The Fastest Way to Healthy Hair

It all starts with the underrated art of the hair wash. Duh, we know, but the right ritual really can transform your look.

FIRST SHAMPOO

Detangle: Brush your hair before you wash. Bonus: You’ll avoid hair balls in the drain.
Use less than you think.
That’s a quarter-size blob of shampoo (double for long hair)
Work it in.
Use the pads of your fingers (not your nails) to knead the scalp. Skip the ends, which can get dried out.

THEN CONDITION

Yes, it’s a must-do for all hair types.

Avoid the scalp. Start with the ends (they’re thirstiest). Stop three quarters of the way up. Anything higher cause greasy roots.
Let it soak in.
Comb conditioner through to coat every strand, and leave on for five minutes before rinsing. (Be green and turn the water off!)
Rinse Well.
Don’t just let the shower hit your head – use your fingers to separate hair. Finish with cool water to seal the cuticle and lock in shine.

THE BEST STUFF FOR YOUR HAIR

For Color-Treated Hair
John Frieda Shade Collection Shampoo ($6.50 – $9 at drugstores)
Tresemme ColorThrive Conditioner ($4.50 at drugstores)

For Dry Hair
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Extra Nourishing Cream Shampoo ($4 at drugstores)
Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask ($31 – moroccanoil.com)

For Relaxed Hair
Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Shampoo and Conditioner ($5 each at drugstores)

For Oily Hair
Aveeno Nourish + Revitalize Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.50 each at drugstores)

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