How should I wash my hair?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

For perfect hair maintenance, I recommend (and follow myself) this three-step process:
Step 1: Shampoo: Before getting into the shower, gently brush or finger-comb your hair to loosen up tangles and residue. When washing your hair, treat it as if it were fine silk - delicately. Leave hair hanging down and gently massage in shampoo starting at the roots and working down. Never pile shampoo on top of your head.
Step 2: Condition: Conditioner creates shine and preserves hair health by giving it smoothness and protecting against damage. For volume, condition only the middle and ends of your hair where it's most susceptible to damage. For shine, condition the entire strand. Do it every time you use shampoo, and more often if you want.
Step 3: Drying: Don't rub your hair with a towel or twist it tightly into a turban. Wet hair is delicate and breaks easily. Pat it gently and squeeze it with your towel or use a super-absorbent towel sold at salons. A wide-toothed comb is the best way to detangle and distribute styling products when hair is wet. And keep any dryers at low-heat settings.

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