Choosing the Right Shampoo

Shampoos can be confusing. Curling, hydrating, moisturizing, strengthening, volumizing. With so many different names and labels, it can be hard to find the best shampoo for your hair. How do you match the type with the hair on your head?

A good quality shampoo cleans your hair and scalp of dust, grime and oil. It is advisable to learn about the different types of shampoos, so that you can make an informed choice.

Different shampoos are available for different types of hair. Before you make a choice, you need to know how it is related to your hair and scalp, what it does and how to use it.

Balancing Shampoo

These shampoos don’t have much moisturizing and will not dry hair out. They are great for cleansing hair and maintaining moisture.

Curly Hair Shampoo

Shampoos are specially formulated for curly hair to gently cleanse the hair and not weigh down the curls. They are extra moisturizing to help reduce frizz.

Hydrating and Moisturizing Shampoo

Good for coarse, curly and thick hair. They are great for adding smoothness, shine and moisture to your hair. As they are usually gentle you can choose to use them every day to make your hair look silky.

Fortifying and Strengthening Shampoo

Good for brittle, weak and damaged hair. These shampoos contain extra protein. This improves the health and condition of your hair. They produce volume and are gentle enough to use on damaged hair.

Straight Hair and Smoothing Shampoo

 The extra moisturizer in the shampoo smooths and seals the cuticle. This is great for smooth and straight hair. They reduce unwanted frizz and create a smooth surface.

Volumizing Shampoo

Good choice for fine and limp hair. They can provide a lift and boost to your hair so that you can style it any way you want. The shampoo is formulated for fine hair and provides moisture without weighing the hair down.


Always remember to choose a shampoo based on your scalp condition and not your hair. Conditioners can be used to treat and pamper hair. If you have an oily scalp, you need to choose a shampoo that is best for oily scalp. Proper cleansing begins with treating the oily condition of your scalp.

Shampoo for Oily Scalp

People with oily scalp are most likely to have tried different types of shampoos with little luck to control oil and sebum production. If your scalp is oily you need to avoid shampoos that are good for curly hair. This means moisturizing, hydrating and smoothing shampoos are not the ideal choice, as they add too much moisture.

Balancing, strengthening and volumizing are good choices as they are less moisturizing. This is effective in removing excess oil. If your scalp is super oily you can choose a clarifying shampoo.

The shampoo that you choose for your scalp needs to be color safe. Spend extra time working the shampoo into the scalp so that you can remove the excess oil. Avoid using conditioner after shampooing.

Shampoo for Dry Scalp

If the scalp is itchy, dry or flaky, you need to choose a shampoo that doesn’t add to the problem. Fortifying, strengthening and volumizing shampoos need to be avoided, as they can reduce the moisture in the scalp.

If the scalp is dry with no flake or little itching, you need to choose a shampoo that promotes hydration and moisture. Shampoos that contain sulfate need to be avoided as they can dry the scalp. Read the label before making the choice.

You will be surprised to learn that most women and men don’t shampoo their hair properly. They tend to rush through the process and this results in an unclean scalp. It is advisable to spend time to shampoo the hair properly so that you can effectively remove dirt and excess oil from the scalp.

Choose the shampoo according to the frequency it is used. If you intend to use it daily, it needs to be light. If you choose to use it once or twice a week, it can be stronger in nature. It is best to choose shampoos that have natural products instead of harsh chemicals. They can help cleanse the hair and scalp without causing any damage to it.

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