During my recent how-to event shampoo versus co-washing was a hot topic. Women wanted to know how often they should shampoo and/or co-wash. In a previous #ASKCOLE – “What is the difference between shampoo and co-washing?” I explain the difference between the two. But after my How-To Event: The Cornrow Series was over I decided to further my research about shampoos and discovered that there are thirteen types of shampoos on the market.
Here’s a list of the thirteen different types of shampoos
pH-Balanced Shampoo – these shampoos are balanced to the pH of skin and hair. The pH is balanced by the addition of citric, lactic or phosphoric acid. A pH-balanced shampoo will help to close the hair cuticle and are recommended for color-treated or lightened hair.
Conditioning Shampoo – also known as a moisturizer makes the hair smooth and shiny while improving the manageability of the hair. Protein and biotin are conditioning agents are added to restore moisture and elasticity, strengthens the hair shaft and adds volume. Conditioning shampoos are also known to be nonstripping, meaning they do not remove artificial coloring from the hair.
Medicated Shampoo – these shampoos contain special ingredients that help reduce dandruff and relieve other scalp conditions. Depending on the severity of your condition the shampoo must remain on the scalp for a longer period of time to actively work. Always read the label for instructions for proper use.
Clarifying Shampoo – we hear the term “clarifying” a lot and sometimes it can be confusing knowing when to use this type of shampoo. Clarifying shampoos contain an active chelating agent that binds to metals and removes them from the hair. They also contain an equalizing agent that enriches the hair and helps to retain moisture.
Balancing Shampoo – this type of shampoo works best for oily hair and scalp to help wash away excess oiliness while preventing the hair from drying out.
Strengthening Shampoo – this type of shampoo has a variety of strengthening nourishing ingredients that are designed to repair damaged and brittle hair.
Dry Shampoo – also known as a power shampoo cleanses the hair without the use of soap and water. This shampoo is designed to remove dirt and oil when brushing or combing through the hair.
Sulfate-Free Shampoo – formulated with little to no alkaline soap base. These shampoos manufactured as wetting agents to be compatible with hair and soft water sources and generally are known to be sensitive to artificial hair color and to maintaining the natural hair oils in the hair.
Shampoos for Thinning Hair – these shampoos are formulated to be gentler and contain volume-boosting ingredients that give the illusion of additional volume and density to the hair.
Neutralizing Shampoo – designed to re-balance the pH level of your hair which is most often used as part of a chemical relaxing process.
Color-Enhancing Shampoo – used to brighten, add a slight hint of color, and to eliminate unwanted color tones, such as gold or brassiness and overly cool strands.
Shampoos with Keratin Protein Added – these shampoos are designed to help strengthen the hair as it cleanses.
Shampoo for Hairpieces and Wigs – if you like wearing protective styles such as wigs and hair pieces look for prepared wig-cleaning solutions and always follow label instructions.
What type of shampoo are you currently using? Let me know. Leave a comment below.
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