How to perform a wet stretch test

Step 1
Take section of hair, spray with water and separate about 10 strands.

Step 2
Wrap the hair around the for fingers of each hand and clamp it down with your thumbs.

Step 3
Holding the hair firmly, stretch it between to fingers.
Stretch slightly then let it pull back into its natural form. ( don't freak out healthy hair can stretch up to 30%)
Hair has little to no stretch
Hair is dehydrated and needs moisturising shampoo, conditioner and treatment

Hair stretches and doesn't return, resulting in a coil or rippled look
Hair is lacking protein and needs nourishing, repair based shampoo, conditioner and treatment

Hair stretches and breaks
Hair is severely lacking protein and needs immediate treatment as well as protein and repair based shampoo and conditioner, and intense repair treatments at home

Hair stretches and keeps stretching without breaking, but can feel snapping
There is a build up on the hair. Detox and then retest the hair to see what the condition is like underneath.
Activated Charcoal shampoo.

A fantastic every day shampoo. We highly recommend you use this shampoo prior to colouring your hair with our home colour Tints of Nature.

It's definitely a whole new journey when starting out with new hair care and we find this is a very common question. When using a natural shampoo it may not lather like you are used to. But don't give up - you will get used to it quickly, and your scalp and hair will love you for it.

Shampoo is designed to slightly raise the pH of the hair and open the cuticle and cleanse the scalp. Being gentle in this step will help care for that cuticle, especially important for those with textured hair, and prevent unnecessary damage. The key is to cleanse your scalp, don't worry about the lengths of your hair, they will cleanse as you rinse the shampoo out.

How to shampoo correctly:

We recommend wetting your hair thoroughly, then using a 10 - 20c piece sized amount of shampoo in your hands and gently rub together to activate the natural ingredients. You will see it start to lather slightly in your hands. Then gently lay both hands over the head, applying the shampoo all over the scalp.

You now want to use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp, moving your hands all over the head for about 40-60 secs. Don’t add more product, even if it feels like it’s not lathering enough, this is normal. The shampoo is still doing its job, breaking down any oil and product. Just keep going. Rinse well. Then repeat this step again. You should get a bit of a lather this time.

For those with really thick hair or a few too many days between washes I like to recommend a third shampoo but doing it a bit different. Apply a 5c amount to finger tips, rub finger tips together and then apply at the nape of the hair. Use this 3rd shampoo to solely concentrate on the underneath (you could always tip your head upside down if this is easier). Rinse and then condition. Read below for tips on how to condition correctly. Remember it's not always about the bubbles that means it is clean, trust the process.
After shampooing, conditioner is designed to close down the cuticle and seal in moisture. This is why "washing" with conditioner doesn't work very well. It keeps compacting the cuticle and dirt and oil onto the hair, creating buildup and never letting the hair or scalp breathe.
Instead, a cowash can be used, which is a cleansing conditioner or a very moisturising low sud cleanser.

How to condition properly:

After shampooing, blot the hair with a towel to remove excess water. (If you're a curly person, you leave the water in the hair)

Apply a 10 - 20c piece sized amount of conditioner to your palms and rub your hands together to spread the conditioner across your hands.

Apply to the mid lengths and ends first, using your fingers to comb through, and then with the last little bit, apply to the roots, avoiding the scalp.

Leave the conditioner in for at least 3 to 5 minutes to allow the cuticle to seal up again. If you rinse it off too soon, it hasn't had time to do it's job and it's like you didn't condition at all.

Rinse well, rubbing the scalp well to make sure no residue is left behind on the scalp. This can cause oiliness and itching later. (If you're a curly person, you can choose to leave some conditioner behind in the lengths if that works for you.)
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