Adopting a healthy hair wash routine is vital not only for maintaining your hair’s hygiene but also for its long-term health. Furthermore, the primary step in formulating the perfect hair care regimen involves choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. You must identify the function of the ingredients in your prospective hair care products so that you can choose the one best for you. Here in this article, we shall elaborate upon all the known as well as obscure benefits of using shampoos and conditioners.   

Why is it important to shampoo your hair?

The shampoo is typically a hair washing and a hair cleansing product. It strips off the oil, grime, dandruff, dirt, and any build-up of hair product from your hair. It can be hard, if not impossible, to remove oil and other hair products without a washing agent such as a shampoo. However, shampoo's overuse can cause your hair to feel dry and brittle. Finding a shampoo suitable for your hair type is critical. Some people have an oily or dry scalp, while others might have a balanced "normal" scalp. Thus, you must select a shampoo based on your scalp type and hair texture.

A typical Shampoos' characteristics:

Shampoos are intended to combat the scalp's dryness, or be soft on the scalp; while there are others designed to treat oily hair especially well. It's about taking your hair into account and choosing the best product. 

The oil in your hair is derived from sebaceous glands and secretes sebum oil to moisturize your hair. The majority of shampoos are made to strip extra grease, making your hair look smoother for longer. 

Washing hair is like washing your skin. Water helps remove visible dirt and grime but does not work as well to eliminate odors or oiliness. However, shampoo aids water in removing odors, dirt, debris, effectively. This is why you must do your research before buying the right shampoo.  

Benefits of a conditioner 

While some benefits differ among products, there are key characteristics every conditioning treatment holds…

  • Hair conditioner makes hair softer  

Yep, conditioner makes your hair smooth much as how soft fabric fees after immediate washing! If you use shampoo but avoid conditioning, you will note the difference the first time you use a conditioner. If you use a washing shampoo without a proper conditioner, your hair might feel somewhat coarse and tangled. Just a dab of a good conditioner will perform magic on freshly washed hair. Shampoo acts to make hair practically clean. Conditioner is Robin to this Batman - above and beyond a loyal sidekick, a good conditioner does have its powers and offers the best care to your hair. Both complement each other seamlessly to maintain your hair for looking its best. 

  • Conditioning treatments make your hair feel silky smooth and tangle-free. 

Well, not tangle-free on its own – you would still have to use either your comb or your fingers to untangle the knots in your hair. However, the days are past where you would get into agony over your brush or comb snagging on yet ANOTHER knot. But a good conditioner obviates all of that! Long silky tresses are attributable to the perfect conditioner 

  • Conditioning treatments protect your hair until the next use 

Who wants a knight in shining armor if your best weapon/tool can be a decent conditioner? The advantages of conditioners include providing your hair with an extra layer of security that sets up a defense against dirt and pollutants. This helps to keep your hair safe and sturdy. 

Among different conditioning therapies, then, what are the differences? The simple answer is that every bottle has a special ingredient to make your dream hair more achievable. 

Leave-in conditioning therapies will help you build a pretty mane. They also tend to treat “fly-away” strands and brittle ends, providing some frizz protection for the hair. 

How to use conditioner after shampoo?

What matters more with a conditioner is not just how much of it you apply, but also how long it will last to work with your hair. Usually, it absorbs all wetness, which means the conditioner can't cling to your hair while it’s soaking wet. Rather, first, pat your hair dry and only then apply the conditioner for around 2-3 minutes, so that it can do its magic.

Why do we use conditioner after shampoo?

As mentioned before, a shampoo only manages to get rid of dirt, oil, and product buildup. To avoid drying out your hair’s ends, you should apply the shampoo to your scalp only. Conditioner helps to replenish moisture in the middle and ends of your hair. Again, it's crucial to find a shampoo and a conditioner tailored to your hair type.

How often should you use shampoo and conditioner?

Many of us agree that shampoo and conditioner, Bonnie and Clyde, Holmes and Watson, and fish and chips are all iconic duos.
But speaking of the duo most relevant to your hair’s health, shampoo and conditioner don’t have to be used daily. Contrary to shampoo, your conditioner should be used daily to moisten hair and top it up with nutrients. You may still want to worry about shampooing on the days you don't (remember, let that be 2-3 days a week). On non-Shampoo days, it can help to scrub away dust and dirt by merely rinsing.

At the end of the day...

Washing your hair is not only vital for your hair’s overall appearance, but also self-care. Your hair care regimen may involve a couple of days a week, or some days within a month, or even every day. It depends on the type, style, and age of your hair.