When you walk into the aisle at the supermarket or pharmacy, you notice that there are countless different shampoos on the market. How do you find the one that is right for your hair? The first thing you want to do is find a shampoo that matches the texture and type of your hair. After that, you can start narrowing down your options based on specific needs for your hair – such as a shampoo that protects your hair coloring.
Starting with the type and texture
While most shampoos are going to clean your hair, you want a shampoo that benefits the type and texture of your hair. We will go through some of the most common examples and give you a solid idea of what to look for:
- Thin or fine hair – You want to add texture and volume to your hair if you have thin or fine hair. Find a volumizing, thickening, and lightweight formula that is going to reinforce and strengthen your hair at the same time. Rosemary, lemongrass, and lavender oil are all ingredients that are renowned for preventing hair loss, balancing the scalp, and promoting hair growth
- Normal/medium hair – Those people who have balanced (normal hair), are in luck. Just about any type of shampoo is going to work for them. Therefore, it is important to focus on maintaining moisture levels and hair health for shine, softness, and manageability. It is important to find a shampoo that is not going to strip hair of its moisture or nutrients. Ingredients such as vitamin A, C, E, white tea, and wheat protein are going to preserve the integrity of your hair.
- Curly, wavy hair – If you want perfect curls, you need moisture. Having the right amount of hydration is going to maintain curl shape and elasticity, soften your hair strands, and tame frizz. Because the natural oils of the scalp do not always reach the hair shaft with people with curly hair, it is important to add extra moisture in your shampoo. Look for nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil, Shea butter, olive oil, and glycerin. You want to try to avoid silicone, because it deters moisture absorption by coating the hair shaft.
- Coarse, kinky, curly hair – You need ingredients that are going to help your hair stay strong and shiny. Look for moisturizing ingredients such as Shea butter and glycerin that help maintain the moisture balance without stripping your hair of its natural healthy oils.
- Thick hair – Those with thick hair need to control volume levels while maintaining balanced moisture levels. Try smoothing ingredients such as macadamia nut oil, soy protein, and avocado oil to control unwanted volume and hydrate your hair.
Narrowing down your hair needs
Now that you have the right shampoo for your hair type and texture, it is time to narrow down your specific needs to find the shampoo that works best.
- Oily hair – Contrary to what people think, oily hair is the cause of a dry scalp (your scalp is overcompensating for the dryness of your skin by producing more oil). Look for ingredients such as tea tree oil to bring the balance back into your scalp.
- Dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair – You need a little extra moisture to repair any damage done to your hair. Look for formulas that will smooth the cuticle, detangle hair, and hydrate while cleaning.
- Color-treated hair – If you have colored hair or highlights, you need a specific shampoo that is intended for color-treated hair in order to avoid the dreaded “wash-out”. Try sulfate-free shampoos. Even though sulfate-free shampoos do not produce as many suds, remember that it is actively cleaning your hair.
The next time you are walking through the shampoo aisle, you will likely have a better understanding of what specific shampoo to look for.