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Which is more important? Shampoo or Conditioner?

Hair Treatment from Japan

Girls, you have to confess! You frequently forget, whether on purpose or accidentally, to take care of your hair while spending strenuous time caring for your skin. You have a habit of forgetting that the scalp also requires a great deal of maintenance in order to be functioning correctly.

Indeed, most of you accept it as a matter of course that the application of the common shampoos and conditioners is actually enough to have luxuriant, thick hair. But deciding on the products that do not match your hair type is not going to be sufficient.

Various hair types demand various recipes and treatments

As we grow older, our hair has a tendency to get thinner with time. You will notice that it just isn’t the exact same texture as it used to be. Let alone the torment that your hair has undergone due to all the harsh, chemically-based treatments, and hot styling tools such as hair dryers, hair straighteners, and matching gears.

The question is, what do we need to do to make our hair look good and maintain it as healthy and strong over time as possible? No need to panic, Japanese shampoos are meant to make the day and save your scalp, in the truest sense of the word.


Frequently Asked Questions on Shampoo Vs Conditioner

1. Can You Use A Conditioner Before Shampoo?

Few people follow reverse hair washing where they use a conditioner before shampoo. But these methods do not have any scientific support to support their effectiveness.


  • Apply the conditioner on your hair and leave it for a few minutes.
  • Do not rinse the conditioner and apply the shampoo.
  • Clean both conditioner and shampoo at the same time.

2. Can You Use A Conditioner Without Shampoo?

Co-Washing method allows you to use a conditioner without shampoo.Co-washing is when you wash your hair only after applying the conditioner. You basically skip the shampoo.

3. Who Should Opt For Reverse & Co-washing?

  • People who have extremely dry hair.
  • People who are going through severe hair damage.
  • People with breakage-prone hair.
  • People with textured hair.

Is a co-wash good for your hair?

Co-washing has its time and place. It’s not something that I would ever advise anyone to do forever without ever using shampoo but co-washing is my favourite way to wash my hair.

The beautiful thing about co-washing your hair is that you get to keep some of those lovely natural oils that your scalp produces (sebum), those oils are great for hair growth so you don’t want to be too quick to get rid of those.

Co-washing is also a very good way to refresh your hair without having to deal with a few days of dryness first.

The best part about co-washing for me is the fact that I can do it quickly and be in and out of the shower in a short amount of time.

Let’s be real not everyone has the time to spend washing their hair every weekend with shampoo and then conditioner plus any other ritual that you might use on wash day.

That’s what makes co-washing so great. You can decide to do co-wash your hair mid-week if you feel that it needs refreshing without too much fuss.

Wash and go’s are a perfect example of this. Once you perfect your wash and go system it will be almost as though you can literally wash and go.

If you suffer from dry hair co-washing is a great way to refresh quickly at the weekends or mid-week.

So is co-washing good for your hair?  Hell yes!

Best of all manufacturers are now realising the importance of co-washing and are coming out with products to suit those of us with natural hair.

There are now low-poo and no-poo products out there on the market that will allow you to wash your hair without your hair feeling squeaky clean.

You can even get special co-washing hair products that will gently cleanse your scalp like this one.

What is the difference between a co-wash vs shampoo and conditioner

From as far back as I can remember the only way to ever wash your hair was to start with a shampoo and then follow with a conditioner.

Over time this has changed quite a bit and things have progressed so much so that there are now lots of different ways to wash your hair.

Some people will do water only washing, black tea hair rinses, co-washing and even washing with apple cider vinegar.

The main purpose of shampoo is to cleanse your scalp and get rid of all the product build-up and the nasty stuff that your hair can pick up on a daily basis.  These are things that are inevitable no matter how hard to try to avoid it.

Shampooing your hair seems great until you discover that it is extremely drying for natural hair. This is why shampooing is always followed up with a conditioner.

The problem that many naturals face with this method is the fact that even after having used a conditioner after shampooing hair can still be left feeling very dry.

If you know anything at all about natural hair you will now that we need moisture in our hair in order for it to thrive.

So the answer came about to co-wash only.

Eden BodyWorks Cleanse Clarity Shampoo

“I turn to this clarifying shampoo when my scalp is in need of a major reset. This shampoo does wonders for itchy dry scalp and keeps dandruff at bay. What I love most about this peppermint tea tree formula is that it’s so soothing and doesn’t strip my hair of moisture. 10/10 would recommend!”—Chelsea Hall, Former Assistant Beauty & Fashion Editor

TPH Master Cleanse

“The brand calls this scalp cleanser their “secret sauce” for a reason. The unique packaging is what sets this shampoo apart from the rest—it’s a shampoo that doubles as a hair tool. I mean, just look at those applicator claws and image how good they’ll feel massaging your scalp. All I do is twist the cap to allow the product to dispense, then section my hair to get the claws as close to my scalp as possible. The creamy lather feels tingly and refreshing, since it’s full of mint and tea tree oil, and rids my curls of any build-up. Thank you, Taraji! I’m obsessed.” —M.A.

The choice of the best Japanese shampoo

When you enter the world of Japanese hair care products, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are not many reviews, the instructions are not in English, and you have never used anything like this before!

Here is what you need to know about these Japanese hair care products.

  • The Effects

The most important thing you want to find out is what effect the shampoo should have on your hair. Do you have dry hair that needs a moisturizing effect? Or are you looking for a product that alleviates your scalp problems?

Like shampoos in your local store, there are many varieties of Japanese products that have different effects on your hair.

This includes some popular product variants:

  • Moisturizer for dry hair
  • Oil reduction for greasy hair
  • Foaming to reduce dandruff
  • Treatment of the scalp
  • Volume enhancement for slack hair
  • Smoothing for thick or matted hair
  • Repair for damaged hair

No matter what type of hair you have, you will want to find a product that will not aggravate your hair problems, so carefully select the effects according to your specific needs.

  •  The foam and the weight

Have you ever had a shampoo that doesn’t lather enough or on the other hand lathers too much for your taste?

For some people, a lot of lathering power in their shampoo is very important to give them a good, clean feeling without leaving any dirt behind. For others, too much shampoo leaves a residue on the head and over time leads to scalp problems.

The weight of a product has a big influence on the clean feeling you have. But just like the effect, the weight required depends on your personal hair type and preferences. When choosing your next product, consider what type of shampoo you have preferred in the past.

  • The smell

It would be a joke to say that the smell of your hair products does not matter! We all know that it does, so it is very important to consider the fragrance when choosing a product.

Most Japanese hair products stick to simple fragrances. It is common to find mild floral, clean, perfumed, or fruity scents when choosing a shampoo. Occasionally you will find products that smell strong, but rarely you will smell something overwhelming in a bad way.

Wrapping Up

From the above discussion, we clearly understood that both the shampoo and conditioner are equally important in your daily hair care routine to keep your tresses clean, healthy and smooth, and there cannot be and shouldn’t be any comparisons between these amazing products.


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