How Do You Shampoo?
If I were to ask you to pantomime your shampoo routine, I believe it would go something like this: you squeeze your imaginary shampoo bottle into the palm of your hand for a count of five, distribute the invisible pool between your hands, and slap it into the top of your head. You might rub the fake foam around to the back of your skull before you pile all of your hair on top and work the imaginary lather into the lengths of your hair. Then you rinse.
Chances are you’ve shampooed your hair this way for as long as you can remember. Why would you consider doing it differently? But did you know you are wasting your expensive products on the lengths of your hair that don’t require much lather, and neglecting the parts of your scalp that need proper cleansing?
Every client who tells me she shampooed in the morning — and would only like a rinse before her cut — gets a close inspection. And every time I find that her hairline behind her ears and the nape of her neck — where the lymphatic chain and sebaceous glands produce the most toxins and oils — are not clean. I send her right to the shampoo bowl every time.
Here’s The Best Way To Shampoo
I would like to advocate a new method of lathering up, one that I have implemented in my salon for many years. I recommend filling a small applicator bottle — one that holds about 4 ounces of liquid and has a tip like a honey bottle — half with the Sisley’s Hair Rituel Revitalizing & Volumizing (or the Smoothing) Shampoo and the other half with water. Apply the suds onto your scalp — not your hair! — starting at the nape and working forward. Massage the lather into your roots. This ensures that your shampoo is concentrated where oils are produced, rather than being wasted on your drier ends that don’t require much cleansing. Then comb the lather through the ends with the Yves Durif Comb, continuing to distribute the suds as you rinse. Follow up with Sisley’s Restructuring Conditioner on the lengths and ends — but keep it away from your squeaky clean roots.
And voilà! You’ve achieved perfectly clean, shiny and healthy hair — especially when you apply this technique as your very own hair ritual!
I know telling you there is a new way to shampoo is like telling you there is a new way to breathe. But I guarantee your hair will feel cleaner and stay clean longer. You will also extend the life of your products by using less and shampooing less often. In addition, you’ll get the luxury of a salon shampoo service right at home!