How to Use Them

in-shower-productsIn-Shower Products and How to Use Them
Shampoos are primarily intended to cleanse the scalp. The ends of the hair (the length) don`t get all that dirty, but the scalp and the hair roots can get oily and accumulate dead skin cells that need to come off. In addition, the scalp can almost always benefit from a massage, which will increase healthy circulation and help the hair that`s developing in the follicles. Always focus shampoo on your scalp, gently massage in, and rinse well. No need to repeat unless you`ve used a LOT of styling products.
Conditioners that claim to penetrate deeply work only if there`s enough time and heat for them to be absorbed into the hair shaft. Most women who apply a conditioner in the shower never leave it on for longer than 1 or 2 minutes. If you have damaged hair, it is very important to leave the conditioner on for as long as possible. Tip: For great results, slick a conditioner through dry hair before going to bed, and then rinse it out in the morning.
Too much conditioner or conditioner that isn`t thoroughly rinsed out can make hair go limp. Using a shampoo that contains conditioning agents plus a conditioner can result in buildup on the hair, making it heavy and lifeless. Generally, a shampoo with minimal or no conditioning agents at all is best, and then use your conditioner only where you need it, not necessarily all over or near the roots and scalp. Tip: Unless your scalp is dry, you don`t need to apply conditioner there.
Be careful to thoroughly rinse shampoo out of your hair. Leaving traces of detergent cleansing agents behind can make hair sticky and flat, not to mention serve as a source of scalp itching and irritation. For best results, go for a gentle, fragrance-free shampoo that won`t cause buildup.
When in doubt, use products designed for your hair type. Undesignated products are not for everyone, and unless you have truly normal hair, they`re not for you. Someone with coarse, dry hair has very different needs from someone with thin, healthy hair. Fortunately, more often than not, the hair type indicated on the label is right.
Every now and then, remove the excess hair from your brush and comb and take them into the shower with you for a good cleaning. Styling products, conditioners, and your own oil can cling to brushes and combs, so you`re transferring some of the grime back onto your clean hair. For a more thorough cleansing, or if you have dandruff, soak them in a solution of diluted bleach; about three tablespoons to a quart of water should be enough to kill whatever may be lurking around or between the bristles.