If you are thinking that can I wet my hair every day? The answer is yes. But there are some rules you should know before taking the action so keep reading this post.
Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Categorically there are four types of hair and each type is further classified into subgroups because the pattern of your hair can vary from the root and the tip of your hair.
WETTING YOUR HAIR OR WASHING YOUR HAIR?
Wetting your hair and washing it are two different things. If you intend to stand underneath a shower and let the water run through your hair then that could be wetting. You can also wet your hair by spraying water into it or using products that moisturize it. While washing your hair is another thing entirely, although some people might consider this as ‘wetting’ this is the normal process where you use water, shampoo and other products to wash the hair and keep it free from grease and dirt.
The temperature of the water you use can also have benefits or cause damage to your hair and the scalp when wetting or washing it. Hot water cleans your hair thoroughly but it can weaken your hair leaving it vulnerable to breakage by opening your pores to dirt and excessive oils. Coldwater, on the other hand, makes your hair shinier, circulates blood to your scalp and makes your scalp cleaner by closing off pores because an open pore is a dirty scalp as it tends to keep the scalp flaked, accumulates dirt and foster bacteria growth. Since hot water has damaging effects on the hair and scalp I mostly advise people to use warm water while washing their hair to open up pores and keep dirt out and rinse out with room temperature water or cold water to seal up everything after you’re done.
WHAT TYPE OF HAIR DO YOU HAVE? AND HOW FREQUENT CAN YOU WET OR WASH IT?
I have established the fact that wetting your hair can stand as two different things. It could be applying water on it partially or totally or adding products to moisturize it and it can be both depending on what method of wetting suits your hair type. You can decide to add a little water with your hands or spray in some water, apply oils to it and moisturize it with products like a leave-in conditioner or other organic products.
Understanding the care each type of hair needs is important to help you style it properly and keep the hair in good health.
How frequent you wash your hair or wet it determines the nutrient that get into it and how long the nutrients are going to stay to trigger outstanding results and hair breakthroughs such as rapid growth and other changes you desire for your hair. Washing your hair daily isn’t recommended as you’ll wash away the oils that keep your hair from becoming dry. You can wash your hair with shampoo once or twice in a week to give your hair the oils it needs to remain healthy.
WETTING YOUR HAIR ACCORDING TO TYPE
When considering wetting your hair either by running water entirely through it or by making it damp with the aid of a spray bottle you should always consider using hair foods such as conditioners and other organic oils along with your water routine. Just like your body, your hair needs food in the form of nutrients that can only come through the application of products that contain these vital essentials. These foods also have to be balanced and should not be excessive as too much of a particular class of food in your system can cause harmful side effects such as malnutrition or over diet which can lead to death.
This is the same with your hair; excessive nutrients can lead to hair damage and hair loss. Therefore, the right amount of food at the right time with the right application on your hair can birth desired results and more. A conditioner is a conditioning agent that moisturizes your hair. It is mostly made up of ingredients such as oils, detergents or soapy catalysts useful for washing away oily sediments and products. When combined properly these ingredients replenish your hair moisture after it has been removed from shampooing and heal your hair after it has been damaged by heat and stress from bad hairstyles. Types of conditioners include ‘’Deep conditioner’’ the normal after-shampoo wash regimen. ‘’Cleansing conditioners’’ both free your hair from oil, grease, dirt, and conditions in the process. ‘’Leave-in condition’’ which is my favorite for wetting my hair is a no-rise treatment always applied post-shower. It nourishes your hair and protects it from breaking.
Types Of Hair:
- Straight Hair
- Wavy Hair
- Curly Hair
- Coily Hair
CAN I WET MY STRAIGHT HAIR?
This kind of hair can also be further classified as fine hair. It tends to suck up oils and grease faster break easily. You can use a little conditioner to refresh your ends and condition your scalp. You should always have it at the back of your mind that shampoo is for your scalp to wash it squeaky clean along with other benefits while the conditioner is for your hair. It is one of the most vital foods your hair requires for growth and development as it stays with your hair. Squeeze the conditioner into your hands or scoop it up as the case may be if the product you use comes in a cup. Rub it together and apply it to your hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair or better still a picker. You should tilt your head backward and rinse through to conquer knots. If you do not want to wet your hair then you should opt for a ‘Leave-in Conditioner’. You can apply this directly to your hair as the case may be either by spraying it or by rubbing it in. You should also consider oils like olive oil, coconut oil or any other hair product that has a rich blend of organic oils and ingredients.
If you have this hair type is naturally wavy and thicker than straight hair. They tend to get frizzy most times. Frizz usually makes the hair look dry and dull. It can be fine, thick, and coarse or medium textured. If you have wavy natural hair, you can choose to consider yourself special because your hair is flexible and can achieve versatile looks without doing much at all. For your hair wetting regimen, you should start with a Leave-in conditioner. You can try a lasting leave-in conditioner that will lock in moisture and keep your hair excited throughout the day.
You should consider adding Shea butter with your leave-in conditioner because it acts as a hair sealant. There’s a tendency for your hair to be a lot drier than straight hair because of its texture. Shea butter is an effective sealant that protects your hair from weathering conditions such as blowing from wind and the UV rays from the sun. I recommend you add Shea butter to your favorite leave-in conditioner and massage onto clean wet hair.
After applying your preferred products to your wet hair ‘Scrunch’ your hair. This works on wavy hair by adding volume to it and enhancing your natural waves. To scrunch your hair lift your hair upwards and make a loose fist, shaping the curl in a cupping method. Although scrunching your wet hair takes longer to dry you should have it at the back of your mind that cold sets the style.
If you have hair of this type, it is curly. Curly hair type may become straight when wet but takes its definition when it becomes dried. While I have advised you not to wash your hair every day because doing so can stress and dry out your curls, you can decide to wet it every other day based on the result you want to achieve or an event you want to attend or how you want to appear to work!. Your styling starts in the shower but if you decide to wet your hair outside the shower then use a spray bottle or simply use a wet towel to dampen it. I naturally have curly hair and for my wetting routine outside the shower, I have a spray bottle that contains ingredients such as coconut oil, carrot oil, and rose water.
Coconut oil contains vitamins and fatty acids that feed your scalp with nutrients to prevent hair breakage. It adds luster, gives it a super sheen and softens your hair. Carrot oil has healing properties that heal your damaged scalp. It is a natural source of Vitamins A, E, and beta-carotene which provides moisture to dry scalp. Rosewater has a pleasant aromatic scent which I enjoy smelling all day long in my natural curls. This combo makes a simple but effective that keeps your hair conditioned with a great curly look.
Coily hair or Kinky hair is usually very curly. It is super voluminous, thick and coarse in texture unlike the silky nature of straight hair. Its strands form a springy tight curled zigzag pattern from the scalp. It is very dry and spongy. Coily hair is usually hard to style and super sensitive to heat and chemicals. For Coily hair, you should consider ‘’Deep conditioning’’ since your hair is mostly dry and doesn’t retain moisture.
With this regimen, you should run water through your hair in the shower. I would advise you to use a cotton T-shirt to gently pat your hair dry because it is softer than your regular towel which can cause stress to your hair while drying it off. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap for 15 minutes for maximum results. To this hair wetting regimen, you should also include ‘Hair Mousse’. You need to understand that your strands are naturally dry, so keeping them moisturized is essential.
Hair mousse will help your hair get all the moisture it requires to look its best without any fuss. When it comes to applying hair mousse you need to realize that the less you apply the more the results. With this little knowledge, get a reasonable amount in your palms according to the volume of your hair. Work it through your damp hair and concentrate on the roots.
Use a wide-tooth comb to avoid pulling your hair. Lastly, protein treatments should be added to your routine likewise because they tend to soften your hair by removing the dead cells from your scalp and adding protein to it externally, therefore, moisturizing your hair effectively. You can prepare your protein treatment by mixing up assortments of ingredients such as eggs, avocado, or dairy products such as yogurt and combining them with conditioning ingredients like coconut oil, honey, banana or mayonnaise.
- Keeping wet hair every day is possible if you style your hair appropriately. However, this is very different from washing your hair.
- Washing your hair daily can damage the hair but wetting the hair daily does not pose as much risk.
- You have to know your hair category to give it the right treatment.
- In addition to making it damp, consider using hair foods such as conditioners and organic oils to increase the nutrient base.