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Shopping for shampoo can be a daunting task, to say the least, especially if you're somebody like me who values the health of their hair and scalp but also loves to try new colours and styles.
At first glance, when you look at shampoo's on the market your first impression is how many there actually are, you'll probably find that there is a shampoo for almost every hair type, every type of service, every hair colour and so many more variables that we won't even go into here as there are simply too many.
Today though, we're going to go over a few of the basics and some of the most common hair types that we come across, you'll notice that the last one is also hair replacement systems, you can read more about that later though! Our ultimate goal is to save you money and find you a shampoo that works for your hair!
Your Scalp Type
Firstly, It's important that you're able to identify your scalp type, You can't just ask yourself "What's the best shampoo for me?" when you don't know the basics, you'd never get the answer!
And while you may be wondering why knowing your scalp type is important, you should consider, the shampoo is applied to the hair and the scalp, if the shampoo dries your scalp out, this could lead to further problems down the line such as dandruff, eczema, thinning of the hair, scalp irritation among other problems.
Here are few easy ways to work out what scalp type you have.
- A scalp that feels tight just after you have washed your hair (or just in general) or a scalp that is itchy (Without flaking) are signs that you have a dry scalp and should take this into consideration when buying hair products such as shampoo.
- A shiny scalp on the other hand would indicate that you may have an oily scalp, this can also cause the hair to look as if it clumps together. It's important to remember that you can get dandruff and still have an oily scalp, you may notice that instead of dandruff falling off the hair, it clumps together and sticks to the hair.
- Lastly, you may feel that you fit into both of the above and that would be correct, You can have a combination scalp that's neither particularly dry nor particularly oily. You'll more than likely know though if you have a combination scalp, some people can go up to 2 to 3 days before they need to wash their hair with a combination scalp.
Shampoo For Oily Scalps
If you have an oily scalp then the chances are that you've probably already tried dozens of different shampoos and home remedies and probably had the same outcome with all of them, so far!
Some people assume that they need to wash their hair more frequently, some people obsess over dry shampoo. We're going to point you in the right direction though and save you some money!
- Avoid hydrating shampoos, moisturizing shampoos or shampoos that are marketed towards curly hair. These shampoos tend to add too much moisture to your scalp when there is already more than enough moisture!
- Instead, Look for shampoos that mention volumizing, strengthening or balancing shampoos. These shampoos are non-moisturizing and are more effective at removing excess oil that you want gone so much!
- Try a clarifying shampoo! Clarifying shampoos can be a huge help for your oily scalp and really help get things under control! It's important to remember though, You don't want to overdo it with using clarifying shampoos as too much may potentially dry your scalp and your hair. Dry skin can stimulate more oil and sebum production.
- When shampooing, pay extra attention to work the shampoo into the scalp and roots of the hair to break up the oil. Then remember to rinse the scalp extremely well, making sure you wash off all shampoo.
- After shampooing, you're going to want to condition as always, However, with an oily scalp we'd advise that you only condition the midsection and the ends of your hair and avoid working the conditioner into your scalp, then rinse well.
Shampoo For Dry Scalps
When you have a dry or flaky scalp, it's important that you choose a shampoo for dry scalps, as it's the quickest way you can avoid and prevent uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing conditions that can occur.
If you've been paying attention, you may already have any idea of what products we're going to suggest you use for a dry scalp.
- Avoid using strengthening, fortifying and volumizing shampoos. These products can strip the hair of moisture which is already an issue with dry scalps!
- If your hair is dry, and your scalp feels tight but you don't have any itching or flaking then you will want to look for a shampoo that promotes hydration, moisture and even shampoo that is suitable for smoothing the hair and curly hair as these shampoos will encourage the hair to retain moisture and can be beneficial to a dry scalp and even dry hair!
- You're going to want to start using a sulphate free shampoo. Sulphates can strip the scalp and hair of too much moisture and cause the scalp to become dry and irritated. You can learn all about sulphates in our blog "What is sulfate-free shampoo?"
Shampoo For Dry Hair
If you have dry hair, you'll more than likely notice that your hair has a brittle texture to touch, you may also notice that you have stray hairs and split ends will more than likely be visible. Most of the time, this can also be pair with a dry scalp as well, so you may want to take a look at the suggestions above also.
If you are suffering with dry hair though, then this is what you're going to want to do.
- Use hydrating shampoos
- Use a sulphate free shampoo
- Use a shampoo that will replenish the hair with lost oils such as the Affinage Kitoko Oil Treatment Cleanser
- Always be sure to use a good hair conditioner anf if time permits, try and use a hair repair treatment to help restore the hair further.
It's also important to note that if possible, avoid using as much heat on your hair and if you must straighten and blow dry your hair, always use a good thermal defence spray. Also remember that you don't need to have your hot tools on the highest possible setting. There are some brand of hair straighteners on the market that unfortunately do only come with one heat setting and it's sadly one of the biggest names in the hair straigthener industry. If possible, we would recommend replacing those hair straighteners with something that does have an adjustable heat setting on there so you can lower the level of heat used on your hair.
Shampoo For Coloured Hair
When you've had your hair coloured, Especially in a hair salon, It's a given that you're going to want that hair colour to last as long as possible! What many people fail to do though after having their hair coloured, is use a good shampoo that is designed for coloured hair! It's not just something the hair industry has made up. Whilst we always recommend using a sulphate free shampoo (unless your scalp and hair are oily) we would deffintely say that if you're not going to use a shampoo designed for coloured hair then at least use a sulphate free shampoo as this will strip the hair less and help your colour last longer.
There are however some incredible shampoos on the market now that will not only help to prevent your colour from fading but some of them even contain pigment themselves that will help keep your colour topped up! Unfortunately, it's not going to cover your roots, you'll still need to pop back into the salon for that. What we've personally found though is that some of these pigmented shampoos actually go quite far and while some of them may seem expensive, they last a very long time and it's certainly a lot less expensive than booking in at the salon again!
Shampoo For Brazilian Blow Dry Treated Hair
Personally, the Brazilian Blow Dry is one of my favourite services we offer in our Wolverhampton Salon. If you're somebody that loves their hair perfectly straight, then you may have already had a Brazilian Blow Dry and fallen in love with them.
They're pretty easy to maintain and there isn't much aftercare involved either but as with any service, you want to get your monies worth right? So the key piece of advice that we give to any client that has had a Brazilian Blow Dry is to use a sulphate free shampoo! Sulphate free shampoo is becoming a common theme through this blog in all honesty!
Using a sulphate free shampoo will increase the lifespan of your Brazilian Blow Dry. We often say that you can get about 3 months out of your treatment however, if you look after it with this one piece of advice, you can very well get up to 6 months out of your treatment! Over the course of a year, that's a pretty good saving!
There are many affordable sulphate free shampoos on the market