Have you ever walked into a store just to buy shampoo and been overwhelmed by the literally hundreds of products lining the shelves? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Countless women struggle with this problem every time they go shopping for beauty supplies. One of the reasons that the decision can be so difficult is that a woman may not know exactly what type of shampoo will give the best results. The truth is that it’s complicated and a shampoo that works wonders for one woman may leave another’s hair frizzy or flat. Understanding the different types of hair and the shampoos that work best is the first step to getting a shampoo that’s right for you.
To start, figure out what type of hair you have. Is it thick or thin, oily or dry, curly or straight? All of these attributes are important and each will have some bearing on the right choice of shampoo. Let’s take a look at oily hair. It’s caused by having a dry scalp, so you’ll want a product that balances the scalp and, in turn, reduces the amount of oil in the hair. There are plenty of products like this and one of the key ingredients to look for is tea tree oil as it is excellent at balancing the oil in the scalp and hair. If your hair is dry or damaged, it may be better to use a moisturizing shampoo that promotes the retention of oil. Some common moisturizing ingredients are shea butter and glycerin.
Thin hair wants volume, so the right choice are those products that naturally encourage more hair growth and thicken the hair. Lavender and lemongrass are two examples of good ingredients for thin hair and they also help to stop hair loss. At the other end of the spectrum, thicker hair has a stronger need for a deeper clean due to the size of the hair. Some products contain harsh chemicals for this deep cleaning effect, but a better choice is to find shampoos that are high in vitamin A, E, and C as they will keep the hair strong and clean at the same time.
Once you know what type of hair you have and what it needs to be healthy, it’s time to start reading labels. Surprisingly enough, many of the expensive and cheap shampoos contain the same ingredients and the price of the costly products is more about the label on the bottle. For many women, avoiding ammonium lauryl sulfate is a good idea as it is a harsh cleanser and can strip the hair. Sodium laureth sulfate is milder, but can still affect some people in a negative way. There are less complaints with sodium coco sulfate and a woman with a sensitive scalp may wish to search out products containing this ingredient.
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