From massaging your scalp to how long to leave shampoo on, here’s everything you need to know about how to wash your hair
It’s something you may do every day, but do you know you might be washing your hair the wrong way?
Here are 8 things you need to know to wash your hair properly, courtesy of hair stylist and celebrity hairdresser Andrew Jose.
1. Not wetting your hair enough
Without enough water, shampoo doesn’t lather – and you may be inclined to compensate by using more product. Try to ensure that hair is properly saturated before applying shampoo.
2. Using tepid water
Use hot water as this will allow the shampoo to penetrate the hair shaft.
3. Not massaging your scalp properly
To avoid damaging hair, massage your scalp with your fingertips rather than your fingernails or palms. Rubbing hair may cause breakages, use circular movements to squeeze excess water from your hair, working from roots to tips. You can also gently massage the scalp with fingertips during washing to help microcirculation.
4. Rinsing your hair too early
Shampoo needs to be in your hair for at least 1-3 minutes. Don’t
put it in and wash it out immediately, or it won't work as well. Lather and leave it for a minute or two before washing out.
5. Only shampooing your hair once
Shampoo twice – the first application washes away all of the products that were previously in the hair. The second shampoo allows the product to work.
6. Applying shampoo to the ends
Shampoo should be used on your roots, and conditioner should be used on your ends, because shampoo cleanses and conditioner hydrates. When applying shampoo, work it into a lather on your scalp and into roots letting it rinse through the ends.
7. Brushing wet hair
Do not brush wet hair! Hair is extremely vulnerable when wet so detangling should always be done after removing as much water as possible.
8. Towel drying your hair
Do not rub hair with a towel to dry after washing as this can lead to breakage – gently hold the ends with a towel and squeeze the water out.
Andrew is also a Salon Science ambassador, and the full range of hair products is available to buy now at Boots .
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