Shampooing: The Art and Skill

Dry Run
Remove tangles from the hair before wetting, start at the ends, then gradually work up the hair shafts, as it follows that if you start with tangles, you'll end up with more tangles.

This is vital. Thoroughly wet hair will need less shampoo. Use warm
water and gently draw your fingers through your hair as the water is
flowing over it.
Applying Shampoo and Lathering
A potentially good technique can often go wrong here. Confusion can arise when you shampoo your hair instead of the scalp. Instead of pouring the shampoo directly onto the hair, pour it onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then smooth the shampoo onto your scalp NOT your hair. Massage the scalp with the fingertips in a kneading motion. Continue the massaging action thoroughly for approximately 30 seconds and every so often run your fingers through your hair from front to back in order to avoid tangling.
This should be done for longer than you think is necessary. Even when you think you have rinsed sufficiently, rinse again. A common cause of dull hair is insufficient rinsing, and contrary to popular belief, there is no reason to finish off a rinse with cold water unless you enjoy it. One lathering is all that is necessary when washing your hair daily. Otherwise, give two latherings by repeating the above procedure.
Shampooing cleanses but at the same time often tangles hair, because it can cause the cuticles to interlock with the cells of another hair. A conditioner will smooth these cells and therefore help to avoid tangles, also giving extra shine. It is always advisable to use an after-shampoo conditioner what ever your hair type. Pour a small quantity into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and smooth the conditioner over the hair, paying particular attention to the ends. Do not rub into the scalp or put the conditioner on the hair near the scalp. Rinse immediately. There is no reason to leave conditioner in your hair for any length of time. A well-formulated conditioner should act on the hair instantly. After thoroughly rinsing, rinse again. Conditioners used after shampooing are primarily formulated for de-tangling and smoothing, and leaving them in too long is pointless.
When you have finished, wrap the hair in a towel and press this against your head with your hands to absorb surplus moisture. Do not rub!
Follow by gently removing tangles with a wide-toothed comb, starting at the ends.
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