How to Wash Your Hair Like a Pro
There is nothing quite as satisfying as getting your hair washed by a hairdresser—it's like they have magic hands. That light-as-air feeling you get after a good hair-washing is one that makes you want to swish your mane as you walk out of the salon (c'mon, that's not just us!). But we want that feeling every time we wash our hair at home, so we asked L'Oréal Paris's U.K. ambassador Sid Hayes to spill on the secret art of in-salon hair-washing. Keep scrolling to find out how you can re-create that feeling at home and which deep-cleansing shampoos to use.
"The first thing we teach apprentices to do in the salon is how to wash hair properly," Hayes tells Byrdie."It's so important!"
You need to start at the hairline, says Hayes. "Most women wear makeup and might not cleanse their hairline properly when they wash their faces at night," he says. In fact, acne cosmetica is a condition that often occurs along the hairline and is caused by cosmetics, causing spots to form, so take note.
"Work down the hairline to the temples and then down to the nape of the neck. We all sweat and wear collars, so cleaning this area properly is crucial."
It's key that hair is really wet and that you use enough product to get a good lather over the whole head. "Work your fingers across your scalp in a figure of eight-motion to massage in the shampoo, and make sure to use the pads of your fingertips with a good pressure," explains Hayes. "You want to use a slightly faster pace than if you were massaging, and be sure to cover the whole scalp."
Rinse the hair, then if you have time or want a really thorough cleanse, apply more shampoo, this time using a scrubbing motion with your fingertips. "Washing your hair is all about cleansing the scalp! By really removing all the dirt and product buildup, you're allowing your scalp to breathe again."
Rinse a second time, and now apply your conditioner. "Don't apply to the roots, as this will just clog up the pores on your scalp again. Condition the mid-lengths and ends, then rinse."
Not only will your hair look and feel amazing, do this often enough and we can all but guarantee toned arms as a welcome side effect! Keep scrolling for our pick of the best deep-cleansing shampoos.
L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo (£3)
For oily hair types or anyone with dandruff, this shampoo contains a combination of three types of clay to cleanse the hair and scalp. They guarantee a feeling of freshness for 72 hours, which means you don't need to wash your hair quite so often. Result.
Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo (£18)
Another shampoo for irritated scalps, this contains rosemary oil, menthol, salicylic acid and ginger to refresh hair, soothe an irritated scalp and prevent dandruff.
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