In my opinion, it’s not easy to choose the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair just by browsing the shampoo aisle of your local grocery store. Most people don’t really understand what the words on shampoo and conditioner labels really mean. Straightening, smoothing, moisturizing, volumizing – these are just a few of the confusing terms we encounter. Finding the hair products that you really need might seem like an almost hopeless task, but it doesn’t need to be so difficult. All you need to do is to learn the meanings of some of those terms on the labels, and more importantly, to understand different scalp and hair types and know where your hair fits in to these types.
What Type of Hair and Scalp Do You Have?
There are two different ways you can classify scalp types. One focuses on how much oil the scalp produces: scalps may be dry, normal or oily. A scalp can also be classified as thin or thick. Thin scalps are prone to hair loss, thin hair, and slow hair growth. Thick scalps usually produce healthy, thick hair that grows quickly. Always take your type of scalp into consideration when you choose your shampoo – what conditioner you use is determined by your hair type.
An oily scalp can make your hair look embarrassingly greasy. If your scalp is oily, look for shampoo labels with words like balancing, strengthening or volumizing, because these shampoos are generally less moisturizing and won’t contribute to your problem. If your scalp is dry, look for words like hydrating, moisturizing or smoothing. If your scalp is in between dry and oily, it is considered normal. The amount of oil produced by your scalp may vary with the seasons, so you can use different shampoos in different seasons if necessary.
Hair is classified by its texture – kinky, curly, wavy or straight. Your hair texture is an important factor to consider when choosing your shampoo. It’s often said that great hair starts in your shower, but in reality it starts even before that, when you understand your own hair and scalp type well enough to choose products that exactly fit your needs. If your hair is healthy and normal, look for a shampoo labeled “for all hair types.” These shampoos will detangle, smoothen and nourish your hair better than any others. If your hair is curly, you need shampoos and conditioners that tame your curls and provide nourishment to your hair. Wavy or frizz-prone hair needs smoothing and moisturizing products to stay manageable. Damaged or dry hair requires cleansing and moisturizing products. Thin or fine hair needs volumizing products to add body without weighing down your hair. Colored hair needs products that are free of sulfates and alcohol, as these ingredients can strip the color from your hair over time.
How Can I Find the Best Conditioner?
Most of the conditioners that you are familiar with are intended to be used right after you shampoo, but you can also buy two-in-one products that condition and shampoo at the same time. Be sure to check out WEN products for hair, a line that we recommend highly. Most people use conditioner because they want their hair to feel smooth and soft to the touch after shampooing. But if the conditioner “gets stuck” on your hair, it can feel too smooth and slippery, which is not the effect you’re going for. Try to choose a lighter weight conditioner that rinses away really thoroughly. Below you can see our top recommendations and guides to buying the conditioner that works for you. Once you’ve found the right product, you need to learn how to apply it properly. Be sure to take some time to look at our pointers about the best way to use your conditioners to get the best results. If your hair is dry, you need deep conditioning t0 restore your hair’s moisture. Something in your environment or lifestyle may have caused this drying, or you may have chosen a shampoo that dried out your hair too much. Choosing the best option from among so many possibilities isn’t easy. Where do you start, and what exactly should you be looking for in a deep conditioner?
The Internet can teach you a lot, and it’s where most people start their search. Try Googling “where to find good deep conditioners.” You should find lots of sites as well as reviews of several brands of conditioners. Some of these products will work well, but many, perhaps even most, will not. We have chosen our top 5 deep conditioners, to provide a place to start. Take a look!
Are Leave-In Conditioning Products Effective?
Leave-in conditioners are great for busy people who want the best for their hair, but do not want to spend a lot of time fussing over it. They are easy to apply and quick to use, and they work. Here we get into the details of which leave-in treatments are best, what qualities you should be looking for, and how to find the leave-in that’s best for you. We also give a list of our top picks for leave-in conditioners currently in the market, so you’ll have an idea of where to start. As with other products, the leave-in conditioner you choose will depend on the type of scalp and hair you have. Natural and curly hair are both challenging to work with. Leave-in conditioners are really one of the best ways to style, smooth, and stream-line your curls. People often ask us what leave-in product is best for their curly hair. If you’ve been wondering about this, check out our shopping guide and list of favorite leave-in conditioners for natural and curly hair.
Can I get a good leave-in conditioning product for 10 dollars or less?
You don’t need to spend top dollar to get a top quality product. We have compiled a list of the top 10 leave-in conditioners that cost less than 10 dollars. It’s definitely worth your while to check this one out.
All about Best Conditioners:
- Conditioner 101
- What’s the difference between 3 Major Types Of Conditioners?
- What Is The Best Leave In Conditioner?
- 3 Simple Steps to Make the Best Homemade Hair Conditioner
Choosing the Best Shampoo that Suits Your Hair
As we discussed earlier, most people have a hard time understanding all the terminology on the labels of hair products such as shampoos. To make sense of all these terms, we should first know the ingredients in shampoos and understand how these ingredients work. Every shampoo functions as both a cleanser and a conditioner. The ratio of cleanser to conditioner varies according to what hair type the shampoo is intended for. Every shampoo is unique (like your hair) and if you want beautiful, manageable hair it’s important to find a shampoo that is uniquely suited to your needs. Cleansers remove the oil and dirt from your hair. Conditioner treats dryness and damage, but can also weigh hair down. Light-weight, thin hair requires shampoos with more cleanser because oil and dirt are heavy enough to make thin hair look flat. Healthy, thick hair requires both more cleanser and more conditioner. Because thicker hair holds more oil and dirt, it likewise needs more cleanser, but it can also deal with the weight of conditioner more easily than thinner hair.
It’s helpful to understand how different kinds of shampoos work. A straightening shampoo smoothes out your hair by coating it with a layer of oil. Volumizing shampoos work by opening the cuticles of the hair to increase the size of the hair shaft, which can be damaging if not used correctly. Anti-dandruff products treat dandruff in a couple of different ways, because dandruff can have different causes which in turn require different ingredients to treat them. Clarifying shampoos are intended to thoroughly cleanse hair in preparation for certain treatments, and can be quite harsh on your hair. Here is a breakdown of which products are best for which types of hair and scalp.
Oily Hair: the Most Common Hair Issue
If you’re trying to find a shampoo that will solve your oily hair problem, but you don’t even know where to begin, take heart. You’re not the only one in this situation. There are so many options available, both in stores and online, that it’s a difficult task to sort through all of them. Also, maybe you have tried some of these shampoos hoping for smoother or more beautiful hair, but the results have disappointed you. Again, you’re not the only person who has experienced this. Hopefully, this article will help you to choose the perfect shampoo for your oily hair. We have provided our top choices of shampoos for oily hair after reviewing popular products like the Shampoo for Thinning Hair and Oily Hair from the Biota Botanicals Bioxsine Series, and Senscience Specialty Shampoo Oily Scalp. Be sure to check it out!
How Can I Give my Hair More Volume?
One of the simplest ways to fix thin, lifeless hair is to choose an appropriate volumizing shampoo. A good volumizing product will add both strength and volume to hair.
You may also be wondering how to increase the smoothness and shine of your hair. Trying to address this issue by just shampooing your hair more or harder will only make things worse. You should look for an appropriate clarifying shampoo instead. We have researched the causes of common hair issues, and it turns out that a good clarifying shampoo addresses many of these problems. Take a look at our top choices among clarifying shampoos!
This is Just the Beginning of the Path to Great-Looking Hair
If your hair is damaged or dry, there are several different ways you can address this issue. Choosing the best shampoo for your damaged or dry hair is crucial, but can also be difficult. Finding the perfect shampoo for this type of hair is problematic. There are many different options available, but surprisingly few of them are actually effective. Some are designed specifically for certain hair types, such as color-treated hair for example. A product that really treats damaged hair is a rare find. Your choice of shampoo needs to be an informed decision, taking all of the various factors into account. This takes effort and patience on your part. It’s worth the effort, though, because the best shampoo will build your confidence by making your hair healthy and beautiful, while hair that continues to look dry and damaged will lower your morale. Here you will find our three top picks for shampoo to repair damaged and dry hair.
Do Colored and Natural Hair Require Different Products?
For most people, looking after natural hair can be a little difficult. It might be helpful to know that there are products specifically designed to take good care of natural hair. Done right, natural hair will give you a beautiful natural look that stands out from the crowd. Most women and many men would give a lot to have natural, sexy hair. Having hair that is the envy of so many people requires you to find the best available natural products on the market. Trial and error is sometimes the only way to find out what works for you. Only a handful of the many products available work really well and are worth the money you spend on them. There are very cheap products available, but most won’t produce the desired results – natural hair that is not brittle or dry. A certain amount of experimentation is fine, but don’t go overboard. Trying every single available product can end up damaging your delicate natural hair.
How about making your own shampoos and conditioners?
Of course it’s easier to buy products off the shelf, but how much do you really know about what goes into them? If knowing what you put onto your body is important to you, why not try making your conditioner at home? We have shared a few easy recipes for DIY conditioners that are affordable and effective. The ingredients are all natural, and you’ll have fun trying these out at home!
If you’ve gone through all of this information, and if you’ve tried some of our suggestions and still aren’t getting the results you’re looking for, you should consult with your stylist. A professional stylist is better able to diagnose your hair and scalp type and give you advice about which products will work for you.