Washing your hair is no big deal, right? After all, you’ve been doing it ever since you could wash the rest of your body. Well, we took a look at what the experts have to say about it, in order to help you create the most effective hair washing routine. It’s all about a few tips, tricks, and techniques, which we elaborate on below.

Soak it!

Before you shampoo your hair, make sure it’s thoroughly soaked. This way, the shampoo will slide right into it, making the hair washing experience that much easier and more efficient.

Warm, not scalding hot

It may sound counterintuitive, but water can make your hair dehydrated, if it’s too hot. Make sure it’s medium warm, not scalding.

Pamper yourself…

… with a scalp massage. Gently work the shampoo onto your scalp with circulating motions. Not only will this help with blood flow into the scalp, helping hair grow more healthful, but it will also make it easier to get rid of the accumulated grime.

A good rinse…

… goes a long way. Make sure you’ve rinsed out all the shampoo in your hair, because if you let it accumulate, your scalp can go dry. Clarifying shampoo, used on a monthly basis, will help you get rid of any dried ‘poo build-up in your hair.

And repeat!

Sometimes, a lot of grime and grease accumulates in your hair, and then you need to repeat all the above steps. But make sure you actually need to do this, before you repeat the process, because excessive shampooing can dry out both your hair and your scalp.

Conditioning, done right

Conditioner is great, but, as with everything, there is such a thing as too much of it. Never use it on your scalp, but only work it into the tips and shaft of your hair. Spread it into your hair evenly and thoroughly, with a wide-tooth comb.

Cold water is good for you

Finish the whole process by rinsing your hair with cold water. This way, your cuticles will shine once you’re done with them.