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Here are 5 easy shampoo tips to get the best from your hair wash routine

Many people are creatures of habit when they get into the shower, grabbing whichever shampoo happens to be around and applying it in the same old way. The fact is, there are ways you can maximise your *shampoo* technique so that your hair can reap more benefits. These five *shampoo tips* will show you how.

Here are 5 easy shampoo tips to get the best from your hair wash routine

Many people are creatures of habit when they get into the shower, grabbing whichever shampoo happens to be around and applying it in the same old way. The fact is, there are ways you can maximise your *shampoo* technique so that your hair can reap more benefits. These five *shampoo tips* will show you how.

1. Soak your hair
Don't just get your hair a little wet, or merely wet on the outer layers, you need to get it soaking through before you shampoo. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy to overlook, especially when you’re in a hurry or if your morning shower and shampoo is conducted on autopilot mode. Make sure your hair is properly soaked and wet through so the shampoo can do its job effectively.

2. Be gentle on your scalp
Maybe it's the influence of those scenes you see in films with women scrubbing away at their heads when particularly enraged, but you really should be gentle when getting your *shampoo* lathered up. Concentrate on your scalp and rub the shampoo in softly using vertical motions, as rubbing in circles will only tangle up your hair, making it harder to unravel the knots afterwards! A gentle scalp massage as part of your shampooing routine not only feels good, but helps with circulation to the scalp which in turn supports healthy follicles and hair growth. 

3. Beware of over-harsh drying techniques
One of the most crucial *shampoo tips* is what you do afterwards. Again, it’s easily done when you’re in a hurry, but a common cause of hair damage is over-enthusiastic use of a hot hairdryer or tongs. Keeping the heat as low as possible really makes a difference in caring for your hair and preventing inadvertent stretching and damaging of freshly cleaned strands. Gentle drying only takes a few more of those precious morning minutes, and is well worth it.

4. Air dry if you possibly can
At its most extreme, a harsh drying technique can irritate the scalp. To avoid this possibility and to be ultra gentle on your hair, let it dry naturally as often as you can. As an added precaution if your scalp is naturally prone to irritation, use Garnier Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat shampoo and conditioner. These gentle nourishing formulas nurture and soften the hair as well as soothing the scalp. 

5. Rinse and condition!
Make sure you rinse off your shampoo thoroughly because failure to do so could weigh down your hair and make it look lank and lifeless. This means a good 2–3 minutes of rinsing before you apply conditioner. After gently cleansing your hair and scalp with shampoo, you need conditioner for extra support and manageability. This step is particularly important if your hair is dry or prone to frizz. As an added regular treat for your locks, use Ultimate Blend Delicate Oat mask or Ultimate Blends Delicate Oat Hairfood for afro hair to make sure that they’re beautifully nourished and hydrated. 

With these five *shampoo tips* you’ll get the most from your hair-washing routine and have a solid base to work from when it finally comes around to styling your locks!

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