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.
If your hair is straight and thin, look for a gentle shampoo that’s not too thick or creamy. Choose volumizing formulas, like Biolage Full-Lift Volumizing 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. Try L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Polishing Shampoo.
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. Matrix Total Results Curl Shampoo will smooth your strands and give your waves added definition.
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.
Hair with tight, coarse curls tends to dry out easily. So gentle, alcohol-free formulas are a must. For finer curly hair, try Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo, which cleanses without stripping.
Thick hair can use even more protection against the damage and breakage that comes as a result of dehydrated strands. Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Breakage Tension Release Wash soothes dryness and it’s formulated without harsh sulfates, parabens or silicones.
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