Just like any other part of the body, keeping hair clean and free from harmful agents is imperative. In order to do so, washing hair or shampooing plays the foremost role. After all, exposure to increased grime and chemical air pollutants can make the mane prone to damage. We all wash our hair, but do we know the right way to do it? 

While many think that cleaning the locks is as easy as the child’s play, there are a couple of things that people often do incorrectly. One of them is not choosing the right product for your hair type.  There are so many products available in the market that it can be very confusing.  It is better to select a mild herbal shampoo, according to your hair type, whether it is oily or dry.  

select a mild herbal shampoo

The next thing to remember is to use less shampoo and rinse the hair properly with water, in order to get rid of all soapy residue.  More important than the shampoo are the methods one uses to wash and dry the hair. Apart from all these, one should also mind the number of times they are washing their mane. 

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This depends on individual needs.  For oily hair and in hot, humid weather, you need to wash the hair more often.  Generally speaking, thrice a week for oily hair and twice a week for dry hair would suit most people. 

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The important aspect to bear in mind is that washing does not harm the hair. What harms the mane is the hair care product you use, as well as the quantity of shampoo that is used for each wash.  If you use a mild herbal shampoo and apply very little of it, you can wash the hair every day.  The guideline is to wash the hair as often as needed. You can follow these simple steps to clean your hair thoroughly: 

  • First, wet your hair nicely. 
  • Apply the shampoo and use your fingertips to rub it into the scalp and hair.  
  • Work up lather. Start at the scalp and go downwards. 
  • Be gentle with your hair.  
  • While washing, run plenty of water through the hair, so that you can get rid of all the soap, along with dirt, dead skin cells, and other pollutants. 
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Home remedies are the best, when it comes to hair care or skincare, as there are almost no side effects of using them. If you want to try something all-natural for your hair, you can make hair cleansers at home.

Reetha, Amla And Shikakai shampoo 

  • Add a handful each of dry reetha, amla, and shikakai to one liter of water and soak overnight. 
  • The next day, simmer over a low fire till water reduces to half. 
  • Cool and strain. Keep in the fridge.
  • The liquid is enough for four hair washes. Avoid making large quantities at a time. 

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  • Egg white has a powerful cleansing action. For oily hair, apply the white of an egg, half an hour before shampooing. 
  • In humid weather, wash oily hair three or four times a week. Dry hair may be washed twice a week. 
  • After washing the hair, do not rub it with a towel. Allow the towel to soak up moisture and wrap it around the head for a few minutes.
  • In humid weather, add lemon juice and half a cup of rose water to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse after shampoo. 
  • Avoid brushing wet hair. Use a wide-toothed comb.
  • After washing, comb out tangles, starting from the ends of the hair and going upwards towards the scalp.

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