As the heat has passed its peak, have you noticed that your hair is dry and lack luster? After enjoying the summer, your hair and scalp have been damaged more than you think due to ultraviolet rays, saltwater, swimming pools, and air conditioning.
The outermost scaly “cuticle” of hair plays an important role in protecting the hair’s internal components (e.g., proteins). Healthy hair with a well-defined cuticle has a smooth surface that feels soft and shiny. However, when the cuticle is peeled off due to damage from ultraviolet rays or other factors, the hair becomes squeaky and crunchy, and the luster is reduced, resulting in poor texture.
If left unchecked, the hair’s internal components will leak out through the gaps in the peeled cuticle, creating a hollow space inside the hair and making it look dull. In addition to further dryness, this can lead to serious damage such as hair breakage and split ends, so it is necessary to take care of your hair as soon as possible.
Care techniques for shiny hair
The key is to gently care for hair that has become dry due to damage from UV rays and other factors to prevent further damage from progressing. Here are 10 care techniques for shiny hair in the order of shampoo, conditioner, and other steps.
Preparation before shampooing
Technique 1: First, brush your hair before wetting it.
Hair is easily damaged when wet. Brush your hair before wetting it to untangle tangles. If you are applying styling products such as wax, untangle with your hands first and then brush gently.
Technique 2: Pre-wash thoroughly.
After combing your hair, apply a lukewarm shower to the roots of your hair. Massage your scalp for 1~2 minutes to remove dirt. It is said that 70% of dirt is removed by this process. This will help shampoo lather and prevent friction.
Technique 3) Lather in the palm of your hand before
Lathering undiluted shampoo on the head can cause hair to rub against each other, leading to friction damage. First, spread it on the palm of your hand and allow water and air to lightly lather your hair, which will make a difference in how much lather you get after applying it to your hair.
Technique 4: Wash “scalp” instead of “hair
The word “wash” conjures up images of washing hair, but the more you touch wet hair, the more friction damage it causes. So, rubbing hair against each other is not the way to go. The foam will remove dirt from your hair, so be conscious of washing your scalp.
Technique 5: Concentrate care on hair ends first.
Cuticle damage occurs from the ends of the hair. When you take conditioner in your hand, apply it first to the ends of your hair. Then, apply the remaining conditioner to the entire hair. At this point, we recommend using a coarse comb to comb through the conditioner to spread the ingredients evenly.
Technique 6: Check if it is OK to use on the ground.
Some conditioners are OK for use on the skin (scalp), while others are not, depending on their ingredients and other characteristics. Be sure to check in advance. For conditioners that are OK for use on the scalp, we recommend massaging the conditioner into the scalp to help care for the scalp.
Afterwards, leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes*1 and rinse well.