One curly-haired influencer has shared her secrets to happy and healthy hair with the world, promising small changes that “make a big impact” over all.
In a video posted to her social media accounts, Jennie – who goes by ‘The Curly Carr’ online – stressed the importance of learning to properly cleanse hair, and the benefits it can have on the likes of “hair health, definition, shine, volume, and growth”.
As she explained, she too used to be guilty of just hopping in the shower, quickly slathering her hair in shampoo, and rinsing to get the job done.
“I had no clue what I was doing!” she confessed. “Seems like such a small thing, but makes a big impact.”
But luckily for Jennie – and anyone else fortunate enough to hear her top tips – she did learn what she should be doing, working her way towards the luscious locks many dream of, before setting out on her mission to help others on their hair journey.
And in just eight simple steps, that won’t cost you a fortune in new products, Jennie has shared her findings, as well as some helpful advice to help with the transition from quickfire wash to thorough and effective hair care.
Step one was straightforward enough, with Jennie noting that it’s important to “make sure your hair is thoroughly wet all the way through”. According to some experts, a good wetting with warm water helps hair to open up, allowing for a better conditioning process later on.
Step two called for emulsifying shampoo in your hands before it goes anywhere near your head. Essentially, rub it between your hands until it froths up – once you’ve got the suds, it’s time to move on to the hair.
Step three instructed hair hopefuls to massage their heads. But, as Jennie advised, do it “with the pads of your fingers, don’t use your nails”. Be gentle up there, just like you would be to your face.
Step four followed directly on from three, with the instruction to message “all around your head” and to make sure everything got a good clean. Jennie noted that it may take anywhere from 3-5 minutes, but it would all be worth it to have your scalp cleansed.
Step five had Jennie calling for the lengths of hair to be remembered, as “it’s not just your scalp getting buildup with products, dirt, and oil”.
Step six was to use a shampoo brush/scalp brush, particularly for those who – like Jennie herself – tended to go a few days between washes, or did a pre-shampoo process.
Step seven was another one many would be familiar with, as Jennie noted the importance of making sure all shampoo had been thoroughly washed out “before moving on to conditioner!”
And last but not least, step eight instructed viewers to listen to their scalps, as they’d know best when it was time for the next all-important wash.
“Your hair can always be refreshed,” Jennie explained, “but if your scalp is dry, itchy, and you can see buildup, it’s time to wash!”
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