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Getting the Most from Your Shampoo

Selecting a shampoo requires a little more effort than picking out the cheapest option available. Find out here which shampoo is best for your hair type and lifestyle.

How many of you blankly stare at the hair care product shelves when you shop for shampoos? You are not alone. Fifty percent[1] of people feel overwhelmed when shopping for shampoo because of all the varieties available.

With so many different types of shampoos, it can be nearly impossible to decide on just one. Many of you may do what most people do and just settle on the most attractive label and price. But how do you know if what you’re buying is giving you the best results for your hair type?

How Does Shampoo Clean Your Hair?
As you probably know, shampoo removes the oil, dirt and dead skin that accumulates in your hair. Even though shampoo is mostly used on hair it’s also an ingredient in other formulas such as cosmetics and skincare products such anti-seborrhoeic and keratolytic agents.

The main ingredients found in shampoos are water, surfactant, foaming, sodium citrate, silicone, polyquaternium, panthenol and preservatives. The ingredient that cleans your hair is the surfactant. The moisturizers or conditioners are sodium citrate, silicone, polyquaternium and pathenol. All the other ingredients are mostly the forming ingredients, except the foaming agent, which is just for your pleasure.

Types of Shampoo
Manufacturers, over time, have played around with the ingredients in shampoo to create different types of shampoo. To deep clean your hair, manufacturers have increased the surfactant ingredient and called it clarifying. If you have color-treated, chemically treated or damaged hair that needs a gentler shampooing, manufactures have lessened the surfactant and called it revitalizing. For limp hair, protein has been added to the shampoo that sticks to the strands of the hair, which plumps or volumizes the hair. More pantheol added to shampoo now provides moisturizing shampoo.

Special Shampoos
You may also see some special shampoos hit the market recently. These shampoos may seem like they make promises that can’t be delivered but they really do give you the benefits they claim.

Swimmer’s Shampoo – If you’re a swimmer, you know how chlorine can dry out your hair. Shampooing your hair with this special shampoo can really help with the damaging effects of the pool because it removes the chlorine from your hair as well as other minerals that can cause dryness.

Sunscreen Shampoo – You may have started to see that some shampoos have started to include sunscreen. This is a great product to purchase if you work outside or spend a lot of time outdoors. Your scalp is susceptible to burns as much as other parts of your body, so it’s a good way to protect it. It can also protect color or permed hair from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light.

Tips for Shampooing Your Hair

  • If you have oily hair, you shouldn’t use conditioner.
  • Do not scrub your hair after shampooing. You should pat or gently squeeze your hair.
  • If you have chemically treated hair, use oily hair conditioners and only use it on the ends of your hair.
  • Use lukewarm water to rinse shampooed hair.
  • Soak up excess oil with lemon juice after shampooing and rinse.
  • Switch shampoos monthly.
  • Try an egg shampoo if you have dry hair.
  • You don’t get what you pay for with shampoos. Try different brands and prices to find the best one for your hair type.

Did You Know?
One out of four women[1] won’t do an activity because of what their hair looks like and 88 percent of women say when their having a good hair day they feel better about themselves. So the next time you go shopping for shampoo, take some time to choose one that complements your hair type. You’ll be amazed at the results and how much better you’ll feel about yourself.

  1. [1] - The Science of Shampoo - The Daily Beast,



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