Changing Up Your Shampoo and Conditioner Routine
Wet hair. Suds up with shampoo. Rinse. Apply conditioner. Rinse again. Done. For most of us, shampooing and conditioning are such a fundamental routine that we don’t even think about it, we just go through the motions. But what if there is a better way? What if a few simple changes could take the health of your hair from good to great? Break age-old habits with these five tips for fantastic hair.
Once upon a time, we were told we needed to shampoo daily. But these days, plenty of people in the know say that daily washing isn’t necessary. So how often should you shampoo? The answer: it’s up to you. If your scalp is oily, daily cleansing is recommended but you could skip a day by spritzing on dry shampoo to absorb excess oil at the roots. Washing normal to dry hair every other day is often all that’s needed. And because curly hair often feels dry, no one will know if you skip a few days.
A steaming hot shower can be a great way to wake up, but your hair does not appreciate it. Hot water disturbs the protective outer layer of hair, leaving it weak and vulnerable. To avoid split ends and breakage, use warm water to lather shampoo and cleanse your scalp, but use cool water for the final rinse. The lower temperature helps to seal the outer layer and retain the effects of your conditioner.
Ever felt like your hair has gotten “used to” a shampoo and conditioner? While it’s a myth that you hair can become accustomed to products, you’re correct in noticing that they aren’t giving you the same results anymore. It happens as products build up and create a residue that leaves hair feeling lifeless. Instead of throwing away your products and buying new ones, occasionally use a clarifying shampoo to gently wash away the residue and make your hair feel fresh.
Shampoo and conditioner are a powerful pair. It’s best to always follow up shampooing with a conditioner because the combination prepares the hair to accept and hold a style. Today’s professional conditioners are carefully formulated to work together with professional shampoos to create beautiful, healthy hair. Insider tip: Conditioner treats hair, not the scalp. Keep conditioner away from the roots and focus it at mid-length to the ends. For a super dose of moisture, try a deep conditioning treatment that will make hair smooth, soft and full of body.
Moisturizing shampoos and rich conditioners are useful for dry winter hair, but come spring those formulas will likely to be too moisturizing, resulting in limp and lifeless hair. Just like how you change out your wardrobe when the temperature changes, swapping out products will keep hair looking and feeling beautiful. When the weather is warm and the humidity level is high, reach for conditioners that combat frizz. And don’t forget to shield your locks from the sun’s rays with a UVA and UVB protector—a benefit added to a lot of shampoos and conditioners.