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How to correctly shampoo, condition and treat your hair

How to properly shampoo, condition, and treat your hair

by Chrissy Callahan

Shampooing and conditioning. These two words seem like pretty straightforward concepts, right? Not necessarily. For all those hair care aficionados out there, there are many of us who are puzzled by how to properly take care of our precious strands. And if you’re not properly treating your hair in the shower, you’re going to have some problems when you go to style. That’s why we consulted Justine Piecuch, Stylist at Boston’s renowned Jeffrey Lyle Salon to get the scoop on what stylists think we know, but we really don’t.

“I’m always amazed when I’m consulting with clients as to how many people are confused on when and how to use [shampoo and conditioner],” Piecuch says. “When you do these things correctly and have a good schedule, everything having to do with styling is better — the hair is shinier, stronger, and responds better to what you do.”

Woman getting hair rinsed at a salon


Typically the first step in your hair care shower routine, shampoo is meant to cleanse the hair and scalp. Without shampooing, Piecuch says that all your favorite hair products and dirt can build up over time and cause irritations in the scalp and an unpleasant greasy look.

Even though shampooing seems like it’d be a pretty straightforward process, many of us are doing it incorrectly. We asked Piecuch for her tips for a perfect shampooing and here’s what she had to say: “It’s important to scrub your scalp (especially in the front top, where people typically place products first). You’re either someone who shampoos every day or someone that goes as long as they can (and substitutes those days with a dry shampoo). Either way, there should be a rhyme and reason to your schedule.”

If you shampoo every few days, try doing two rounds of your favorite shampoo to make sure you’ve removed all residue.

The most important part about shampooing? Finding the right product.

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