Whether your hair is damaged, dry, or frizzy, every great style starts in the shower. Using the right hair care products is the first step to achieving those lush locks that you’ve always wanted.
However, a trip to the supermarket to select the right shampoo and conditioner can feel like you’re sitting in high school chemistry with no idea what’s going on!
Smoothing, volumising, moisturising, ant-dandruff, colour-safe – it’s a jungle out there. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type so you can meet your perfect match.
Your hair texture, thickness, and how often you wash and style your hair are all contributing factors.
Dry or damaged hair
Hair prone to dryness needs moisture rich shampoos that don’t contain sodium laureth sulfate (which is a stripping detergent). Your shampoo should gently cleanse your hair with rich conditioning ingredients like shea butter that smoothes and detangles the hair.
A moisturising shampoo should be used from the ends of your hair to the root, with the least amount of product being used on your scalp. Natural oils, shea butter, and protein are essential ingredients for dry and damaged hair. Leave-in conditioners applied to the ends of your hair can also help to re-invigorate dull hair.
We recommend: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Barbary Fig Oil Restorative Shampoo 200ml and matching conditioner.
Curly, wavy, or thick hair
Like dry and damaged hair, thick and curly hair is prone to drying out and frizz. As such creamy and moisture rich products should be your best friend. Avoid washing your hair every day and instead let your scalps natural oils work their magic.
Curly and thick hair types work particularly well with conditioners that contain silicone and proteins, which coat the cuticle of the hair and reduce frizz. Conditioners with smoothing properties like wheat protein and soy will also give your hair an extra boost of moisture.
We recommend: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo and Conditioner.
Coloured hair needs hair-products that keep your treatment looking bright and fresh. Therefore, colour-protecting shampoos that contain fewer harsh cleansers are great because they prevent fading. These types of products will help to re-hydrate your hair and restore shine.
Once again, targeted conditioners that are developed specifically for colour-treated hair. These products contain UV filters that act in a similar way to sunscreen that prevents colour fading.
We Recommend: Biolage Delicate Care Shampoo and Pureology Hydrate LightConditioner.
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