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Seven Shampoos Every Woman Should Know

What's the Difference Between All These Shampoos?

The next time you walk down the shampoo aisle at your favorite grocery store or beauty supply shop, take a look at the sheer number of products on the shelves. Though you might think that all shampoos are the same, some can help with volume, color or hydration—or address common scalp complaints. Take a look at some of the different types of shampoo that might be right for your hair.

Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo is great for those who suffer from product build up. Product build up occurs when you use hairspray, gel and other products on a daily basis. Hair with product build up feels heavy, sticky and flat.

Designed to strip extra products from each follicle, clarifying shampoo also removes hair dye and may strip the color from your hair. Use it once a week or less.

Dandruff Shampoo

Dandruff is a condition that causes dead skin to flake off the scalp. You might notice white flakes on your clothing, skin or even stuck in your hair. Manufacturers design dandruff shampoo with active ingredients to reduce this problem. These shampoos often have a medicinal smell and can be quite harsh, but are a life-saver if you’re suffering from dandruff.

Keratin Shampoo

If you suffer from limp locks and dull or lifeless hair, try using a keratin shampoo. Specifically designed to boost volume, these shampoos contain natural and chemical ingredients that restore protein to your hair. This gives you the appearance of stronger and thicker hair. It’s also a good choice for dry or damaged hair too.

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Moisturizing Shampoo

Dry hair can occur because of genetics, heat damage or because of the products that you use. Opt for a moisturizing shampoo to get your hair all the moisture it needs. These shampoos may have a light and refreshing scent like coconut or fresh flowers, but unscented products are also available. With more moisture, your hair will look shinier and feel silkier.

Chelating Shampoo

Chelating shampoo is one of the more unique products you might come across. Swimmers often use chelating shampoo because it reduces the damage that chlorine does to their hair. Chlorine can bleach the hair and weaken the follicles, which causes the hair to break off.

Chelating shampoo is also a good choice for those with hard water. Chelating shampoos remove minerals and chemicals to make your hair look and feel healthier.


When you find yourself pressed for time in the morning, you might use a combination shampoo and conditioner product. You’ll find products that boost your volume and deliver the moisture that you hair needs. A dime-size dollop of the shampoo and conditioner hydrates and cleanses your hair.

Other similar products act as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Combination products generally do not work as well as individual products, but are a huge help if you’re in a rush.

Dry Shampoo

Liquid shampoos are not your only option. Many companies now make dry shampoos too. These types of shampoo were originally used in hospitals and medical facilities to clean the hair of patients in comas and those who could not get out of bed.

Dry shampoos come in powder and aerosol form. Apply it to the roots and massage in with your fingers. It absorbs the natural oils that your hair produces and leaves behind a nice scent that hides odors like cigarette smoke and cooking smells.

It might takes months of experimenting before you find the right shampoo for your hair, but looking at some of the different types available can help you on your search. These products are perfect for those who swim or have hard water, people looking for ways to save time in the morning, anyone who wants to reduce product build up and those suffering from dull or lifeless hair.