You don't need to shampoo first to condition. Conditioning hair daily helps protect and moisturize it while soothing rough cuticles – the jagged, shingle-like shells that surround hair shafts. "People have been doing it backwards for years," says Shorty Maniace, head barber at F.S.C. Barber in New York City. "We should be conditioning every day and using shampoo twice a week instead of the other way around." Men with curly hair can benefit the most from daily conditioning, since smoothing the cuticles of kinky hair will help prevent that bed-raggled look, he adds. Just wet your hair in the shower, apply a light amount of conditioner, and rinse.
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