How to Choose the Right Shampoo for Your Hair

Hair gets dirty when sebum, an oily substance secreted by the skin’s sebaceous glands, coats the shaft. Dead skin cells and airborne dirt stick to the sebum. A good shampoo leaves hair manageable, easy-to-comb and glossy. However, the shampoo one might choose and find suitable might not work well with another. Therefore, there are certain considerations to be kept in mind before hitting up on a shampoo for your hair.

  • Identify your hair type. Decide whether it is dry, oily, normal, flaky, limp or just normal. Consult your hairdresser if necessary.
  • If your hair is oily, choose a gentle shampoo that is made specifically for oily hair and/or for daily use, if your hair gets greasy. Make sure it has ingredients like tea tree oil, sage oil and chamomile.
  • Opt for a moisturizing shampoo for curly hair, and a protein-based shampoo for kinky hair.
  • If you are lucky enough to have normal hair, choose a shampoo that is made specifically for normal hair, and make sure it’s meant for daily or every-other-day washes.
  • Hair loss and flaky scalp may not always be the result of shampoo. These might depend also on how well you treat your hair otherwise.
  • Read the label on a protein-based shampoo and make sure that protein is listed as one of the first ingredients, followed by shea butter, glycerin, sulfur or carotene.
  • Use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner every day for hair that’s been dyed, bleached or highlighted.
  • Once you have found a shampoo that agrees with your hair, it is always better not to act rolling stone and experiment with newer brands that flood the marker, even though you might be tempted to do so.

1 response to How to Choose the Right Shampoo for Your Hair

  1. My granddaughter is a Caucasian with kinky fly away hair. When her hair is wet, it doesn’t look like she has that much but when it begins to dry, it gets bigger and bigger. The bang area is kinky and stands straight out if she doesn’t wear a headband. It seems that every strand goes in a different direction. Help!

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