Finding the Best Shampoos and Conditioners for Every Hair Type

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What’s Your Hair Type?
Is your hair texture curly or straight, frizzy or flat? Is it dry or oily? Do you color it? Depending on your answers to these questions there is a specialized shampoo and conditioner just for you. The trick is matching the product to your specific hair type. Before you select a shampoo and conditioner, remember that shampoo is meant to clean the hair and the scalp of dirt, oil and styling products, while conditioner is meant to condition hair and restore moisture that can be lost during shampooing. Keep in mind that the two may not have the same needs. For example, if your scalp is oily and your hair is dry, you should choose a shampoo that is best suited for an oily scalp and a conditioner formulated to hydrate dry hair. It is perfectly alright to mix product groups and brands to find the combination that works for you.

Over-washing can cause scalp and hair to be oilier, as can washing too infrequently. Avoid shampoos that are hydrating, moisturizing, smoothing, or made for curly hair. These tend to add too much moisture. Look for labels that mention volumizing, strengthening, or balancing. Spend extra time working shampoo into scalp to break up oil. Try Maple Holistics degrease shampoo.
For scalps that are only slightly dry with little to no itching or flaking, look for shampoo labels that promote moisture, hydration or smoothing. Avoid clear shampoos and go straight for the creamy ones. You’ll also want to look for an ultra-moisturizing conditioner. Try Kerastase Nutritive Bain Magistral and Nutritive Fondant Magistral.

Does your blowout deflate in minutes? Try a volumizing shampoo! If your style needs a boost, a volumizing shampoo can be a great foundation. You also want a gentle shampoo marked for daily or frequent washing. Try the MUROTO VOLUME FOR FINE HAIR collection by Shu Uemura Art of Hair.

When caring for color-treated hair, look for protein-based shampoos with ingredients such as wheat and soy extracts or silk amino acids. The goal is to reinforce weak areas in the hair shaft caused by coloring, straightening, relaxing or perming. Concentrate on cleansing the scalp, then utilize a strong conditioner on mid-shaft to ends of hair. Look for shampoo labels that promote moisture, hydration, smoothing and balancing. These products are great for moisture balance without weighing down hair. Try Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo and Conditioner by Paul Mitchell.

When dealing with a head full of curls, you need a shampoo that softens hair while minimizing frizz. Creamy, moisturizing shampoos work best. Look on the ingredients list for wheat germ oil, shea butter and nut oils (almond and macadamia, for example). More than any other hair type, women with coarse, curly hair must condition every time they shampoo. Choose an ultra-moisturizing conditioner made especially for coarse hair. Air dry as often as possible to let curls dry naturally. Try Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil.

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