Choosing the right kind of shampoo can be daunting. With all these choices—moisturizing, hydrating, volumizing, strengthening, smoothing, curling—getting it right can impact your hair’s health. But how do you match the lingo on the bottle with the hair on your head? It doesn't have to be a head game if you know what you're looking for. Let us help you with this guide.
Define Your Scalp Type
Before you choose shampoo it's important to know what shampoo does, how to use it, and how that relates to your hair and scalp type. Shampoo is meant to clean your hair and scalp of dirt, oil, and hair products. While it's common to think of shampoo as a hair cleansing agent, it's more important to consider your scalp when choosing a shampoo.
Dry Scalp Shampoo Advice
When your scalp is dry, itchy, or even flaky choosing the right shampoo can be the first defense in the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing conditions that can occur. It's important to choose a shampoo that doesn't add to the issue when you have a dry scalp. These tips can help you choose a shampoo for your dry scalp:
Avoid strengthening, fortifying, and volumizing shampoos. These products can strip your scalp of necessary moisture.
For scalps that are only slightly dry with little to no itching and that do not flake, look for shampoo labels that promote moisture, hydration, smoothing, or curls (especially handy if you have curly hair). These products promote moisture and can be beneficial to your dry scalp.
If your scalp is very dry, itchy, and or flaky consider shampoos that are specifically formulated for dry scalp. Ingredients like menthol and tea tree can help moisturize your dry scalp.
Nioxin can be an excellent investment for moderate to severe dry scalp concerns.
Avoid shampoos that contain sulfates, which are very drying to the hair and scalp.
Even when your scalp is dry, it's important to properly shampoo your hair for best results.