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Are You Washing Your Hair Properly?

Are You Washing Your Hair Properly?
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What if you've been washing your hair wrong the entire time? Don't worry. The good news is you have us to guide you on how to wash your hair properly, with advice and selected products.

Don't over-wash it

Under no circumstances should you wash your hair every day - no matter how fine, how greasy, or how unreasonable it is. Jennifer Aniston goes two or three days without doing it, so there. And you can't argue that she has 'celeb hair' either because she's modest and low-maintenance and blow-dries her own hair a lot of the time. It's worth noting that your hair overproduces oil when it's washed too frequently.

Don't overcompensate with shampoo either: a hazelnut sized amount, twice, is all you need. On first application shampoo lifts dirt and oil from your hair and on second application, it removes. If you use any more than needed it will start stripping away essential oils and lipids that prevent dryness and breakage. May sure you understand your hair type too - there's nothing worse than cleansing your oily hair with an intense hydrating shampoo.

Avoid hot water

Try using lukewarm water when you're washing your hair as high temperatures can leave it lacklustre. Also, cold water will help close the cuticle and seal in moisture from the conditioner, adding shine to your hair.

Massage gently

Be gentle. A vigorous massage will rough up the cuticle, causing frizz, flyaways, and tangling. Rub shampoo between your hands, gently massage the roots with your fingertips, and smooth what's left down the hair shaft.

Treat Your Scalp

We're all susceptible to scalp conditions, and could have one without even knowing. Maintain a healthy scalp, which will lead to healthy hair growth. No doubt you will have applied products to your scalp, or colored roots too often, or blasted your head with more than enough heat - so think about treating it. 18% of respondents to a SkinStore survey said they had never used a hair treatment, but when you apply products to your skin everyday - why wouldn't you treat your scalp with something too? Browse the treatments below to find something that will nourish your scalp.

Choose shampoo carefully

In the same way you would approach skincare, identify your hair type and choose a shampoo accordingly. If you have a sensitive scalp, try Phyto's PhytoApaisant+Intelligent shampoo which contains linden blossom and passion flower to soothe irritations and tea tree oil to purify the hair and scalp. For oily hair types, look to a purifying shampoo like the Apple Cider variety from Frederic Fekkai. It removes oil and product build-up with a silicone-free, clarifying formula that acts like a cleanser. If your hair is on the drier side, choose a smoothing, moisturizing product like Klorane's Shampoo with Desert Date

Be patient with conditioner

Conditioner needs time. Water dilutes conditioner which prevents hair from soaking up the moisturizing properties. Gently squeeze your hair after shampooing and apply conditioner mid-shaft downward towards the ends. While the product is still in your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to de-tangle like the Rake Comb from Mason Pearson. The precision and quality control that goes into Mason Pearson products is second to none. This one has been made from smooth acrylic to avoid damaging the hair.

Be nice

For happy, healthy hair - treat it well. Like with shampoo, don't rub your hair too vigorously with a towel - just squeeze out the excess water.

Welcome to the good hair party. It is always better late than never.

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