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The Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair Type


 Shampoo's primary purpose is to remove dirt and oil from the hair.

Selecting the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

Selecting the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type can mean the difference between a great hair day and a bad one. Shampoo's primary purpose is to remove residues from the hair, including dirt and oil. Some shampoos specifically remove product build up (clarifying shampoos). Other shampoos are specially formulated for permed or color treated hair. It is important you select a shampoo that matches your hair type. Doing so will help your hair look its best day in and day out.

Coarse or Curly Hair
Most curly hair is coarse. Coarse hair is usually porous, which means it quickly absorbs moisture and other chemicals applied to it. Coarse hair is sometimes the result of over processing. Thus if you often perm, color or straighten your hair you may have course hair. Usually coarse hair is dry. Because of this, you'll want to select a moisturizing shampoo that will help infuse more moisture in your hair. This can also help tame fly aways, common in coarse hair.

Some ingredients are better than others for helping out coarse hair. These include shea butter and shampoos with coconut oil. You'll also want a deep conditioner. Conditioners with silicone products usually help tame frizzies and keep hair smooth.

Fine and Limp Hair
People with fine hair often complain their hair is even more challenging to deal with than those with coarse hair. The biggest problem with fine hair is overpowering it with too many products. This can make fine hair even limper than normal. Generally if you have fine hair you'll want to stick with light shampoos and conditioners. You don't need to use a heavy shampoo. Most gentle shampoos work well. You can usually wash your hair every day using gentler shampoos. You might also consider a clarifying shampoo once a week to help lift residue so your hair doesn't get too weighted down.

Don't think you won't need a conditioner just because your hair is fine or limp. Lightweight conditioners are just as important for fine hair as other hair types. The key here is selecting a conditioner that won't weigh your hair down. Consider oil absorbing conditioners especially developed for oily hair. These usually work best for fine or limp hair. Spray conditioners also work well for fine and limp hair. Most of these are lightweight and super easy to apply.

Tips for Colored or Processed Hair
Finding a shampoo and conditioner is even trickier if you regularly color or process your hair. You want to be sure to select a shampoo that won't strip your hair color. It is possible to have dry ends but oily roots if you have processed hair. The trick here is cleaning hair with a good shampoo then applying some form of moisturizer to the ends of your hair.

Fortunately there are dozens of color protection shampoos that help preserve your color but still add moisture to your hair. If your hair is relaxed or permed, you probably want to opt for a moisturizing shampoo. Be sure to apply a thick coat to your roots but avoid the ends of your hair that may be drier. You can then apply conditioner to the roots of your hair.

If your hair is damaged the only shampoos and conditioners you should consider are those formulated specifically for your hair type. They will help preserve your hair and apply moisture to the cuticle. Thick conditioners are excellent for dry and damaged hair.

Shampooing The Right Way
Let's talk about washing your hair. Here are some steps you can take to make the most of your hair washing experience:
  1. Brush your hair before shampooing. This will help prevent tangles.
  2. Wet your hair using warm, not hot water. Hot water opens your hair cuticle increasing sebum production and allowing color to leach out if you color your hair. Water that is too cold is equally inefficient at cleansing hair.
  3. Use a 'dollop' of shampoo. Now, what exactly is a dollop? That depends. If you have very short hair you need a dime size or less of shampoo. If you have medium length hair you may need anywhere from a dime to a nickel size drop of shampoo. Of course if your hair is really long and thick you may need even more shampoo, but never more than a quarter's size dollop worth! Most people have a tendency to use too much product in their hair. You should also know that salon based formulas are usually more concentrated than traditional formulas. Thus if you are using a salon shampoo, you may need even less.
  4. Massage the shampoo in to your hair using circular motion. Use your fingertips to massage your scalp while washing. Continue up to 3 minutes.
  5. Now rinse. Be sure you rinse thoroughly, as if you do not your hair will appear dull and lifeless.
Shampooing is just as important as selecting the right product for your hair. Now get out there and take care of your hair!