At Makeup.com, our panel of expert contributors is here to answer your pressing beauty questions. In this article, Craig Wcislo—hair stylist and Kérastase Educator—offers tips on how to shampoo your hair the right way.
When approaching hair care, the first thing you need to consider is your hair type and its particular needs. There's more to shampooing than your a basic lather, rinse, repeat routine. Below you'll find my tips, based on the most common hair types: curly, frizzy, dry, sensitized and color-treated.
There are two main types of curly-haired girls—those who embrace their curl, and those who try to beat it into submission. Curly hair is always drier since the cuticle is raised up on the outside of the curl, allowing moisture to escape and outside aggressors in. The first thing to do with curly hair is to shampoo it less!
The texture of the hair means oils from the scalp can’t travel down the shaft easily, so it doesn’t naturally lubricate the hair. Use a non-shampoo cleanser, like Kérastase Cleansing Conditioner Curl Ideal—it uses 80% conditioner and 20% cleanser to remove debris from your hair without stripping your curls of their precious oils. But, don’t expect much foam. Work it into the scalp and all the way to the ends, leave it on for 3-5 minutes, and rinse. No conditioner needed! And for bedhead days in between, just dampen your curls with water to re-activate your curl.
For beating the frizz, try Kérastase Bain Fluidealiste to soften your tresses—the Morpho-Keratine is designed to create a more fluid-like texture. It comes in a sulfate-free form also, if you’re worried about maintaining your color at the same time as smoothing your hair.
With all we do to our hair, dryness is one of the main concerns for the beauty-obsessed girl. To tell if your hair is dry, comb through it from scalp to ends, and if the comb gets stuck because of the roughness of the fiber, that means your hair needs moisture! Every brand has a moisture range of shampoos, but if you want to drench your hair, try Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Cleansing Milk. It contains camellia oil to nourish your hair, and has no silicones or sulfates. Leave it on for up to 10 minutes to soak in its healing magic!
And by that, I mean damaged or breaking! If you test your hair for dryness with a comb, and it doesn’t get tangled in your hair, but the strands actually break off, this is you. One balayage too many and your hair can start to crack. You can still wash your hair, but you’ve got to treat it with some love. Use Kérastase Thérapiste, which is a little different than a normal shampoo system. Wet hair is even more vulnerable and tangle prone, so you start out by soothing the hair with Soin Thérapiste on damp hair to pre-condition the hair. It coats the hair with healing agents, preparing it for the cleansing Bain Thérapiste, which actually cleanses the hair. By pre-treating the hair, your cuticle is smoothed down and softened so there are no tangles to unknot.
With all the buzz about sulfates, everyone is in a tizzy about sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates are not the devil—they’re just a cleansing and foaming agent, allowing the shampoo to foam up and spread easily. With that said, there are a multitude of sulfate-free shampoos available to help maintain that color your concerned with. Try L’Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color Soft Cleanser. It’ll protect those delicate tones without stripping, and L’Oréal invented permanent hair color, so you know they’re going to be on top of their game with preserving it!
For tips on how to condition your hair the right way, see our related story.
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About the Author:Craig Wcislo is a Los Angeles-based hair stylist, Kérastase educator and mentor stylist for Luxelab salon in Santa Monica, California.