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You've Been Washing Your Hair Wrong Your Whole Life, Experts Say

Best Life Logo By Lauren Gray of Best Life | Slide 1 of 5: If it seems like good hair days are few and far between, chances are your locks need some love—and luckily, the solution to your problem might be as simple as changing up your shower routine. Though many of us tend to "lather, rinse, repeat" without any further thought to the matter, professional hairstylists say your go-to routine could be putting your hair through the wringer. As celebrity stylist Marc Mena recently told Today, the best way to tame your tresses for a smoother, silkier look is by conditioning not just after shampooing, but also before. This can make all the difference between a movie star mane and conspicuously keeping your hat on all day.According to Mena, the key to getting gorgeous hair is to focus on cleaning the scalp while protecting your hair ends. "I always recommend to my clients that the first thing they do in the shower is condition the ends, even before they shampoo," he explains. "Shampoo cleans, but it can also dry the hair out, so you want to protect your ends first. Then, after you shampoo, lightly condition the ends again."Mena shared another common mistake that people make while sudsing their strands: applying shampoo to the entirety of their hair. "Shampoo is made to clean the scalp, so that should always be your focus in the shower — not shampooing from top to ends. The lather in your shampoo should be strong enough to clear out any residue on the ends when you are washing it out," Mena shares. For maximum protection, be sure to then apply your conditioner directly to the ends of your hair, working the product upward toward the roots.Especially for those with curly or fine hair, these two techniques—strategic shampooing and double conditioning—will put you on the fast track to a softer texture and better body. After all, double the hair conditioner means double the impact—setting you up for a good hair day every day. Read on for other tips on washing your hair like a pro stylist, and for more on helping your hair look its best, check out these 40 Ways to Have Amazing Hair After 40.

You've Been Washing Your Hair Wrong Your Whole Life, Experts Say

If it seems like good hair days are few and far between, chances are your locks need some love—and luckily, the solution to your problem might be as simple as changing up your shower routine. Though many of us tend to "lather, rinse, repeat" without any further thought to the matter, professional hairstylists say your go-to routine could be putting your hair through the wringer. As celebrity stylist Marc Mena recently told Today, the best way to tame your tresses for a smoother, silkier look is by conditioning not just after shampooing, but also before. This can make all the difference between a movie star mane and conspicuously keeping your hat on all day.

According to Mena, the key to getting gorgeous hair is to focus on cleaning the scalp while protecting your hair ends. "I always recommend to my clients that the first thing they do in the shower is condition the ends, even before they shampoo," he explains. "Shampoo cleans, but it can also dry the hair out, so you want to protect your ends first. Then, after you shampoo, lightly condition the ends again."

Mena shared another common mistake that people make while sudsing their strands: applying shampoo to the entirety of their hair. "Shampoo is made to clean the scalp, so that should always be your focus in the shower — not shampooing from top to ends. The lather in your shampoo should be strong enough to clear out any residue on the ends when you are washing it out," Mena shares. For maximum protection, be sure to then apply your conditioner directly to the ends of your hair, working the product upward toward the roots.

Especially for those with curly or fine hair, these two techniques—strategic shampooing and double conditioning—will put you on the fast track to a softer texture and better body. After all, double the hair conditioner means double the impact—setting you up for a good hair day every day. Read on for other tips on washing your hair like a pro stylist, and for more on helping your hair look its best, check out these 40 Ways to Have Amazing Hair After 40.

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