Shampooing and conditioning. These two words seem like pretty straightforward concepts, right? Not necessarily. For all those hair care aficionados out there, there are many of us who are puzzled by how to properly take care of our precious strands. And if you’re not properly treating your hair in the shower, you’re going to have some problems when you go to style. Typically the first step in your hair care shower routine, shampoo is meant to cleanse the hair and scalp. Even though shampooing seems like it’d be a pretty straightforward process, many of us are doing it incorrectly. It’s important to scrub your scalp (especially in the front top, where people typically place products first). You’re either someone who shampoos every day or someone that goes as long as they can (and substitutes those days with a dry shampoo).

After you’ve cleaned your scalp and hair, conditioners or masques should come next. Conditioner is used to detangle the hair. It smoothes out the cuticle by resting on the surface of the hair. As with shampoos, the best conditioner and masque for your hair will vary based on your hair type.

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