Here at HQhair, we like to think we know a thing or two about haircare. Whether it’s discussing what products suit what hair type, or recommending the latest styling tool, we pride ourselves in stocking an entire range of hair goodies and necessities that none of us could ever live without. But today, we’re stripping it back to basics and talking all things shampoo with Jo Hansford MBE. An expert in the haircare field, predominately specialising in colour, her top tips and quirky facts about a haircare step we all do almost daily make for some interesting reading – and definitely taught us a thing or two!

1. The word shampoo (meaning to press, knead, soothe) in English dates to 1762, and the first shampoo was first introduced in Britain in the 19th century.
2. In the 1860s, the meaning of the word “shampoo” shifted from the sense of massage to that of applying soap to the hair.
3. Prior to the creation of actual shampoo, ordinary soap had been used for the hair but people found it made it uncomfortable, irritating, and unhealthy looking.
4. During the early stages of shampoo, English hair stylists boiled shaved soap in water and added herbs to give the hair shine and fragrance.
5. In 1927, liquid shampoo was invented by German inventor Hans Schwarzkopf in Berlin.
6. Originally, soap and shampoo were very similar products; both containing the same naturally derived surfactants (a type of detergent).
7. Modern shampoo as it is known today was first introduced in the 1930s with Drene, the first shampoo using synthetic surfactants instead of soap.
8. It is important that you use shampoo correctly. Massage into your scalp to get rid of all build up before working through to the ends of your hair and then ensure that you rinse thoroughly.
9. If you don’t rinse shampoo out properly, you could experience product build up and an irritated flaky scalp.
10. Don’t over wash your hair. Most people don’t actually need to wash their hair every single day. Always make sure you are using the right products for your hair type and try a dry shampoo as an alternative for the in-between days.
11. No poo or no shampoo is a collective term for methods of washing hair without commercial shampoo.
12. The Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care collection is completely Paraben and Sulphate free with the added benefit of Sweet Blue Lupin Peptides.
13. Sweet Blue Lupin Peptides are one of the only Ecocert natural ingredients to have been scientifically proven to keep hair colour-fast for up to 30 washes, even with the notoriously fast-fading red dyes.
14. The brand’s Expert Colour Care Heliovita Complex contains Iselux LQ- Sulfate free cleanser provides gentle yet efficient cleansing to thoroughly clean hair whilst minimising colour fade from washing.
15. The Expert Colour Care Everyday Shampoo has the added benefit of Keratin Amino Acids – a fibrous protein composed of 18 different amino acids used to maintain an optimum moisture balance avoiding dull, dry and brittle hair.
16. The Expert Colour Care Anti-Frizz Shampoo contains Quanterium-80 and Conditioning Guar Gum – conditioning marvels which surround the hair follicle and work together to infuse hair with moisture whilst also protecting from humidity and reducing electrostatic charge.
17. The Expert Colour Care Volumising Shampoo contains Creatine and Conditioning Panthenol to significantly improve hair structure. These ingredients encourage growth, whilst moisturising the hair follicle to add long lasting volume.
18. The Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care range also contains Sunflower Seed Extract – a concentrated extract of sunflower seeds rich in polyphenols which makes it possible to protect hair against damage caused by free radicals of any nature and origin
19. It’s important to think of your haircare regime with the same importance as the rest of your beauty regime. You wouldn’t wash your face with a drying soap after having a facial, so make sure you invest in the best aftercare products for your hair after a salon visit.
20. Shampoos are designed to work in harmony with conditioners so always try and use the same brand where possible. The conditioners are created to complement the PH balance of the shampoo and you will get the best results using the products together.

So that’s it for Jo Hansford’s shampoo facts and hair-related tips – including some recommendations that we certainly can’t wait to try. Are there any shampoos you swear by?

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