There are SO many Shampoo and Conditioners on the market, how do we know which may be right for us?
When I trained with Organic Colour Systems, a big part of the learning was going over the structure of the Hair shaft and what it can need to stay healthy and in optimum condition. Luckily this can all be determined through a simple test, called the Wet Stretch Test. If you divide roughly 10 hairs from your mane and make them completely wet, wrap them around two fingers and give them a tug at different points of the Hair shaft from root to tip, observe the capability to stretch when pulled:-
If when you tug there is no stretch within the hair at all, this can indicate that your structure is strong, but you may require some moisture to soften the hairs out.
If the hair is strong with a little stretch to it that bounces back and forth with ease, this suggests a balanced healthy state within the hair and means you do not need to use anything too rich or influencing on it to makes changes, so a gentle, healthy maintenance regime will do.
Lastly, if the hair has quite a lot of stretch without bouncing back too much, can stretch far almost to breaking point, or possibly does break when tugged (remember I mean a reasonably firm tug, not strong a pull!) then you know your hair is pretty weak and requires a dose of protein to re-strengthen and re-build the structure.
This simple 3 section guide has been priceless for me to be able to help clients with controlling, improving and maintaining any ongoing concerns they have with their Hair, so it can regain a happy, balanced condition again.
Is it good to mix up your Shampoo and Conditioners? Well yes, our Hair can always do with a change, however try and apply this guide when buying alternatives, i.e does my hair need protein? Yes, so look for formulas containing protein and reenforcing ingredients.
If you need any advice or guidance when purchasing new products, I would be happy to help guide you!