Two-in-one shampoo-conditioner sounds like such an amazing idea. Who wouldn’t want to save time, money and water?
Regardless of how great the concept sounds, the fact of the matter is that two-in-one shampoo-conditioner sucks. It sucks so much that it could be the death of your hair.
There’s a Reason You Shampoo Before You Condition
No matter what type of hairstyle you have, you always wash your hair with shampoo before you condition it with moisturizer. The two-step process makes sense because of how the products benefit your hair.
When you wash with shampoo, the product removes dirt and other pollutants from your hair. Unfortunately, shampoo also strips away many of the natural oils that your hair needs for good health. Jonathan Van Ness, the style expert from Queer Eye, knows this well, which is why he only uses shampoo once or twice a week. According to him, washing too often will remove the oils that make hair beautiful.
You use conditioner after you shampoo because it replaces the oils that shampoo washes away. Without conditioning your hair, shampoo will leave it feeling dry and brittle.
You Can’t Moisturize and Strip Oils at the Same Time
Two-in-one conditioner does not make the list of essential products for your hair care regimen because the concept doesn’t even make sense. Using two-in-one shampoo-conditioner means that you’re trying to replace moisture while you strip oil from your hair.
Take a few seconds to think about how ridiculous that sounds. It makes about as much sense as throwing water and gasoline on a fire at the same time. You don’t know what result you’ll get, but you know that it won’t be good.
Two-in-One Shampoo-Conditioners Don’t Respect Cuticles
Two-in-one shampoo-conditioners are so bad for your hair that Business Insider published a piece about them. In the article, Daniel Davies, who works for the well-respected Pall Mall Barbers chain in London explains that the products don’t work because of your cuticles, which is the outermost layer that protects your hair.
When you use a good, organic shampoo, your cuticles open so you can wash away dirt. Conditioner, however, closes the cuticles to protect hair from damage. As Davies says, “A single product cannot open and close the cuticle at the same time.”
Basically, two-in-one shampoo-conditioners don’t respect your cuticles. Since the cuticles play such a crucial role in keeping your hair attractive and healthy, these supposedly time-saving products can only cause damage.
There Are No Shortcuts to Healthy, Attractive Hair
People buy two-in-one shampoo-conditioner products for convenience. You only have to use the products a few times, though, before you discover that there are no shortcuts to achieving healthy, attractive hair.
Don’t waste your money on these abominations. Instead, use HCO1 Shampoo followed by HCO1 Conditioner to clean your hair and replace the oils that get stripped away during the cleansing process.
Still not convinced that two-in-one shampoo-conditioners will ruin your hair? Schedule an appointment with a BSG Master Barber to learn more about the right way to care for your hair. How you treat your hair should depend on the type of hair that you have, your hairstyle and other factors. Talking to a Master Barber will answer any questions that you have.
Just don’t expect a trained barber to say that two-in-one shampoo-conditioner is okay to use. You’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.