We have noticed a sudden increase and interest in our Morgan's haircare range; from shampoos & conditioners, to treatments such as hair oils and serums. So I thought it was a good time to go deeper in explaining the benefits of using the right products, and correctly.
Conditioner; it's got the word 'con' in it so it must be one, right?; WRONG!
Here is a little bit of a Chemistry class for you today:
The chemistry in Shampoo -
To simplify the science; our Hair and Skin are naturally slightly acidic and should mostly remain so for continual healthy growth.
Shampoos are made to be slightly Alkaline. This is due to the chemistry of how they work; and its what helps them lift dirt and oils from the hair and scalp. Alkalinity isn't a bad thing; its what makes a shampoo do what it is meant to do best. However the problem comes when leaving the hair in a slightly alkalised state which could affect some of the main structural building blocks in our hair, disulphide bonds. Disulphide bonds may become weakened by being left in an alkaline state repeatedly and for too long a period of time.
Don't Skip the Conditioner -
A conditioner, or "cream rinse" if your from across the pond, is generally designed to aid in bringing the pH level of the hair and scalp back down to slightly acidic; its natural healthy state. It is also important to note that not all shampoos and conditioners are made equal. Some shampoos are designed to be strong to remove oil, and some gentle as not to dry hair out too much. As a result you'll find shampoos and conditioners are formulated by brands to work together, because the end resulting pH level is what's important (it not just a marketing ploy!).
But how do I know which to use?
If you are one of our customers you can always ask us when you are next in what we'd recommend for your particular hair. Many of your have started buying our shampoos after seeing the result when we have been washing your hair at your appointment. Sometimes finding the right haircare on your own is a case of trial and error in what works for your particular hair type & scalp. I personally try to aim for products that are made with natural oils and chemicals that are gentler on the skin.
Disclaimer: all of the above should be considered as personal opinion and should not be taken in place of proper medical advice in relation to any suspected or diagnosed hair or scalp conditions. Always try new products with caution and monitor any possible irritation or sensitivity to ingredients.