Choosing the right shampoo for your hair type can be a tedious process. With so many specialized products in the market nowadays, you are actually spoilt for choices. Either that, or you are constantly confused by trying to make out which one would suit you the best. You will come across people who have used the wrong shampoo for their hair an entire lifetime, and as a result their scalp has suffered. And there is only so much you can understand based on the contents of the shampoo bottle before making a buying decision for a specific shampoo.
Even so, a few key things to keep in mind while going through what seems like an arduous effort in finding the right shampoo will make your days easier going forward.
Understand your hair type: While it is true that shampoos are used to help with nourishment of your hair and scalp, it is equally important to remember what shampoos are meant to do in the first place. And even with the different kinds of shampoo that are available to you, you have to remind yourself that it is meant to clean your hair of oil, dirt and any other product that you may have used on your head. And for the shampoo to do its primary work properly, it is essential for you to identify your hair type. Now most people get confused and are not able to identify their hair type properly.
A classic example of this is people who have a combination type of hair. Ideally, people have an oily scalp and dry hair ends. But because they have assessed only one part of it, they feel their hair type is either dry or oily. Which isn’t true. What would make this assessment easy is to think of it in this way. Your scalp, the floor of your head, where the roots of your hair are, is oily. And that is where the shampoo functions. A shampoo is a cleaning agent that is supposed to get rid of the dirt and oil from your scalp and roots. And going by this assessment, you should buy a shampoo that works best for an oily scalp. For the dry/frizzy hair ends, you should get a moisturizing conditioner because it takes care of the dry ends.
Dry Scalps: People with considerably high levels of dry, itchy and flaky scalp, you need to tread a bit carefully because this one is easy to get wrong. You have to avoid shampoos with words strengthen, volume and balance. For extremely itchy or flaky scalp, the best solution would be to use medicated shampoos or ones specially formulated for dry scalp. And for people with moderate to low dry scalp, you can use shampoos that have hydrating or moisturizing effects.
Oily Scalps: For this type of hair, it is important to find the right product. Since in this hair type, there is an abundance of oil and sebum production, you have to find a product which, apart from cleaning the scalp and the roots of your hair, also help control this excess oil and sebum production. While looking for your perfect product, you should pay heed to the ingredients of the shampoo you are going to buy. Avoid the ones that say they are moisturizing, hydrating, smoothing for your hair. Instead, look for words like volume, strengthen, balance mentioned on the bottle.
You will find that these effects are useful when it comes to controlling excess oil production. It should be noted that clarifying shampoo also falls under this category, however the usage needs to be monitored properly as a lot of people overuse this shampoo, looking for instant results. The result is your scalp gets very dry, stimulating more oil and also causing dandruff.
Using the conditioner: A common mistake people tend to make is lather and apply conditioners deep into the scalp right after shampooing. This according to experts is a strict no-no, because a conditioner is supposed to work towards the higher part and the dry ends of your hair. Not the roots.
Go green: For the most part, the best foot forward is switching to natural hair care products (if you haven’t already). Vegan shampoos, hydrating shampoo for dry hair, natural anti dandruff shampoo for oily hair with dandruff have been known to provide great results. One of the reasons why a natural hair care product would work better is because the extracts and ingredients of that product line are natural. Vedaearth’s shampoos, from the anti-dandruff shampoo for oily hair to the moisturizing shampoo for dry and frizzy hair is a must buy in this regard. Devoid of harmful chemicals, sulphates, parabens and silicones, the shampoos by Vedaearth are 100% natural and work on all types of hair.
Author Bio: Working from a Vedaearth, Deepka has become an avid blogger in a very short span. She aims to reach as many people as possible across the country to educate the women on the benefits of Vegan Products and Aromatherapy.