Clean roots, Soften ends


Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Dry ends?

Hair ends are the oldest part of your beautiful tresses, and as such have battled wear and tear the longest.  Naturally the longer or more processed the ends are, the more susceptible they are to damage.

Consider shampooing roots and conditioning ends to reduce stress on hair ends.

Shampoo roots

Shampoo is primarily formulated to clean hair and may involve removing oils, dirt and all other debris. Even the gentlest, daily shampoo can strip natural hair and definitely wreak havoc on processed hair; relaxed, bleached, coloured, permed and/ or frequently heat styled hair.

Proper nutrition and hydration of the human body allows the  scalp to produce oils and this mixes with sweat, hair care products and who knows what else that comes into contact with hair. Therefore it is very important to clean the scalp properly to allow it to breathe and be healthy. 

Often times we squeeze shampoo out in our palms and take a good go at our hair strands, hoping that some of this eventually makes it’s way to the scalp at some point, and wash that baby out. Focus on cleaning the scalp, where the real action happens. In the lathering and rinsing process the rest of the hair will be cleaned. 

To do this, consider these steps:

1. Purchase one of those bottles with the removable (screwed on) cone shaped top at your local beauty supply store.

There are various cone sizes, but as these bottles are usually used to apply color , which can be runny, some have a very small opening to allow more control over colour application. Do ensure that the one you get contains a hole that is big enough to allow your shampoo to flow through with ease. 

2. Fill bottle with shampoo and apply directly to dry roots.

Apply as much as is necessary to cover scalp

3. Massage dry scalp with fingertips.

Because your scalp is dirty, the shampoo would not lather as much, but continue to work shampoo in, paying special attention to any areas that have a tendency to accumulate build up, like hairline for example.

4. Rinse scalp

In shower or at rinse station, work lather into scalp and move down the hair shaft.

5. Repeat step 2-4, if necessary.

Hair is cleaner now so shampoo will lather more. Apply shampoo to scalp, lather and rinse. 

6. Apply conditioner to to ends

Condition ends

Conditioner is primarily formulated to replace moisture, oils or both, lost from the hair during the shampoo stage. It also attempts to repair the cuticle of the hair, allowing it to lay flat hereby giving shine to the hair. The conditioning agents present in conditioners can leave a residue on the hair which is often welcomed by dry hair as it allows it to appear healthier, as well as allow hair strands to slip over each other giving conditioner it’s ‘detangling’ ability .

However this residue can coat the hair scalp and form product build up, which can contribute to a dry flakey scalp. Synthetic conditioning ingredients, which are present in most commercial conditioners, cannot be absorbed by the scalp. With proper nutrition and hydration the human scalp produces it’s own oils. 

As a result it is best to concentrate on conditioning the ends and the strands of the hair,  rather than the scalp, to avoid product buildup on scalp which can lead to a dry flakey scalp, or a smothered one, depending on the type of condition you use.

Save your hair.

Shampoo scalp. Condition ends.

Consider also getting a trim.
For tips on how to deal with and prevent split ends see GC post Stragglers

Lather up!

POSSIBLY RELATED GC POSTS

What is it? | “Dry Scalp”
Hair | Working with natural tone and texture 
Wash mindfully
Stragglers 

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