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As much as you might like to procrastinate it, washing your hair is important to if you want to keep it healthy. Whether your hair is long, short, curly, or straight, the hair washing and styling process can be a real pain in the neck. Starting the process by purchasing the right shampoo from the salon or at a licensed salon product distributor can make your life a lot easier. We’ve created this handy guide to help you choose the right shampoo for your hair type!

Oily Hair

Oil in our hair is the natural sebum produced by skin cells in the scalp. Natural oils are important for your hair’s health, but when there’s too much oil, it can be a real pain. If your hair is prone to oil buildup, clarifying shampoos will be your best friend. Clarifying shampoo deep cleans the hair by removing buildup caused by products, chemicals, and natural oil. While standard shampoos can clean the hair, they usually include sulfates and moisturizing elements that coat hair shafts. That means your hair isn’t getting fully cleansed when you wash it. We know getting rid of oily hair might be your first priority, just remember that clarifying shampoos strip both product buildup and natural oils from the hair. Don’t use them too often or you’ll probably end up with the opposite problem of dry, damaged hair!

Dry Hair

With dry hair, you’ll essentially need the complete opposite of someone with oily hair. Dry hair is typically caused by overwashing, using too much heat, and chemically treating hair. Doing any of these over an extended period of time can strip your hair of natural oils and break down keratin protein structures, leading to dry, brittle hair. To treat dry strands, look for sulfate-free products that include natural oils like argan or coconut. Also look for words like “strengthening” “intensive repair” or “restorative” as you’re browsing the shampoo aisle. If you need to treat extremely dry hair, use a deep conditioning treatment after washing your hair. This is one of the best ways to moisturize your hair so it’s silky and smooth.

Fine Hair

Does your hair frequently fall flat? Thickening and volumizing products are the solution. Thick, heavy shampoos are a no-go for fine hair, as they’ll just weigh it down and make your locks even flatter. A good volumizing shampoo will be lightweight without skimping on moisture. Thickening/volumizing shampoos usually contain keratin and a form of Vitamin B-5. These two key nutrients work to build up your fine hair and create volume. For additional volume after your hair is washed, you can apply volumizing styling products, use hair rollers, or tease your hair. Add a volumizing shampoo into your hair routine and kiss flat hair goodbye!

Girl with flat, fine brown hair.

Thick Hair

If your hair is thick, it’s likely you’ve heard, “You’re so lucky!” about ten thousand times. We agree. Thick, lustrous hair is beautiful. We also know just how much of a hassle taking care of it can be! Washing and styling a full head of thick hair can take up a lot of product if you’re not buying the right things. Don’t skimp on your shampoo purchase if you want to save money on product in the long run. You need a robust, sulfate-free shampoo that can fully cleanse thick hair without stripping natural oils. We suggest looking for lightweight, keratin-based formulas that include nourishing elements like argan oil, coconut oil, and quinoa extract. This will make the hair stronger and easier to style. A thick head of hair is something you should be proud of. Find the right shampoo and you’ll have a vibrant, gorgeous mane that will turn heads.

Curly Hair

Curly girls, we don’t have to tell you twice about the struggles of washing and styling your natural curls. Dryness, frizz, and uneven curl patterns are all things you have to worry about that your straight-haired counterparts do not. To make styling curling hair easier, it all starts with the right shampoo. Choose products with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, coconut oil, and hibiscus to help keep frizz at bay. Moisturizing elements can also detangle the hair and make it easier to comb through and style. Shampoos with sulfates are usually too harsh for most curly hair. Use a sulfate-free formulation to get your hair clean without drying it out. The first step to beautiful, bouncy, silky curls is picking the right shampoo!

Girl with red curly hair.

Colored/Bleached Hair

Getting your hair colored or bleached is an investment. When you’re spending money bleaching your hair or dyeing it dark, protecting that investment should be a priority. The wrong shampoo can seriously damage colored or bleached hair. Harsh formulas will cause colors to fade and bleached blonde hair to dry out. If you’ve got colored hair, look for sulfate and paraben-free, nourishing shampoos that include ingredients like elastin, keratin, orchid, hibiscus, coconut oil, and Vitamin B5. For bleached hair, a purple shampoo is your best bet to maintain a beautiful blonde color. The violet color in these shampoos is an active ingredient. It neutralizes the brassy/yellow discoloration that happens when bleached blonde hair isn’t correctly cared for. Buy the right shampoo and your colored tresses will look salon-fresh for a lot longer.

Long bleach blonde hair.

Come in For a Professional Shampoo!

Our stylists at Studio Branca SalonSpa know all about using the right shampoos on our clients. We offer a blow dry and finish service that will leave you with a magazine-worthy blowout. If you’re just looking to get a hair trim or want a chic, new haircut, we can do that too! Schedule your appointment online today!

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