If you want the best for your hair, be very selective in choosing the perfect shampoo for your hair type. It’s really easy if you keep a few guidelines in mind:
Identify your hair type: This is the first and most important step to take. Your choice of shampoo needs to be based on whether you have fine, dry, oily, straight, curly, frizzy, fly away or wavy (among others) type of hair. Also, do you have colour treated or damaged hair? Was your hair subjected to harsh, chemical treatments like perming or straightening?
Check the labels: Always read the labels on shampoo bottles carefully to check the ingredients and which hair type they are meant for. Using the wrong shampoo could result in having a very bad hair day!
Cleaning not stripping: Ensure you select a shampoo that will cleanse your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Avoid any shampoo that may contain any harsh chemicals in its list of ingredients. Using a gentle herbal shampoo would be the best bet. If you shampoo your hair frequently, choose a really gentle shampoo which will nourish your hair.
From hair type to scalp type: Identifying your scalp type is as important as hair type. Because the condition of your scalp influences the condition of your hair. So be very clear – do you have an oily, dry or normal scalp? Remember, the condition of your scalp will also vary with the seasons. The scalp tends to be dryer in winter and oilier in hot, humid weather. So don’t use the same shampoo all year round.
The importance of shampoo type: The market is flooded with a plethora of shampoos, so do identify what works best for you. There are shampoos that hydrate, moisturise, nourish, repair, detangle, strengthen, and balance, and so on. Your choice will depend on exactly what your hair and scalp need, to be healthy and luxuriant.
So do a little homework on your hair and scalp and freeze on the perfect shampoo for your needs.