The Best Types of Shampoo For Your Hair

The Best Types of Shampoo For Your Hair - The Davines Edit

Before choosing a hair shampoo, it's important to know what shampoo does, how to use it, and how it relates to your hair and scalp type. You might think shampoo is strictly a hair-cleansing formula, but it's equally important to consider your scalp when choosing a shampoo. Shampoo is meant to cleanse both your hair and scalp of dirt, oil, and product build-up. Think of it this way: shampoo is for your scalp and roots, while conditioner is for the ends of your hair. You should choose a shampoo that is best suited for your scalp and a conditioner based on the condition of your ends. When it comes to hair care routines, one size definitely does not fit all. You may be able to go days in-between washings, while those of us with oilier strands need to wash daily. Find out below the different types of shampoos you can find lined up in the hair care aisles and salons.

10 Best Types of shampoos From Davines

1. Regular shampoo

A regular hair shampoo is designed for people who don’t have any specific hair needs or treatments. Regular shampoos are gentle cleansers with simple ingredients formulated to clean normal sebum production without stripping your scalp’s natural oil, hydration, and shine from your strands. Regular shampoos can be formulated for dry, normal, or oily hair.

2. Everyday shampoo

Greasier-haired gals tend to need to shampoo more often, and that’s where everyday shampoo comes in. An everyday shampoo is a mild cleanser containing far fewer surfactants when compared to a regular shampoo. They also are soap and alkaline-free which make their everyday use sustainable. And like regular shampoos, everyday shampoos may have a small number of conditioning agents in them.

3. Clarifying shampoo

If you use a lot of styling products on the regular, it’s most likely time for a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoo deep cleans, clearing out build-up in the hair and scalp from extended use of things like silicones, styling products, and conditioners. The catch is, clarifying shampoos can be harsh, so be sure to follow up with a conditioner and use it only once a week. While clarifying shampoo is safe to use, using it anymore can make your hair dry and frizzy. 

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4. Anti-breakage shampoo

Anti-breakage shampoos are formulated for long or damaged hair. They’re designed to gently cleanse the hair, and create a glossy shine. They help restore your hair’s pH balance and repair damage. You can use an anti-breakage shampoo to cut down on frizz and get healthier, stronger hair.

5. Purifying shampoo

Focusing more on the scalp than on the hair itself, a purifying shampoo has cleansing, soothing, and antimicrobial benefits. Purifying shampoos specifically target dandruff-prone hair. Some common botanical ingredients in these types of shampoos include dandelion, willow bark extract, and tea tree oil.

6. Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo isn’t (technically) a shampoo because it simply absorbs hair oils as opposed to actually cleaning the hair or scalp. Dry shampoos can be liquid, powder, or come in an aerosol spray. Perfect for those in-between wash days, take a small amount of dry shampoo and spread it through your roots to absorb excess oil and grease. It will instantly absorb sebum from your roots, making your hair appear and smell fresher than ever. Although, it’s important to note that relying solely on dry shampoo for long stretches of time can cause build-up and adverse effects on your hair and scalp.

7. Moisturising shampoo

One of the main reasons for dry or weak hair is because of a lack of moisture in the scalp. If the scalp fails to produce enough oil to lock moisture in, the result is dry, brittle strands, ultimately leading to dandruff. This is the time to use a moisturising shampoo. But you don’t have to have dry hair to reap the benefits, moisturising shampoo can also help to strengthen your hair and make it look shinier. The only time we don’t recommend using a moisturising shampoo is if you have oily hair.

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8. Volumising shampoo

As the name suggests, volumising shampoos are designed specifically to give volume to fine, thin hair. They are created from lighter formulas, so as not to weigh your hair down. A volumising shampoo works by opening the hair cuticle, encouraging growth. Some volume shampoos even have keratin protein as an active ingredient to help strengthen strands from the roots to the ends.

9. Colour-treated hair shampoo

If you have colour-treated hair, you’re likely dealing with dry locks, fading colour, and a lack of moisture. For this reason, it’s important to use a shampoo specifically designed for coloured hair. Unlike ordinary shampoos, a shampoo for colour-treated hair contains ingredients that won’t strip your hair of its hue. This helps keep your strands hydrated, healthy, and protected from damage.

10. Curly hair shampoo

If you're naturally curly, then you’re probably well aware of the fact that not all shampoos are created equal. Curly hair tends to be drier and frizzier than other hair types, which is why it’s critical to use super hydrating ingredients in a shampoo. A curly hair shampoo gently cleanses frizzy hair, making it smooth and shiny.

Choose the best type of shampoo for you 

Below are some ways you can work out the condition of your scalp to help you choose the right shampoo for you.

If you have an oily scalp...

  • Avoid shampoos that are hydrating, moisturising, smoothing, or formulated for curly hair. These add too much moisture to an already oily scalp.
  • Look for labels that mention volumising, strengthening, or balancing. These are non-moisturising and more effective at removing excess oil.
  • A clarifying shampoo can be your best friend if you have an oily scalp, but be careful not to overuse it and dry out your scalp. 
  • Spend extra time working the shampoo into your scalp to break up oil, and rinse your scalp thoroughly.
  • After shampooing, avoid any conditioner on your scalp. Concentrate on the mid-shaft and ends of your hair, before rinsing it out well.

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If you have a dry scalp...

  • Avoid strengthening, fortifying, and volumising shampoos. These products can strip your scalp of much-needed moisture.
  • If your scalp is only slightly dry with little to no itching or flaking, look for shampoo labels that promote moisture, hydration, or smoothing. 
  • Avoid shampoos that contain sulphates, which are very drying to your hair and scalp.

If your scalp is neither dry nor oily, choose your shampoo based on your hair type and desired results...

  • Moisturising shampoos are great for adding moisture, shine, and smoothness to hair. They’re also good for thick, curly, or coarse hair that lacks moisture.
  • Volumising shampoos are perfect if your hair is fine or limp for an extra boost without weighing the hair down.
  • Anti breakage shampoos work best on damaged, over-processed, highlighted, weakened, or brittle hair. 
  • A regular shampoo is a nice middle-of-the-road option. Regular shampoos aren’t too moisturising, but they won't dry your hair out.
  • A curly hair shampoo is super hydrating and contains ingredients that reduce frizz without weighing down the curls.

Choosing the best shampoo for your hair type can be a daunting task, but with our guide to everything shampoo, your hair care game will be scoring wins in no time!

by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor

photos by @karlibobarley

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