Are you using the right shampoo?
In the shampoo world, sulfate is a dirty word.
It's an ingredient found in a lot of shampoos - more commonly known as detergent.
Sulfates cause the shampoo to lather up and can actually dry out your hair because it strips it of its moisture and colour. There are plenty of shampoos out there that do the job of cleaning your hair, without this ingredient. You might need to give your hair an extra wash to get the best clean, but it's worth it.
As with all products, you need to find the right one for you, depending on your hair.
While the right shampoo is a big part of making your locks look its best, there are a few other things you should consider.
You also must condition to pack in moisture (even if you have oily hair) because it makes it easier to style.
You can even think about using a different shampoo and conditioner because, for example, you could have oily roots and dry ends, that each require individual attention.
A volumising shampoo is not only ideal for those with fine hair. Anyone with oily hair should consider picking this off the shelf because it builds body by lifting the hair cuticle.
Shampoos designed for colour treated hair often contain SPF to protect hair from the sun which fades colour quicker. If you colour your locks, opt for a shine shampoo as well.
Here are the best of the sulfate free shampoos for every type of hair - and not all of them will set you back a pretty penny.
Shu Uemera's art of hair color lustre brilliance glaze shampoo (what a catchy name) purifies colour treated hair. Musk rose oil and goji berry extract restore the hair's protective layer decreasing the amount of colour lost and increasing shine. It has a matching conditioner.
Macadamia rejuvenating shampoo is moisturising and suitable for all hair types but best for those with dry and damaged hair. Macadamia oil and argan oil are key ingredients and it's paraben (preservative) free too. You can get a matching conditioner.
Kerastate discipline bain is designed for chemically treated and over processed hair. The morpho-keratin protects the surface of the hair and conditions the hair fibre, adding shine to colour treated hair. There is no matching conditioner.
The Tresemme keratin smoothing shampoo is low in sulfate but not completely free of it. Using this makes hair smoother and easier to style. There's a matching conditioner too.
Matrix biolage advanced fiber strong shampoo is paraben (preservative) free and damage resistant. The fragile areas of the hair are fortified with ceramides, maintaining elasticity. It has a matching conditioner.
Essano argan oil of Morocco contains natural oils and essential vitamins to treat dry and damaged hair. Ingredients include macadamia and pomegranate oil, aloe vera and plant proteins to treat and protect dry, stressed hair. It has a matching conditioner.
Nak hair aromas curl shampoo adds moisture, hydrates, enhances curl, gives hair a bit of natural bounce and also controls frizz. It's preservative free as well and comes with a conditioner to match.
Moroccan oil extra volume shampoo is obviously for fine, limp hair. It's enriched with keratin and packed with proteins and moisture to add volume. There's a matching conditioner for it too.