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Choose perfect shampoo for you hair – Papillon Hair World

by | Oct 6, 2019 | Hair Care / Cure

This is a question that almost everyone out there has to know the answer to. This mainly so as applying shampoo is almost as much a part of our routine as having a bath! But do you really know how to choose the perfect shampoo for your hair? OR have you been doing it just based on some fancy ads OR based on the ‘COOL’ packaging of your favorite shampoo? Let’s read through and understand how to ‘REALLY’, choose the perfect shampoo! 

Know your scalp type! 

That’s right! Many of us think of just our hair type, or the condition of our hair while choosing the shampoo. Even if many of us think of shampoo as just a hair cleansing product, it is very important to know and consider the condition of your scalp when choosing the perfect shampoo! 

Look at it in this way: The shampoo that we apply, is mainly meant for the scalp and the roots of the hair while the main function of a conditioner is to protect and nourish the hair strands. So for example if you have an oily scalp, but your hair is dry OR damaged (which is indeed a very common combination) select the shampoo based on your scalp type and leave the part of moisturizing your hair to the conditioner that you apply (which one should only apply to the hair strands)! 

If your scalp is oily: 

If you have an oily scalp try to follow these tips:

  • Use clear shampoos that have extra cleansing capacity, but avoid overuse. This might lead to extra oil production by your scalp. 
  • Avoid shampoos that are labelled as hydrating, moisturizing, smoothing, or good for curly hair. 
  • Look for shampoo labels such as strengthening OR balancing. These shampoos are mostly non-moisturizing and are more effective at removing the excess oil on your scalp.

If your scalp is dry:

If you have a dry or an itchy, flaky scalp, choosing the perfect shampoo is the first thing one must focus on. There is also a difference between having dandruff and having a dry scalp. Moreover, it is extremely important to choose a shampoo that doesn’t worsen your issue. Follow these tips:

  • Use hydrating shampoos and avoid shampoos labelled as strengthening or voluminous shampoos. These can wash off the much needed moisture off your scalp.
  • If you have just a slightly dry scalp with little to no itching or flaking, look out for shampoo labels that promote moisture, hydration OR smoothing effects. These shampoos help moisture retention and can be beneficial to your dry scalp.
  • Look out for ingredients such as menthol and tea tree in the shampoo labels.
  • Avoid shampoos that contain sulfates, which are very drying to the hair and scalp.

If you have processed your hair in some way – i.e. if you have colored, highlighted or re-bonded your hair, definitely look at Shampoos that are labelled as shampoos for processed hair.  I hope now you know what to look for in the shampoo bottle labels while selecting the perfect shampoo for your hair. Lastly, irrespective of which shampoo you use, it is very important to know how to USE the shampoo perfectly for best results. 

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