Shampoo And Conditioner 101


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This is a very important subject. There are so many different types to choose from this article should help give you some basic ideas about what some of the most common types of shampoos and conditioners do and which is best for your hair type. Although there are hundreds of shampoos and conditioners out there vying for your dollar, they can almost all be placed into a few simple categories.


Acid-balanced: This is a shampoo that has a low PH. It is good for overly dry and damaged hair due to coloring, relaxing, and bleaching. Since all of those services tend to raise the PH of your hair it is important to have an acid-balanced product to help lower it. By lowering the PH the cuticle begins to close which will give your hair an overall smoother appearance.

Color-safe: These are shampoos that will help lock your hair color in. When shopping for these look for products that say sulfate free and/or have UV filters (because ultra violet rays from the sun/tanning booths can fade your color and these UV filters help block the rays from penetrating your hair)

Clarifying: This shampoo is good for two things. Cutting through and removing product buildup from hairsprays, mousse, ect and lightening artificial hair color that has come out to dark. However, if used in excess hair may become overly dry so use minimally and deep condition.

Color Depositing Shampoo: This type of shampoo actually deposits a slight amount of color with each shampoo. It helps to keep color from fading and is ideal for the upkeep of artificial red heads. A great product for this is Quantum Reds Daily Color Replenishing Shampoo which can be found at Sally’s for around $5.00


Cream Rinse: This is just ordinary conditioner that you apply and leave on for around thirty seconds. It is good for normal, permanent color free hair. It keeps it healthy and detangles in the process.

Protein Conditioners: These work well for people with fine hair. These conditioners use proteins which actually help to expand each individual hair strand which gives the appearance of fuller hair.

Deep Treatment: These are great for color-treated or dry hair. It helps to temporarily fill in the damaged cuticle to give it a smoother looking appearance. The keywords here are “temporarily help, ” remember there is no product out there that can correct breakage or split ends. This should only be done 1-2 times a week. See tip list for home made deep treatment.

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