Whenever buying a shampoo we find ourselves lost in the middle of a multitude of brands, properties and beautiful, colorful packages. Volume, regeneration, colored hair, curly hair, just to name a few of the wide range of shampoos we have to deal with. Therefore, how do we make the right choice? How do we know which is the good one for our hair? Sometimes we let ourselves influenced by TV commercials and sometimes we just follow our instinct.
The use of shampoo, meaning massaging the scalp with water and
soap, first appeared at the end of the 19th century, when the
English people brought these hygiene habits from their Indian
colonies. Until then, people were using different inappropriate
substances in order to take care of their hair, like clay, flour,
or pig fat. Times changed a lot and things have strongly evolved to
the point of us using several liters of shampoo every year.
We usually buy beauty products hoping that they would do miracles for us. The same thing happens when choosing the right shampoo. We buy expensive ones believing that they will become that magic potion in order to make our hair shiny, silky, smooth, thick and easy to maintain. Still, when buying a shampoo, we should look for the following things: it should clean the hair from sebum, dust, dead skin and oils; it should act well regardless the type of water used; it shouldn't irritate the skin or damage the hair.
When our hair gets dirty, natural oils trickle on all the
hair length and therefore drawing
dust and dirt. This is the right time when one should use
The shampooing process should be made in two main steps, seeing not to use shampoo in excess in order to avoid any damage to your hair or scalp. First of all, you should apply a larger quantity of shampoo massaging gently the scalp and avoiding traumatizing the skin. Rinse and apply a smaller quantity of shampoo that will help you do the total cleaning. Rinsing is very important as you need water in abundance in order to remove all the shampoo and impurities on your hair. For an extra shiny effect is advisable that the last time you rinse to do it with cold water.
Long and medium-length hair. If you have long or medium-length hair, it is recommended to use shampoo for mixed hair. Mixed hair have the particularity of regulating the sebum secretion and recreating the hydraulic film of the length and ends. On the other hand, it is not advisable to use the so-called “2 in 1” formulas that tend to make the hair heavier. In this case, you should better use a conditioner that you must rinse thoroughly. If you have short hair, choose a cleaning shampoo that will absorb the sebum excess.
Colored or permed hair. Colored hair and perm hair are more fragile and they need to recover the balance of the hair fiber. Therefore, you need to choose mild shampoos. Those of you who want to protect their color can opt for special shampoos for colored hair and alternate with neutral ones.
As for those who have thin and soft hair, there are special shampoos enriched with proteins that add volume and body to your hair.
Dry hair. You should use a revitalizing and nourishing shampoo. Dry hair gets damaged very easily and this is why it is necessary to alternate shampoo and repairing hair masks. Go for shampoos with shea butter as they nourish the hair. Also, nourishing and repairing nutri-ceramide shampoos are perfect for dry hair with deteriorated cuticle.
Oily hair. Oily hair is due to a sebum excess. Therefore, you should use extremely mild shampoos with neutral PH. Mild shampoos are less aggressive with your hair. Also, make sure whenever washing your hair to rinse it thoroughly.
Frizzy hair. If you have frizzy hair, the best choice would be mild shampoos. Preferably a shea butter or avocado shampoo as they are rich in vitamins, and work perfectly for frizzy hair who tend to become dry. Usually, it is necessary to use a special conditioner that will help you disentangle your hair, and therefore avoid its breakage.
Curly hair. Usually, those who have curly hair should choose shampoos that allow you to redefine the curls. It is really necessary to use a special shampoo for curly hair as this is the only type of shampoo containing properties that help you "redraw" the beauty of your curls.
Choosing the right shampoo is very important. In fact, if you use a wrong shampoo for your hair type, your hair might be damaged as it will become dry due to the lack of nourishment with the essential elements it needs.