A Guide to Finding the Perfect Shampoo for Your Hair Type
Think about how often you wash your hair. If you’re using the wrong shampoo for your hair type, you may be doing more harm than good. Sure, a good wash with anything will keep the grease at bay, but it may also be damaging your hair.
But before you go out and spend big bucks on designer shampoo, let’s talk about how to make the most of your purchase. Spend a few minutes to evaluate your locks and the choice should be clear.
There’s nothing that can ruin a good color job like a bad shampoo, and that’s never a welcome outcome after an expensive trip to the salon. A good hair-color-safe shampoo will extend the life of your color and improve the overall health of your hair without leaving any residue. Choose a color that is specifically designed for color-treated hair – it’ll say so on the package. Bonus points, and hair benefits, for choosing a shampoo designed for your shade.
If you have curly hair, you probably have a go-to de-frizz routine. But too many people make the mistake of starting their routine with styling products. If you begin with the shampoo instead, the after-care will be much easier. Look for a sulfate-free salon-quality shampoo that is highly moisturizing. Consider one with added argan oil for moisture.
When your hair is fine, be careful about over moisturizing. Moisturizing shampoos can leave a residue on hair strands, weighing them down. In contrast, a good volumizing shampoo works by keeping your hair light and voluminous. And if you feel that your hair does need some extra conditioning, use a light conditioner sparingly. If possible, apply it only to the ends of your hair.
Hair loss in women can be very alarming. If you’re losing more than your fair share in the shower, it may have to do with a hormone called DHT. DHT restricts blood flow to the hair follicles, and shedding is the inevitable result. Choose a shampoo with strengthening antioxidants, proteins and DHT blockers to promote hair growth.
You should start noticing a difference as soon as you start using the right shampoo for your hair type, but it may take a few shampoos to see the full effect. It’s also a good idea to get multiple brands or types of shampoos, so you can switch them often. Your hair will become accustomed to products and their effects will diminish unless you change them about once every few months.