The hair and beauty aisle can be an intimidating place if you’re not sure what products are the most suitable for your hair. Hydrating, volumising, smoothing, strengthening, thickening, curling … how on earth do you decide?
Here is a guide on how to choose the right shampoo for both your scalp and your hair so that you remain well and truly ahead of the game (pun intended!)
There are different types of shampoo
There are a range of different types of shampoo on the market, and the one that’s best for you depends on your hair type, scalp condition and whether you are looking to hydrate or strengthen your hair.
Hydrating or moisturizing shampoos are ideal for adding shine, softness and smoothness and many of them are gentle enough to use every day.
Volumising shampoos are formulated to provide moisture without weighing your hair down.
Strengthening or fortifying shampoos contain extra protein to improve your hair’s condition, they will often increase volume and are gentle enough to use on both brittle and damaged hair.
Balancing shampoos are normally not too moisturizing but they also won’t try you hair out. They effectively cleanse your hair while simultaneously maintaining its moisture levels.
Smoothing shampoos are typically rich with additional moisturizers to seal your hair’s cuticles and help you achieve a straight, smooth style. They can also reduce unwanted frizz and protect your hair from the heat that comes with blow drying and styling.
Curly hair shampoos are very moisturizing, with ingredients that reduce frizz and gently cleanse hair without weighing down curls.
Different shampoos suit different hair types
When researching the best shampoo for your hair, it’s worth taking a closer look at your actual hair type. If you have fine hair, look for volumizing shampoos as they’re often the lightest and will build body by giving your cuticles lift and lightness. You can also mix up your shampoos and conditioners too – if you have an oily scalp with dry ends, try a clarifying or volume shampoo (to cleanse where the oil is), and a moisturizing conditioner.
If you have thick hair, you may find that it’s a little more difficult to style – smooth, knot-free hair is often way more manageable! Try and choose a shampoo that offers a balance between cleansing and conditioning agents. It should be hearty enough to fully clean your hair, without stripping your scalp of the natural oils needed for lubrication. That way your hair will not only be kept healthy, it will look vibrant as well.
Curly hair requires different care, particularly because it is often prone to frizziness, which can get much worse in humid weather. This is basically because your curls are literally searching for moisture. The solution? Opt for a heavier, super-moisturizing shampoo that will tame the frizz leaving you with bouncy, defined, shiny curls.
If you have colour-treated hair, it’s worth looking for a lighter weight colour-safe shampoo that contains SPF, which can protect your hair from fading. Shine shampoos can also help flat, dull hair as they add reflection, and they’re particularly good for naturally dark hair as your hair colour will appear more vibrant.
Consider not just your hair, but your scalp as well
While you might think of shampoo as a product that cleanses just your hair, it’s actually more important to consider your scalp when choosing a shampoo. Shampoo is essentially for your scalp and conditioner for your hair.
When dealing with an oily scalp, avoid shampoos that are smoothing, hydrating or moisturizing as they tend to add too much moisture to an already oily scalp. Balancing, strengthening or volumizing shampoos are less moisturizing and they are more effective at removing excess oil. Clarifying shampoos can be helpful, however be careful that your scalp doesn’t get over-dry as it can stimulate more oil production. Spend extra time working the shampoo into your scalp to break up the oil, rinse well and then apply conditioner to the ends of your hair only before rinsing again.
When choosing a shampoo for a dry scalp avoid fortifying, strengthening, volumizing shampoos and those that contain sulphates as they can strip your scalp of necessary moisture. Slightly dry scalps will benefit from shampoos that promote hydration, smoothing or moisture, and if you have a very flaky, itchy or dry scalp choose shampoos that contain tea tree or menthol or consider a shampoo specifically formulated for dry scalps.
Try different products to see what works
There is an old saying that claims ‘you get what you pay for’, however it’s not necessarily true when you’re looking to choose the right shampoo for your hair. Less expensive brands can do the job, however most hairdressers would recommend you splurge a little when it comes to hair care as some cheaper products contain lots of fillers like soaps and sulphates.
If you are really on a budget, consider using a pricier product every few days rather than every day, and if you have to budget a little, splurge on a good conditioner over an expensive shampoo.
And don’t be afraid to switch it up a little. You don’t necessarily need to use the same brand shampoo as your conditioner, and changing brands once in a while can also stop your hair getting used to the same product. Hair does change, so it’s also worth using a clarifying shampoo once in a while to get a really deep clean, and then trying out a range of new products in order to weigh up their benefits.
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