Tis’ The Season for…Shampoo and Conditioner? You betcha!
It’s officially the holiday season, which means not only are we breaking out decorations and festive music, but we’re also getting hit with the famous question, “and what are you asking for this year??”.
As I’ve gotten older, it has become harder and harder to think of things to ask for. Gone are the days of taking a sharpie and circling every single thing in the ‘Toys R Us’ catalog. This time of year, whenever I see something I would like to buy, I just buy it and then go, “oops, guess I coulda ask Santa for that”. So, when it comes to the dreaded holiday question, how do we come up with things to ask for??
Well, why don’t we ask for things we use on a daily basis??
Things like a gift card to our favorite coffee shop or our go-to lipstick…things like shampoo and conditioner!! I may be biased, but I think you should add “head to The Patricia Perry Salon for Innersense Shampoo and Conditioner” to your list.
But, Lain, there’s three different Innersense Shampoo and Conditioners, how do I know which one to ask for?? Don’t worry, I’ll break down each one to help you decide which one would be the best for your hair type. But, first, I want to break down Innersense’s line as a whole, to help you get the most out of your wash day experience.
First things first, “Hairbath” is just a fancy and fun synonym for “shampoo” — you will definitely see that on the front of the bottle.
Next up, just like any new regiment, it takes a little while for it to feel like it’s “working”. I would say about 3-4 weeks before you start seeing a difference. You might see a difference a little sooner, if you wash your hair more frequently. Innersense is organic and cold pressed. Cold pressed?? Yep!! What that means is it was extracted in its purest form. What it also means is that in order to “activate” it, you need a little “heat” to “break it down” aka just rubbing the product in between your hands (emulsifying).
The biggest thing with any product in the Innersense line, but especially with the shampoo and conditioner, is the need to “emulsify” the product between your hands, which will in turn “break it down” and spread the product.
One of the most important things to remember is that whenever you apply Innersense’s products, you must apply onto soaking wet hair along with having water on your hands. So, when you’re in the shower, before you go to pump your product into your hands, run both your hands and your hair under the shower head. Then, place a nickel-sized amount of shampoo in your hands and rub them together, much like you do when you’re cold and are trying to get some warmth. Then focus solely on your scalp and scrub. If you feel like you need more shampoo, quickly run your hair once more under the water and begin to scrub again. If by then you still feel like you need more product, grab a tiny bit more. The product is water-soluble, which means it is activated by water, so by adding more water onto your hair, you are expanding said product.
When rinsing the shampoo out of your hair, we always recommend scrubbing your scalp while under the water, to ensure all of it is out — rinsing also quickly “cleans” the ends of your hair, which is why you do not need to bring the shampoo through your ends when you first apply it. With that being said, if you feel like there is product build-up or chlorine on your ends, then you can do a little pass through the ends of your hair, along with your scalp. If you do need to do that, gently run your hands in a downward motion with the shampoo on your ends — if you rub your ends side-to-side with the shampoo, it will rough up the cuticle and create frizz.
Onto conditioner: same deal as before, make sure your hair and hands are wet before grabbing a nickel-size of conditioner, and then emulsify between your hands. Now, you will do the opposite of shampoo, focus only on the ends of your hair. There will be a tiny bit of conditioner left on your hands, you can add that onto your roots. Next, you can grab either a wet brush, wide-tooth comb, or use your fingers and comb through your ends until there are no more tangles. Continuously add more water to help spread the product and add a little bit more conditioner when needed, if the water is not enough. You will know there is enough water-to-conditioner ratio when your hair feels like wet seaweed. Rinse out however much conditioner you would like and then apply your stylers.
Now, a breakdown of the 3 different types of shampoo and conditioners:
This first one is good for clients who have finer hair, or tend to wash their hair more frequently. It is the lightest product type of the three.
Pro Tip: If you are using any kind of scalp treatment (ie: detox mask, scalp scrub, etc), use that first and rise, followed by your shampoo and conditioner.
While it is called “color”, it is not necessarily just for color-treated hair. This duo is Innersense’s middle-of-the-road line-up and is probably the most popular shampoo and conditioner. Clients with medium density hair and/or who tend to wash their hair only a couple of times a week are good candidates for this one (I personally use these two and I wash my hair every 10-12 days).
Pro Tip: If you are not one to wash your hair daily or even every other day and feel like you need to do two shampoos, go for it. Innersense is organic so you won’t see a ton of bubbles. Instead of looking for bubbles, go by the “feel”. If your scalp does not feel “squeaky” clean, go for a light, second shampoo, especially if you go longer in-between washes. The first shampoo will lift up and out any build-up, and the second will cleanse your scalp.
Last, but not least, is the Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. Named exactly for what it is for; hydration. If you have a dry scalp and ends and go long periods of time before your wash day, this would be the best recommendation. This one is the heaviest of the three.
Pro Tip: If you use a purple (or blue!!) shampoo for any brassy / yellow-ish tones, use your regular shampoo first, followed by the purple. You can also mix a little of your daily shampoo and the purple together, if it tends to be too much pigment for you on its own. The purple shampoo is not cleansing and is meant as a secondary option— you also should not use it every time you have a wash day, only as needed.