Not every product is good for everyone! Before choosing your shampoo, you should answer the following questions.
1) What is your scalp type?
- If you have an oily scalp, it’s important to select a shampoo that will remove excess grease without stripping your hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy. Avoid shampoos that are advertised as moisturizing, conditioning, or smoothing. Instead, look for labels that say volumizing, sebum control, oil control, clarifying, or balancing.
- A dry scalp isn’t producing enough of natural oil (sebum). Applying coconut oil before shampooing is especially good for those who have a dry scalp! Apply it directly to your scalp, and massage it with your fingers for 3-5 minutes. Then leave it for half an hour or so before hitting the shower, as mentioned in my favourite minimalist hair care routine . As for the shampoo, opt for a gentle formula made for dry hair that promote moisture and hydration. Avoid products with alcohol, parabens and acrylates that will only irritate your scalp even more. If you scalp is also itchy, inflamed, and flaky, consider visiting a dermatologist first, so that you can get the right treatment options for your condition.
2) What is your hair type?
- If you have fine hair, you need a shampoo that adds thickness, and doesn’t weight down your roots. Avoid formulas that are packed with heavy silicones that weigh down roots and leave hair looking greasy after just a few hours. Instead, look for formulas that contain thickening ingredients, like panthenol and advanced polymers for increased volume.
- Formulas containing sulfates are usually harsh on curly hair. If you have this hair type, the general recommendation is to look for anti-frizz, sulfate-free formulas that have conditioning ingredients such as coconut, jojoba, and olive oils.
- Coarse and damaged hair can sometimes look straw-like. Look for rich shampoos that contain the ultra-conditioning ingredients keratin and avocado oil for smooth, soft, and protected locks.
Once you are aware of your scalp & hair type, you’ll know what products you should be looking for! Let me know, in the comments section below, what is your hair and scalp type, and how you normally choose your shampoo 🙂