Shampoo & Conditioner Explained
Although most men do not have their hair shampooed whilst they visit the barbershop, there are some occasions where shampooing is essential.
Some men have their hair washed before a cut to remove the excess product or to enjoy a relaxing and refreshing scalp massage.
Sometimes the hair is shampooed after cutting, particularly after very short haircuts to help remove the tiny excess hairs, to make the client feel more comfortable and to get the best finish.
What is the purpose of shampooing?
- Cleanse the hair and scalp
- Enhance the appearance of hair
- Improves and assist in hair manageability
How does shampoo work?
Water on its own cannot dissolve the substances that attach to the hair and scalp. Shampoo and water act together in a process called emulsion to clean the hair. Shampoos contain cleansing agents called surfactants.
A surfactant molecule has a head end and a tail end. The head end is hydrophilic which means it attracts water and the tail end is lipophilic which means it attracts oil. When you apply shampoo and water to the hair, the lathering action creates a push and pull effect o the oil and grease and lifts it from the hair.
Dirt is held in the hair by oil and grease so when the oil and grease are lifted from the hair shaft, the dirt is removed and rinsed away with water.
It is important to choose the right shampoo for the hair/scalp type. If the wrong choice is made, hair can become unmanageable and hair conditions may remain untreated.
7 reasons why you should start applying conditioner after you shampoo your hair:
- Restore and improve the condition and appearance of the hair
- Assist hair manageability
- Detangle hair by making it smoother
- Reduce static
- Maintain the moisture content
- Protect the hair by coating and smoothing the outer layer (Cuticle)
- Enrich and increase hair strength
How does conditioner work?
Conditioners contain different ingredients to make the hair softer, shinier and more manageable. There is a small amount of acid in the conditioner that makes the cuticle scales lay flat against each other and the hair feel smooth again, even after you rinse the conditioner out.
Conditioners also contain:
- Cationic Surfactants – At one end of every cationic surfactant molecule is a positive charge that binds to the negative charge of a hair strand. This attraction helps the conditioner completely surround the strand and cover the cuticles.
- Humectants – These help to lock in moisture and prevent the hair from becoming dry and brittle which is very important in Malta and its weather conditions.
What are the benefits of Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner?
Tea tree shampoo is used to treat scalp conditions such as dandruff and to stimulate new hair growth by clearing out old dead skin cells from hair follicles. It has been said that due to the tingly feeling and fresh, minty smell, tea tree shampoo makes a person feel invigorated and energized.
Hair conditioner is an important product for maximizing the strength, suppleness, and shine of your locks. For maximum results, a hair conditioner containing tea tree oil is an excellent choice. Your scalp stands to benefit, since tea tree oil alleviates dandruff and dry, itchy, irritated skin. This oil can also be applied topically on its own.
When searching for a good conditioner, always look for one that has been artfully crafted with high-quality, natural ingredients such as Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil, menthol crystals.
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