After asking lots of customers about their shampoo routine, I was surprised that this simple yet, crucial step to having gorgeous hair was not properly understood.

I put off writing this blog because I thought it might be slightly offensive …

 Then I remembered how proud people become when discussing the length of time they can actually go without washing, applying layers of dry shampoo or wearing it up for days on end!

So here we go..

WHY DO YOU WE NEED TO SHAMPOO, IF WE LEAVE IT INDEFINITELY IT WILL CLEAN ITSELF RIGHT? 

NOPE, NOT IF YOU WANT FRIENDS OR LOVERS!

We shampoo to remove sebum, dirt, loose skin flakes & odour from the hair.

WHAT’S THE BEST SHAMPOO TO USE?

The best shampoo to use is the one that suits your particular hair type & smells nice.

It’s as simple as that. If you buy something which makes your scalp itch or your hair feels heavy, overloaded or dry, throw it out or let your S.O use it up.  

It’s good to have a couple of specialist shampoos too.

A gentle dandruff shampoo for occasional use, you can’t go wrong with Head & Shoulders & a good clarifying shampoo to use if you want to deep cleanse or remove build up of any kind. Things like oils, butters from heavy masks or treatments, silicones from shine enhancing/anti frizz serums, minerals from hard water & chlorine for swimmers hair. I use Malibu “Undo the Goo’.

SULPHATES & SILICONES 

Water soluble silicone, slightly soluble & non soluble silicone, can all be removed with a sulphate shampoo – one which foams up 

The Silicone provides slip, you know when you rinse out the conditioner & it feels fab? That’s the slip!

It’s great for shine & smoothing frizz. It only becomes a problem if it builds up through & is not removed completely, or by loading the hair with numerous conditioning & styling products. 

If you are co-washing, use a product with water soluble silicone in.

In the ingredients list it will have a PEG number before it & usually ends with cone.

Co-washing is a method of cleaning the hair & scalp with a sulphate free, cleansing product. It’s great for encouraging natural curl & won’t dry out curly hair prone to frizz. It’s best to clarify every few washes, if your hair feels flat or greasy. 

SULPHATES

These are gentle synthetic foaming agents. I know you’ve probably read about hair being stripped of natural oils, but most of us don’t want an abundance of natural oil in our hair, as it traps dead skin cells & dirt.   We just want it clean! 

They also help the shampoo to get through the hair by removing oil & dirt, separating it from the scalp & hair, enabling it to be washed away.

There is no scientific evidence to prove these are harmful, you are more likely to be irritated by the fragrance in the product.

COCONUT OIL & OTHER HAIR MYTHS

I know you want to use natural products on your hair. 

Sadly they can cause just as much build up, coconut oil actually raises the cuticle & can leave the hair drier than before. It fades colour & if not completely removed, prevents the hair from absorbing moisture & can lead to brittle hair & breakage. Shea butter is incredibly heavy & difficult to remove, it also prevents water absorption & can create a barrier affecting colour services.

Castor oil will not make your hair grow any faster or thicker. A healthy diet will promote hair quality, taking biotin & a multivitamin could help.

Nothing applied to the hair will have any effect on the hair already grown. Hair grows approx 6 inches a year, so don’t waste your money on products claiming to promote amazing results in a few weeks. 

The best way to grow hair is to protect the ends from breakage using Olaplex & use a salon which adds it to colour services. Theres nothing comparative to Olaplex.

HOW TO SHAMPOO LIKE A PRO 

Step 1

Rinse the head throughly with warm water, remember hot water will fade your colour!

Step 2 

A good dollop of shampoo into your palm & spread through your fingers, use your fingers through the sides & underneath of your hair & nape.

Gently using your fingertips to massage the scalp & edges. Use small circular movements to remove all make-up, creams & fake tan from your hairline & areas you constantly run your hands through, fringes & over your ears where you take your glasses on & off!

Step 3

Use a smaller amount of shampoo for the top of your head, still only massaging through the scalp, this first wash is to remove dirt & oil & the second to ensure it’s completely clean.

Step 4

Rinse & repeat

Yes you do need 2 shampoos unless you wash everyday.

Use a much smaller blob & this time massage any areas again on the scalp which didn’t foam up, squeeze the suds through the mids & ends. No need to pile it up into a frenzy of foam & scrub. 

Step 5

Rinse thoroughly & condition by running the product through the mid-lengths & ends only, leave for a couple of minutes or longer depending on the condition of your hair. 

Final rinse, & then style.

SHAMPOO TIPS FOR HAIR TYPES & COLOURS

 1. Blondes use a violet shampoo to keep hair vibrant, not every time & avoid porous areas. Otherwise your blue ends will make the roots look yellow!

2. Reds always fade. A colour care shampoo will help, but hot water, hair dryers, hot tools & sunlight will fade & lighten the tone.

3. You don’t have to match your shampoo & conditioner, you can use different products from the same range or a different make altogether!

4. Naturally curly hairs, check out  Kelly curl coach on Facebook for more info on co-washing, plopping & scrunching out the crunch. The results I’ve seen look amazing. 

 5. For other problems, excessively oily hair,  very fine hair, itchy scalps etc I recommend a marvellous brand called PHYTO which has a great range of products to help all types of scalp & hair problems.

 I thought this would be a quick one!  

Message me anything you would like more info on this aspect of your hair.