You’d be surprised at how many people don’t shampoo and condition their hair properly. It seems like a basic concept, but no one really teaches you the right way. I’m here to help you stop washing your hair wrong.

Not All Shampoos Are Created Equal

First, it’s important to understand that you get what you pay for in shampoo and conditioner. There are different shampoos for a reason and they vary in price. Typically, when you spend a little more on quality, it’s worth more. I understand that some people can’t afford high-end shampoo and conditioner, but when you do get a nice shampoo it makes a huge difference in the way you wear your hair every day.

When I was in beauty school, our instructor had us look up the ingredients in common shampoo and conditioner brands. I looked up what was in one of the cheapest shampoos at the drug store. Honestly, it is just fragrance, dish soap, and water. The cheap shampoos also leave a coating on your hair that builds up over time. There have been times when I scrape my scissors on a couple strands of hair and all this build up comes off — it’s kind of gross. When you have this coating on your hair, it’s difficult to style correctly. The coating also weighs your hair down and leaves your scalp dry and flaky. Cheap shampoos don’t provide the cleaning and nourishment necessary for healthy hair.

I understand as a hairdresser that we kinda push products on people. Yes, we get a commission, but it’s not all about the money. Honestly, when you have a passion, you want others to want to understand and it makes our life easier when people actually take care of their hair. When I tell my family that my shampoo costs ten to fifteen dollars per bottle for only a liter, they are shocked, but it makes my hair actually clean.

Anyways, sorry for the rant. I just want you guys to understand that it really is important to use a quality shampoo and conditioner. Do some research yourself on what actually goes into what you are supposedly cleaning your hair with and then we can talk about products that are actually worth buying. And don’t even get me started on 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner.

How to Shampoo Your Hair

So, on to what I was originally wanting to talk about — how to shampoo your hair. Shampoo has cleaning agents in it that dry out your hair. That’s because shampoo lifts all the oil and sweat out of your hair. What I tell my clients is that you do not need to shampoo the ends of your hair because that’s not where the sweat and oil are located. When you rinse your hair, the shampoo runs down your hair and cleanses it. So, focus your shampoo only on your scalp.

Also, scrub your head. If you have lots of hair, use a brush or comb to really get the product onto your scalp and roots. You need to get all the dead skin out of your hair when you shampoo or it will get loose and stay in your hair. That’s what gives you dandruff.

How to Condition Your Hair

Conditioner is where your hair gets its moisture and detangler. Shampoo is just the first step, and you should never skip conditioner because it’s essential in maintaining the quality of your hair. You don’t condition your hair the same way you shampoo it, either. The conditioner in brands bought at the drug store all contain silicones and fragrance. A nice quality conditioner shouldn’t leave a coating or give it a fake soft feeling.20160822_113020

The correct way to condition your hair is to take a quarter size or half dollar size in the palm of your hand and start massaging from mid ends to ends. The conditioner is oil, so try not to put it on your scalp. It’s OK for a little conditioner to reach your scalp if you tend to have a dry head, but the natural oils from your scalp don’t usually need more oil. Leave the conditioner in for two to five minutes and then rinse with cool water. The cool/cold water helps close the cuticle of your hair and keep the moisture in. It is also good for your skin to end a shower in cool water because it helps close your pores and restores your body temperature.

Don’t Use Shampoo and Conditioner Every Day

Try to wash your hair every other day. Sometimes the reason why your hair gets so greasy is because when you shampoo your hair every day you are telling your body that it needs to produce more natural oils, so it gets greasy faster.

You can try to train your hair to produce less oil with dry shampoo. I love dry shampoo because it helps control the natural oil in my hair between the days that I don’t wash my hair. In one of my future posts, I will tell you what my favorite products are and stuff…

Beware of Drugstore Hair Products

(Paul Mitchell has a disclaimer on his products that are sold in salons that say: only guaranteed if sold in a professional salon. Or something like that.)

Lots of people don’t know that the hair products you buy at the drug store are not the same as the hair products you buy at a salon, even though the bottles look exactly the same!

Distributors can alter the product. In a future post, I will do a test to compare the cheap products to high-quality salon brand stuff. If you take store bought conditioner and salon conditioner (same brand) and pour them both out on a table, the salon product will be nice and thick and the drugstore product will be runny. Also, be aware that sometimes distributors make a mistake and put the wrong hair product in a bottle. I’ve heard of people getting a different hairspray than what was advertised.

I have nothing against drugstores, and I’m not saying that it’s their fault that distributors alter hair care products. I just want you guys to understand and educate yourself. If you can afford salon products, definitely choose them over anything you can buy at the drugstore.

I have been there… I have been to the point in my life where you buy cheap shampoo and conditioner just so you have more money to spend on food. I understand that not all people can afford salon products. But, knowing what I know now, I do invest more on a nice product.

These are salon products found in a local retail store.  They are charging 30 bucks for the shampoo. In a salon or a beauty supply store, it’s only $15 or so. Not only are you not getting what’s supposed to be  in the bottle but you are getting over charged.

I hope you guys now have a better understanding of shampoo and conditioner. (The pictures in this post are not recommended or guaranteed if not bought from a professional salon. I will do another post with products I love and recommend.) I hope you do look into the ingredients and research what you put on your hair. Thanks for reading. Please comment, share, and like!

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