Isn't one shampoo enough?
Happy New Year 2018! Why not start the first post of the year with a quick tutorial on what I consider to be the first and most important step to your haircare routine. A wash! This is the step where moisture is first implemented in the hair. The number of times I've asked clients how they shampoo their hair and they respond that they ''don't use conditioner'', ''use conditioner only'', or something else that leaves them with dry hair!
The first thing is to figure out which products to use. This post will only talk about a simple wash to cleanse the hair with no treatment. If you use a lot of heavy products like gel or shea butter, I recommend using a clarifying shampoo and/or cleansing shampoo, a hydrating shampoo if needed and a conditioner. If you mostly use water based products you can get away with the hydrating shampoo and the conditioner only.
1. Start by wetting your hair thoroughly to rinse out the excess product off the hair.
***TIP* If your hair tangles easily you may have to separate your hair in sections before wetting it to ease the process...or you just might be due for a trim :)***
2. Pour the clarifying shampoo (if you don't need it use the cleansing one) in your hands and emulsify it a little in your hands. Open your hair as much as you can and apply the shampoo on your scalp. Rub off dirt and oil off the scalp with your fingers for a good minute or two. If your hair hasn't been washed in a while it may not lather.
3. Rinse and repeat. If your hair doesn't lather during the second shampoo there may be a lot of residue left so a third shampoo would be needed. Rinse the last shampoo very well.
4. Apply the conditioner by concentrating mostly on the ends. You may detangle your hair at this step and you can leave the conditioner for 2-5 minutes depending on the manufacturer's directions. Rinse thoroughly.
5: Apply your favorite water based leave in conditioner and congratulations you have successfully shampooed your hair!
If you have any questions on this process, please leave me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.