Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner can seem like an overwhelming task when you don’t know what to look for. I have been in the industry for years and with the sheer number of companies and their varieties of products it is hard to be sure what to focus on with such an endless sea of choices.
Each head of hair has individual needs and unique details. There are a key list of ‘priorities’ for each client’s head of hair to consider when making a selection. This list of priorities can assist you so that you can focus in on the shampoo and conditioner that is right for you.
1. Do you colour your hair or not?
2. Do you have fine, medium or coarse hair?
3. Do you have straight, wavy, or curly hair?
3a. What result are you looking for? Smooth? Curl? Volume? Shine? Toning?
1. Your Shampoo and Conditioning regimen have to respect your hair type and its condition first. If you colour your hair, it is very important to invest in products that are designed to protect and preserve your colour. If you are spending your time and money on salon colour, surely you want to ensure its lifespan! Sulfate free shampoos are now available in almost every wet line on the market. Colour safe shampoos and conditioners simply give your hair colour the chance to be more vibrant and have better shine for a longer time frame.
2. The texture and the density of your hair are both equally important when choosing your products. You can have a fine hair strand but a ton of it. You could have super coarse hair but have very little of it. These days you can dial in to products that can address these issues specifically. Take the time to assess your hair type. Most shampoos and conditioners will mention which hair types they are designed to work the best for.
3. Knowing your hair type may seem like a very obvious question; however, it is the basis from which you are working from. If have curly hair and want it to be straight it will take a totally different system than if you are straight haired and want it to be curly. Remember, shampoos and conditioners are the foundational steps to styling. They are going to be your building blocks to achieve your desired result.
Choose them based on your hair type first and your desired result second. If you have fine hair and want your hair to have more volume, if you have coarse curly thick hair and want it to be smoother, or if you wavy hair and want to emphasize or enhance the curl but don’t want it to be frizzy; there are systems out there designed for you. Shampoos and conditioners are designed to work together to get you started.
I always recommend staying within the same product line because they are developed to work together. Take the time to research a product line that suits you and read through what their products are designed to provide you with. Make sure they are a good fit. The building blocks that you choose can make all the difference in the world.