With store shelves filled end-to-end with shampoos and conditioners of all varieties, it can be very difficult to select products that work well for individual hair types and personal preferences. This hurtle is especially frustrating to those who don’t care to spend hundreds per year on expensive salon-grade products tailored to their needs by a professional stylist.
These guidelines can help consumers find shampoo and conditioner combinations that work well, suit individual needs, and don’t cost a fortune.
Choosing Shampoos and Conditioners by Hair Type
The hair type of the customer is almost always the deciding factor in choosing a suitable shampoo-conditioner combination. Many products are specifically created to match individual hair textures, including straight, wavy, and afro-textured hair, and these are often the most accurate factors in determining a proper fit. Garnier Fructis offers one of the best non-salon lines matched to individual hair types, and offers options for permed, color-treated, curly, wavy, and graying hair.
Choosing Shampoos and Conditioners by Company Ethics
Although ethical companies necessarily charge more for their products (organic and fair-trade ingredients are almost always more expensive) the slight increase in price is almost always worth the investment. Many manufacturers are striving to create shampoos and conditioners using sustainable resources, natural ingredients, and fair-trade labor; more and more companies are moving away from animal testing. One “green” company to try is Beauty without Cruelty, a natural and cruelty-free manufacturer.
Choosing Shampoos and Conditioners by Ingredients
Aside from sustainability and ethical considerations, there can be very good reason to check the label on shampoos and conditioners, especially for people who have chemical sensitivities or skin allergies. In some people, artificial dyes and fragrances can be extremely drying or irritating. Others will get body-wide rashes from shampoos that contain certain herbs or compounds. People with multiple sensitivities may want to consider a clarifying shampoo like Nature’s Gate Rainwater series.
Choosing Shampoos and Conditioners by Price
In times of economic woe, it often comes to pass that consumers are left with a very difficult decision: choosing a high-quality product, or choosing an inexpensive but lesser-quality product. While many very inexpensive shampoo-and-conditioner lines are of very poor quality, others are quite useable and can even be comparable to professional lines. Suave, one of the cheapest hair care manufacturers currently on the market, offers a number of shampoos and conditioners of surprisingly good quality.
Choosing Shampoos and Conditioners by Hair Color
People who pride themselves on the color of their hair– be it a flaming red, a lustrous mohogany, or a golden blonde– might consider selecting shampoos and conditioners that are created with hair color in mind. This can be especially important for people with colored or highlighted hair, since shampoo lines can accent and enhance both natural and enhanced hair colors. Probably the most successful series of color-enhancing shampoo-conditioner combinations in John Frieda, famed for their tailor-matched products that fit any tone.