Buyer Beware: Shampoo Selection Tips
How is one supposed to know which type of shampoo to choose from
if there are a hundred brands all scrambling to get the
attention of a million consumers? Easy. Listen to the only
harbinger of wisdom that best knows what is good or bad for its
health - your hair. Though the hair is - technically - a bunch
of dead skin cells, they have varying characteristics. Keep
reading to find out how to get the best out of shampoos being
offered in today's market, and more importantly, how to avoid
shampoos that may actually damage your hair, or make hair fall
1. First things first, know your hair.
It is best to get intimate with it. The hair is literally called
one's crowning glory for a reason, it is on top of the head and
is the first thing one usually touches first thing in the
morning. Haven't touched your hair today? Go ahead and do so
now. Does it feel thin? Is it oily? Is it dry? Full? Coarse?
Permed hair will usually need a shampoo that is specifically
manufactured for regularly styled and / or chemically treated
hair. If you have colored hair (red, auburn), you will need a
shampoo that is not harsh and will not take off the colors you
There are shampoos for oily, thin, coarse and dandruff-prone
hair. Work from how and what your hair really is and from there,
start to search for the shampoo that caters to it.
2. Be aware, beware.
Pay attention to the list of ingredients found on the back of
the shampoo bottle! The Food & Drug Administration has checked
the elements manufacturers put in their shampoos, but do your
own checking as well. This is as according to your own unique
and personalized judgment as well as hair wisdom.
Avoid shampoos that contain waxy substances. These harm the hair
more than they care for it. Most over the counter shampoos
contain wax so be aware of what you purchase. Professional
shampoos, though a bit more expensive than the regular ones,
usually contain none of this.
Shampoos with ammonium are usually harsh to the hair. Sodium
lauryl sulfate is not that gentle. Sodium laureth sulfate is
mild and tender to the hair, it is a good find.
3. To feel is to believe
Do not believe claims from manufacturers that one should use
their whole product line in order to get hair that is perfectly
right for you!
All shampoos clean the hair just similarly as all soaps clean
the face and that all moisturizers moisturize. It makes little
or no difference at all for your hair if this specific brand is
used more often than the other. All shampoos leave a little bit
of residue on the hair when washed. This keeps the hair cuticle
smooth and clean. It matters very little if one mixes and
matches a brand of hair product from another. If your hair feels
clean, most probably it is.
4. A lot of foam does not mean shampoo is best
When washing the hair, foam appears because surface molecules
pull themselves together around air. A lot of foam means a lot
of tiny bubbles. It does not necessarily mean the shampoo's
cleansing ability is good, contrary to what hundreds of shampoo
commercials made us think. It only means that too much shampoo
was used on the hair. Foam or not, the most excellent way to
know how good a shampoo performs is how the hair is after it has
been lathered and rinsed by it. Does the hair fly away? Does it
appear limp? Is the hair dry? The scalp itchy? Decide for
5. Ask a professional
Being sure beats the guess work that comes from determining
which shampoo to purchase. The only major difference of a
professional hair product from a non-professional hair product -
believe it or not - is the price.
There are professional-made shampoos which cost not more than
five dollars. This is the exact price one usually pays for a
regular non-professional shampoo bottle. Quality counts more
than being pricey. Pay attention to the contents of the bottle -
that is, the ingredients, not the price tag. Admittedly though,
there are expensive shampoo products that come from
professionals. But the bottom line is, if you don't want to
compromise your top, go professional.