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How to shampoo and condition hair

Hair Shampoo

First you must thoroughly wet the hair with cool or warm water. Hot water creates too much steam and will dry out your hair. Add a small amount of shampoo to the palm of your hand (size of a 10 pence coin) and rub your hands together. Using the balls of your finger tips, gently massage the shampoo into the scalp. The idea is to clean the scalp, not the hair. The scalp produces sebum, a natural oil that stops your hair and scalp from becoming dry and flaky. The reason dirt builds up on your hair is because it becomes trapped in the sebum. By regularly cleaning the scalp, you are removing the old dirty sebum and promoting new clean sebum that will protect your hair and scalp leaving it clean and healthy. If you have a very oily scalp, you should rinse off the first application of shampoo and repeat the process.

TIP: if during the first application of shampoo you notice very little or no lather at all, then the detergent in the shampoo has been weakened by the oil in the scalp and is a good indication that a second application of shampoo is required.

Hair Conditioner

Rinse off any shampoo and towel dry the hair. This is so any water will not dilute the conditioner too much. Add a small amount of conditioner to the palm of your hand (size of a 10 pence coin) and rub your hands together. Add the conditioner to the hair starting from the middle of the hair shaft, working your way towards the ends of the hair. The idea is to coat your hair in a protective layer of conditioner to smooth the cuticle scales. leave the conditioner on the hair for a few minutes to allow it to work on the cuticle scales. After a few minutes it is time to rinse out the conditioner. Make sure it is rinsed thoroughly with warm or cold water.

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