You know that feeling when you walk out of a salon and have the most insanely silky and smooth locks imaginable - well there's a reason behind this. Yes, they're pro's and they're darn good at what they do, but they also know how to wash your hair - and it's time we all take note. So we sat down with celebrity hairstylist Barney Martin to find out exactly what to know when it comes to our washing game. Here's what we learnt:
Invest in good quality hair products:
You've spent all the money at the hairdressers, now it's time to look after your 'do. "Think of how much money you invest in skin care. You should do the same for your hair!"
Focus on the scalp - not the strands:
Instead of slabbing on shampoo to your strands and giving it a quick rinse; turn your focus towards the scalp. Barney explains: "Rotate your fingertips in a circular pattern over scalp, this exfoliates the scalp and promotes healthy hair growth."
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, $74
Stop washing your hair everyday:
"Biggest mistake I see my clients doing is washing their hair too often! This dehydrates the hair and scalp. Every second day at is my recommendation."
But you can condition:
Conditioning the ends will help keep your hair shiny and healthy without the risk of oil-stripping from too much shampoo. "I do tell my clients they can condition every day, but just the ends."
Give your hair some extra TLC:
Treat your hair to a mask once or twice a week to nurture dehydrated or brittle strands. "Especially during summer, the end of the hair has been exposed to sun damage and swimming."
Ditch the rough brush after washing:
"This puts excessive strain on the hair," explains Barney. Instead, use a tangle teaser or an appropiate wet brush to comb out any knots, starting from the bottom to the top.
Kérastase Paris Densifique Masque Densite Absolu, $66
Be patient with your conditioner:
What you might not realise is that each hair conditioner works differently. If the product states to leave on for 5 minutes - you should leave it on for 5 minutes. "People often pick the incorrect choice of shampoo and conditioners as well, make sure you're aware of what your hair needs."