Washing, shampooing, lathering, rinsing and conditioning hair is a normal cleaning routine for the hair. But choosing the right shampoo that will benefit the type of hair is a dicey problem. You cannot just go to the shop and pick up a fancy looking shampoo bottle; you need to consider the brand, ingredients, type of shampoo (like anti-dandruff, shampoo for straight hair, damaged hair etc.), herbal or chemical etc. If you always end up purchasing a shampoo that does not give you good results, you should probably look out for shampoo that can suit you by considering the following points:
CHOOSE ACCORDING TO HAIR TYPE
If your hair is thin or fine, use lightweight, thickening or volumizing formulas that will add texture and plump up strands, while strengthening and reinforcing hair. If you are lucky to have normal hair, just choose a shampoo that can clean your hair well or the shampoo tagged with ‘for normal hair’. If you have curly/wavy hair choose shampoos specifically made for curly hair or you may also opt for moisturizing shampoos.
The pH level of your scalp is slightly higher than the rest of your hair, and tends to be around 5. If you use a shampoo with a different pH, it can cause hair follicles to become brittle and snap, which makes your hair look unhealthy and thin. Try to find a brand that states its pH, and try a few different ones to see which one suits you best and leaves your hair. Exfoliate scalp for healthy hair >>
CHECK INGREDIENTS AND PRICE
Always check ingredients before you buy anything, not just shampoo! look out for parabens/preservatives and detergents used in shampoo. The lesser the chemicals and cheaper the shampoo the better! Cheaper shampoos contain fewer chemicals and clarify the scalp effectively helping you remove the buildup. Also check out for ingredients you are allergic to. Also, shampoos containing natural extracts are opted these days. The right ingredients can give you salon perfect hair.
BUY SHAMPOOS ACCORDING TO YOUR AGE
There are a lot of people who use johnsons baby shampoo thinking it is mild. Absolutely wrong! Baby shampoos are not made for adult hair and scalp and it cannot effectively clean the scalp containing adult microflora. As your hair’s needs change, it’s important to adapt your hair care routine to include a shampoo that will keep your locks as vibrant as your personality. Anti-aging shampoos range from grey hair care to nurturing shampoos that protect your locks from environmental factors.
SUN PROTECTING SHAMPOO
If you’re an avid swimmer or remain under the sun frequently, make sure to protect your strands from environmental damage that can cause dry out, colour fade out and overall damage. Pick a shampoo with UV filters, and ingredients like vitamins C, B-5 and E. Homemade hair products for summer >>
COLOUR PROTECTING SHAMPOOS
Highlighted and colour-treated strands need to be cleansed with a gentle shampoo that is intended for colour-treated hair. Look for sulphate-free shampoos designed for colour-treated hair to avoid the dreaded “wash-out”. The first time you use a sulphate-free formula, you might be surprised that it doesn’t produce a sudsy lather, but trust me, it’s doing the job. If you want to boost your colour, use product designed to maintain your specific hair colour.