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The way we style our hair and how great it looks really depends on the shampoo that we use. When you walk down the shampoo aisle, you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed by how many different products you see. All of the different brands, types, styles and scents.

It’s common to be confused by what shampoo that you should be using and it deserves a lot of thought and consideration. After all, shampoo doesn’t just wash your hair, it is also what keeps your hair strong and healthy.

What shampoo should you be using? This is a very important question that you need to ask yourself. If you are trying to find the perfect shampoo for you, here is a guide that you should follow to help you so you can have the great and perfect hair that you’ve always wanted.
Step #1: Define Your Hair Type

Your hair type is a big part of what shampoo you will use. You hair will fall under these basic types:

• Oily
• Dry
• Normal

The basic rule when it comes to finding a shampoo and conditioner is your shampoo should help the type of scalp you have and the conditioner should treat your hair type. This will help stop the problem at it’s source while also making your hair look great!

If you have oily hair, your hair probably looks wet even when it’s dry. Another term that is used for oily is “greasy” hair. Dry hair typically means a lot of dandruff and split ends. If you have normal hair, it means that your hair isn’t too greasy or too dry. It’s just right! If this is you, consider yourself very lucky!

Step #2: Finding a Shampoo for Your Hair Type

If your hair is normal, all you need to do is find a shampoo and conditioner that is made for normal hair. You should try to wash your hair every other day when you have normal hair. You don’t want to wash your hair daily as it will wash away nutrients that are very important for the health of your hair.

If you are suffering from oily hair, you will want to choose a shampoo that is gentle and is specially made to use daily if your hair gets greasy on a daily basis. Some ingredients to look for in shampoo made for oily hair is sage oil, tea tree oil along with chamomile.

If you are suffering from dry hair, it’s best to use a shampoo that is full of moisturizer along with hydrating ingredients. You don’t want to wash your hair daily if you have dry hair, either. Every other day or every two days even will do the job. When you have dry hair, try using a leave-in conditioner as it will leave your hair looking softer and more silky. Avoid using a shampoo that will strengthen or add volume to your hair as they will take away natural moisturizer from your hair.

Step #3: For Your Curly Hair

If you have very curly hair, you want to find a shampoo that will add a lot of moisture to your hair as well. When you look for a shampoo for fine hair, it will say if it’s good for the hair type on the bottle. The keyword you want to look for when trying to find a shampoo for curly hair is “volumizing”.

Step #4: For Your Color Treated Hair

If you have dyed your hair or it’s bleached or highlighted, you can easily find shampoos that are made to wash the hair without removing any of the coloring. These types of shampoos are typically called “color-safe”.

Step #5: What to Look For, Ingredients Wise

When you are buying a shampoo, some important ingredients to look for are glycerin, Shea butter, carotene and sulfur. You want the shampoo to offer a great amount of protein to your hair, this should be the most important ingredient in your shampoo.

Price isn’t everything when you are buying a shampoo. Just because a product is expensive, doesn’t mean that it is what you want for your hair. You don’t need to pay a lot of money for a great and quality shampoo. Most stores where you purchase your shampoo will have their own brands which will work great for your hair and you will pay half of what the name brand price is!

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