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For natural textures, it’s important to choose products that are gentle and that help provide moisture to thirsty curls.

Many shampoos today contain high quality ingredients that clean the scalp of sebum and product build-up, as well as help lubricate the hair cuticle. For ultimate hair health, avoid shampoos with harsh chemical ingredients, detergents and alcohol. Specifically look for shampoos that contain natural essential oils, if possible, and that do not contain sulfates.

The Best Shampoos For Frizzy Hair

Shampoos that are designed to straighten or smooth hair generally have a coating ingredient in them, usually silicones or oils that cover the hair and make it more compliant to heat styling.

The Best Shampoos For Color-Treated Hair

To choose the best shampoo for color-treated hair, you need to look for a shampoo with a ph between 4.5-5.5 (a “ph” level is a measure of how acidic or alkaline a product is). If you can’t see the ph level on the shampoo bottle, try searching the product’s name and “ph level” online.

Experts say that shampoos for color-treated hair should also contain oils  that will help your hair maintain its new color.

Does Black Hair Need Clarifying Shampoo?

Not really, according to most experts. People who need this type of shampoo either use A LOT of products that coat the hair, they have a particular type of hair condition that requires it, or they’re about to get a chemical hair treatment.

Why should you be careful with this type of shampoo? They tend to be extremely harsh to hair cuticles. Also, avoid clarifying shampoo right after you get your hair colored, as the color may fade faster.

How To Choose The Shampoo Your Hair Really Needs

What’s the absolute best way to choose the right shampoo for your hair? Talk to your stylist. Why? They understand your hair and its particular needs. Plus, they should have great expertise about the wide range of products out there, some of which you may have never even heard of before.

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