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Is Conditioning Necessary after Shampooing?

Shampoo cleans your scalp, but along with the dirt and oil, shampoo can strip away the essential healthy oils from your scalp, leaving it all dry and frizzy. Conditioning is a damage control step, to add back the moisture the shampoo stripped along with the dirt buildup. Conditioner restores the pH balance of your hair, making your hair softer and easier to brush. Conditioning is absolutely compulsory for women who have a habit of shampooing on a daily base. The natural oils when stripped leave the hair unprotected and vulnerable to breakage and tangling.  You need to keep these 5 things in mind when you are washing your hair:

  • Never apply conditioner to your scalp, not even the leave-on ones. You are supposed to apply the conditioner to your roots (which are usually the most damaged) and the length. NEVER the scalp. Even though the rest of your hair is dead, your scalp is very much alive- our scalps should be product free, even though conditioner do consist of essential healthy hair oils.
  • You use the conditioner only after you’ve shampooed. You’ll hear all sorts of things like reverse hair washing- using the conditioner before the shampoo. Well, that doesn’t really work, because the conditioner is supposed to restore the oils the shampoo strips. Using a shampoo afterwards will just undo the conditioning effect.
  • Avoid using 2-in-1 shampoos. They don’t clean as good as a shampoo or smoothen hair as good as a conditioner.
  • You’ve to work the conditioner evenly on your hair, rather than leaving it on for a little longer then it says on the bottle.
  • Prefer using the shampoo and conditioner of the same brand collection, the benefit being each set of shampoo-conditioner is designed to suit a particular hair type and styling goal (like more shine, or split-end repair).

Life is too short to have boring, dull hair. Have a good hair day!

About the author

Kara Perez

Kara lives in Austin, TX, working as a writer and a nonprofit development associate. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2011 with $25,302 in student loans and paid them off in three and a half years on a salary of less the $28,000. Kara blogs about debt payoff, frugal living and women in media on her website, www.fromfrugaltofree.wordpress.com

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