SHAMPOOING & CONDITIONING Regimen
- Brush your dry hair thoroughly before getting it wet. This loosens the products in your hair in preparation for cleaning; it stimulates the scalp; and you can get out any tangles or knots.
- Saturate your hair with warm water. Before applying shampoo, make sure your hair is properly soaked by saturating it completely under lukewarm water for at least one full minute. This can help open the pores of your scalp and allow your hair and scalp to be more receptive to any products you apply.
- Shampoo. Shake the shampoo bottle well. Squeeze a dime or nickel size quantity into your hand; adjust the amount depending on your hair's length and thickness. Rub the product in your hands to emulsify and create lather (you may need to add a tiny bit of water). Distribute it evenly through your hair.
- Massage your scalp in a circulation motion with your fingertips, not nails. This will stimulate the flow of blood to the follicle for hair growth. It also exfoliates the scalp, helps keep it healthy, and your pores free from skin eruptions, sebaceous cysts, etc. Be sure to massage all areas of your head, including the hairline at the neck and over your ears.
- Rinse and repeat, using half the amount of shampoo as the first time. Always shampoo twice: the first time you are removing surface dirt and styling products; the second shampoo will deeply cleanse. Both times, it is important to thoroughly rinse out all shampoo. Squeeze the hair with your hands while rinsing. The rinsing process is complete when your hair feels "squeaky" clean.
- Conditioning: Always use a conditioner. (If your hair is oily, you can apply it starting half-way down and to the ends, avoiding the scalp.) First, wring as much water out as you can. Blot with a towel if possible, so the conditioning product won't be diluted and your hair can better absorb the conditioner. Comb with a wide-toothed comb to remove any tangles. Shake the bottle well and squeeze the conditioner into your hand, the size of a pea to the size of a nickel, depending on the length and thickness of the hair. Distribute well through your hair, concentrating on the ends. Comb through your hair with a wide-toothed comb or rake with your fingers. Leave the conditioner on your hair a minimum of 3-5 minutes. Use that time to lather up your body and/or shave your legs. Rinse with lukewarm water first, then with cool water to close the shaft and seal in moisture, which gives sheen to the hair.
- Towel-dry and apply products: Wet hair is in a fragile state, so avoid rubbing your hair vigorously or even moving your hair back and forth with the towel. Instead, gently remove excess moisture by blotting and squeezing with a towel. Apply leave-in conditioner first, then other styling products as necessary for your hair type and style such as mousse, gel, volumizer, and/or thermal styling protectant, then serum last. Serum serves as an anti-humidity defrizzer, sealing in moisture, and helps protect from the heat of your hairdryer and flat iron. When hair is wet, always use a wide-toothed comb, never a brush, which can cause breakage.