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What Shampoo Is Best For My Hair Type? (2022) – Plus Expert Hair Care Tips

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Hair texture is something we’re born with, so the secret to great hair is to know and understand our hair type and use that knowledge to purchase the correct products to make the most of what we are born with! If you don’t know already this article of for you! Discover the different natural hair types and textures to make your hair long, strong & gorgeous!

Sporting beautiful and healthy hair is every girl’s dream! Of course, a good mane contributes to your personality, too, right? At least for me, it’s that way! I used to spend more than half an hour to an hour everyday grooming my hair. That was until I discovered that by using the correct products not only could I get better results but also that my look could be achieved in much less time! I now spend less than 10 minutes on my hair! Amazing.

So many people often overlook the importance of using the best shampoo for your hair type. But to achieve your best results, it is essential to ensure that you give your hair and scalp exactly what they need. Selecting the wrong shampoo can be the difference between having model hair and a having a bad hair day.

Although shampoo is used primarily to remove dirt, product build up, and oils, this part of your hair routine can do so much more. You need a shampoo that will work both with and for your hair and scalp. For example, if you have dry hair, you should not use a shampoo that will strip your hair of its natural oils and cause your hair to become drier.

“But what is the best shampoo for my hair type?”, you might be asking by now.

Well, read on.

We’ll help you find out what your hair type is, give you some valuable hair care tips and recommend just the right shampoos for your hair type. And hopefully save you more than a few bad hair days!

Check out the hair types below.

FIA hair type classification table

What is My Hair Type? How to Identify Your Hair Type.

If you want to identify your hair type, first pay attention to how your hair and scalp feels. Does it feel dry or oily? Do you notice that your hair lacks volume and looks a little thin? You’ll also want to take into account its curliness and texture.

Figure out what your hair type is, but keep in mind, that doesn’t mean that your hair type will remain the same forever. Also, you may have a combination of hair types—more than one type of curl for instance.

Hair type may change with your age, stress level, and even the weather, i.e. cooler weather can often cause your hair and scalp to become dry just as your skin does. It is best to check in with how your hair is responding to your current routines and products to be certain that you are taking the best possible care of your hair.

What is the Best Shampoo for My Hair Type? How to Choose.

Now that you know how to identify your hair type, you need to pick the best products to keep your hair looking gorgeous. But with all of the products available, where do you start? Don’t worry we have you covered.

Here are the best shampoos for your hair type with some hair care tips thrown in.

Best Shampoos for Fine Hair

Have you noticed that your hair looks thin and lacks volume? Then you probably have fine hair. Fine hair is more likely to look oily because product build up is more visible on it.  Also, when hair products are not evenly distributed through this hair type it can appear oily.

Look for the best shampoo for fine hair (that link goes to our dedicated article), and avoid those meant to moisturize and have a creamy consistency. Fine hair benefits from shampoos that cleanse gently and can be used frequently.

Shampoos that use language such as volumizing and lightweight will probably be good choices for your hair. Your goal is to try to create body and to thicken your hair without weighing it down.

*HAIR CARE TIP: To keep oil and buildup away in between washes, keep dry shampoo on hand. Not only will this help absorb oil but it will also add body to your hair and give your styles more longevity.

Best Shampoos for a Dry Scalp

Having a dry scalp is a very uncomfortable condition to deal with, however, it is usually easily fixed. When your scalp is dry, it may become itchy and dead skin cells may begin to flake off. This is caused by a number of things. Oftentimes, it requires a quick swap of the products you are using.

Make sure the ingredients are not drying out your scalp. The best shampoos for a dry scalp (follow link for a longer roundup) will not include sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate, as these strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Also, avoid products that contain silicone and resin, often found in straightening products and hairsprays. These ingredients clog the hair follicles, blocking your natural oils from being produced on your scalp. Weather is another thing to consider when you notice your scalp becoming dry.

Just like the skin on your face and hands, your scalp may become dry during the winter months as well. If this is the case, switching your products as the seasons change may be the solution. In some cases, skin diseases such as psoriasis can be the culprit of a dry scalp. This should be treated by your dermatologist or doctor. Dandruff is another cause of a dry scalp. This occurs when your body has a reaction to a naturally occurring fungus on the scalp, pityrosporum ovale, which leaves dead skin cells. These dead skin cells result in the embarrassing white flakes associated with dandruff.

Best Shampoo for Dry Hair

Believe it or not, dry hair can happen to any hair texture.  Unfortunately, it is more commonly found in coarse and curly hair because the texture of the hair does not allow the oils from the scalp to travel down the hair shaft as easily as straight hair. The best shampoos for dry hair are very moisturizing and creamy. Some hydrating ingredients to look for are coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, shea butter, and argan oil.

*HAIR CARE TIP: Do not wash your hair too often. Try to limit yourself to washing every other or every three days. Washing your hair everyday will dehydrate your hair and cause your hair to become frizzy, weak, and brittle. If you feel like your scalp getting oily, try co-washing. This is a technique where you wash with a cleansing conditioner instead of a shampoo. This is a great solution for those that feel like they need to wash more often, but do not want to dry out their hair.

When selecting shampoos, look for something that will nourish your hair from root to tip. You do not want something that will just coat your hair using harsh ingredients. This may look good for a day or two, but those harsh ingredients will end up doing more harm than good in the long run.  The weather is another important factor.  Just as the cooler weather causes your scalp to become drier, your hair becomes more dry in fall and winter as well. You may need to switch your haircare routine up for the colder months.

*HAIR CARE TIP: Shampoo alone will not restore hydration to your hair, remember that it is only a good start. For best results, you must follow your shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner, mask, oil, and other nourishing hair care products.

Best Shampoo for Oily Hair

Alternately, oily hair is a problem some people think they can never solve, but choosing the right shampoo to treat oily is an easy solution. When trying to find the best shampoo for oily hair look at the products you are using to ensure that they are not making your problem worse. Are you using anything that is stimulating more oil production? The sebaceous gland is responsible for your scalp’s hydration needs, but it can also over produce oil, causing oily hair. This causes your hair to look dirty and greasy. Sometimes the sebaceous glands over produces due to a hormone change during puberty, pregnancy, or starting birth control. An irritated scalp can also cause this reaction.

*HAIR CARE TIP: Do not shampoo your hair too frequently or with overly harsh products. This causes your scalp to become dry and actually result in more oil being produced. Use dry shampoo to help absorb oil in between washes. The best shampoos for oily hair will use language like “clarifying” or “deep cleansing” on the label. This indicates that they should get rid of any excess oil that your hair and scalp do not need. Look for ingredients like citrus extracts will gently break down any oil or product build up.

Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

Many of us with color treated hair face the challenge of keeping their hair healthy while still maintaining a vibrant color. The best shampoos for color treated hair will extend how long your color lasts and enhance your color without leaving any build up or residue. You spend a lot of money to get your hair colored, so you want to use products that are going to help it last.

*HAIR CARE TIP: Rinse your hair with cold water before getting out of the shower to close the cuticle of the hair This will lock pigment in and help your hair color to appear more vibrant.

Much of the time, color-treated hair is drier and more prone to breakage due to the chemicals that have been used on it. If this is the case, look for something that is moisturizing to avoid further damage. At home color, even if applied correctly, damages the hair. Look for language like “repairing” on your color safe products if you notice any damage has been done. Stay away from sulfates, as they strip the hair color along with oils from your hair.

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

Unfortunately, curly hair is often the hardest to take care of. Everyone has a different curl pattern (see below), and usually curly hair is drier and requires more careful choice of product. Curly hair tends to be more dry because the curls prevent the natural oils that are produced by your scalp from reaching all of your hair. The lack of hydration then causes your curly hair to be brittle and more susceptible to breakage

Curly hair type
What’s your curl type?

The best shampoos for curly hair are oil based and creamy. The ingredients list should include things like aloe vera, shea butter, olive oil, etc. Hydrating oils will give your curls a softer look and help them to look refreshed. They also make detangling the hair an easier process. Again, avoid sulfates because they will dry your hair out more.

*HAIR CARE TIP: You may want to use a cleaning cream or a cleansing conditioner to keep your curls as hydrated as possible.

Best Shampoo for Men

Mens hair-types-imageAlthough most men will just use whatever shampoo they find in the shower, there is not a one size fits all men’s shampoo. When choosing the best shampoo for men’s hair you have to consider the same things that you would consider for a woman. Think about your hair and scalp type.

*MEN’S HAIR CARE TIP: Are you unsure of your hair type? Ask your stylist or barber. Try to book their first or last appointment of the day to get their undivided attention.

One thing to consider is that men’s skin is slightly different than women’s, it is usually thicker. This means products meant for the scalp may have to be stronger in order penetrate as well. In most cases though, men can use the same products as women. But men usually don’t put as much thought into their hair care routine as women do. These two shampoos for men are great for all hair types and are meant for men.

*MEN’S HAIR CARE TIP: Use matte styling products for thinning hair. This makes your hair look thicker and makes your hair easier to manage. However, using a shampoo that is too heavy, will leave your hair looking stringy, oily, and dirty. Read the ingredients list and make sure there are ingredients that will help your hair build body. One ingredient to look for is panthenol, which enters the hair cuticle to make each strand thicker and more voluminous.

*MEN’S HAIR CARE TIP: Although many men are used to roughly drying their hair with a towel (especially if it is short), it is best to pat your hair dry. Your hair is more prone to damage when it is wet so rubbing your head abrasively with a towel will damage your hair.

Best Shampoo for Hair Loss

Sadly, hair loss is a condition that many find embarrassing. Although we usually associate it with elderly men, it can happen to anyone at any age. The good news is that there are many hair growth products on the market to help get your healthy hair back. Hair loss is caused by many variables. A change in medication, a medical condition, a shift in your hormones, or an inadequate diet can cause your hair to start to fall out.

There are many shampoos that prevent and even reverse hair loss. Hair growth products have come very far in the methods that they use to stimulate your hair follicles. There are a few ingredients to look for in a shampoo to combat hair loss, such as biotin, caffeine and ketoconazole.

You also want to make sure that the shampoo has proven results and positive reviews, this will ensure that you are not wasting your money on a hair growth product that doesn’t work.

As well as the products below, also check out our roundup of the best natural hair growth products.

In Summary

With all of the shampoos and hair care tips that we have listed, you are sure to find one that will work for your hair type. Just remember to stay away from harsh ingredients like sulfates and silicone, as they are not good for any hair type.

Which shampoo will you be adding to your hair care routine?

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