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Choosing The Right Shampoo and Conditioner For Your Scalp and Hair Type

With the endless options of hair products lining the aisles of your favorite stores and hair salon’s shelves, it’s easy to choose the wrong ones. Using the wrong hair products in the shower can cause anything from dryness, brittleness and frizz, to weighed down, limp strands.


You should choose your shampoo based on your scalp, and your conditioner based on your ends and hair type.

Shampoo For Dry Scalps

If your scalp tends to be dry or flaky, you should look for a shampoo that will provide moisture and hydration for your scalp. Products labeled as smoothing, hydrating, and moisturizing will help promote beneficial moisture retention for your dry scalp. Try to stay away from fortifying or volumizing products or ones that contain sulfates because they can strip your hair of much needed moisture.

Shampoo For Oily Scalps

In contrast, if your scalp is often oily or greasy, you should steer clear of creamy, hydrating, and moisturizing shampoos because they can add too much moisture and cause your hair to feel worse. Look for labels that mention volumizing, balancing, or strengthening. Introducing a clarifying shampoo to your routine can help cleanse your hair of any product buildup as well as be super helpful for an oily scalp.

Please note that you should not overuse a clarifying shampoo as it can cause your scalp to dry out.

Shampoo For Curly Hair

Curly hair is often drier than straight hair because the texture makes it harder for oils to make their way away from the scalp and down the strands. You should be looking for a shampoo that will smooth, protect, hydrate, and moisturize your hair. Additionally, because of its tendency to dry out, curly hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. Finding an ultra-moisturizing shampoo can help reduce frizz and dryness without weighing down your hair.

Shampoo For Color-Treated Hair

Color treated hair should be treated similarly to curly hair in the sense that it needs products that provide moisture, and protection. Color treated hair, especially if you’re sporting a colorful shade, should only be washed every few days. This is to prevent your color from fading quickly, as well as keep your hair and scalp from drying out.


Conditioner should be applied only to your mid-lengths and ends, not your scalp, especially if your scalp and ends differ in what they need. 

Conditioner for Dry, Damaged or Brittle Hair

It is important to choose a conditioner that will help prevent future damage and aid in repairing any current damage or dryness. It is best to avoid fortifying and strengthening conditioners as they can cause additional breakage. Look for labels that mention balancing, hydrating, smoothing, and moisturizing. Introducing conditioning treatments a few times a month can do wonders for your hair’s health and aid in preventing future damage.

Conditioner for Oily Hair

Try using a lightweight conditioner on your mid-lengths and ends, but you should keep any product away from your roots and scalp. Try to stay away from products that promote hydration and smoothing as they will add too much moisture to your hair and cause it to appear limp. Instead, look for strengthening, volumizing, or balancing. Additionally, a spray-in conditioner is a good, lightweight option for extra oily hair. It won’t weigh the hair down and you can apply it only where needed.

Conditioner for Curly Hair

Because of curly hair’s tendency to become dry, you should look for an extra-moisturizing conditioner to smooth your curls. Be on the lookout for products containing shea butter and oils to help hydrate your strands but be sure to avoid products that contain sulfates as they will dry your hair out further. A good leave-in conditioner can help condition your hair throughout the day to add shine and frizz control. To add even more hydration to your locks, try including a deep conditioning treatment a few times a month to smooth curls and prevent breakage.

Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

If you color or highlight your hair frequently, you should look for a creamy, rich conditioner to moisturize strands and prevent breakage. Be sure to focus on your mid-lengths and ends and seek out products to help moisturize and protect your color. Leave-in conditioners and deep conditioning treatments can provide much needed hydration for drier hair and help keep it soft and healthy.

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