How to Shampoo and Condition
Wellington Hairdresser Tips

February 23 2016

One of the most common statements I hear from my clients is "I just can't get my hair to look like this at home!"  While this is might be because you have just had a fresh colour, or new cut, or a really firm blow dry, it could also be due to the hair products you are using - what you are currently using, and how are you using it.  This week I'll let you in on a few tips of how to make the most of your foundations - shampoo and conditioner.

Shampoo & Conditioner - Tips from a Wellington Hairdressers

I want to start off with a reminder that you will always have best results if you ask your stylist to recommend your shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.  Tell your stylist how you like your hair to look, and how much effort your willing to put into 'it', and they will be able to suggest a few product options for you.

Shampooing Tips

Make sure your hair is thoroughly saturated with water before even picking up the shampoo bottle.  Apply a small amount to your palms ($2 coin size for thick hair, $1 coin for thin hair), then slightly wet it and rub your hands together.  Try to apply a small amount of the shampoo all over your scalp, don't worry about the ends for now.  Once you feel you have covered your scalp, wet your palms again and start lathering the shampoo into your roots.  Usually the first shampoo will not bubble too much, dip your head under the water and keep scrubbing!  After doing this for 30 seconds to a minute, squeeze the shampoo down over the lengths of your hair then rinse thoroughly.  Typically you will need to shampoo twice, the second one will be easier, I promise!

Conditionering Tips

Conditioning - Tips from Wellington hairdressersTowel dry the ends of your hair and take a small amount (about the same amount as you needed for shampoo) and apply to the midlengths and ends.  Work out any tangles from the ends up, really focusing on any dry areas your hair may have.  Try to keep the conditioner off your scalp.  Once it has been distributed, clip or tie your hair out of the way.  After 1-3 minutes rinse the conditioner focusing on your scalp and top half of your hair and squeezing water through your ends.

Treatment Tips

Apply in the same fashion as conditioner.  You may need less product as treatments are generally very concentrated.  Leave in for however long instructions say - usually 5-15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.  You can apply a regular conditioner after treatments for an extra smooth result!

With these steps you have created the optimum base for a clean, smooth style to follow, whatever that may be!

Up next: Applying 'leave-in' styling products!

xo April

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