Most of us shampoo or wash our hair once a day and periodically we use conditioner (some more often than others). What brand of shampoo is best?
Most studies show that there is very little difference between the expensive salon shampoos and the cheaper brands found in Drugstores. Shampoos are made to remove excess oil, dead skin cells and dirt from your hair and scalp. Lathering your hair more than once will most likely not get your hair any cleaner and may damage it if done repeatedly. There is on need to lather up twice unless you have exceptionally dirty hair and even then experts say you should focus on your scalp and not scrubing your hair. When hair is wet it becomes more fragile and is open to more damage. The key is rinse out all the shampoo so no remnants are left on your hair or scalp. The ingredients in shampoo vary slightly from brand to brand, but most contain sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth which can cause irritation to your scalp. There have even been claims that some of the ingredients cause cancer over long periods of use, but those claims are unproven at this time.
The most common question we get from online readers is: Which shampoo is best for my hair type? Do you have thin hair, oily hair, dry hair, dandruff? Some shampoos are better with particular hair types, although many work just fine as proven through blind hair tests done on consumers. Organic, or natural, shampoos are gaining in popularity as more consumers feel like putting unneeded chemicals into their hair is not healthy for it. We did read from shampoo experts that switching shampoos periodically is a good idea so that your hair doesn't get exposed to the same shampoo ingredients day after day. Also, they say you should use Neutrogena Anti-Residue shampoo (or similar product) about once a week to get rid of the film forming agents found in thickening shampoos or from general build-up on your hair. We are not going to get into hair conditioners in this article, but most do an excellent job of bringing your hair back to its old luster and there are even shampoo conditioner combinations sold from major brands. The top shampoo brands
are Clairol, Herbal Essences, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Suave, Paul Mitchell, L'Oreal, Bumble and Bumble, Aussie, Dove, John Frieda, Johnson & Johnson, Vidal Sassoon, Matrix, Redken, Physique, Finesse, and Nexxus. The question is which is right for you, how much do they cost, and what do actual users say about them. We went online to research the best shampoos and visited sites like About.com, iVillage, Epinions.com, Rateitall.com, and Regrowth.com. Shampoo reviews
- Consumer Reports has done some studies on the effectiveness of shampoos but findings point towards the less expensive brands as being just as good as the high end ones. Amazon.com lists 100's of shampoos (with reviews) - some for thinning hair, some for oily hair, and some for color treated hair. Owner comments posted online are perhaps the best source of feedback on products as you can read what dozens of consumers have to say about a particular brand or product. You can browse the top selling hair shampoos online here
As we mentioned above, in blind tests on consumers, it is very difficult if not impossible for them to pick the more expensive brands from the regular brands. The majority of us use over 20 different brands of shampoo over our lifetimes so there is rarely a lot of loyality when it comes to shampoos. The most popular brands are Pantene Pro-V
($6 for 25 ounces) and Clairol Herbal Essences
($4/12 oz) which clean hair just as well as do the salon brands that are twice as much. Women were more inclined to use expensive hair shampoos partly because a "womens hair" is more valuable to a woman. Men don't put much thought into washing their hair and what shampoo they use. In any event, most shampoos contain virtually the same ingredients with some claiming "new and improved" results that are hard to prove. RECOMMENDED
- We found some of the most positive feedback on the Pureology - Hydrate Shampoo
- it's salt and sulfate free, includes antioxidants and sunscreens, and the ingredients do not ruin the color from treated hair. The 10 and 33 oz options are the most popular choices.
Best Dandruff Shampoo:
We've seen the commercials for years, which dandruff shampoo is better - Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue? The best dandruff shampoo is still Head & Shoulders
($5/14 oz). It contains zinc pyrithione, an active ingredient that helps fight of dandruff issues like flaking and itching of the scalp. Some experts on dry scalp say those with severe dandruff should consider a more powerful solution like Neutrogena T/Gel
if Head & Shoulders doesn't work on their scalp/hair. RECOMMENDED
- Want to control the scaling and excessive itching, consider the Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
- with almost every reviewer giving it 5 out of 5 stars, Nizoral really performs. You are supposed to use it twice a week to control your dandruff and become dandruff free. It's recommended for children over the age of 12 and adults. For those suffering from cronic dandruff, Nizoral may finally be your solution. .
Shampoo For Oily Hair:
Matrix Biolage Normalizing Shampoo
($17/33.8 oz) is the best shampoo for oily hair with a "special balancing agent" that helps give your scalp a deep cleanse and won't dry your hair out. The shampoo contains the Biolage Normalizing Botanical Complex that combines pure Botanical extracts of Quillaja Saponaria and Ginkgo. Users of Matrix shampoo say it leaves their hair soft, smooth, and shiney.
Shampoo For Hair Loss:
If you are a young male (or female for that matter) losing your hair can be a life changing event and stopping the hair loss as soon as possible it your best bet. using a hair loss shampoo
could be critical to keeping your hair. Nioxin Cleanser System 2
($26/33 oz) is fairly expensive but users say it helps those with thinning hair by strengthening the hair shaft and thickens hair quite a bit. Some sites said Nano shampoo is a better choice than Nioxin because some studies (still unproven) show that it actually may regrow hair in some individuals. Go to Folica.com or Regrowth.com for more details on both of these shampoos. You can view all the shampoos for hair loss online here
Free Shampoo Samples:
How do you get free shampoo samples? Much like the cosmetic industry, shampoo manufacturers are willing to give you a small sample of their product since they know many people have no loyality when it comes to shampoo. Men and women change shampoo brands quite often so manufacturers want your business. Many of the major brands offer free sample signups on their websites like the one for Pantene at http://www.pantene.com/en_CA/sampling/fullthick/
, or for Dove shampoo http://www.dove.us/real_beauty/offers.asp
. A good site to sign up with is called Startsampling.com where they let consumers test free samples of products like shampoo.