In order to have healthy hair, you must start at the root of it all – the scalp. Having a healthy scalp is the key to having healthy hair and the right shampoo will promote a healthy scalp.
Choosing the right shampoo for your particular hair type can be a little confusing. There are so many varieties and combinations on the market that when you enter a beauty store or the beauty aisle at the pharmacy you are hit with a bunch of choices. I don’t know about you but I don’t find it appealing to have to read in detail the labels on every single bottle of shampoo. So how do you know what’s best for your hair type at a glance? Here is a guide that will help you to find the best shampoo for your needs.
First, you have to know what shampoos are supposed to do. Shampoos clean your hair and scalp and get rid of the accumulated dirt, oil and residue from other hair products. A very important factor of the right shampoo is based on what kind of scalp you have. Much like how you choose your face soap based on if you have oily, dry or combination skin, you should choose your shampoo based on if your scalp is oily.
Having an oily scalp and dry ends is a very common problem. In this case, choose a shampoo made for oily scalp and a conditioner made to moisturize your hair. The aim is to treat your scalp issue with the shampoo while putting back the hydration needed for your hair with the conditioner. Massage the scalp and create lather on your scalp with the shampoo. Do not scrub your scalp however, as this can over stimulate the oil producing glands. Afterwards, when conditioning, apply the conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends of the hair.
Persons with oily scalps should stay away from shampoos which hydrate, moisturize or smooth hair and those made for curly hair as they moisturize an already oily scalp. Shampoos which add volume, strengthen or balance have less moisturizing properties and won’t add to extra oil. Other good shampoos for oily scalps are clarifying shampoos; however, excessive use can overly dry out the scalp leading to the scalp producing more oil. Your scalp will correct the state of dryness by producing more oil which sits on your roots.
If you have dry scalp which itches
and flakes then don’t use shampoos which say they strengthen, fortify or add
volume and ones that include sulphate as they tend to take away moisture from
your scalp. Instead, use shampoos which are specifically made for your condition.
They usually are made with products such as menthol and tea tree oil. If your
scalp is somewhere in between, meaning that it is only somewhat dry with little
to no itching and it doesn’t flake then you should use shampoos which
moisturize, hydrate, smooth and are good for curly hair. I have this problem and use Mira Hair Oil Gro Shampoo which you can read about at http://growhairoil.com/does-mira-hair-oil-cost-too-much.
Choosing a good shampoo doesn’t have to be a headache. The different terms mean something so it’s up to you to narrow your choices down based on the requirements of your scalp. Remember – a healthy scalp means healthy hair.