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Precondition your hair the right way
Preconditioning as the name suggests, needs to be done before you lather up your mane with your favourite shampoo. For decades, the same hair care routine repeatedly has resulted in weighed down hair that loses its bounce and shine after a glorious couple of days, post which you are left with greasy roots and a tangled mess. The idea of applying a conditioner before you shampoo may seem odd because we assume that the shampoo will wash away all the good effects of the conditioner. This assumption, however, stands corrected as multiple experts have confirmed that applying shampoo post-conditioner doesn’t dehydrate your hair. In fact, applying shampoo to your hair directly deprives your hair of moisture.
Our scalp naturally creates sebum to protect itself and the hair cuticle. When we apply shampoo directly to our hair, it washes away all of the sebum and moisture, leaving the hair dehydrated. Hence, applying a conditioner is essential if you wish to flaunt those glossy locks. The downside is that we often apply too much of conditioner to the hair and scalp (a big ‘no-no’) which then weighs down our hair. By the second day after shampooing, you’re itching to put your head under the shower. A vicious cycle, indeed! Preconditioning gives your hair ample time to absorb all the moisture it needs and the shampoo works its magic by washing all the extra sebum off. The natural pH level of your hair is protected, your hair feels lighter and you get a few more days to sport gloriously bouncy locks. While using this technique, it’s safer to use a moisture rich conditioner along with a mild shampoo to get the best results. Preconditioning your hair is easy on your pocket , you can also use natural and organic oils instead of conditioners. However, if you plan on using natural products, you may want to keep them on a bit longer for it to absorb well and show effective results. Those with really dry hair can use coconut oil overnight but be careful that you don’t apply it to your scalp directly. It’s always advisable to apply any sort of conditioner (natural or chemical) to your hair alone and not the scalp. For those who want to go a bit easy on the moisture can use olive oil. The best part about using oils is that you can leave them on your hair strands overnight. Just make sure that you cover your hair with a shower cap to avoid staining your pillow and you will notice an immediate difference once you wash your hair in the morning. While preconditioning does seem magical, it would be prudent to not just give into the buzz overnight. Assess your hair type and compare your existing contioning process with it. However, once you choose to start precondtioning, be assured that it’s definitely worth trying!