It’s always the right time to give your hair royal treatment. These days, we rarely go to the salon, and having clean, beautiful hair is important, even during quarantine times.
You can and should pamper your hair with a hair spa as hair professionals do in salons. Your scalp and strands will be thankful and reward you with a lush hairstyle you’re going to love.
Discovering the right products for your hair type is essential for achieving optimal results. However, the way you use the products and the order you apply them can make a world of difference. What to use? When to use it? Which product requires soaking wet hair, and which works best on damp strands? Does the conditioner come before or after the shampoo?
To help you quickly adapt the right way to use shampoo and conditioner, we’ll start with the basics.
The Difference Between Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoos contain detergents and surfactants that remove oil, dirt, sweat, environmental pollutants, and product buildup from your scalp and strands.
On the other hand, conditioners have nourishing formulas that contain natural oils, botanical extracts, and healing proteins to help regenerate and keep your hair healthy. A good conditioner will leave a thin layer of protecting film on each strand after you rinse it.
Shampoo cleans your hair, while a conditioner makes it soft, shiny, and bouncy. It also protects it from various elements like the wind, rain, dirt, or city air pollutants.
Most people apply shampoo to completely wet hair and then massage it into their hair before rinsing. While a shampoo cleanses your hair, it also leaves it frizzy and often unmanageable. Hair specialists from Ayam Beauty Care suggest a nourishing conditioner as the best solution for the issue.
How to Use Shampoo and Conditioner
The general rule is to always cleanse your hair before conditioning it. For the best results, follow these steps:
- Squeeze a cherry-size amount of shampoo on your hand and rub it between your palms. Then, apply to your roots.
- Massage your scalp until you develop a rich foam
- Work the product down your strands all the way to the tips.
- Rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly.
- Use a soft towel to wrap your hair so it absorbs some of the moisture.
- Squeeze a small amount of conditioner and rub it between your palms, then apply to your hair, starting from the tips. Avoid the roots and scalp.
- Leave the conditioner in your hair for several minutes.
- Rinse it out completely
- Wrap your hair in a soft towel and let it absorb moisture for at least ten minutes before starting your usual styling process.
What is Reverse Shampooing?
Some rules are prone to breakage. You’ve probably heard of the new way of hair washing called reverse shampooing. In this process, you apply conditioner before the shampoo. While there’s no scientific data to support or prove the effectiveness of reverse shampooing, many people swear by it and its benefits.
In reverse hair washing, you wet your hair and apply conditioner all over your hair, and let it sit for several minutes. Then, you should apply shampoo and massage it into your scalp and strands without rinsing the conditioner. Finally, rinse out both products at the same time.
However, keep in mind that the new process isn’t for everyone. It works best if your hair feels greasy or flat after you use a conditioner the regular way.
Moreover, there’s another trend called co-washing, and it eliminates the shampoo from the process. It includes using only a conditioner to wash your hair, so you don’t strip its natural oils.
In addition to the general technique, there are always new ways of using products and caring for your hair. As long as it’s safe and sounds like it may benefit you, there is no reason to think out of the box and try new things.