So, yesterday, we went through a number of basic, commonly asked questions about washing your hair, such as about using shampoo every day and the ideal water temperature for washing your hair. Today, we’ll tackle a few more. Still basic stuff, still stuff we do (or should do, or instead avoid) every day for healthy, shiny, and beautiful hair. Read on, ladies...
Q: Do you actually need conditioner?
A: Short answer: Yes, absolutely! Long answer: Conditioner will finish what your shampoo starts by making your hair more manageable and dealing with problems such as split ends. Remember, though, that you might have to try several types of conditioner before finding one that works best for you.
Q: Is it worth it buying expensive brands of shampoo?
A: Not really, no. Even lower priced shampoos are backed by the latest in haircare research and technology, but the prices are then kept low through mass production. More expensive brands tend to be gentler, and contain high-quality ingredients in higher concentrations. Still, at the end of the day, it depends entirely on your personal preferences and hair condition.
Q: How do you know it’s time to switch shampoos?
A: Sometimes, your usual shampoo somehow no longer gets you the same results. But, unless there’s a bold “new” label on the bottle, chances are it’s your hair that’s changed. Sometimes it’s just product buildup on your hair, which you can easily get rid of with a clarifying shampoo. If it’s not, then it’s probably time to switch. More often than not, the problem is simple: aging, which leads to loss of moisture. So, it might be prudent to go for a moisturizing version of your favorite shampoo.
Q: Do you really need to use deep-cleansing or clarifying shampoos? If yes, how often?
A: It depends, actually. If the water in the area you live is known to be mineral rich, if you often go swimming, or if you use a lot of styling products, it’s highly recommended that you wash using a deep-cleansing or clarifying shampoo about twice a month. If your hair is oily, you might want to consider daily use. If you don’t belong to either of those groups, then use these types of shampoo only if your hair looks dull or when your regular shampoo doesn’t get you the usual results (see previous question).
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