The purpose of a shampoo is to remove dirt, products, and excess oil for a clean scalp and strands. Whether you have used the same shampoo for years or have recently tried a new one, your scalp and hair will show signs of approval—or not. But if your hair or scalp has been particularly sensitive or feeling oilier than usual, then your shampoo might not be working for you.
Let’s go over some different tips to find the perfect shampoo for your hair and scalp. From understanding your scalp type to avoiding specific ingredients, your hair and scalp need to feel nourished and ready for the day.
Know Your Scalp Type
Your scalp can fall into a few different categories: oily, dry, or normal. If your scalp is normal, your care regimen will focus on maintenance rather than repair and replenishing. As for an oily scalp, avoid shampoos specifically formulated for only hydration or moisturization. Instead, stick with labels such as “volumizing,” “strengthening,” and “balancing.” You can also use a clarifying shampoo to reduce buildup.
If you have a dry scalp, focus on a moisturizing and hydrating shampoo. It will bring moisture back to the scalp, reducing flakiness, dryness, and itchiness. If you suffer from severely dry skin, find products with gentle sugar-based detergents, calendula flower and licorice root for nourishment.
Figure Out Your Hair Type
There are dozens of hair types, but it’s necessary to identify the kind you have to find the perfect shampoo for your hair and scalp. Some examples include:
- Curly: Tends to be the most fragile of any hair type. Focus on deep root conditioning and moisturizing while avoiding ingredients susceptible to humidity.
- Straight or fine: Has a naturally silky texture with less drying time. Volumizing and non-creamy shampoos will prevent excess oil.
- Dry or damaged: Brittle, broom-like, and prone to breakage. Requires gentle combing with nourishing products for battling dryness and frizz.
- Oily: Features excess dirt and greasiness. Using balancing and strengthening shampoos will decrease sebum production and remove bacteria.
- Color-treated: Has been subjected to chemical treatments and is therefore desperate for hydration and color-safe products. Look for sulfate-free shampoo products.
Know What Ingredients To Avoid
When you’re trying to find the perfect shampoo, you may encounter ingredients you don’t recognize or understand. A top tip is to look them up to discover their origin. Specific alcohols (ones that are not fatty alcohols), mineral oil and petroleum, sulfates, harsh detergents, formaldehyde, propylene glycol, and artificial colors and fragrances may prove to be irritants. They’ll either dry out the scalp and strands or leave unwanted residue to mimic shiny hair.
Taking the time to find the appropriate shampoo doesn’t have to become a stressful endeavor. That’s why we at Max Green Alchemy provide high-quality scalp-conditioning shampoos designed for all hair types as well as other vegan products to help you feel clean. We want to help you achieve the hair of your dreams without using harsh chemicals.