Finding the best shampoo for your hair type can be quite difficult given the huge selection available to us - the choices seem endless! Different shampoos are designed for different hair types, depending on hair structure, moisture content, and sebum production. The trick is matching the right shampoo with your hair type.
Important Selection Criteria for Shampoo
While our eyes may be draw to the bright colours and querky packaging, the most important thing we should be looking at is the ingredients - the most suitable shampoo for you contains the ingredients your hair needs. Once you know your hair type and your hair’s requirements, the decision is simple!
Shampoo for Fine Hair
Characteristically, fine hair lacks volume and can appear soft and lifeless, and blonde hair especially tends to be fine.
Suitable shampoo for fine hair: Volumising shampoos contain structure-enhancing additives such as proteins and polymers. These ingredients build up the hair and make it appear stronger. Ingredients such as marine collagen and plant extracts give the appearance of fuller hair. Shampoos for fine hair should be designed not to weigh down hair but still have conditioning ingredients. If you have fine, flat hair then why not try Essence UltÎme Biotin+ Volume Shampoo, that doesn’t weigh down hair but gives up to 80% more root lift.
Shampoo for Coarse and Damaged Hair
If you have coarse and damaged hair, it can sometimes look straw-like and split ends are your worst enemy! This type of hair is prone to frizz all year round, no matter what the weather is like!
Suitable shampoo for dry and damaged hair: Extra moisture is what your hair needs if it is damaged. Shampoos with conditioning ingredients like oils or shea butter are the ideal choice. Our Essence UltÎme Omega Repair Shampoo has an extra rich formula that prevents up to 90% of split ends.
Shampoo for Coloured Hair
If you have coloured/lightened hair then you will need special treatment when shampooing to keep hair colour vibrant.
Suitable shampoos for coloured hair: Shampoos specifically for coloured hair will seal in colour to prevent fading and deeply nourish the hair. Essence UltÎme Diamond Color Shampoo intensifies shine and colour luminosity and protects from UV damage, with up to 85% less hair breakage.
Shampoo for Greasy Hair
Hair that is prone to becoming greasy quickly is caused by excessive sebum production and can leave hair looking oily and flat soon after washing, especially at the roots.
Suitable shampoos for greasy hair: These will contain ingredients that restore and balance the scalp’s sebum production, for example Aloe Vera, cotton and herbal extracts.
Shampoo for Grey Hair
Grey hair can be quite thin and sensitive. Specifically designed shampoos for grey hair restore the vibrancy of grey hair and will help you embrace your colour!
Suitable shampoos for grey hair: Need to contain blue/violet pigments to help neutralise any existing yellowish tones and restore colour.
Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps
Women with sensitive scalps experience itching, burning, and redness. These are all symptoms of an irritated scalp.
Suitable shampoos for sensitive scalps: Contain gentle ingredients that won’t aggravate the scalp. Conditioning additives like panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), bisabolol and Aloe Vera will soothe the scalp.
Cleansing Hair without Shampoo
Dry shampoo is great at reviving hair that may be a day or two over-due a wash. However, after a few days of dry shampooing hair, grease and dandruff build up can lead to an irritated scalp. Simply switch between dry-shampooing, using a deep-cleansing shampoo and using a regular shampoo.
NB: Hair and scalp change with time. From time to time, you should re-evaluate your choice of shampoo.