Previously, we’ve discussed the importance of choosing the right conditioner for your hair type or hair problem. Aside from conditioners, shampoo also plays an important role in your daily hair care and maintenance. Finding the right shampoo is even more difficult because there seems to be a general misconception that any shampoo is good for your hair. Truth is, you should put more forethought into what shampoo you use for washing your hair and why you need to regularly switch it.
Survey shows that shampoo is considered by most women as the most important piece of hair care product. However, not too many women are putting more thought into choosing the proper shampoo for their hair as they should. This guide will show you how to find the right match for your hair type.
Dull Hair – All women strive for healthy and shiny hair but there are those that have become dull due to extreme damage from styling product residue. Choose a shampoo that is designed to repair hair structure and add shine in order to restore life into your dull locks. To give you an idea, look for the following ingredients in your shampoo: pearl extracts, silk proteins, and apricot kernel oil.
Thin Hair – If you have naturally thin hair, invest in shampoos made with coating substances and collagen complexes to re-build the hair structure. Other formulas to look for are those that are designed for thickening or volumising effect because they add more texture into each strand to create a more plump appearance. If you can find them, go for shampoos that contain the following ingredients: nettle root extract, rosemary, lavender oil, and lemongrass.
Thick Hair – When choosing shampoo for thick hair, your goal is to achieve balance and retain moisture level. When hair is too thick, it can be prone to frizziness and unruly behavior. Nourishing and smoothing shampoos work best for this hair type because they seal the cuticle to keep strands hydrated and smooth it out as well.
Coloured Hair – Coloured hair should pick shampoos specifically designed to be gentle on your strands. Avoid shampoos that contain sulfate as they make your coloured hair fade quickly, even causing a “washed out” effect.
Oily Hair – Few people are aware that dry scalp often leads to oily hair. The oil glands in your scalp rapidly release natural oils in order to compensate for the dryness of the scalp. A mild shampoo is recommended for those with oily hair but the ones that contain tea tree oil as ingredient work best.
Curly Hair – Moisture is an integral part of care for curly hair. Hence, curly haired women or those with ethnic hair should go for moisturising shampoos. Curly hair needs all the moisture it can get because the twists and curls of the hair means that the natural oils from the scalp are not always distributed throughout the ends. The best hydrating ingredients to look for in a shampoo are balsam oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, kelp, glycerin, among others.
Ethnic/Natural Hair – Women with natural or ethnic hair require special care, and thus a definite type of shampoo for it. The best options in the market include those with nourishing formulas and moisturising ingredients that hydrates hair and allow it to retain natural moisture.
How do you choose what shampoo to wash your hair with?