Life is busy and knowing how to choose the right shampoo for your hair type shouldn’t add to your woes. This is why we’ve summed up the process for you so that you can make a quick yet effective decision on which shampoo is going to make your hair absolutely fabulous. But first –
Let’s talk “sulfates”
Sulfates are a big deal when it comes to choosing shampoo. On the one hand, they have amazing cleansing properties that will leave your hair feeling squeaky clean since the point is to disconnect sulfates from natural ingredients. On the other hand, their cleansing abilities are so potent, that they strip your scalp and hair of rich and nourishing natural oils along with the dirt. Your hair relies on these oils to protect and regenerate strands, and that’s why we prefer sulfate-free shampoo options that are just as effective at giving your hair a good wash.
How to choose the best sulfate-free shampoo for your hair:
1. The best shampoo for dry and damaged hair
Dry hair craves moisture, which means that a shampoo that includes deep hydrating and moisturising ingredients is best. In this regard, shampoos that have been formulated using hyaluronic acid tend to be the most effective. Hyaluronic acid quickly gets moisture deep into the hair shaft to create a softened texture and immediately helps dry hair feel silkier. Other ultra-moisturising ingredients can include argan oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or coconut milk.
Even if your hair isn’t dry, investing in a moisturising shampoo during the warmer, Summer months will help to protect your locks from damage caused from heat and UV damage. The much drier, Summer air can also dry up your locks, and so a nourishing shampoo is best if you want to seal in moisture for as long as possible.
2. The best shampoo for flat and thin hair
If your hair lacks “oomph” and is in desperate need of an energy boost, look for shampoos that feature thickening and volumising properties. Thin, fine, and flat hair can be the cause of several underlying factors, which can easily be reversed if you infuse your locks with the right natural ingredients.
Key ingredients to look out for in a volumising shampoo:
- Avocado – The high content of vitamin E in avocado helps to add body to hair
- Ginseng – Ginseng has strong regenerative properties that reverse damage
- Macadamia oil – Macadamia is packed with antioxidants that free hair from harmful properties that weigh it down
A quality volumising shampoo will support flat and fine hair by adding body, lifting roots, and adding natural movement to your tresses.
3. The best shampoo for thick unruly hair
If your hair is thick as well as curly, frizzy, or simply unruly, then opt for a shampoo that will smoothen and hydrate your locks as it cleanses. Moisturising and calming ingredients such as avocado and macadamia in our smoothing shampoo help to de-stress strands so that hair with a mind of its own can be tamed into smooth and sleek “dos”.
4. The best shampoo for dandruff
If you suffer from dandruff, you probably feel like you need to wash your hair every day so that you can keep the flakes at bay. BUT – washing your hair daily can possibly do more damage than good because you are not giving your scalp enough time to secrete healing oils that could resolve the issue on its own. The best remedy here is to get into the habit of washing your hair every second or third day only – use the best dry shampoo to keep your hair refreshed between washes. Push through with this method for a few weeks and you will see drastic improvements.
However – if you insist on washing your locks daily or if you follow a very active lifestyle, then there are shampoos that have been specifically formulated for everyday use.
Try Vivace Everyday Active Shampoo to keep hair clean using natural ingredients that won’t treat your tresses harshly. This designer shampoo uses peppermint, natural caffeine, and essential minerals to invigorate and stimulate cell renewal and is perfect for daily use.
What about choosing the best conditioner?
Once you’ve determined which shampoo is best for your hair type, you can look for a conditioner that compliments it. Most shampoos and conditioners are formulated, developed, and tested in pairs; so, it’s not often that you’ll find a shampoo that doesn’t walk hand-in-hand with a “mate”. You don’t necessarily have to choose products from the same brand; however, this is what typically gets you the best hair results.