I’ve been taught a lot about shampooing and conditioning in cosmetology school. Some of the things I’ve been told are:
- It’s better on your hair and scalp if you don’t wash it daily, excessive shampooing strips the hair of its protective oil (sebum) which in small amounts, seals & protects the hair’s cuticle.
- Brushing your hair before shampooing is beneficial. It stimulates blood circulation to the scalp & helps remove dust, dirt & product build-up.
- Shampoo can be either alkaline or acidic. The more alkaline a shampoo is, the stronger and harsher it is. The pH balance in a shampoo is very important to pay attention to.
- Water also can affect shampooing. There is soft water & hard water. Hard water contains minerals that reduce the ability of soap or shampoo to lather.
- If you have naturally oily hair you shouldn’t use conditioner on your scalp, start about halfway down the shaft of your hair to apply conditioner. Excessive oiliness is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. Dandruff is the result of a fungus call malassezia, which needs to be treated with the correct shampoo.
There are many different shampoos, some for dandruff, conditioning shampoos, clarifying shampoos, balancing shampoo…each of these are used for specific problems. Like balancing shampoos are used for oily hair & scalp, it will wash away excess oiliness while preventing your hair from drying out. Clarifying shampoo is used when a buildup is evident. (Ex: After swimming or after any chemical service) Conditioning shampoo is designed to make hair manageable, smooth & shiny.
To get the best results from shampooing and conditioning, you need to try to have an idea of what kind of hair you have & it’s specific needs. I hope this helps some! Sorry, I know it’s long. If you have any questions, I don’t care not one bit to try to help. I’ll add some more info on this topic in a little while.