The new hair washing rules
1) Not everyone can get away with skipping regular shampoos. “How often you wash your hair depends on your texture,” says celebrity hairstylist Jasmine Anna Galazka at the Oscar Blandi Salon. “Finer hair needs to be washed daily or every other day; thicker or coarser hair can get washed every second day or even twice or once a week.” If you have fine hair, try substituting a volumizing conditioner in place of your shampoo every other wash to avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils.
2) Dial down the water temperature. Chances are, you’re probably washing your hair under water that’s way too hot, which opens up the follicle and makes it susceptible to dryness and breakage. Shampoo and condition your hair under lukewarm water, then switch to cold water right before you get out of the shower to close the hair follicle and give it shine.
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3) You only need a nickel-size amount of shampoo. Your whole head doesn’t need to be lathered in foam to get a good clean (in fact, if your shampoo is sulfate-free, it won’t lather much at all)—just massage the soap into your roots and use water to help spread it, then let it sit for a minute or two.
4) Switch up your shampoo. “I like to switch up the brand of shampoo at least once a month and then revert back,” says Galazka. She also recommends using a clarifying shampoo if you use a lot of product or live in an area with mineral-heavy water—it gets rid of all the build-up and makes hair much easier to comb through.
5) Consider using a hair mask instead of conditioner. Hair masks are heavy-duty color protectors and hydrators and can give you a few extra weeks between salon appointments. Those with coarser hair can apply masks all over their head, but finer hair types should just focus on the ends.