In case you're completely befuddled about the "right way" to wash your hair, you're not the only one. We grew up being instructed to wash it daily, and later we learned you ought to just be sudsing up two or three times each week—and now there's the entire "no 'poo method" circling around the web.

Utilizing the right techniques can improve things greatly in your hair's wellbeing, volume and radiance—however in case you're making some basic mistakes, you could be harming your stunning locks without realizing it. We asked two from New York's premier hair professionals, hair stylist Nunzio Saviano of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York and Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon, to share their best tips for lathering up—and doing it the correct way.

Begin with a rinse

Much the same as your clothing needs a rinse cycle before you include cleanser, hair ought to be altogether wet before you include your shampoo.

"Hot water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair,"

says White. Another reward:

"When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticle so it is able to absorb the oil in your conditioner,"

says Saviano.

Condition first, if you have long hair

Yes, absolutely!

"If you have hair beneath the shoulders, protect fragile ends from drying out and further damage by running a small amount of conditioner through them and lightly rinsing, before any shampooing. This will not only keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making it smoother and boosting shine,"

says White.

Lather up - at the scalp only

“You only need to shampoo the hair at the scalp, particularly at the nape,”

Saviano says.

White concurs.

“The best way to lather up is from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will inevitably be the oiliest, while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair.”

Try not to utilize more shampoo than you need; both Saviano and White say that a quarter-sized amount of shampoo is sufficient. In case you have long or thick hair, feel free to twofold that.

Be tender!

Friction can for ever damage your hair's cuticles, prompting breakage and frizz. Consider washing your hair like you hand wash your delicates — very gentle.

“Start your lather at the roots, increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth by using vertical strokes with medium pressure.”

says White.  Avoid circular motions, which can tangle your hair.

Next, White advises:

“Smooth the lather over the ends in a straight stroking motion. Do not scrub the fragile ends or use a back and forth motion like you’re washing a rag on a washboard.”

Try not to rinse and repeat

Regardless of what the instructions on the back of your shampoo bottle may state, there's no reason to wash your hair twice.

“Avoid stripping the hair by doing one shampoo only, which is usually sufficient, unless the hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce a lather,”

says White. If so, feel free to foam up once again.

Apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the tips

After you've rinsed out your shampoo,

“squeeze some of the water out of the hair before you put in the conditioner, then clip your hair up and finish showering, leaving the conditioner rinse out for the final step of your shower.”

says Saviano.

The more longer the conditioner remains on your hair, the better it absorbs. Try not to put conditioner at the roots of your hair; the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there.

Complete with a cold water rinse

“Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer, which will cause it to reflect the most light and give off the most shine,”

says White.

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