Which Shampoo is Best for You?
Have you ever stood back in the aisles of an Ulta Beauty or some other huge drugstore and just gazed out (trying to keep your mouth closed) at the choices of shampoos that are there for you? How do you choose? Of course you know that you want one specifically for your hair type – dry, damaged, oily, curly, color treated, etc. – but there are still SO many choices within those categories! I mean, do you open the bottles and smell which one smells the best? Choose the prettiest bottle? Maybe just go for one because you ‘kinda’ know the label and it might be good? Or do you just go for the best-priced one?
Well dolls, I say confusion no more!! Here are several shampoos you should be looking out for to help you choose the best shampoo for your hair type.
Some of us love coloring our hair to rainbow-unicorn shades and others just want a subtle set of highlights for a sunkissed glow. But one thing in common is that we don’t want our color to fade. If you want to keep your color to set, last longer, and stay as vibrant as it was when you first left the salon, you’ll need a color-protecting shampoo that doesn’t contain such harsh cleansers, can prevent fade for longer, and hydrate the hair to add shine. Here are some top choices:
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Smooth Shampoo – $6 (SAR 22.50)
Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo – $13.99 (SAR 52.50)
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo – $6 (SAR 22.50)
Joico Color Infuse Brown Shampoo – $9 (SAR 34)
If your hair is dry, frizz seems like a never-ending problem for you. Stay away from clear shampoos – you’ll want thick, rich, creamy shea butter infused shampoos – as well as two stripping agents called sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate that are very damaging. Instead, you’ll want a shampoo that has essential oils in it like coconut, almond, and argan oil to help moisturize and replenish the scalp. Many of the shampoos for dry hair and damaged hair can be interchangeable because they require the same nourishment. A healthy and nourished scalp will grow stronger, smoother, shinier, and frizz-free hair that will be super easy for you to manage and style.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Shampoo – $9.99 (SAR 37.50)
Redken Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo – $19 (SAR 71)
OGX Organix Shampoo Awapuhi Ginger – $7.99 (SAR 30)
There can be so many reasons for having damaged hair – weather, pollution, coloring, products, heated styling, the list goes on! – but damaged hair needs to be cared very tenderly or it’ll just keep getting worse… and nobody wants that! The same tips that go for dry hair go for damaged hair – stay away from clear shampoos and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates. Instead, choose creamy shampoos with shea butter or infused with various essential oils. Here are some of the top shampoos recommended by stylists for getting your damaged hair back into smooth, lustrous locks.
L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo – $4.99 (SAR 19)
Redken Extreme Shampoo – $19 (SAR 71)
Curly hair is a seriously sensitive hair type – it needs to be very delicately handled, thus, you have got to know your products before you go adding any into your curls. For those of you with curly hair (including me) yes, we can use shampoo! Many curlies tend to stay completely away from shampoo because of how damaging the sulfate ingredients in the typical shampoos are, but there are shampoos for us without these ingredients. But we actually should be using shampoo! We use so many products to style that there’s such a buildup of product and we have to cleanse, effectively but, of course, gently. Here are some of my favorite – and award winning – shampoos for curlies.
DevaCurl No-Poo Original – $22 (SAR 82.50)
Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo – $40 (SAR 150)
Briogeo Rosarco Repair Shampoo – $24 (SAR 90)
Just like curly hair, wavy hair is far better off with a 100% sulfate-free shampoo to maintain and even add moisture to your locks. Many of the shampoos can be interchangeable between the curly and wavy hair types, but the below-listed are more suitable for wavy hair.
DevaCurl Low-Poo Delight – $22 (SAR 82.50)
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash – $32.00 (SAR 120)
We tend to envy those of you who have thick hair. But I can only imagine the struggles you go through to achieve your beautiful locks! Similar to curly and wavy hair, stay away from the sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate ingredients! Choose a creamier shampoo. Here are some shampoos that can help you maintain smooth, manageable, frizz-free hair.
Kérastase Résistance Bain Force Architecte Shampoo – $41 (SAR 154)
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Frizz-Control Nourishing Shampoo – $4.98 (SAR 19)
The type of shampoo best-suited for oily hair should be able to remove excess oil, buildup, and grease in the roots and on the scalp. Be on the lookout for a shampoo containing thickening agents like panthenol (or for a more organic approach, wheat protein). Shampoo daily or every other day but make sure to use a clarifying shampoo weekly for any excess buildup. A great shampoo for oily hair will bring the sebum and pH balance back to normal levels in both the hair and scalp, neutralizing the oiliness. But some shampoos can cause other side effects (like dryness, itchiness, irritation, etc.) by TRYING to restore the sebum and pH balance. It’s so important to follow the directions of these shampoos… and don’t forget to use with the companion conditioner for best results.
John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo – $10 (SAR 37.50)
TRESemmé Deep Cleanse Shampoo – $10.99 (SAR 41)
Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo – $9.99 (SAR 37.50)
For fine hair, you’ll want to stay away from the crunchy feel of volumizing products. The same tips for oily hair can be used for fine hair – make sure to use a shampoo with panthenol or wheat protein. These shampoos will give you the same bold look as if you had a thick type head of hair just coming out of a hair salon!
Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo – $20.97 (SAR 79)
Nexxus Diametress Luscious Volumizing Shampoo – $13.99 (SAR 52.50)
Herbal Essences Volumizing Shampoo Body Envy – $2.99 – $7.99 (SAR 11 – 30)
Keep in mind that the more you turn towards organic and sulfate-free shampoos, the better it is for your hair. I know, you won’t have those bubbles we all look forward to in the shower, but you will have shinier, smoother, and much healthier hair that you can enjoy looking forward to instead everyday! And try to keep from washing your hair every single day, trust me it’ll do wonders for your hair!
“Invest in your hair, you wear it everyday.”
Alia Brooke xx