Editor's note: The following post is written by celebrity stylist, reality TV star, and author Tabatha Coffey. Do you know how to shampoo and condition? You may think you do, but the fact is that most people don't really know how and are using the wrong products for their hair type. As trivial as it they may seem, properly shampooing and conditioning your hair are actually the most important steps in your hair maintenance routine. When correctly selected and applied, shampoo and conditioner set the foundation for everything that comes after.
So what do they do? Put in the simplest terms, shampooing slightly opens up the cuticle, removing dirt, oil, and product buildup to create a clean, optimal environment for conditioning. Conditioning, meanwhile, delivers essential, nutrients and moisture, then seals the cuticle to keep hair healthy, balanced, and protected. Now that we have that down, let's get on to the details!