Hair Shampoo

All about shampoo for normal hair & specialty shampoos

It's something most of us use every day, or at least on a fairly regular basis, but hair shampoo doesn't often get a lot of consideration.

The type of shampoo you use, however, affects the look and feel of your hair and determines its manageability. Matching your shampoo to your hair type is the first step in maintaining sleek, sexy locks, no matter what their length.

Shampoo for Normal Hair

Most shampoos consist of a surfactant or cleaning agent, water, salt, and various chemicals and compounds used to minimize skin and eye irritation, improve the smell and feel, aid in rinsing, and keep it from damaging hair or the environment. Many also include ingredients to condition hair, most commonly silicone. However, a separate hair conditioner is still often recommended.

Normal hair is hair with no special requirements -- that is, hair that is not color treated, chemically straightened, or permed. Some companies narrow this definition down further, distinguishing normal hair from hair that is oily or dry or fine.

Generally, any regular shampoo is fine for normal hair. If your hair is particularly oily, you may want a clarifying shampoo, which has a gentler surfactant to keep from stripping the hair and causing excess oil production. For dry hair, a moisturizing shampoo is ideal, and for fine hair, a shampoo with more water and lower viscosity is best.

For those who don't have time to shower but still want clean hair, or for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to shampoo while camping or hiking, dry shampoo may be just the answer. This powder is designed to absorb excess oil and dirt and remove them when brushed through the hair.

Shampoo for Treated Hair

If your hair is chemically treated -- colored, straightened, or permed -- you'll need a specially designed shampoo to clean it without stripping out the chemicals necessary to keep the look. While there are many store brands with designated formulas, you may want to consult your hairdresser for the best shampoo to keep your chemically treated hair clean and intact.

Hair Repair Shampoo

Chemically treated or overstyled hair can eventually break down, feeling rough and looking frizzy. You can prevent this by avoiding the hairdryer, the curling or flat iron, and hair dye (even the salon stuff!). But then, who really wants to walk around with completely unstyled hair?

Fortunately, there is a compromise -- hair repair shampoo. Used regularly, this shampoo helps minimize the damage done by heat and styling products and condition the hair to keep it from breaking, drying out, looking frizzy, and feeling rough.

Occasional use of hair repair serums and treatments can also restore the sleek look and soft feeling to your hair.

Hair Loss Shampoo

If hair loss or balding is an issue, a hair loss shampoo can help by nourishing the scalp to keep remaining hair healthy and stimulate new hair growth. Treatment results vary depending on the cause of hair loss, the type of hair, the scalp, and other factors. You hair stylist or medical professional can recommend the best hair loss shampoo for your particular needs.