Beauty Basics – Shampoo and Conditioner

By Wednesday, February 4, 2015 0 Permalink

Notice anything new? The Makeup Lady finally went through her makeover and emerged into a graceful and mature beauty guru. Beauty Basics is now the home of the Wednesday beauty related content that you see here once a week. I was pigeonholed into skincare and makeup with the last title. I’ll always miss The Makeup Lady but I wanted to expand the content into everything beauty related. You’re going to see more hair posts, more industry trends, and some of your old familiar favorites. I’m so excited to start on this journey and it’s only fitting that this first week is about hair!

Shampoo and conditioner are the most basic of hair care products but can be the most complex. Let’s start with the basics of these two essential products. How you prep your hair can make or break the rest of your style. Every great professional stylist will recommend you invest in a great shampoo and conditioner. If you put crap on your head you’ll end up with crap in a style. Just sayin.

Shampoo is meant to cleanse your hair of impurities, debris, dirt, oil and all the gunk that builds up in it. There are of course a million and one different options, but we’ll get to that later. You want a shampoo that’s going to cleanse your hair the way your hair needs to be cleansed. You stylist isn’t lying when they say you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday. I can never go without washing my hair every day and with a hair stylist for a husband, I am constantly frowned upon. But it does your scalp some good to go without a wash everyday so that the natural oils of your skin can help to nourish and treat your hair. That oil is a good thing believe it or not.

Another good thing to remember with shampoo is that you should only apply and lather from your roots to mid shaft. Why? The ends of your hair are delicate (split ends anyone?) and dry out easier than the rest. Applying shampoo to your ends causes more dryness and brittle bits of hair that may not recover well. Keep shampoo on the upper half.

Now how about that conditioner. This is my favorite part of the process because of how my hair feels after. Conditioner is meant to nourish, hydrate and smooth your hair. When applying conditioner keep it on the lower half. Why? Too much conditioner at your roots can weigh it down and your scalp is already doing the work for you with those natural oils. Too much can be a bad thing this time around. Those brittle tips I mentioned a moment ago need all the conditioner and hydration they can get so keep it down low when conditioning.

Some honorable mentions and must-trys are anything Oribe. I am loving the Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner and Magnificent Volume Shampoo right now. Of course anything Bumble and bumble like their Thickening line, because my fine, limp hair needs an extra boost. Aveda has a great line for thinning hair called invati which has a MUST try conditioner. Give their Color Conserve conditioner a try if you frequently color your hair, especially those red heads because the line is sulfate free. For the winter I sometimes reach for the Pureology Super Smooth to tame my frizzy dry strands. And lastly for the normal haired ladies, who I envy, try the Bumble and bumble Seaweed Conditioner or Wella Brilliance Shampoo. You can’t go wrong with either product.

Beauty Basics: Shampoo and Conditioner

for thin hair try Bumble and bumble Thickening shampoo and Conditioner:: Aveda invati thickening conditioner :: Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo :: Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Magnificent Volume :: Paul Mitchell Extra Body Volume Shampoo


for normal hair try Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo and Conditioner :: Wella Brilliance Shampoo :: Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner


for color treated hair try Redken Color Extend Shampoo :: Bumble and bumble Color Minded Sulfate-Free Shampoo :: Aveda Color Conserve Conditioner :: Joico Color Endure Voilet Sulfate-Free Conditioner


for dry hair try Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner :: Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner :: Bumble and bumble Quenching Conditioner


-Jamie of Hello There, Lady!

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