Selecting the best shampoo is essential in order to maintain and achieve healthy and beautiful hair. It’s crucial to use one that is appropriate for your type, otherwise it won’t be effective enough. For example if it is oily you should never use shampoo or conditioner designed for dry hair, because it won’t remove the excess oil from your scalp and it can cause other hair problems such as dandruff, frizzy hair or even split ends.
They are designed to remove dirt and oil from the hair as well as to nourish the hair in deep. There is a variety designed for the different hair types and for different purposes – there are clarifying, nourishing, specially designed for color treated hair or permed hair. Many contain proteins, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other natural ingredients that nourish, condition and repair damaged hair.
Common ingredients are: Ammonium Lauril Sulphate, Ammonium Laureth Sulphate, Sulfosuccinate, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aqua, Sodium Chloride, Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Salicylate.
Choose yours according to your type
It’s essential to identify your type in order to choose the best hair products for you. If you cannot determine what your type is you may consult your hairdresser or a specialist to see what it is. Nowadays there are even specially designed tools that determine hair types and skin types but they are very expensive. For example oily hair often looks greasy and dull, it becomes oily too quick, attracts dirt easily and needs frequent washing. Dry hair is characterized by split ends, frizziness, it feels tough to the touch and is difficult to comb or brush.
If it is oily:
If it is oily you should look for products designed for oily hair. The shampoo should be strong enough to cleanse from the impurities and at the same time it should be appropriate for a daily usage. This doesn’t mean that it should be harsh, because if the product contains harsh chemicals it can easily strip your scalp of its natural oils and your sebaceous glands may begin to produce even more oil. Your conditioner should be appropriate for oily hair and it should contain the least amount of oils in order to prevent further oiliness. Your best choice will be a clarifying shampoo and a light conditioner specially designed for oily hair. Clarifying shampoos remove the buildup of hair care products that can weigh down and causing it to be dull and greasy in appearance. If you have oily hair you can wash two/ three times a week but make sure the shampoo isn’t too harsh or you can dilute your shampoo with a few tablespoons of water. A cleansing shampoo with mint extracts is ideal for oily hair.
If you hair is dry:
If it is dry you should look for a shampoo that is specially designed for dry hair. The shampoos for dry hair contain more nourishing and moisturizing ingredients (a higher level of essential fatty acids). Choose a hydrating shampoo that is mild and contains more natural ingredients such as olive oil, almond oil, honey, chamomile, essential oils. A moisturizing conditioner is a must for those with dry hair. Thick conditioners are excellent for dry and damaged hair as they nourish the hair deeply.
If it is colored or chemically treated:
If it is colored or chemically treated you should choose care products very carefully. The products should be able to retain the color and to repair the damage caused during the coloring treatment. It should be specially designed for colored hair with UV filters to protect the color from fading. It should contain many nourishing ingredients in order to repair any damage caused by the coloring ingredients.
The shampoos and the conditioners for color treated hair contain many nourishing ingredients that not only condition and repair the hair, but they also help prevent the color from fading due to sun exposure, exposure to heat etc. Choose one that is made for color-treated hair.
If it is prone to dandruff:
If it is prone to dandruff you should choose an antidandruff one and antidandruff conditioner or serum. They cleanse the scalp very well and keep the dandruff flakes out of sight for a few days. Other antidandruff shampoos contain special ingredients (like ketoconazole) that act directly to inhibit the growth of the fungus (dandruff bacteria) and normalize the pH level of the scalp. You should be very careful when selecting antidandruff products as some of them may be too harsh for your scalp and hair – causing itching, dryness and scalp irritation.
- Make sure you are using the best shampoo for your type.
- Choose with a low pH
- Always check out the ingredients listed on the bottle.
- select hair care products that are specifically designed as daily or light formula shampoos.
- Some can be too aggressive and may not only sweep away dirt, but also your hair’s protective sebum.
- If you have oily hair choose a shampoo that does not have strong detergent base.
- Don’t wash every day.
- Give an extra dose of moisture with leave-in conditioners.
- Change your shampoo every three months.