Lets go over some key things to know first. Though we all love a good dry shampoo, please remember that this is simply a hair refresher. It can help absorb extra oil at the scalp on days you don’t shampoo. It can give some lift, texture and make hair smell clean, but dry shampoo should not replace shampooing. The term “dry shampoo” can be misleading because it’s really more of a styling product than a cleanser so think of it as a hair refreshment, not a shampoo.
Before we get to the “process” remember the most important thing is to use the correct shampoo AND conditioner for your hair. Most salons offer consultations. This is a great way to get a professional hair analysis of your hair type. In the salon We often hear people say “oh I use a good shampoo.” Most people don’t know why their hair is dry, yet pick a shampoo because of fragrance and that’s the LEAST important thing in the bottle. We all want our hair to smell like strawberries and unicorns, but fragrance does not improve hair health, which determines how your hair looks. When you find the right product, be wary of where you purchase. There are a lot of “professional” products in drugstores and non salons. Professional lines do not sell to mass retailers so if you buy a professional product buy from a partnered salon otherwise at its more than likely EXTREMELY expired (which is very bad for your hair and skin) or counterfeit.
PLEASE remember a shampoo’s purpose is to cleanse the hair. When you wash your face not only are you clearing away dirt and oil, you are prepping skin to better receive the benefits of the serums and moisturizers to follow. This applies to hair as well. People often put too many expectations on shampoo and forget the most important part of the cleansing is the conditioner to follow.
2)Shampoo Once, Maybe Repeat
3)Noodle Hair With Conditioner
The most important part of shampooing your hair is actually the conditioning. This is how your hair receives moisture and protein that help undo damage from heat tools so take your time! Most people spend too much time shampooing and not enough time conditioning. Drag fingers through your hair until you feel all hair is untangled. “Noodling” is gently raking your fingers(or wide tooth comb) through hair with the conditioner until there is no resistance and hair appears like noodles. This is a Salon trick. We look for this “noodle” like look to hair at the shampoo bowl, and we know it’s fully moisturized and the conditioner has been evenly distributed. Unless you have a shower mirror just spend extra time massaging in conditioner until your hair feels completely smooth. This is especially important if your hair is curly as it helps the cuticle is lay flat. This is also a good time to wad up any extra hair and put it over on the side of the shower. This is just girl shower reality. Your hair sheds around 100- 150 hairs a day so don’t freak out. If you shampoo every other day that’s a decent amount of hair.