How to Answer 10 FAQs about Caring for Hair After a Salon Visit

Help your clients get the most out of their new hairstyles! Celebrity stylist Marco Pelusi shares tips on how to answer frequently asked questions about caring for hair after a trip to the salon.

Is there an ideal water temperature for washing your hair to keep it healthy/shiny/manageable?
Warm water for the shampoo -- and if possible -- after conditioning -- use a cool rinse to close the cuticle (the outer layer of the hair) -- and seal your hair.

How does water quality affect hair health? Would you recommend a shower head filter?
Absolutely. The less minerals in your water, the better off you are. Try to find products that have the minerals removed from the products. Often times it's referred to as deionized water. To learn more about my products with deionized water, check out

How often should you shampoo your hair? Condition? Deep Condition?
If you color treat your hair, shampooing less is preferable (a few times per week). The dermatologist says to shampoo daily so as to cleanse your scalp well. Condition after every shampoo, and deep condition once weekly, especially during the winter months.

When is the best time to deep condition? In the middle of your shower to allow steam to work? Toward the end?
I think it's important to set aside time OUT of the shower. At the end of the shower, apply the deep conditioner to your hair, get out of the shower, apply a plastic cap, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes or more. Yes, you can wrap a hot damp towel over the cap, or sit outside in the sun in the warmer months to add heat.

Should you lather shampoo in your hands first or apply the product directly to your hair/scalp?
Work a little lather in your hands first and then apply to the hair and scalp.
Should you comb hair in the shower? If so, with what kind of tool?
I'd recommend waiting until you're OUT of the shower -- and after you've applied a leave-in conditioner to your hair -- before combing -- so as not to compromise your hair nor break it.
Is there anything women should do to their hair before they hop in the shower? Comb out tangles?
Yes a light brushing of the hair is recommended if the hair is in knots.
What are your thoughts on "pre-poo," an oil or conditioner added to dry hair prior to showering?

 I don't like to clog up clients' bathrooms with too many products to remember and use. Just find a good solid shampoo and conditioner and leave-in conditioner and you'll be fine.
Are there any hair products or hair tools that are shower essentials/should be in every women's shower?
A plastic cap for the very end of your shower on the days when you deep condition. Marco Collagen Color Guard Haircare is a restorative system to prevent premature color fade and create a positive therapeutic environment for the hair and scalp. Marco Anti Frizz Leave In Conditioner is an excellent choice once you're OUT of the shower to allow you to comfortably comb through your hair. (Available at
What are the do's and don'ts of dying your hair immediately after a shower? (Should you ring it out with your hands? Wrap it up in a towel? Pat it dry with a cotton t-shirt? Simply air dry before blow drying?)
Squeeze all of the excess moisture from your hair with a towel, apply a leave-in conditioner the ends of your hair, THEN comb through your hair, then apply (if needed) a gel or a gloss, then air dry or blow dry.  It is important to apply a leave-in in your hair prior to combing so as not to damage or break your hair.

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