Confused about choosing the right shampoo for your hair? Does the type of shampoo you use really make a difference?
Technically, a shampoo is a product made to rid your scalp of sebum or oil. This prevents hair follicle inflammation and other fungal infections, which can lead to poor hair growth and even hair loss.
Shampoos are cleansing agents designed to remove not only oil, but also dirt, pollution, hair-styling products, and other unnecessary residues stuck in your hair.
Two basic things to consider before buying a hair shampoo:
1. Hair Type
Your hair type matters when it comes to choosing the right cleansing product for your tresses.There is no one-size-fits all product even in shampoos.
We need to know this because buying a shampoo isn’t just about choosing a preferred smell or variant. More importantly, it is about identifying what your hair type really needs.
Common Hair Types
Normal Hair - Normal hair produces minimal hair sebum. This hair type hasn't undergone any chemical treatments yet. Men typically fall into this category. Shampoos for normal hair contain lauryl sulfate for good oil removal and minor conditioning. Normal hair types may no longer need a separate bottle of conditioner.
Dry and Damaged Hair - Dull and damaged locks need a shampoo with mild cleansing properties but with intense conditioning. Usually these shampoos are marketed as “2-in-1”, which means they are both a shampoo and a conditioner in one.
Oily Hair - This hair type needs a shampoo that has a stronger cleansing component to eliminate excessive sebum in the scalp and strands. Shampoos for oily hair types usually contain lauryl sulfates or sulfosuccinates detergents. A hair conditioner is not necessary for this hair type.
Problematic Hair & Scalp - People with severe dandruff, scalp fungal infections, or any other diseases may require a medicated shampoo. They also need to consult a dermatologist to get proper treatment. Regular shampoos may only aggravate an existing scalp condition. Most medicated shampoos are designed to cleanse hair and relieve scalp itching.
Thinning Hair - For those that are suffering from hair shedding, choosing the right hair cleansing product can be more challenging. Harsh ingredients can only worsen their condition. The truth is that there’s no one immediate solution to any hair loss problem. The good news is that there are natural remedies that are safe and can encourage follicle hair growth. Hair growth shampoos contain gentle cleansing agents as well as organic herb extracts such as jojoba and olive oil that boost hair health.
2. Shampoo Ingredients
In general, all shampoos have the same basic formulation; namely foaming agents, thickeners, PH neutralizers, and some special additives that offer unique functional characteristics to a certain shampoo brand. Conventional shampoos, when used daily, can strip away our hair's natural moisture and balance. Using a natural, sulfate-free shampoo is a great way to prevent hair dryness and scalp irritations from daily washing.
Thus, checking the label and knowing what’s inside the bottle can make a big difference when it comes to growing beautiful hair.
The most important thing is to know your hair type, your hair's specific needs, and to find the safest way available to achieve better hair.