Some people think washing your hair is a matter of wet your hair apply shampoo rinse and repeat right?  Wrong!  For a start you do not need to repeat, that was a clever ploy by shampoo manufacturers to get you to use twice as much shampoo.   So what is the low down on shampoo, we ask the experts.

1.    It’s not just the shampoo it is how you use it that counts

Shampoo needs to be applied correctly.   It should be gently massaged into your scalp using the tips of your fingers.   This helps rid your scalp from the build-up of product and sebum (oil), which means hair follicles to grow healthily from the scalp.  Ensure you always rinse thoroughly after shampooing to avoid that greasy flat look.

2.    Natural homemade shampoos are not necessarily better

Just because you make a shampoo at home with natural ingredients it does not mean that it is better for you or your hair.  According to celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore some natural ingredients found in the home such as lemon can actually irritate your scalp.   And mint and menthol which when included in a salon shampoo can leave your scalp feeling fresh and clean can actually cause severe reactions when used in homemade blends.  Commercial shampoos have all been carefully formulated and balanced by professionals therefore ingredients should not be used as a guide for homemade recipes.

3.    Be realistic about the results

That beautiful flowing hair full of body and bounce that you see in commercialsis the result of hour of styling,” says television stylist Terrence Renk. “While you do need good hair products to create volume and bounce, those luxurious locks you see in ads is the result of very patient and talented hair artist.  And the models have been sitting in the makeup chair for hours”

4.    Less is more

Using too much shampoo can be counterproductive, as it can build up in your hair and be difficult to rinse out leaving your hair flat and greasy looking.  According to the experts you only need a small amount of shampoo.  Just enough to cover a quarter is plenty.

5.    Just because a shampoo contains a fancy sounding ingredient it doesn’t mean there is any benefit

Some shampoos claim to include impressive sounding ingredients such as caviar or olive oil,,” says Philip Pelusi stylist to the stars. “But it makes very little difference to your hair.”  He goes on to say beware of companies making bold claims.  A conditioning shampoo may make your hair feel great for the first few washes but in time they can cause significant build up leaving your hair feeling limp and lifeless.

6.    You can buy quality shampoo from the drugstore

Many people believe that shampoos bought in a drug store are not as good quality as those bought at salon.  This is a myth which keeps people buying salon products at a much higher price.   The truth is there are a number of quality shampoo manufacturers who sell their products in drugstores and those products are just as good as they would be if you had bought them from a salon.

7.    If you are blonde you need to use a clarifying shampoo more often

This is true if your hair is chemically treated or bleached, because the process can make your hair very porous and thus prone to absorbing yellowish tones from hairspray, smog and hard water.  If you dye your hair it is important you use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week to dissolve product build up, and keep your hair looking bright and shiny.

8.    Your hair does not get used to a particular shampoo

If you think your shampoo isn’t working as well as it used to don’t give up and throw it away.  Your hair changes throughout the year.  For example it may get dry in the winter with all the heating.  Try alternating shampoos and always make sure you rinse thoroughly to avoid build up.

9.    No shampoo will change your hair permanently

“Shampoo for oily hair will make it less oily while you are using it but if you stop using is the oil will return.

10.    Check for less than healthy ingredients

A number of shampoos contain ingredients such as ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laurethsulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate,these ingredients can irritate your scalp.So try to avoid product s that contain these products if possible.

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