When it comes to finding the Best Shampoo, one has to first determine their needs. What does your shampoo need to do? What type of hair do you have? What type of hair would you like to have? What special needs does your hair have? How often should you wash your hair? How do I compensate for the humidity in the air? We're here to help you find the answers to these questions, and more! (If you have more questions, feel free to email us and we'll do what we can to help.)
Many shampoos are designed to prepare the hair for a specific
conditioner. One line of reasoning indicates you should therefore choose
your conditioner first (see
Conditioner for more information on this approach.)
How to Get Healthy, Beautiful Hair
Decades ago, people believed that the best way to cleanse hair of dirt and grease was to comb it a hundred times a day. In today's hair world, beauticians say we should NEVER brush WET hair to detangle it. Avoid brushing dry hair; comb or pick through your hair instead. If and when it "pulls", stop and work out the snarl or knot. Brushing and wildly combing through hair can cause great damage to the hair shaft. There is also a common misconception that hair should be washed as little as possible. For 99% of people in the world, this is untrue. Washing your hair regularly cleanses your hair and scalp removing product buildup, unwanted salts and oils from the scalp and environmental material that would otherwise buildup, making your hair look dull and dirty. When you wash your hair you also are washing your scalp. Think of it this way: If you wash your face everyday. If shower everyday. Why wouldn't you wash your hair and your scalp everyday? Cleansing your hair of products buildup, pollution in the air, grease, dirt and dust is very important if you want to have healthy, gorgeous hair.
There are Four Basic Categories of Shampoo
Deep Cleansing Shampoos
The shampoo types that fall into this category are Clarifying Shampoo, Balancing Shampoo, Oil Control Shampoo and Thickening Shampoo. Typically, these shampoos are formulated with slightly higher levels of cleansing ingredients, create more suds, and clean more effectively. The purpose of Deep Cleansing Shampoos is to remove unwanted buildup from your hair and scalp.
The shampoo types that fall into this category are Color Care Shampoo, Moisturizing Shampoo, Smoothing Shampoo, Anti-Frizz Shampoo, Strengthening Shampoo, Straightening Shampoo and Hydrating Shampoo, Volume Shampoo. These shampoos are formulated with a moisturizing agent that is meant to stay in your hair after rinsing. This moisturizing agent helps to smooth, straighten and tame your hair. These shampoos are wonderful for dry hair, color treated hair and heat styled hair. You should avoid these shampoos if you have fine or thin hair as they can weigh down your hair.
The types of shampoos that fall into this category are Anti-Itch Shampoos, Flake Control Shampoos and Dry Scalp Shampoos. These shampoos are formulated with ingredients that control itching and flaking and help to soothe sensitive scalps.
The types of shampoos that fall into this category are Kids Shampoos and Tear-Free Shampoos. These shampoos are formulated to be milder and low foaming, so as not to sting or burn the eyes. These shampoos are great for babies, but do not clean hair quite as well.
What is the Best Shampoo for Me?
Finding the best shampoo for you is really quite simple. You have 2 approaches
Pick your shampoo first: The first step is to determine what type of hair you have. The second step is to determine the different needs of your hair. Below are the different types of hair people may have as well as the different needs people have for their hair. Some people may have a combination of more than two of the following listed and may require additional hair treatments or hair masques or hair styling aids to meet all their hair needs.
your conditioner first based on the needs of your
hair today , and use the corresponding shampoo, designed by the manufacturer,
to go with the conditioning treatment you need for your hair. (see
to continue with this method of selection)
Shampoo for Regular Hair
Any standard shampoo should suit your hair well, if you hair doesn't fall into any of the other categories. For people with regular hair, when it comes to choosing the best shampoo, it's basically a matter of preference. There are many varieties of basic shampoo that differ in scent, fruit blends, color, etc. They all essentially do the same thing and serve the same purpose; it's up to you what your shampoo is made of and what it smells like. These are really the only things you have to choose from when picking the best basic shampoo for your hair. If you're going green and into all-natural products try Color Lover Shampoo, Abba Shampoo, & Soma Shampoo
Best Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair
If you have fine/thin hair, you'll want a shampoo that won't add extra weight or oil to your hair. Your best shampoo choice would be a volume adding shampoo or thickening shampoo. If you're going green and into all-natural products try Color Lover Volume Shampoo, Abba Volume Shampoo. Roffler makes a very affordable Thickening Shampoo.
Best Shampoo for Dry Hair
For dry hair, it's fairly simple, you'll want a moisture rich shampoo, like Lanza Healing Moisture Shampoo or Color Lover Moisture Shampoo For most people with dry hair, a great shampoo is simply not enough. You'll definitely need a great moisture conditioner to go with your shampoo, and possibly a hair mask/masque or hair oil treatment to make your hair as healthy and as beautiful as it can be.
Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp/Dandruff
There are specially made shampoos for people who have sensitive scalp conditions and dandruff. It is important to find the one that works for you and meets all of your hair's needs. EC Mode has an entire Scalp Wellness Kit to help with many scalp conditions, including dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, thinning hair and other irritating scalp conditions. You can also order individual products and weekly treatments and vitamins to give your hair a helping hand.
Best Shampoo for Swimmers
For the avid swimmer, a specialty shampoo is a necessity. Pools contain harmful chemicals, namely chlorine, that can turn your beloved tresses into a horror story. But pools aren't the only danger; salt water poses just as big a threat as the chemically treated pool water does. It is important to not only cleanse and condition your swimmers hair, but also to protect it. Try EC Modes Swimmers Wellness Kit
Shampoo for Colored/Dyed/Permed Hair
One of the biggest markets of shampoos is colored hair shampoo. There are entire hair products lines devoted to the care of colored hair; the possibilities are endless! So how do you choose the right color protective shampoo for you? Well, if you're going green and into all-natural products try Framesi Color Lover Shampoo, or Abba Color Protect Shampoo. For expert color care, try Framesi Biogenol, Framesi BY Shampoo. Framesi has been in the hair color business since 1947 and makes three entire line of hair products, available in the USA specifically created for color treated hair. Also consider Bonacure Color Save Shampoo from Schwarzkopf.
Shampoo for Hair in a High Humidity Environment
(on the beach like in Florida, Malibu, or Hawaii)
You don't find many places with a greater "humidity impact" on your hair than you find in Hawaii. Paul Brown Hawaii Salons are all in Hawaii and the Paul Brown Hair Products help fight humidity every day. If you live in a high humidity environment you should definitely try Paul Brown Hair Products, starting with Paul Brown Shampoo.
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