The Importance of Shampoo and Conditioner Using a good shampoo and conditioner is very important, its the first step in preparing your hair. I believe its the most important step because it can balance porosity, give volume, prevent colour fade! All other styling products need to be able to sit on top of what ever you use to start.
Listen to your stylist
A professional stylist should have no problem recommending the correct products to use on your hair type. If you trust them to colour and cut your hair why wouldn't you put your trust in their product knowledge?!
Know you own hair
Look out for tell tale signs that your hairs unhappy. If the ends are split or breaking then you need a protein based product, dry and frizzy then it needs some moisture. Are the ends fading quicker than normal, maybe it needs a mixture of both moisture and protein. Make sure you get it right, excess protein can cause brittle hair, leading to more breakage.
In my salon we allow clients to buy a product and try it once or twice at home, if they don't get on with it then they can bring it back and swap it for another product.
Any good salon will be confident in their product ranges and in their own product knowledge, if they get it wrong they will want to rectify the problem.
Mix and match
Once you have diagnosed the problem issues with your hair don't be afraid to use a shampoo and conditioner from different ranges. You may want to use a colour shampoo to moisturise and prevent fade but need a damage conditioner to help prevent more breakage from colour and heat styling.
The pictures dotted about in this post are all products that currently use on my hair.
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