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Choosing the Right Shampoo

With so much choice on the market it can get complicated to choose the perfect one for your hair. To start, look for a shampoo that benefits your hair type and characteristics, so that it matches your specific needs. To help, here is a compilation of hair aspects and types of shampoos that can boost health and shine. Hair Types: Thin/Fine With thin or fine hair, you need a shampoo that’s specially made to enhance volume and produce thickness through lightweight formulas that don’t weigh your locks down. These shampoos also help strengthen and revitalize each strand for healthy results. There are certain ingredients that promote hair growth, such as lavender oil, lemongrass and rosemary which all stimulate the scalp and prevent hair loss. Another element to achieve scalp circulation and reduce hair loss is nettle root extract, so keep your eyes peeled when browsing. Shampoos for thin/fine hair Normal/Medium Normal or medium hair means that you have balance hair and don’t require a lot of treatment to bring out the best in your tresses. What you need to do in this case is conserve hair health and maintain moisture levels in order to enjoy manageable, soft and glossy locks. So which shampoo is best? Any that can gently cleanse without taking too much from your hair, and if they contain the following ingredients: wheat protein, white tea, vitamins A, C and E, even better. Why? These specific ingredients preserve general hair health, locking in moisture and keeping each strand glowing with vitality. Curly/Wavy When we talk about curl definition, it’s necessary to talk about moisture. Without moisture, curls will just be a big, fluffy mass and unless you’re going for the ‘fro look, you’re going to need a shampoo that can properly hydrate and tame frizz. With curly hair, the natural oils produced in your scalp often fail to make it all the way down each twist, which is why extra moisture is required. Look for ingredients like glycerin, olive oil, shea butter and jojoba oil which are nature’s smoothers that keep your curls deeply moisturized and bouncy. Silicone must be avoided at all costs, since it coats your locks and prevents moisture absorption, which is the opposite of what you want. Shampoos for curly/wavy hair Course/Curly If you have this hair type then you need to take special care of it in order to enjoy health and shine. What you need is lots of moisture and nourishment which can be found in the following ingredients: glycerin, panthenol and shea butter. These will deeply hydrate and revitalize your hair, putting the bounce back into it. Shampoos for course/curly hair Thick This hair type requires balanced moisture and controlled volume levels. Why? Well since there are a greater quantity of strands producing thickness, it can cause a frizzy and unruly look with volume in the wrong places. This is why you need to keep an eye out for smoothing ingredients such as avocado oil, soy protein and macadamia nut oil to control that extra fullness while simultaneously hydrating and sealing your cuticles. Shampoos for thick hair Hair Characteristics: Oily Having oily hair actually comes from a dry scalp, contrary to what many believe. What happens is that your scalp tries to overcome this dryness be producing more oil, causing oily hair. What you need is a mild shampoo that can balance the scalp, with ingredients like tea tree oil being quite effective in doing so. Also, avoid scrubbing your scalp too much as you can over-stimulate the oil glands there. Shampoos for oily hair Damaged or Chemically Treated With hair that’s this fragile, you need extra moisture in order to heal every strand. It’s a good idea to refrain from washing our hair every single day to allow your scalp to produce its natural oils that will ultimately do your hair a lot of good. The best formulas are the ones that hydrate, detangle and smooth the cuticle, and if you’ve had your hair permanently straightened, go for a treatment that will enhance your tresses. Remember to complement this replenishing shampoo therapy with a rich conditioner to boost your hair’s health. Shampoos for damaged or chemically treated hair Color Treated Always try to stick to shampoos that are specially designed to treat highlighted and colored strands. Avoid the ‘washed out’ look’ with sulfate-free shampoos that gently cleanse your tresses, though don’t be too surprised to find a lack of lathery foam, it still works! If you want to keep the color treatment looking vibrant and fresh, use shampoos that focus on your specific hair color, these will strengthen and revitalize the tones for a long lasting look. Shampoos for color treated hair Flaky Scalp If you suffer from a flaky, itchy scalp and frequent dandruff then look for medicated shampoos that are made to treat this scalp condition. A medicated shampoo can cleanse and clear your scalp, preventing flakes from forming and loosening, leaving you with a healthy scalp and without the nightmare of dandruff. Shampoos for flaky scalp Hair Loss: You don’t have to dread the curse of hair loss if you’re armed with a preventive method to keep those locks in place. You can encourage hair growth with specific hair loss shampoos that are designed to stimulate the scalp and hair follicle. A fortifying formula is the key to strengthened, thickened and healthy hair, not just shampoo alone. Shampoos for hair loss Anti-Aging: As we get older, the texture and the general appearance of our hair can change, which is why we need to be able to adapt to different hair care routines in order to maintain vibrancy, health and shine. There are many anti-aging shampoos to choose from, depending on whether you require gray hair care or protection from external factors. Select a shampoo that focuses on your specific needs so that your hair’s vitality may be returned. Anti-aging Shampoos Sun and Swim Protection: If you’re the outdoorsy type and just love taking in sun, or if an invigorating swim is part of your routine, then be sure to protect your hair from the damage that these activities can cause, such as drying out, fading and brittle strands. Choose a shampoo that offers UV filters and the vitamins C, B-5 and E that aids in protecting your hair from environmental factors that can produce negative effects. Sun and swim protection Shampoos