Winter is here and can contribute to dry or frizzy hair, depending on where you live. Are you using the right shampoo for YOU?
For women and men, the kind of shampoo and conditioner you use depends on your hair condition and type.
Fine hair likes VOLUMIZING shampoo and LIGHTWEIGHT conditioner. In humid climates, you can use conditioner sparingly unless you color your hair. If you do color your hair, ask your hairstylist for a product recommendation.
If you have fine hair and live in a dry climate, use a MOISTURIZING conditioner at least once a week to nourish your scalp. Do this on days when you don’t need to style your hair since heavy conditioners can leave your hair flat.
Medium/regular hair does best with a shampoo and conditioner that reflects its environment. For example, in dry climates, use a MOISTURIZING shampoo and conditioner. In humid regions, choose something sudsier like a CLARIFYING shampoo and a REGULAR conditioner. This is when you get to choose your product by smell. Yum.
Curly or frizzy hair needs MOISTURIZING shampoos and conditioners that have extra emollients such as almond oil, argan oil, coconut oil, etc. These help to smooth the hair by adding moisture, weight and shine.
Once you know what type of hair you have, determine the condition of your hair:
Oily hair benefits from a CLARIFYING shampoo and a LIGHTWEIGHT conditioner. Also, consider a DRY SHAMPOO for in-between washes. Dry shampoo is a powder spray that suspends scalp oiliness into fluff! It’s a miracle product.
Dry hair loves a MOISTURIZING shampoo and conditioner and weekly deep-conditioning treatments. You can make your own DEEP-CONDITIONER by adding moisturizing oil to your regular conditioner, mixing and applying to shampooed, towel-dried hair. Let the treatment sit for an hour or overnight, depending on the season and your comfort level, then rinse with cool water.
Damaged hair needs PROTEIN shampoo and conditioner to repair porosity and to coat weak strands so they don’t break. Remember to deep-condition, too.
Rebecca Schembri, Breeze Salon Reno