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What’s the Right Shampoo for Your Hair?

How to Choose a Great Shampoo

A great shampoo is the foundation of healthy hair and is the key to simple styling. Don’t let endless shampoo choices make you pull your hair out! Simply identify your hair type, and look for the scientifically formulated ingredients that correspond to those needs.

Most shampoos identify on the label what hair type the shampoo is designed for. Not all shampoos can solve all hair issues. Choose your most important hair need and pick a formula that addresses that for best results.

Fine or Thinning Hair

Fine hair has little bounce and lacks volume. The key to managing fine hair is to select a brand of shampoo that is gentle and is formulated to provide structure, without weighing hair down. A good shampoo will help your fine hair look and feel fuller.

Once you find a gentle volumizing shampoo, be sure not to overdo the conditioner. Fine hair requires less product. Apply a small amount, to only the ends of your hair.

Keywords to look for: gentle, volumizing, lightweight

Dry, Damaged Hair

Dry and damaged hair is typically frizzy, with split ends, and often has a straw-like texture. Follow this advice if you’re wondering how to choose a shampoo for curly hair, too. Curly hair tends to fit in the “damaged and dry” category, and is often difficult to manage.

For these types of hair, look for “extra moisturizing” shampoos. Dry, damaged and curly hair can be vulnerable, so it is important to find a shampoo that adds an extra layer of protection.

The goal of a moisturizing shampoo is to tame frizz and manage volume. A good, thick, moisturizing conditioner helps too.

Keywords to look for: moisturizing, restoring, smoothing, hydrating

Oily Hair

If your hair feels greasy to the touch and gets weighed down, you probably have oily hair. Look for shampoos that have silk powder and surfactants to gently remove excess oil.

Avoid shampoos designed for oily hair if you have a sensitive scalp. Shampoo geared towards oily hair can often strip the scalp of moisture.

As with fine hair, use conditioner sparingly, or not at all. While stylists recommend daily washing, choose dry shampoo for the days you do not wash your hair with traditional shampoo.

Key words to look for: oil-fighting, clarifying

Color-Treated Hair

Almost everyone has color-treated hair these days, and chemists have formulated shampoos to keep that color long-lasting.

If you have color-treated hair, your goal in a shampoo should be to prevent fading and minimize damage to vulnerable strands. Strong shampoos can strip the color from your strands.

Avoid washing your hair more than twice a week, and look for color-safe and sulfate-free shampoos. If you have an oily scalp, a dry shampoo is a great option for non-shampoo days.

Keywords to look for: anti-fade, sulfate-free, color-safe

Finding a great shampoo is simple if you can identify your most pressing hair issue. Modern brands formulate shampoos to target very specific hair needs based on hair type and condition. Knowing which formula to look for based on your lifestyle and hair needs will make every day a great hair day.