all other services to be done afterwards, offering countless advantages such as:
- Comprehensive hygiene, with a feeling of relief from itching and wellbeing
- Easy detangling without damaging the hair structure
- Being able to dry hair more easily and faster, with longer-lasting results
- Bringing out the best in all cutting and/or coloring services.
Hair hygiene is the first service and point of contact with the client, which means that it’s the first pillar of a job well done and the first impression that the client gets of our salon.
The way hair is washed marks the difference between the success and failure of many of the services offered in our salons. And it goes without saying that a shampoo suitable to every hair need or possible condition scalp condition should be used.
You can’t just wash hair with the first thing you come across or an aggressive detergent without suffering the consequences. The hair cuticle becomes rough or cracked (Trichoptilosis or split ends), to the extent that the scalp can become red and itchy.
The frequency of washes of the scalp and hair, together with detergent bases bought from random places (aggressive active ingredients) gradually weaken dermal protection, leading to scalp conditions. This is why it’s important to use specific bases for each hair need, as well as to wash hair properly and with the right frequency, for hair to look healthy.
RIGHT WAY OF WASHING
The right way to shampoo hair starts by getting the water to the right temperature. Cold water causes the hair erector muscles to suddenly contract, secreting a large amount of sebum to limit the formation of foam.
In contrast, hot water stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce a greater amount of sebum again.
The shampoo should always be diluted in water to spread it evenly all over hair. It’s important to ensure that the shampoo is spread evenly all throughout using delicate movements in a circular motion in the direction of the hair cuticle. Bear in mind that it’s not the pressure from the hands that do the washing but instead the active ingredient that the shampoo contains, which has to be activated for it to cleanse properly. Its detergent component is spread by massaging.
Leave to rest for a few minutes, then rinse. This is when the surfactants dissolve and interact with dirt and sebum. During rinsing, hair experiences greater trauma as it is swollen, which is caused by water.
Bear in mind that both hair and scalp are equally important, and take great care to massage the shampoo in to ensure that it is spread out properly.
Washing hair improperly weakens the hydrolipidic film due to the evaporation of water from the hair itself, attacking the outside of hair through the coagulation of protein, leaving it wet inside.