Isn’t it great you can save time and make your hair look better? Buying SLS-free shampoo means buying shampoo less often, and washing your hair once a week frees up a ton of time in the morning. It also is a blessing for any hair type, length, or texture. Only if you do it properly, though, like an Italian girl. The actual Italian girl who taught me this demonstrated this feat in a tiny sink, which takes talent.
Steps to perfectly washed Italian hair:
- Saturate your hair under the shower head, massaging the scalp and making sure every strand is fully soaked. The first step to shampooing your hair is actually washing it with water.
- Apply a first tablespoon or two of SLS-free shampoo to your roots and massage thoroughly – with your head away from the water, or else your lovely shampoo will slide off your hair and down the drain before it has a chance to clean.
- Rinse with abundant warm water until your hair rinses clean. (For oilier hair, repeat Step #2).
- Flip your hair over, and place another dollop of shampoo at the very top of the nape of your neck. Massage thoroughly from the nape over to the area behind your ears, and up to the center of the scalp. Use the pads of your fingers – never your nails – to massage the shampoo gently but firmly into your roots and scalp.
- Rinse with abundant water until your hair rinses clean. (For very thick hair, repeat the process for each side of your head above the ears.
Conditioning is the last, crucial step. Another gem from an Italian friend: massage conditioner thoroughly into your hair, avoiding the roots. Allow to soak in for three minutes, then comb out gently (as you are able – might need a slight adjustment for curly or thicker-textured hair) under running, cool water. Works wonders! Hair is tangle free and sleek for a week. Try to air dry for at least a little while before blow drying, to maintain your hair’s natural shine.
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