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To Shampoo or not To Shampoo?

That is the question!

But before we answer that question let’s ask a few more to draw a more intelligent conclusion.

Shampoo is a product used to cleanse the hair from all dirt, oil, and debris. To ensure proper hygiene shampoo is recommended at least once a week depending on your level of product usage.

So YES, To shampoo is the answer! . 

Why shampoo?

Shampooing can aid and assist in the growing of healthy hair. Oils, dust, and dirt can clog the follicle and prevent essential nutrients to feed the hair. I will go deeper in detail the cause and effect of elements on the follicle later.

Here I will explain why the shampoo is effective, what type of shampoo to use, and how often you should shampoo. 

A dirty scalp can cause a collection of bacteria & fungus to accrue on the hair and omit an unpleasant odor.

Shampoos contain surafctants to wash away foreign product/matter from the hair and scalp. Using a push pull reaction to loosen and remove dirts and debris.

It is important to shampoo. However, the right shampoo must be used for optimal results.

 What is the right shampoo?

To determine the right shampoo a consultation must be given first. Here we will give the hair a series of test to determine the condition.

First will be a check for visual dirt and debris such as dandruff, oils, dirts, and dust.

This can be resolved with a cleansing/clarifying shampoo to rid the hair of foreign debris.

next would be to test the state of the hair. Is it healthy, damaged, or dry. It is important to take into account that any thing you put into your system must make an exit. If you are on medications there maybe side effects that show through the follicle and its appearance.

Caffiene and smoking can dehydrate the body rendering hair,skin and nails to become dry. Take into account the number of caffeinated beverages and cigarettes are consumed when determining the hairs condition.

Hair sits on the ph scale of 4.5-5.5  so it’s important to keep your product usage in the neutral range when repairing the hair of damage from chemicals or medicines.

To simplify the classification of the products to use we will concentrate on ingredients to suggest the proper shampoo.

Keep in mind each scalp is different and every person reacts different. This is just a general rule of thumb.

Paraben and sulfate free shampoo is the best for dry damaged hair or all hair types as it is free of chemicals that are harsh on the hair.

Medicated shampoos should only be used when prescribed by a doctor.

Healthy hair can be shampooed with any type of shampoo, however the state of hair can change in an instant so it’s important to switch to low ph shampoos from time to time to regulate the hairs ph balance.

stay tuned for my product recommendations and demonstrations.

How often should you wash?

a regular wash routine is recommended twice a week depending on how fast your hair becomes soiled. Using a shampoo with a lower ph would be less damaging and can be used more frequent.

Shampoos with sulfates tend to be higher on the ph scale, and should always be accompanied with a conditioning product after use. A leave in conditioner is good for replenishing the hair with any proteins that may have been stripped.

Please shampoo!

so we discussed why we should shampoo, what kind of shampoo to use, and how often to shampoo. Using this knowledge we can now properly maintain a healthy head of hair and scalp.

A good clean head of hair is the beginning of every great service! Please remember to shampoo before receiving any type of hair cutting/styling service. If ever you forget to wash before your haircut your groomer should be willing and ready to take on that task.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Any questions or comments I would love to hear from you!

Sophisticated Grooming



Thankful I learned how to cut hair with clippers.

Hello guest,

My name is Shannon Kamal, and i would love to be your barber. It didn’t take long to fall in love with cutting hair as i was put on the spot to perform one hot summers day. While on vacation my haircut was admired by a young man who wanted to duplicate my style. He went on to ask if it was possible for me to create the cut on him. Me being young and stupid trying to impress onlookers i said “yeah sure”! Why did i say that? before i can recant he proceeded to walk out the bathroom with his dads clippers!

Oh NO! I better learn how to cut with clippers,  AND fast. I tried to weasel out of it by telling him he’d need permission from his folks before i can proceed. Parents agreed! Oh boy better try and pretend as if  the conditions are too dark and nowhere to do it. Apparently he was accustom to home cuts because he produced a bright lamp and a chair that fit in the bathroom next to 2 outlets ready to distribute power. I’m hooked with no where to go and i now have to learn how to cut with clippers.

Now i have been getting haircuts at home my whole childhood so i was familiar with turning them on and preparing them. I remembered the motions my dad would make when cutting my hair so i mimicked those actions. As i stood there sweating from pure nervousness, i realized i’m achieving the blend to satisfaction. a calm comes over me and i began to produce the haircut to the young man’s satisfaction. a bald fade with a dark top! Took me about 1.5 hrs to complete. To be quite honest as I think back on it i’m sure it was a terrible cut by professional standards.

However, I pulled it off  leaving him oh so thankful and excited which bought me joy to know i brightened his day with a haircut.

My return home was delightful with a newfound interest in tow. Cutting hair! My next trip to the mall produced a purchase of a set of andis Pivot Pro clippers and T blade trimmers. From there i began to cut my own hair along with my younger brother and his neighborhood friends, That began my journey to become a barber, and today i am thankful to have made the choice.

Each haircut presents a learning experience for me to grow my knowledge in men’s hair styling. I am far from my career goals as i will share later with you all what they are. I find barbering to be relaxing and a joy. From wet shaves, to full service haircuts creating a look for an individual on a bi weekly basis is an honor to hold such responsibility. There was a time where barbers were dentist, surgeons, and a figure of esteem. Although we are no longer performing medical procedures we are still therapist as we are shoulders to lean on and ears to confide in. I enjoy being a barber and I want to be your barber! feel free to stop in and present me a challenge while i give you a pleasant experience.

Thank you for stopping by,

Shannon Kamal