Have you ever stood in the shampoo aisle at the store and wondered “which shampoo should I pick?”
When you’re surrounded by so many shampoo options that all promise to do different things for your hair and scalp, it can be almost impossible to choose! How do you know if you’re going to choose the right shampoo for your hair? Will the ingredients be safe and healthy? What do all those ingredients do, anyway?
We’re going to go over everything you need to know about shampoo and scalp types so you can wash with the confidence that you’re nourishing every strand throughout the shampoo process.
Things to Consider When Buying a Shampoo
If you’re wondering “what’s the best shampoo for my hair?” you have to consider your scalp type. Shampoos are designed to cleanse your scalp and roots first and wash the rest of your hair on the way down. (Conditioner is designed to focus on your strands, but that’s for another blog post!)
Generally, there are three scalp types: Dry, oily, and combination.
Oily scalps tend to be shiny, create oily roots, and might create clumps of dandruff.
Dry scalps usually feel tight and itchy after washing and might be flaky.
Combination scalps are well-balanced. They are neither too dry or oily and roots won’t appear ‘dirty’ for 2-3 days.
There are many excellent shampoos out there, but it’s important to remember that the best shampoo for your friend’s hair might not be the best shampoo for your hair, depending on your scalp type. We don’t recommend purchasing a product based purely off someone else’s experience, no matter how much you trust their advice.
Use this guide for choosing the best shampoo for your hair and you’ll wash away all your hair issues!
Using the Right Shampoo for Your Hair
Now that you know how to determine what type of scalp you have, you can start checking out different shampoos that will work well with your hair.
If your scalp is oily…
- Don’t use shampoos that claim to be ‘hydrating’ or ‘good for curly hair’. These products are designed to add moisture, which you already have enough of!
- Consider using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week, depending on how often you wash your hair. Clarifying shampoos are great for removing excess oil, but frequent use can over dry your scalp.
- Seek out shampoos with ‘volumizing,’ ‘strengthening,’ and ‘balancing’ on the label.
- Focus on gently scrubbing your scalp every time you shampoo and rinsing extra well. This will help break up the oils on your scalp.
If your scalp is dry…
- Don’t use shampoos that claim to be ‘strengthening,’ ‘fortifying,’ or ‘volumizing.’ These tend to strip your natural oils and cause even more dryness.
- If your scalp isn’t flaky, look for shampoos that are formulated to add moisture, hydration, and nourish curls. These will add necessary moisture to your dry scalp.
- Don’t use shampoos formulated with sulfates.
- If your scalp is flaky, gently massage your scalp every time you wash. This will help loosen and remove dead skin cells.
Although shampoo is designed for your scalp and roots, it does wash the rest of your hair, as well. Here’s a quick guide to shampoo for hair types:
- Fine hair: Volumizing shampoo
- Thick hair: Hydrating/moisturizing shampoo
- Straight hair: Smoothing shampoo
- Wavy hair: Balancing shampoo
- Curly hair: Moisturizing/frizz reducing shampoo
- Damaged hair: Fortifying shampoo
The ingredients in shampoo probably look like they were written in a foreign language to most people. The most common and most damaging ingredients, however, are sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate. These additives are what cause your shampoo to be super foamy, but they aren’t necessary at all. In fact – they’re downright bad.
These foaming agents strip your hair of natural oils that are needed to keep your scalp, roots, and strands healthy. There are plenty of sulfate-free shampoos out there that lather well enough to cleanse you from scalp to strand, without causing damage or irritation.
Here’s a quick list of other shampoo ingredients that you’ll want to avoid:
- Parabens: Can cause abnormal breast cell division and tumors.
- Sodium chloride (salt): Although salt isn’t exactly harmful, it’s very drying and can contribute to hair loss.
- Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA): May be cancer-causing.
- Formaldehyde: Can cause allergic reactions, irritations, and cancer.
- Silicones: Weigh down hair and makes it look greasy and dull.
- Alcohol: All types of alcohols that are commonly found in shampoos will make your hair and scalp too dry.
Most of these ingredients that are bad for your hair are added to shampoos as preservatives, thickeners, or foaming agents – and they are completely unnecessary. Your shampoo should be packed with ingredients that are proven to be nourishing for your scalp and hair! Typically, these are going to be ingredients that can be found in nature (and are easy to pronounce!).
Look for shampoos with these ingredients:
- Essential oils
- Herbal extracts
- Seaweed collagen
- Shea butter
- Aloe Vera
Not only will these ingredients nourish your hair, but they will also help make your hair stronger and more resistant to hair loss.
How Does Shampoo Make Hair Stronger?
Tons of shampoos out there claim to make your hair stronger with their “clinically proven formulas,” but aren’t transparent about how they’re going to keep their promise. Here at Capoxil, we only use ingredients that are natural, hypo-allergenic, free of parabens, fragrances, and plastics, and have tracible origins. We make sure you know exactly what you’re putting on your body.
We’re currently perfecting our Capoxil Shampoo formula, but here’s a list of the ingredients in our hair oil in the meantime. This is what you can look forward to in our shampoo!
- Propylene Glycol: Helps the skin and hair absorb moisture more easily and preserve it longer.
- Panthenol: Supports the scalp and slows down the thinning of hair by retaining moisture and protecting against environmental damage.
- Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract: Treats oily hair that is prone to dandruff while stimulating hair growth and strengthening hair follicles.
- Equisetum Arvense Extract: Increases hair growth rate and blood circulation in the scalp. Also reduces dandruff formation.
- Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract :Effective against hair loss and promotes hair growth.
- Aloe Vera Extract: Proteolytic enzymes help repairs dead skin cells on the scalp.
Stay tuned for more updates on new Capoxil products!