We’re all familiar with the results of a proper salon shampoo, the glowing hair and relaxation we’re left with post–lather. But in the rush to shower as quickly as possible when we return home, we often forget to give our hair all the attention it needs.
To get the best tips on a salon–worthy shampoo, we recently turned to celebrity stylist Jen Atkin. And as it turns out, the most frequently forgotten area of the hair isn’t hair at all; it’s the skin on our heads. “Massage your scalp!” she reminds us immediately, “We focus a lot on our ends and forget to give our scalps a little love.” It’s a problem that’s easily fixed; just remember to work your fingers through your roots for a few minutes before you condition those ends.
The biggest mistake we can make when shampooing isn’t rushing through the process, though. Rather, it’s trying to do too much. “Wash your hair three to four times a week,” advises Atkin, “If you can, just try to go every other day.” While washing your hair on the daily might make you feel clean, it’s actually stripping vital oils from your scalp, which is why we recommend stocking up on dry shampoo. Atkin also swears by Clear haircare to get the job done: “It’s the first line to really focus on the scalp, which is where new hair grows from.”
Once you’ve rinsed out your favorite shampoo, it’s time to dry the hair. We often assume air–drying is the better route, but that’s not always the case. “I think it depends on your natural texture or what look you are going for,” she says, “If you want a messier, undone look, let your hair air dry. If you need fullness and body, follow your shampoo with a blow dry.”
So the next time you jump in the shower, do it with the shampoo essentials we’ve rounded up in the slideshow above. And remember these final words of wisdom from Atkin: “It should feel like you can run your fingers through your hair with ease.”