How to Find the Right Shampoo

Many shampoos claim to do a lot of things, but what’s the real difference between all of them?

Volumizing Shampoo
Shampoos that claim to give you volume will leave your hair feeling clean and lightweight. Depending on the brand, some claim to expand your hair shaft and thicken your hair. Whether it’s a gimmick or not, the effect will only be temporary. Volumizing products such as mousses and hair sprays will give you a more noticeable, lasting effect.

Moisturizing Shampoo
If your hair is dry or frizzy, you’ll want a product that has more moisture. Moisturizing shampoos work by adding hydrating ingredients to your hair. Look for ones that include oils and not sulfates, which can dry out your hair and scalp. Jojoba, coconut, avocado, olive, and argan oil are all great.

Strengthening Shampoo
Chemically processed or damaged hair needs to be moisturized and strengthened. These shampoos should contain some type of protein such as wheat, keratin, silk, or soy. If your hair is not damaged, I would stay away from these strengthening shampoos since too much protein can also have negative effects. Soy protein can’t over proteinize your hair, so it’s probably the safest choice for those who aren’t sure which product to choose.

Clarifying Shampoo
Those who use a lot of hair products or have oily scalps will need a clarifying shampoo. These work extra hard to give you a squeaky clean feel. Oil and product buildup can leave your hair feeling heavy, greasy, and limp. Using a clarifying shampoo a few times a week should take care of that.

Sensitive Shampoo
If you have sensitive skin, choosing a product with minimal ingredients that don’t irritate your scalp will be the best choice. Many shampoos claim to be “sensitive” or “hypoallergenic” but it’s really important to check the ingredients. Sulfates, fragrance, and parabens are common irritants, but every ingredient should be checked to make sure they’re not aggravating your skin.

Salicylic Acid Shampoo
Salicylic Acid loosens dead skin cells and is great for people with acne. It’s also ideal for those with scalp conditions such as psoriasis, dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis. Remember, these shampoos are for your scalp and not your hair. Concentrate it on your scalp and leave your ends alone.

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