What to know about wash­ing your hair

ELLE (Canada) - - Beauty -

FO­CUS ON THE SCALP, NOT THE STRANDS.

A health­ier scalp equals health­ier hair. (Ir­ri­ta­tion can cause dam­age to the fi­bre’s cu­ti­cle struc­ture and weaken pro­tein bonds.) The key here is to use fin­ger­tips to mas­sage the scalp—this will help re­move buildup.

RE­PEAT IF NEC­ES­SARY.

Turns out some­times you should lather, rinse, re­peat. “If you find you are not getting a good enough lather, you could ei­ther add a lit­tle more wa­ter or sham­poo twice,” says Justin Ger­man, Pan­tene con­sult­ing stylist.

CON­DI­TION THE ROOTS.

A sil­i­cone-free con­di­tioner is light­weight enough to use on the roots with­out weigh­ing them down. Work con­di­tioner from the tips to the roots to pro­tect strands from po­ten­tial dam­age.

USE THE COR­RECT PROD­UCT FOR YOUR HAIR T YPE.

Ger­man rec­om­mends vo­lu­miz­ing spray gels for fine hair (be sure to spray di­rectly on the roots); those with coarse hair should opt for crème for­mu­las and ap­ply from roots to ends.

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