More often than not however, such effects are, in truth, down to using the wrong formula for your hair type and texture, or applying conditioner incorrectly.
When it comes to application, getting this all-important step in your routine right is, according to our trichologist, all down to the age of your hair.
On average, hair grows half an inch each month (or six inches per year).
Essentially, this means that if you have long hair past your shoulders, then the ends will be around three years old.
Those of you who have already browsed our Journal may be familiar with the cashmere sweater analogy our trichologist often uses… Imagine the condition of a cashmere sweater if it was periodically chemically treated or coloured, plus washed and dried daily for three years. We’re not even going to mention any effects of environmental exposure and other lifestyle factors. Quite simply, cashmere needs care.
Now apply this logic to your hair – after all, strands of hair may be dead matter, but they are still natural fibres. The hair near your scalp is new, healthy, and therefore doesn’t require conditioning (the naturally conditioning ingredients in our shampoo formulas more than suffice here). Your mid-lengths and ends, however, are older and have suffered more exposure. They crave hydration, nourishment and protection.
Use your conditioner correctly, and lustrous, healthy and beautifully manageable strands will be restored.
The correct way to condition
- After shampooing, pump a small quantity of your chosen Chāmpo conditioner into your hands – remember our formulas contain high concentrations of actives, meaning you only need a small amount to achieve the results you crave.
- Smooth the conditioner over your palms and then apply to the mid-lengths and ends – paying the most attention to the ends.
- To ensure the formula distributes evenly, gently comb the conditioner through hair with a wide-tooth comb, starting at the ends and working up to the mid-lengths, coating every strand without pulling on hair.
- Rinse well (a quality conditioner right for your hair will work in moments, meaning there’s no need to leave your conditioner on for long).
As longer, older strands are inherently drier, more dehydrated and delicate, they are increasingly prone to split ends. After washing, smooth a very small amount of your chosen Chāmpo conditioner over the mid-lengths and ends prior to blow-drying to help protect from further moisture loss due to heat styling. In-between washes, also apply a little conditioner on to dry ends to help seal in moisture, smooth split ends and intensify shine.
It goes without saying that every hair Dosha benefits from using conditioner (so never skip this step). Whether it boosts strand strength, revives moisture, protects from damage, builds volume or restores glossy, well-behaved hair, the right conditioner with the right technique makes all the difference.
Unsure of your hair Dosha? Let us help. In six short questions, our Hair Quiz will determine the right Chāmpo care system for your needs.