We all use shampoo, but are you using the right shampoo for your hair type? And are you using it the right way? Here are 7 secrets you might not know about shampoo that will help you take better care of your hair:
1. Shampoo isn’t a one-size-fits-all product. There are tons of various options available—and for good reason. Everyone’s hair is not the same! Some shampoos are created to help smooth frizz-prone hair while others work to add volume to thin hair. So if you hear someone raving about how much they love a certain shampoo, understand that your results with that same shampoo could be very different.
2. A shampoo’s ability to lather up a big foam has nothing to do with its quality. The lather is created by the sulfate ingredient, which actually doesn’t do anything good for your hair. Thus, good quality shampoos sometimes create less of a lather than do cheap drugstore brands.
3. Rinse the shampoo out with cool water. Cool water locks in the moisture from the shampoo, while very hot water has a tendency to leave your hair dry. If you enjoy a hot shower, leave your shampooing until the end and then rinse with cooler water.
4. You need to take special care of color. If you use a regular old shampoo on your color-treated locks, you might as well kiss goodbye the money you spent on your color job. You need to use a shampoo that is specifically made for colored hair that is not heavy on color-stripping ingredients like harsh sulfates.
5. You can massage shampoo into your scalp, but not conditioner. Shampoo helps clean your scalp, whereas scrubbing conditioner into your scalp will probably just make it itchy. Start conditioning toward the upper-middle of your hair and work it down to the ends.
6. Incorporate a clarifying shampoo into your regimen. Even if you love your regular shampoo, you could probably benefit from using a clarifying shampoo once in a while. These shampoos are specifically designed to extract residue such as chlorine and build-up from other products—including your regular shampoo and conditioner, which can create build-up over time.
7. Shampooing too much could make your hair greasier faster. Shampoo cleans impurities from your scalp, but it also strips the scalp of natural oils. When this is done too frequently, your scalp produces more oil to compensate for what the shampoo has taken away, making your hair appear greasy. If your hair seems to get oily too quickly, you might want to consider adding a day or two between washes to give your scalp a chance to recoup.
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