Why would you bypass shampoo and just use conditioner? It has been trending around for awhile now, and so far it has not gone away.
Shampoo – even gentle shampoo – contains chemicals that dry out your hair. Shampoo cleans the unwanted oil and dirt out of your hair, but additionally, it strips your hair of the oils that it needs. That means your hair gets dried out and your scalp works overtime trying to produce more oils to make up for the ones which are missing.
The idea behind conditioner-only washing is that you remove those chemicals that strip your hair and just add moisture. Total elimination of shampoo does not work for everyone, but it does work for some people. Here are some steps and options for cutting down on the’poo.
First, don’t go off shampoo cold turkey. Start by not using shampoo a couple of times a week and simply washing with conditioner. You might also try not washing your hair every day if you do this.
When you wash with conditioner only, you can either wash your hair with just water and then follow it up with conditioner as usual, or you can scrub your hair with conditioner and follow this up with moisturizing conditioner.
When you wash your hair with conditioner, begin with a wet head. Use plenty of conditioner. You will want to wash your scalp with your palms probably harder than you would with shampoo, since there’s no lather to help you along.
Be certain that you rinse very thoroughly. Conditioner can build up on your hair and attract more dirt if you don’t make sure to get your hair really clean.
If you will need to shampoo once a week or so to really get a deep clean, it should not mess up your objectives. This is common with this sort of cleaning.
This probably is not for everyone, but for people with damaged and dry hair (especially anyone who frequently uses heat styling) it can really help to restore your hair to something softer and healthier.