How often should you wash your hair?
Trichologist at The Belgravia Centre in London, Leonora Doclis says, “There is much debate about whether you should wash your hair every second day or just twice a week, but it depends on your scalp and hair type.”
Regular shampooing is often recommended if you have a flaky scalp. This can help get rid of dead skin cells, which can cause problems with the production of natural oils. If you have a healthy scalp with quite oily hair, try to wait two days before washing.
If your hair is dry of texture and tends to dry quickly after getting out of the shower, try not to wash it more than twice a week as the water can weigh down the hair and lead to breakage.
Are there any ingredients you should avoid for coloured hair?
Creative colour directory at John Frieda, Nicola Clarke says, “It is no secret that colouring your hair can leave it dry and straw-like, which is why many people choose shampoos with conditioning ingredients. The problem is, this can leave a film on the hair that makes the colour look washed-out.”
On the other hand, clarifying shampoos will fade hair colourants quickly as they contain acetic acid (these work to remove the build-up of products). Look for a gentle, sulphate-free shampoo like the Color Wow Color Security Shampoo (£16.50).
Another essential for coloured hair is an intensive conditioner, such as the Moroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner (£17.25). This will help to repair any damage and breakage caused by the dye.
Should you choose products based on hair type?
Trichologist and hair care expert at Philip Kingsley, Anabel Kingsley says, “Don’t buy products based on ‘normal’, ‘oily’ or ‘dry’ hair types. Instead, choose based on hair texture.” If you have fine hair, you will probably have more oil glands and therefore find your hair goes lank easily. Use a shampoo rich in hydrolysed keratin and thickening proteins to add volume – try the Oribe Ultra Gentle Shampoo (£24).
If your hair is medium thickness, use a product that will sustain the moisture and only apply conditioner from the mid-lengths down.
Afro-Caribbean hair is the most prone to damage due to it being highly porous. Weak points can form along the hair shaft where the twists and knots occur. To maintain strength and keep the moisture, choose a shampoo with conditioning ingredients, such as coconut oil.