You may think that using more than the recommended dose of shampoo and conditioner will make your hair softer, cleaner, shinier and more manageable, but in actuality, you may be doing more harm than good. Phyto’s global artistic director, Anthony Cristiano, shares his dos and don’ts for proper hair care when it comes to washing and conditioning.
DO wash your hair on a regular basis. A clean scalp promotes a healthy scalp, which creates the best environment for hair growth. Shampoo anywhere from once a day to three times a week, depending on what your hair needs.
DO get in the habit of using a detoxifying shampoo once a week for a deeper clean. Look for products that eliminate residue, boost hair health and oxygenate your scalp. Eucalyptus oil, chamomile extract and witch hazel are ingredients that offer a deeper clean.
DO apply shampoo evenly throughout your hair—don’t focus on just one area.
DON’T go more than three days without cleansing your hair. You’ll have excessive oil buildup on your scalp, which clogs the follicle and can cause issues like flaking, itching and redness, not to mention hair that seems impossible to style.
DON’T use too much shampoo. No matter which shampoo you’re using, you really only need a dime- or nickel-size amount to cleanse thoroughly.
DON’T be too rough. Start off by applying shampoo to your scalp and work it in from there. Washing hair just at the bottom or middle of the strand will create matting or tangling. Instead, gently rake your fingers through the length of your hair to cleanse. The key word here is gently.
DO condition your hair after every shampoo. It’s a hydrating step that makes hair more supple. On those who color their hair, the right conditioner will safeguard against fading.
DO comb the conditioner through your hair to apply and evenly distribute through the ends.
DO apply a conditioning mask once a week—a hair mask can offer deeper hydration and repair, leaving hair lush and shiny.
DON’T use conditioners with silicones and parabens. They temporarily coat the hair, which in turn weighs it down. Silicones can also pick up air pollution that will cause hair to lose its luster more quickly.
DON’T apply heavy conditioner at the scalp—apply richer conditioning products and hair masks near the ends where hair tends to be the most dry. Lighter conditioners can be applied from top to bottom.
DON’T skimp on time: Give your conditioner at least 2-5 minutes to fully absorb and moisturize your hair.