How to choose the right shampoo for your hair type

It seems like an impossible task to buy shampoo today. The variety is huge and we often don’t even know exactly what care our hair needs. Very calm at that time. I bet that by the end of this post, some doubts will be solved and you will know what to buy next time! (Which hair color suits you: tips and photos)

The triad

The coarsest division between hair types is still: oily , mixed , dry and normal . So, you need to know what your hair type is.

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  • OilyOily hair is one in which the sebaceous glands produce excess oil, and the hair looks dirty. The hair is heavy, as if it hasn’t been washed for days.
  • Mixed: It is the mixture between oily and dry hair. It is usually more oily at the root and very dry at the ends.
  • Dry: What happens here is that almost no oil is produced (through the sebaceous glands), and the hair is brittle and dull.
  • Normal: This is what we would all like, since there is a balance between the amount of oil produced, the threads are brighter and softer.

However, I always wondered why they didn’t combine several benefits in one shampoo. Citing a personal example, my hair is more mixed, I have straightened it, I have dyed it, and in addition the strands are slightly wavy. Which shampoo should I use?

And I believe that there is a great difficulty, because today few women still keep their hair the way it always has been.

How shampoo works on hair

Well, after you’ve identified more or less what your hair looks like, let’s go to the second part, which is to understand what exactly the shampoo does. Basically, the shampoo opens the hair cuticles and cleans them. That’s why we then apply the conditioner, which serves to close these cuticles and moisturize the hair.

What to look for in the packaging

There are certain “ingredients” that make a huge difference when we wash. Among them, we can mention:

  • Keratin
    • Vitamin E
    • Ceramides
    • Panthenol

All of them serve to moisturize and give shine, softness and vitality to the hair. That is: they are all good!

And the salt?

Suddenly someone said that shampoo with salt is bad for the hair. The fact is that, unless your hair is chemically straightened (because the salt will make your hair dry), there is nothing to worry about, since the salt does not interfere with anything.

The more expensive the better?

No. Understand that shampoo is something that goes down the drain, literally. You need to find the ideal shampoo for you, no problem if it costs 3 reais. Tip: all hairdressers recommend that you apply the same 2 times before applying the conditioner.

So, buy an  anti-residue shampoo to remove all impurities and leave cuticles open and invest in a higher quality product to finish the cleaning job.

How to wash your hair?

Have you noticed that, in beauty salons, they spend a lot of time washing their hair? And that’s right. If you rub it in anyway, the shampoo won’t do the job properly, and if you don’t rinse it properly, there will still be residue on the strands that can make them heavy. Therefore:

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  1. Apply a small amount of shampoo to your hand, spread it over your hands and massage the scalp with your fingertips.
  2. Gently distribute the foam formed by the length of the strands without messing them up or tangling them at the top of the head.
  3. Rinse and repeat the application.
  4. Before applying conditioner, remove excess water with a towel, making it easier for the product to penetrate the hair.

Other tips:

  • No buying a shampoo for the whole family!
  • Do not be fooled by advertisements and the hair shown on them.
  • Do not choose shampoo and conditioner because of the smell.
  • For chemically treated hair, use only shampoo intended for them. This also works for hair with dandruff.
  • Buy a shampoo for everyday use and use products of higher quality and efficiency for parties and the like.
  • Use shampoo and conditioner of the same brand (or formula), or the effectiveness of the products will be compromised.
  • Bet on finishers to give the essential touch of treatment.

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