Hair Shampoo Fundamentals
Hair shampoo takes up infinite numbers of shelves in supermarkets and salons, so how on earth do you select the right shampoo for your hair? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as asking your friend. Odds are, she’ll have different hair than you do, or different hair washing habits.Fact is, you’re going to have to try a few. So look for those that have small bottles so if it doesn’t suit you, it will be easy to throw out or give away. But once you’ve identified several hair shampoos that appear appropriate – perhaps include a cheap, mid-range and expensive variety so you can compare – grab the largest bottle of each and read the label. (Big bottles usually equal big labels which equal big print, so they’re easier to read!)
Check the ingredients. The only job of shampoo is to clean your hair and hair scalp. Forget about all the other claims on the bottle – ability to clean without damaging your hair or the environment is all you should bother with. Avoid anything with high pH, sodium, ammonium or wax content.
We as humans are a part of our planet’s environment, so it’s in our own interests to look after it. Natural or organic hair shampoos therefore make sense. But check how the manufacturer defines those terms – there are no standards in the hair dressing industry. And remember, we’re interested in what went into producing the bottle as well as what happens after its contents run away down the drain!
The only other major consideration is your type of hair. Dry, oily, and chemically treated hair all have different needs, and within those categories there are sub-categories, such as how often you shampoo your hair. Without getting a degree in chemistry, you’ll need to rely on the label for that information. And that’s all there is to hair treatment. Anything else is the realm of the hair conditioner you use, and we’ll cover that in another article.
Once you find a shampoo lets say nioxin system 1 that suits your hair, stick to it. There is a school of thought that says you should regularly change your shampoo because your hair ‘gets used to it’. That’s like saying your skin gets used to water, so start washing with dirt! While it’s working for you, be content with the effective hair shampoo your diligence has provided!