Shampoos: How to Pick What Works for You
What you choose to wash your hair with matters. Everyone has different hair needs and textures, styling routines, and hair goals – you should consider these when searching for the perfect shampoo for you.
Are you unsure of where you should start on your hunt for your ideal shampoo? We have a complete guide on what to look for, what to avoid, and how to maximize the benefits of your shampoo.
What Ingredients Do I Want to Avoid in My Shampoo?
You’ve likely heard that sulfates are harmful to your hair. It’s true that if you have dry hair and scalp, you should avoid them – they strip your hair of moisture that your scalp desperately needs to hold onto. If you have color-treated hair, sulfates can damage your color or keratin treatments.
Parabens are also an unhealthy ingredient to avoid. The cosmetic industry began using parabens as a preservative, but they can have harmful effects – they can mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer cell growth.
Scalp irritation can often come from synthetic fragrances. Some ingredients in synthetic fragrances and colors can affect more than just your skin but go deeper into your body to disrupt hormone levels and other functions of the body.
That’s why at Healium Hair, we leave all these things out and use natural botanical ingredients instead. Not only do they feel better, but they work better, giving you a refreshing clean and unparalleled strength to your strands.
What Are the Different Types of Shampoo?
Experts categorize shampoos in a variety of different ways – they differentiate shampoo by hair texture and target curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair, and based on hair density like thin or thick hair. Brands also specify whether shampoos are appropriate for colored hair, like purple shampoo for blondes or general color-safe formulas.
Shampoos also vary based on your scalp – whether it’s dry, oily, or neutral – and accounts for whether you need moisture for regular heat styling, are looking for a deep clarifying shampoo, or want some extra volume for thin hair.
Finding a shampoo that addresses all your hair needs may seem challenging. If you have thin hair and want volume, but you also want moisture safe for color-treated hair, it can feel overwhelming to know what to focus on.
How Do I Choose a Shampoo?
Since you apply and work your shampoo into your scalp and leave the length for conditioner, when choosing a shampoo, it’s more important to focus on your scalp’s needs. By identifying what scalp type you have, you can locate the shampoos that will work for you and stay away from those that don’t.
If you feel you have to wash your hair every day because of its shiny appearance, you likely have an oily scalp. With excess oil, you want to avoid shampoos that claim to be moisturizing, hydrating, or are aimed at curly hair.
A clarifying shampoo can be a massive help for oily scalp – but only use it roughly once per week. If you use it too much, you run the risk of drying out your scalp.
You’ll know you have a dry scalp if you experience flakes, itching, or feel like your scalp is tight after washing. In the case of dry scalp, you’ll want to reach for hydrating shampoos that can lock in moisture.
Sulfates strip the hair of moisture, so it’s best to avoid formulas with sulfates if you want a moisturized scalp. It may be tempting to skip a wash if your hair is dry, but avoiding shampoos altogether can still cause uncomfortable flaking.
What Types of Shampoo Products Does Healium Offer?
Healium Hair has shampoos that fit anyone’s concerns, but the Healthy Shampoo is a versatile formula that tackles multiple hair concerns all at once. It’s incredibly gentle and lightweight for those with thin hair and keeps your scalp healthy, whether it’s oily or dry. With added color protection and sunscreens, your hair will be safe from discoloration and the elements.
Balance Clarifying Shampoo
For a weekly reset, Healium Hair’s Balance Clarifying Shampoo deep cleans your scalp without stripping your hair of its natural oils. It’s incredibly soothing on a dry scalp with five natural extracts to nourish your hair follicles. This formula is also color-safe and has UV protection to act as a barrier from harmful rays.
Positive Reaction Shampoo
If you’re looking for extreme restorative moisture, Healium Hair’s Positive Reaction Shampoo has botanical ingredients to give your scalp the refreshment it craves. It offers luxurious hydration for those with colored or chemically treated hair and preserves your color and style long term.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
When it comes to the frequency of shampoos, there are differing opinions. Generally, people should wash their hair roughly two to three times per week. However, there are exceptions to the rule. If your hair feels oily, dirty, or uncomfortable, you should reach for the shampoo.
It depends on you as an individual and your scalp needs. The one thing that you want to avoid is drying out your scalp. It leads to discomfort and isn’t optimal for healthy hair growth.