When was the last time you thought about your hair washing routine? Practice these eight habits every girl with perfect hair knows well:

1. Wash your hair based on your lifestyle.
If you stay indoors and don’t sweat too much throughout the day, you can get away with shampooing every other day. For your no-wash days, you can opt to use dry shampoo to zap oil and a hair mist to mask the amoy anit scent. However, if you lead an active lifestyle or spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s best to shampoo and condition your hair daily, to get rid of oil and dirt from your scalp. Remember, grease and dirt can clog up your hair follicles and lead to scalp issues.

2. Shampoo with warm water…
We say warm and not hot! Scalding hot water can strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, so you end up with dry and frizzy hair. And if you have colored hair, you should know that high temperatures—from hot water to styling tools—can make your hair dye fade faster.

Warm water, on the other hand, is enough to open up your hair cuticles to help them absorb the vitamins and nutrients from your haircare products.

3. …then rinse with cold water.
Wash away all the product residue from your hair using cold water, as the low temperature can seal your hair cuticles.

4. Pick your shampoos wisely.
You should know the needs of your own hair as opposed to just copying your best friend's favorite brands. Dry hair? Use a moisturizing shampoo paired with a nourishing conditioner. Thin and limp hair? A volumizing or thickening shampoo matched with a volumizing conditioner can do the trick. Oily hair? A deep-cleansing shampoo—sometimes called a clarifying shampoo—can help you. Colored hair? A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner combo will prolong the vibrancy of your hair color.

5. Pay attention to the needs of your hair.
Here’s a trick that may seem ridiculous to some, but really works: use at least two different shampoos in the shower. If you think about it, our roots are usually greasy, while the ends are dry and prone to damage. That said, it’s better to use a deep-cleansing shampoo on the scalp, and a thickening and nourishing shampoo on the ends.

Conditioner, on the other hand, is only needed on the ends of your hair where it tends to get really dry. Think of it as “multimasking” for your tresses—addressing the specific needs of the different parts of your hair with the right products.

6. Let your hair soak in water before applying shampoo.
It’s not enough to stand under the shower for a few seconds, and then immediately working in your shampoo. Instead, let the water soak your hair for at least 30 seconds before lathering up.

7. Get yourself a microfiber hair towel to dry your locks.
We're not kidding! Microfiber towels don’t cause unnecessary friction on your hair, so after you let it air dry, you’ll notice that there is less frizz. It also absorbs water much quicker than regular cotton towels, so wrapping your locks in one will definitely cut down drying time.

8. Use a deep-conditioning hair mask at least once a week.
On weekends, spare at least an hour for using a deep-conditioning hair mask to bring your hair into top shape. If you don’t want to buy one off the shelf, you can search for DIY solutions.

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

*Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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