Choosing a shampoo is like picking out a pair of shoes—there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” option that works for everyone. Sure, you could follow your favorite influencers’ recommendations via Instagram (though you need to be careful of those #ads), but it’s best to select a formula that’s made for your hair type. Read on to discover five foolproof ways to shampoo shop every time, along with a few of our favorite product picks.
1.Talk to your stylist
When it comes to anything hair-related, it’s best to hear it straight from the pros. Ask your stylist to tell you what kind of hair type you have and any issues you may be experiencing (i.e. dryness, heat damage, lack of volume, etc.). Then, ask your stylist to provide a list of trustworthy brands at different price points.
2) Narrow down your hair goals
With your stylist’s recommendations in mind, take a few minutes to reflect on your hair’s current condition. How do you want your hair to look in six months? What issues do you face when getting ready in the morning? Are you looking to add softness and shine, reduce frizz or add fullness? Figure out exactly what your hair needs, then do research on products that will get the job done.
3) Do your homework
Before hitting the haircare aisle or beauty supply store, look up online product reviews from the list of brands your stylist provided. Check out YouTube, Pinterest, beauty blogs and individual retailer sites (i.e. amazon.com, sephora.com, ulta.com, etc.).
4) Start shopping
Once you have a pretty good idea of what type of shampoo you want, your shopping trip should be a breeze! In addition to finding formulas from trusty brands that meet your hair’s needs, take a look at the product label. To keep your hair in optimal health, skip any formulas that contain sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, alcohol and triclosan.
Check out a few of our fave formulas for every hair type:
For Color-Treated Hair:
label.m Colour Stay Shampoo - This highly concentrated formula protects, moisturises and strengthens hair from within. The great thing about this formula is that it also protects against heat styling and UV damage.
For Dry Hair:
Macadamia Professional Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo - Ideal for dry as well as hair that is on the coarser side, this formula is a much-needed treatment for dry hair especially after the cold winter. With Macadamia and Argan Oils, it will smooth hair and cut down on frizz while protecting color-treated hair.
For Fine Hair:
usmooth Volume Cleanse - The start of a new season is a great time to switch shampoos and remove impurities from your style. This formula will deep clean your strands while adding much-needed volume for finer hair textures.
For Damaged Hair:
privé Damage Fix Sample Box - Hair feeling damaged, dull or over-processed? This is the kit for you! This system will deliver condition while adding rejuvenating nourishment from the inside out.
For Blonde Hair:
label.m Brightening Blonde Shampoo - Blonde hair often needs a bit more care than most. From taking care of color-treated strands to cleansing hair to remove impurities that can change the color of the hair, it is imperative to use specially formulated products that won't weigh down strands or change the tone of your shade.
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