Basic shampoo and conditioner facts every girl needs to know

Basic Shampoo and Conditioner Facts Every Girl Needs to Know

Harmini Asokumar by Harmini Asokumar on Jan 10, 2015
Why you should care

Caring for your hair starts from the basics – having the right shampoo and conditioner. Here’s what you didn’t know about them!

So you think you know your shampoo and conditioner basics.

Washing your hair has become such a routine that you don’t think much of it. But getting it right from the roots (pardon the pun) is key to a healthy head of hair! Here are some basic tips you might not know:

1 Choose The Right Shampoo

Your hair accumulates dirt, oil, and pollutants on a daily basis, so shampoo is key to cleaning those stuff out. Choose a shampoo that matches your hair type and needs. If you have coloured hair, pick one that preserves colour. If dandruff or hair fall are your concerns, get medicated shampoos or ones infused with tonic. Sharing shampoo with your roommate might be convenient and economical, but you might end up using something that isn’t good for you, or even worse, is totally bad for you!

Keep in mind that your hair needs change as you age. What worked wonders a year ago may not do the same now. Try out different shampoos and see which one works best for you!

2 When To Wash

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There’s no hard and fast rule that has proven to work for everyone. Do, however, take into consideration that hair should be washed on a regular basis. You can wash it on alternate days or even twice a week – depending on your hair texture and health. If you’re frequently exposed to dust or if you work out a sweat daily, then you should wash your hair more often.

Again, the key is finding out what works best for you! Start by washing your hair on alternate days. If it gets greasy too quickly, try a dry shampoo. If it doesn’t get greasy by the second day, you can wash your hair every 2 days.

3 To Foam or Not To Foam

Certain shampoos, especially ones made from organic or natural ingredients do not foam. The ingredient that causes shampoo to lather up is called sulfate, and some have even said that sulfate is overly drying for hair. Don’t over-shampoo just because your shampoo doesn’t create foam, simply massage your shampoo into your scalp thoroughly and you should be clean.

4 Lock It In

Conditioners moisturise and smoothen your hair to replenish and lock in moisture lost from shampooing. While you may find conditioning shampoos, it is not the same as using a conditioner on its own. Make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner separately.

5 Shampoo the Scalp; Condition the Ends

conditioner-hair-tipsA common mistake is shampooing till the ends and conditioning at the scalp. This shouldn’t be the case as your scalp becomes oily and greasy if you apply conditioner on it. It also hinders your cuticles from breathing and growing healthy hair. Apply conditioner on your hair ends, then work your way up to the middle of your hair shaft.

Why you should care

Caring for your hair starts from the basics – having the right shampoo and conditioner. Here’s what you didn’t know about them!

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