What Should We Consider When Choosing Shampoo?
Picture yourself in front of the shampoo aisle at your favorite store. Are you feeling anxious? Overwhelmed? Are you confused? We don't blame you when it comes to choosing hair care products because finding the right choice for your scalp in this situation seems like an impossible task.
Most shampoos, good or bad, are formulated to treat certain hair types. Moisturizer, conditioner, booster, color safe, for thick hair, for oily hair - how do you match the contents in the shampoo bottle to your hair type?
Although not choosing the right shampoo for your hair type will not harm your hair, it will not have the opportunity to shine and develop when your hair does not match the correct formula. Now let's take a look at what we should pay attention to in order to choose the perfect shampoo.
Step 1: Know Your Scalp
Most people consider shampoo to be a hair cleansing agent. Yet it does more than that. Shampoo is also a conditioning agent for your scalp and roots. When choosing a shampoo, you must first choose one for your scalp.
Those with oily scalp, you've probably tried all kinds of shampoos and cleaning solutions in that hair care aisle. Most likely, you washed your hair every day, sometimes twice a day. Do your best to stay away from moisturizing and moisturizing shampoos for this. Find non-moisturizing formulas that may be more effective at getting rid of excess oil. Avoid applying conditioner to your scalp, just be careful to apply it to the ends.
Choosing the right shampoo is the first and most critical line of defense to combat the itchy sensation, which is very common among those with dry scalp. Choose shampoos that promote moisture, smoothing and hydration. Avoid all these bulking, strengthening and strengthening formulas. Shampoos containing argan oil and menthol can also help retain moisture. Avoid formulas with sulphate and salt. These products dry the scalp more.
Step 2: Know Your Hair Type
Now that you are friends with your scalp, it's time to get to know your hair better. While you probably have an idea of what your hair type is just by looking at it, some important details can help you choose the right shampoo for you.
Think about how much hair you have on your scalp. This is different from thickness - we'll tell you more about that later. To find out the density of your hair, take a pinch and pull it aside. How much you can see your scalp determines your hair density.
• Fine Density: You can easily see your scalp.
• Medium Density: You can see your scalp partially under your hair.
• Thick Density: You can hardly see your scalp.
It's time to look at your hair under a microscope. The thickness of your hair refers to the actual width of each strand. Don't worry, you don't need a lens for this. Hold a single lock of hair between your index finger and middle finger.
• Fine Hair: You may barely feel the presence of a wire between your fingers.
• Medium Hair: you can feel the hair strand slightly.
• Thick Hair: You can feel the hair strand clearly.
Finding this out is key to choosing the right shampoo formula. Porosity is all about your hair's ability to retain moisture. This is also important to knowing your hair's ability to absorb products. Dip a pinch in a glass of water to find the porosity levels of your hair.
• High Porosity: hair will completely sink to the bottom.
• Normal Porosity: Hair floats in the middle of the water glass.
• Low Porosity: hair floats on the surface.
Hair elasticity is a strong indicator of the health of your hair. Healthy hair usually has a good amount of shine and will come back naturally. To find hair elasticity, pluck a wet hair strand and stretch it as long as you can.
• High Elasticity: Your hair will grow long without breaking immediately. This means your hair is strong.
• Medium Elasticity: Your hair will grow to some extent and then break. Most women fall into this category.
• Low Elasticity: Your hair will break almost instantly. This means your hair is fragile and needs attention.
As a result, they all play an important role when it comes to choosing the right shampoo. The density, thickness, porosity, flexibility of your hair, and even the different hair styles you use are huge factors that define your hair type.
Type 1: Straight - Hair tends to be soft, thin, and sometimes oily. It can also be characterized by volume and body if you have straight medium hair or are coarser and harder to curl even though the overall look remains straight.
Type 2: Wavy - Defined by having a noticeable "S" pattern and being easily curled or straightened. It tends to get bouncy and when you have coarse hair it gets more curly with thicker waves.
Type 3: Curly - A definite "S" pattern that tends to be thick, voluminous and curly. Most women have curls ranging from spirals to spiral shaped corkscrews.
Type 4: Mixed - Very fragile and fine, curled hair is usually tightly coiled and sometimes referred to as "damaged hair" due to its fragility. Some women have a sharp angled "Z" pattern instead of curls.