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The Do's And Don'ts Of The Perfect Hair Wash

Follow these golden rules to get the most out of your hair washing routine

Have you ever asked yourself, 'Am I washing my hair correctly?' Er, probably not! Many of us mindlessly perform the same old hair care routine – unaware that we may be doing more harm than good! Check your technique against this list...

DO take your time

Many of us are guilty of completely rushing through our hair washing ritual, spending little more than a minute to get the job done. However in order to maximise your wash, the whole process should take around five minutes. Those extra minutes of attention ensure a proper cleanse, a generous scalp massage and a thorough rinse of any residue.

DON'T brush wet hair

Brushing your lengths mid-wash or even straight after you shower may seem like a handy shortcut, but it's likely to result in breakage as your hair is at its most vulnerable when wet. Instead, try brushing your hair before you hop under the water – this will remove excess strands and has the added benefit of stimulating the scalp.

DO use the right product for your hair type

Put it this way: if you're worried about wrinkles, you'd use an anti-ageing skin cream, right? The same goes for your shampoo and conditioner – you'll want to choose ones suited to your specific needs. For instance, if you have blonde dyed hair, then you'd want to use a colour protection range like . Or, if you're trying to improve volume, it would be worth investing in the range.

DON'T use too much product...but DO apply it in a massaging motion!

Overloading your hair with shampoo won't get the job done any quicker! For most hair lengths (except ultra-long locks) all that's needed is a 20cent piece sized amount of shampoo, which you should massage into your wet hair starting from the roots and working downwards. Take your time and use your fingertips to encourage the product to lather before rinsing out completely with lukewarm water.

DO keep your conditioner to the ends

Unlike your shampoo, your conditioner need only be applied to the mid-lengths and ends, which is where the moisture is most needed. Again, be sure to thoroughly rinse out the product, but use a cool water temperature as this will help seal and smooth the hair cuticles.

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