The Ultimate Shampoo Guide
We all love having choices. That is, until we have too many of them. Staring into a case of rainbow-colored macarons is one thing (we’ll take one of each, please!), but walking down the shampoo aisle is a whole different breed of overwhelming. There’s shampoo for fine hair. There’s shampoo for color-treated hair. But what if your hair is fine and color-treated? Are shampoos for curly hair one-size-fit-all? Or should those with thick hair be looking for something different than their fine-haired friends? If the seemingly endless shampoo options have you stumped, you can now breathe a sigh of relief because we’re here to better inform your shampoo search. ultimate shampoo guide

Straight Hair

If your hair is straight and thin, look for a gentle shampoo that’s not too thick or creamy. Choose volumizing formulas, like L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Intense Smooth Shampoo, over moisturizing ones to avoid weighing down your hair. If you have straight hair that’s thick, choose a shampoo with hair-silkening ingredients to smooth and soften rougher textures.

Wavy Hair

If your hair is fine and wavy, use a volumizing shampoo to give your waves a little extra lift or product specifically designed for wavy hair, like Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Shampoo for Waves. For thick and wavy hair, use a product that is recommended for curly hair.  Kerastase Resistance Bain Volumfique will smooth your strands and give your waves added definition.  

Curly Hair

Curls look better when the hair is well hydrated. If you have fine curly hair, look for a formula that moisturizes your curls and also enhances volume, like Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Curly Hair Shampoo. If your curly hair is thick, you can use a richer shampoo. Opt for a sulfate-free cream shampoo to maintain the hair’s natural oils. Try Pureology Cure Complete Shampoo.  

Color-Treated Hair

Color-treated hair needs to be cleansed with a product that won’t strip the color. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo is designed for fine, color-treated hair. The anti-fade complex fortifies hair, while gently removing volume-inhibiting build up and oil. Thick, color-treated hair also needs to be strengthen and softened. Look for a shampoo that fights color fade and boosts shine.

Dry or Damaged Hair

Dry or damaged hair lacks the nutrients necessary for strength and shine. Nourish fine hair back to life with proteins and lightweight conditioners, like those found in Aveeno Nourish+ Volumize Shampoo. Thick hair that is dry or damaged will benefit from a product with enhanced deep conditioning agents. Try Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 to smooth and condition the hair fiber.  


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