Most of us use shampoo as part of our regular hair care routine, but are we really getting the most out of our shampoo? There are a number of simple hair care tactics which could dramatically improve the look and feel of your hair, just by altering the way you use shampoo. Here are the top 5 tips for using shampoo to protect and enhance your hair so you can keep your locks in top-notch condition.

You don’t necessarily need to switch shampoo from time to time

This depends on what kind of shampoo you are using. Most salon hair care products will not build up a residue on the hair. This is one reason investing in professional hair care products is worthwhile. They use higher quality ingredients and the solution tends to be a lot more concentrated, meaning it will last longer than high street brands. Shampooing without using any other hair care products every so often is a good way to let the hair rest.

Use protein enriched shampoo on fine or thin hair

Different hair will benefit from different kinds of hair care products. If your hair is fine or thin then it may need to be strengthened. A protein enriched shampoo will boost the strength of the hair so it is less delicate and prone to damage. Thin or fine hair can also benefit from volumising hair care products. It’s a good idea to ask your stylist which type of products you should be using.

Choose a moisturizing shampoo if your hair is curly or dry

Dry locks benefit from hair care products which include moisturising ingredients. Curly hair often looks dry and will look better with a moisturising shampoo as well. Coarse, curly and dry locks do not usually need to be washed daily and can look best with just one wash a week, using a moisturising shampoo.

Take extra care when your hair is wet

Hair is more vulnerable to damage when wet, so it’s important to take care after washing. If your hair is prone to tangles then use a wide-toothed comb to tease out tangles slowly and gently, ideally before rinsing out the conditioner. Don’t brush wet hair and don’t yank it with a comb as both of these can lead to damage. If you blow-dry, using a lower heat and drying slowly will reduce the potential damage.

Use a clarifying shampoo after swimming

Exposure to chlorine can lead to problems with your locks so it’s important to use the right hair care products when entering chlorinated pools, particularly if you are a regular swimmer. Use a clarifying shampoo with the ingredient EDTA. This chemical acts like a claw, removing chlorine. This prevents chlorine damaging your locks and joining with copper sulphate, which can gradually give it a greenish hue. Wetting the hair in fresh water before entering the pool can also help, as this reduces the amount of chlorine the hair will absorb while you swim.

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