In this tutorial, we’ll talk about how to use our shampoo and conditioner, as well as to give some pointers on the proper use for not only our hair products, but also any other shampoo or conditioner you happen to use or might be using in the future.
The way you apply and utilize your shampoo and conditioner can really make a huge difference in how your hair ends up looking and feeling. So, while most people may think they’ve been doing it right, there are still some important pointers you can glean from this that’ll help you get maximum results and more consistently behaving hair.
Our shampoo is sulfate free, and is designed to have a light, gentle lather. This serves a few purposes. Number one is that it doesn’t strip color (or precious protective moisture) out of your hair if you highlight or dye your hair.
This is especially true for deposited colors that are darker, and therefore deposited into the pores of the hair strands, since sulfates and detergents “lift” these color pigments out of the hair. It can also dull lighter highlights too though, because it can make lighter strands even more porous.
Number two is that it also doesn’t strip or rough up your hair, so it helps it lay flatter and reflect more light (look shinier, healthier). It also is very scalp healthy.
This lower lather may be an adjustment in perception for those that aren’t used to more natural shampoos. However, once you get used to it, you’ll see it’s much more effective and much healthier for your hair and scalp. T
he trick is to add it to your hair when your hair is soaking wet. You can even let a little water fall over the shampoo while it’s in your hands still so it can kickstart the sudsing action. Concentrate mostly by the scalp, and get a good scrubbing action there, then work it out to the ends.
As time goes on, you’ll realize you really don’t need much of this shampoo to get a nice lathering and cleansing action because it also has a high concentration of naturally cleansing, astringent fruit oils that help clean the surface of the hair without drying it out. Focusing on your scalp area gets the highest “traffic” areas where dirt and oils accumulate, while the rest of your hair really only needs a light and brief lather. This goes for any other shampoo you’ll use, not just ours.
Avoid these things when shampooing your hair for the best results :
1.) Don’t pile your hair on the top of your head. Keep it pretty much straight down your neck and back as you shampoo. This reduces the risk of breakage and unnecessary stress and stretching.
2.) Don’t spend too long lathering the shampoo into the hair. A minute or so is usually sufficient to get the oils, residue and other dulling gunk off the hair, as well as to refresh and cleanse the scalp.
3.) Choose a shampoo that’s conducive to your hair type. If you’re not sure what your hair type is, ask your stylist to “diagnose” it for you. A good example of misconceptions about hair types occurred to me. I thought I had coarse, thick hair most of my life when actually I have fine hair, just a lot of it.
All those years I was using products that really didn’t make my hair look and feel its best because I was weighing it down and drying it out too much. Our shampoo actually works on all hair types : Dry, fine, coarse, frizzy, oily, thick, wavy and straight.
Conditioning – Proper Use of Hair Conditioner
Every time you shampoo, you should really also condition your hair unless you use a special shampoo and conditioning combo as your hair product of choice. Conditioning is an important part of the washing experience because it seals the cuticle, helps the hair lay correctly, deflects humidity and frizz, and makes it infinitely easier to comb or brush without tangling.
If you want more volume at the crown, try to start applying the conditioner about one inch from the root. However, don’t neglect those bangs and front hair pieces since they need the moisture and conditioning as well. Smooth conditioner on the hair until you feel that your hair all has a thin coating of the product on it. Work it through well so that it’s evenly distributed.
The next two things are the most important part of the conditioning process. First, make sure you leave the conditioner on your hair long enough for it to really penetrate and coat the hair. I like to leave mine on for a minimum of three minutes. You’ll feel a big difference in how silky your hair feels the longer you leave it in before rinsing it.
The rinsing phase is also very important because it is unfortunately a step that a lot of people aren’t clear on. You only need to rinse the conditioner from your hair for a total of about 30-60 seconds in total.
Too many times, the rinsing cycle is longer than it needs to be, and all the wonderful benefits a conditioner offers are literally gone down the drain. You want to rinse the excess product off, not rinse it all completely out of the hair. The 30-60 second time frame is perfect to achieve this. You may need to experiment a bit with this time frame to see how your hair best reacts.