Shampoo Basics I: Types of Shampoo
We are living in the age of options on top of options. Sometimes its hard to know how to maneuver thru so many choices. Finding a shampoo sounds simple, after all. its just soap right? But it can be really difficult. Deciding what cleansing product you should purchase depends on several factors such as your hair type and whether you gravitate more towards organic products or prefer heavily scented products, medicated shampoo or looking for a “fixer” product to address a condition or disorder. Lets not forget an important factor for most people – how much does it cost? The main factor to consider is what works for you. Do not pick a product based on glowing reviews or beautiful packaging. Do your research and always ask your stylist for a recommendation.
A good shampoo should thoroughly cleanse the scalp of dirt, sweat, oils and products while leaving the hair looking healthy, shiny and soft. While I will discuss in greater detail the properties of different ingredients found in shampoos in another article, this particular article will be dealing solely with understanding what are the different types of shampoos, and how and when to use them. Below I have compiled a list of all the categories of shampoos available on the market, their individual uses and even a few product recommendations and links in each category. If you are confused by the all the brands and fancy labels on the market, then you must read this article. Please be advised that this article should merely serve as a general guide. Always follow manufacturer directions for proper usage.
Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo
Philip B Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo
Rene Furterer Curbicia Lightness Regulating Shampoo
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Hair Shampoo
PHYTOKÉRATINE Repairing Shampoo
Rene Furterer Tonucia Toning Shampoo
SISLEY Shampooing Phyto Aromatique Shampoo
Sea Marine Revitalizing Shampoo
These types of shampoos can be sold over the counter, prescribed by a doctor or recommended by a cosmetologist. Medicated shampoos are used to relieve excessive itching, flaking or other condition of the scalp like bacteria and fungal infections. Medicated shampoos are also needed to combat lice, scabies, mites or other vermin. Often the active ingredient is an anti -microbial such as some form of zinc or selenium. Botanical oils such as peppermint tea tree, eucalyptus may be an ingredient to soothe itching.
Philip B Anti-Flake Relief
Philip B Anti Flake II Relief Shampoo
Babo Botanicals Rosemary Tea Tree Lice Repel Shampoo
Opalis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Bain Vitalisant B – Shampoo for Dry, Coloured, Sensitive Hair
Blushing Orange Shampoo
Klorane Nourishing Shampoo with Mango Butter
Malin + Goetz Gentle Neroli Shampoo
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