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Sulphate-free and silicone-free shampoos are better options for our hair. They can avoid stripping natural oils from the scalp and hair or make hair dry and brittle. However, everyone’s hair is different. It is important to know how to choose the right shampoo for your hair type. Here is the ultimate guide for choosing the right shampoo.

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(1) Dry and Damaged Hair

For the people who always dye or style our hair by using hair dye or heat styling tools, chemicals and heat will damage and dehydrate their hair and scalp. For dry and damaged hair, you can choose the shampoos with a moisturizing formula. They are good for thick, coarse or curly hair, which lacks moisture. This type of shampoos can moisturize and provide softness and shine to hair.

Ingredients to look for:

Keratin- A kind of protein that the hair mostly consists out of. May appear on the ingredient list as ‘hydrolized keratin’ or ‘keratin amino acids’. Helps rebuild the protein structure of your hair.

Ceramide- Oil that exist in the hair cuticle naturally to keep it intact. Assists the restore of  balance within the hair and minimize the damage.

Natural Oils- Shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil etc are great in adding moisture to the hair.

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(2) Oily Hair

If your hair and scalp tend to be oily or greasy, you should look for the shampoos with volumizing and balancing formulas to control the production of sebum. Avoid using hydrating and smoothing shampoos, which provide too much moisture and stimulate your scalp to produce more sebum. For super-oily hair and scalp, you can go for a clarifying shampoo. Avoid applying hair conditioner and serum to your scalp or hair roots.  

Ingredients to look for:

Tea tree oil: Control excess sebum production of the scalp, as well as prevent bacterial and fungal buildups

Peppermint oil: Stimulate blood circulation to the scalp and balance the scalps pH level.

Aloe vera: Reduces inflammation and soothes irritation

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(3) Frizzy/ Curly Hair

For frizzy and unruly hair, you need a high level of moisture and smoothness shampoo. Smoothing hair shampoos are loaded with extra moisturizers and smoothing agents to seal the hair cuticle. For people who have curly hair, they can use moisturizing shampoos designed for curly hair, which help detangle strands and provide protection to minimize breakage.

Ingredients to look for:

Natural oils- Delivers protection and moisture to hair to keep it shiny and soft

Linolenic acid- An omega-6 essential fatty acid that is key to normal growth and function of healthy cells, restoring hair’s moisture and regenerating hair

Honey- Moisturize and soften your hair

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(4) Normal Hair

For the people who have normal hair, their hair isn’t too dry, oily or frizzy. They may be confused about different types of shampoos. If your hair is fine, volumizing shampoos are the excellent choice for making your hair looks thicker. For normal hair, you could change your shampoo according to different seasons. Using balancing shampoos in summer and using hydrating shampoos in winter.


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