Brush, wet, massage
We all know ‘rinse and repeat’ – but ‘brush, wet, massage’ really should be your new mantra for happier hair. As Sophie explained, ‘When your hair is wet, it's weaker, so how you wash your hair is so important. Always brush your hair before washing it – you don’t want to cause lots of breakage by brushing it when it’s wet. Brushing from the tips first, then working up your lengths, will ease any tangles out, and having knot free hair will cause less friction when washing your hair.’ Then there’s the fact of that lots of us fall at the first hurdle – we simply don’t get our hair wet enough. ‘It sounds a dumb thing to say but many people apply shampoo when the underneath of their hair is still dry! Make sure your hair is really properly wet all over before you start shampooing,’ explained Sophie. ‘The motion you shampoo in is crucial. Some people pull their hair far too much – remember, shampoo is essentially a detergent, so there’s no need to tear at your hair vigorously. It’ll cause the ends of your hair to tangle and could cause weaker areas to break. It’s much better to go for larger circular movements all over your head, making sure to cover your hairline, neck and crown areas. Use spread fingertips, then gently rub the shampoo through the midlengths and ends in a downwards motion to give you that clean feel from root to tip.’ Now, doesn’t that sound a little more relaxing than just madly lathering up?