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You may wash your hair practically every day, but do you really know how to wash your hair the correct way? Using the correct techniques can make a world of difference in your hair’s health, bounce and shine.

1) Begin with rinsing.
Your hair should be thoroughly wet before you add your shampoo as the hot water will open the cuticle, which will help remove any dirt or product trapped in the hair, which help remove any excess oil.

2) Lather up - but only at the scalp.
You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp, particularly at the nape, the reason for this is the hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will be the oiliest, while the ends of the hair is the oldest and is usually driest.

4) Be gentle!
Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz.
Start your lather at the roots and do vertical strokes with medium pressure. Never use circular motions as this can tangle your hair. Afterwards smooth the lather over the ends in a straight stroking motions.

5) Don’t rinse and repeat.
Despite what the instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle may say, there’s no need to wash your hair twice. “Avoid stripping the hair by doing one shampoo only, which is usually sufficient,” says White. “Unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce a lather,” in which case, go ahead and lather up one more time.

6) Condition from the mid-lengths to the tips.
After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of the hair and then apply the conditioner. I like to then clip my hair up and finish showering as this gives the conditioner time to work its magic then once finished just rinse it out.

7) Finish with a cold water rinse as the cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the outer layer, which will help to give your hair a shine.

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