Most people couldn’t live without shampoo and conditioner. After all, there’s really nothing like a fresh, clean head of silky-smooth hair. But did you know you could actually take it to another level? Here are a few tips to get the most out of your basic shampoo and conditioner experience.
1.) Don’t shampoo every single day. If you sweat a lot or have oily hair, perhaps you should. Generally speaking though, you should try to give your hair scalp a couple of day’s rest a week, as over-shampooing can cause dandruff and excessive dryness. On these ‘poo-free days, feel free to rinse your hair thoroughly without any shampoo.
2.) A little goes a long way. Chances are you are using more than thrice the necessary amount of shampoo. Only a small coin-sized amount is needed for medium length hair. The key is to really work it through your hair and scalp.
3.) Never use hot water. Lukewarm or cold is fine. Hot water and shampoo together can be extremely harsh for many hair types and can lead to premature thinning or breakage of individual strands. Using cold or lukewarm water will keep your hair much happier.
4.) Be gentle. If you have close-cropped hair, vigorous rubbing is probably fine, and admittedly feels great. But if your hair is longer and you’d want to use a much softer touch when working your shampoo and conditioner in. A lighter touch will prevent breakage and help your hair maintain strength and body for longer.
5.) All conditioner is leave-in conditioner! Put on a Spotify playlist while you take a bath because most experts agree you should leave your conditioner in for 5 minutes – at least. Some may even recommend you leave it in for as long as 10 minutes. This will help your hair absorb more of that moisturizing conditioner goodness, leaving it looking happy and healthy.
6.) Blot or air-dry your hair. Rough handling with a towel can be tough on your hair. Let your towel soak up your wet hair or just let your hair dry naturally to avoid premature breakage.