What We Recommend For Your Hair Type
The Ultimate Shampoo Guide
So it’s clear that not all heads of hair were created equal. While some women are lucky enough to have smooth and shiny hair, most of us spend copious amounts of time and money adding life to limp locks, taming wild curls, or adding oomph to the dull colour.
In fact, it’s estimated that some women spend hundreds each month buying and trying products that promise to give you shampoo commercial results.
Well ladies, listen up. When it comes to shampoo (and conditioner), the more expensive brand isn’t necessarily best. The trick is to buy what works best for your hair, and shockingly, that $5 drugstore brand could give you more salon style than its $25 counterpart. Keep your focus on the ingredients and texture, not the price. And it’s always a good idea to buy a small trial size (if possible) before splurging on a big bottle! Read on to see what we recommend for your hair type.
- Coarse, curly hair: Curly hair and dry hair go hand in hand, and that’s because oils produced in the scalp don’t travel as easily down the shaft as they do with straight hair. Look for creamy, moisturising shampoos that contain wheat germ oil, shea butter, and nut oils. These will coat the hair shaft and trap moisture inside. Be sure to condition with a moisturising conditioner every single time you shampoo, and use a monthly hot oil treatment.
- Fine, oily, or limp hair: The number one complaint from people with fine hair is that it ends to look oily — sometimes just a day or less after a wash. To avoid the curse of greasy hair, avoid creamy shampoos and opt for clear ones that are labelled for daily or frequent washing. Also buy shampoos that contain the body-building ingredient panthenol, which penetrates the hair cuticle and makes it stand thicker. When it comes to conditioning, skip it all together or just do the ends with a light weight conditioner. If you have extremely oily hair, try an oil-absorbing tea tree oil in your conditioner and use dry shampoo in between washings.
- Processed hair: If you colour, perm, or relax your hair, then adding moisture should be a key part of your hair beauty regime. However, processed hair often suffers from the double-edged sword of oily roots and dry ends. In this case, you’ll want to shampoo your hair every other day using a shampoo made for normal hair, concentrating on cleaning the scalp. Then use a strong conditioner only on the mid to end of your locks. It’s usually a good idea to use products that are marked as “for color-treated hair” to help preserve your colour.
Why Shampoo Cocktailing Is A Thing
Call us selfish, but settling for one beauty product is just not our style. Women have many needs when it comes to their beauty routines, so why should we limit ourselves to one solution? This is especially true with our hair. With so many things working against it — humidity, hair dye, heat — you need to make sure your hair is getting the right nourishment. And, sometimes that means getting some goodness from more than one source. For so long, we’ve stayed committed to one, single formula, thinking it was the only thing that could ever love our locks the right way. We’re here to tell you it’s time to test the waters and shake things up a bit. Yes, we’re talking shampoo cocktailing. Find out why and how you should be doing it!
Every shampoo has a purpose, whether it be to clarify, moisturise, protect or simply nourish, each bottle brings something different to the table. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be reaping more than one of these benefits. You know how great double-cleansing is for your face? The mixing of shampoos is equally beneficial, especially if you wash your hair less frequently (as you should!), say, twice a week or so. Doubling up on your formulas allows you to maximise your lather and pack your hair with the ingredients it needs to stay healthy and manageable.
Start with a clarifying shampoo that will thoroughly clean and freshens up your scalp and prep it for your targeted formula (try Garnier Pure Clean Shampoo). It’s best to really work it into your roots, as this is where you get a lot of product and oil build-up. Once you’ve rinsed, work the next formula of your choice into your hair. This can be specially targeted to your hair’s specific needs (color-enhancing, moisturising or anti-breakage). Just, lather, rinse and your hair is ready to roll!