Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
You know not to lather, rinse, repeat. You know not to shampoo every day. But unless you're a professional hairstylist, you're probably still washing your hair the wrong way.
1. Look at how much shampoo you're using. Now cut that in half. You should use a quarter-size amount. "Shampoo removes all of the dirt and oil from your hair, then it starts stripping away essential oils and lipids that prevent dryness and breakage," says Hawkins. Shampoos labeled moisturizing, curl-enhancing, or color-protecting are relatively kind.
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2. Do not vigorously massage your shampoo. That roughs up the cuticle, causing frizz, flyaways, and miniscule tangles. Rub your shampoo between your hands, gently massage the roots with your fingertips, and smooth what's left on your palms over the length.
3. Rinse (duh), but don't condition just yet. Give your hair a few gentle squeezes first, since "excess water dilutes your conditionerRead More »from Healthy Hair: Shampoo and Conditioner