Get the expert take on the best shampoo for your hair and for your budget.
If you peek into anyone’s shower you’re likely to find a wide array of plastic bottles for washing, conditioning, scrubbing and moisturizing. With options for clarifying, moisturizing, body and shine, shampoo bottles are likely to take up a good deal of space in the tub.
We asked hair stylist and expert Rachel Leipzig to share some of her advice on how to pick the best shampoo for your hair and how to find it at the best prices.
If price has been holding you back from purchasing higher-quality shampoo and hair products, I recommend checking out your beauty-supply store for the liter-size bottles. The cost savings may be enough for you to upgrade. And if you do decide to buy liters, you might want to look for a pump. It is a lot more user friendly in the shower.
After loading up your hair with styling products and hairspray and everything else you use to make your hairstyle hold, sometimes you might feel like your hair needs a refresher. Clarifying shampoo is a great way to remove product build up and wash away pollutants that can cling to your hair.
Sometimes our busy lives require us to save time and energy by shopping online. It’s easy to click a button and get clothes, housewares and even groceries delivered to your door. It can be fun to stroll the drugstore aisles and try out new beauty products, but when you have your favorite shampoo, online shopping is the way to go.
If eating chemicals concerns you, then you should also be aware of the products you’re putting on your body. In addition to the benefits from avoiding extra chemicals, true organic shampoo and conditioner products offer a wealth of benefits for your hair and scalp that will be immediately noticeable. As organic products gently infuse your hair follicles and skin cells with minerals, herbal extracts and oils, each of these natural ingredients will provide a different benefit to your hair.
Two brands of shampoo I have worked with professionally and are pretty easy to find in stores are Matrix Biolage and Pureology. Let’s match these two head-to-head to see who wins.
All shampoo is essentially a cleanser. Only the first six or seven ingredients impact the formula’s effectiveness. Most shampoos share these main ingredients, and the other ingredients change depending on that formula’s scent, color, moisturizing properties, and whatever else makes your shampoo your favorite.
If you regularly swim in a chlorinated pool it’s likely that you have noticed a residue on your hair, or it has become dry and brittle. Wearing a cap may help, but usually some water gets in around the edges. Don’t worry; help is here! There’s no need to stop swimming. You just need to get your hands on some swimmer’s shampoo.
“My favorite salon shampoos use natural ingredients to help revitalize your hair without adding chemical and product buildup. Instead of coating your hair in chemicals, these shampoos help reveal your hair, only better. Here is a guide to my favorite top three salon shampoos on the market right now.”
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