The first step is to wet your hair thoroughly with warm water. Place your head under the shower-head, but don't just let water run through your hair. Make cups with your hands to move the water through your hair with a gentle tapping motion to make sure the hair is evenly wet. Take a minute or so to slowly and gently wet your hair. Most of the matter attached to the surface of your hair should be removed in this step. POINT - Water that is much hotter than your body temperature can cause damage to the hair cuticle, irritate the skin and activate excess oil production.
The main purpose of shampooing is to cleanse the scalp. The strand of the hair requires less manipulation. Apply shampoo suitable to your hair and scalp. The shampoo is applied not on your hair but on the scalp, distributing along the nape, around the ears and along the hairline at your forehead, and then spreading over the entire scalp. Gently massage the scalp in a rotating motion with the soft part of your fingertips (no nails) to create lather. Then gently smooth the lather down the hair strand to the ends (NEVER rub crosswise) For moderate to heavy use of styling products, keep the lather in place for 2 to 3 minutes. This will remove the styling products from the hair. POINT - You need not generate excessive foam, just enough for proper distribution of the shampoo. For colour treated hair, use a sulfate-free shampoo like Phytomillesime Colour Enhancing Shampoo. Otherwise, check with us for a shampoo that is suited to your hair and scalp.
Just as you did when you wet your hair, move your hands over the scalp in a gentle massaging action as you rinse. Don't try to flush out the shampoo by applying strong water pressure. Use cupped hands to hold water around your hair and gently remove the shampoo residue.
After shampooing, towel dry your hair without excess friction. The idea is to "absorb moisture" with tapping and pressing actions, not “rubbing out” water in a forcible way. The water in the hair will travel down naturally after a while, so gently pressing a towel over the hair will remove the water effectively. This is an ironclad rule that applies to every step of the hair care process.
A protective and hydrating moisturizer must be applied each time you shampoo to close the opened cuticles, normalize the hair's pH value and keep your hair hydrated. We recommend a leave-on product that is specific to your hair type and condition. This can be applied in a targeted manner without weighing-down your hair. A once weekly deep hydration hair mask should be applied as directed to keep your hair healthy and protected. After shampooing, gently distribute the conditioner or mask to the strand of the hair in a vertical motion from root to ends. Taking note that the longer your hair, the more attention is needed at the ends. This part of the strand is the oldest and most prone to damage. The portion around 10 cm from the scalp is your youngest hair with little damage, while the remaining portion has been wind-blown and styled for many years and may be worn to some extent. For colour treated hair use Phytomillesime Colour Enhancing Mask. Otherwise, check with us for a conditioner or mask that is suited to your hair.
Some people let their hair air-dry, but this seemingly "natural" approach may not be good for all hair types and lengths. Wet hair is soft and easily damaged from friction against clothing. After thoroughly absorbing moisture with a towel, apply the recommended styling products as directed. Being especially careful to keep excess heat from your blow dryer away from your scalp and using the recommended brush. If you have bangs, do them first then start drying the nape area – from bottom to top.