Beauty How-To: Wash Your Hair

Lather, rinse and repeat. If only washing your hair was that simple. To get those shiny, bouncy locks you see on TV, you need to know what top hairstylists know. How often should you wash your hair? How much shampoo should you use? Should you rinse your hair with warm water or cold? We’ve got the answers to all of these questions and more.

Set a Schedule:
Shampooing can strip hair of essential oils, but we don’t want our locks sticking to the sides of our face. To keep your hair well-oiled but not greasy, suds up 2-3 times a week.

Select Shampoo(s):
Experiment until you find the cheapest shampoo that works well for your hair. Rotate in a clarifying shampoo every few washings to remove build-up.

Brush Your Hair:
Ever wonder why the shampoo girl scrubs your scalp and hair? She doesn’t have a fetish. Movement along the scalp and roots stimulates circulation.

Get Your Hair Wet:
Saturate your hair with warm water.

Apply Shampoo:
Squeeze a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo onto the palm of your hand and rub your hands together. Transfer the lathered shampoo onto your scalp.

Massage Shampoo into Scalp:
Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips to loosen dead skin cells. Massage your hair in a circular motion for at least 2 minutes, adding more water to your hands every 20 seconds.

Spread Shampoo Through Hair:
Gradually work shampoo down to the ends of your hair.

Rinse Out Shampoo:
Rinse hair well in warm water until it runs clear, removing all traces of shampoo.

Repeat the previous process over again.

Remove excess water:
Gently press water out of your hair by smoothing locks with your hands from the roots downward. Avoid squeezing or pulling on your hair.

Apply conditioner:
Apply conditioner with your hands starting just below the roots, adding extra conditioner to damaged ends. Leave conditioner on your hair for about three minutes.

Rinse hair well with warm water, combing hair downward with your fingers.

Blast with cold water:
For optimal shine, rinse hair with cold water to close the cuticles.

Wring out hair:
Gently remove excess water with your hands from the roots down to the ends.

Towel dry:
Pat your hair with a towel. Be careful not to rub your hair (friction causes frizz).

Comb out:
Untangle hair by combing it gently.

Air dry if possible:
Air drying is kinder to your hair than blow drying, but if you’ve got to blast it be sure to add a heat protector first.

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