Finding the Right Shampoo
- Washing hair for beauty – no problem with the right shampoo!
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You want healthy hair with a brilliant gloss? Rather than beginning your beauty quest with masks, treatments and more, take the important first step with the right shampoo. These hair care products can do far more than you might suspect...
They repair with invisible tools, repel harmful UV rays to protect your hair and transform limp manes for wow-effect volume. One can truly say that shampoos really go all out for us. Different shampoos have different effects. To help you select the best shampoo for your hair type, we present the most important categories and reveal what they can do and how they work:
Brittle, dull hair and split ends are caused by a rough hair structure. For frizzy or curly hair, this may be the natural state. Hair may have been damaged by heat, the stresses of colouring and more. Nourishing and repair products rebuild the surface of the hair, fill larger and smaller cracks in the keratin layer and seal the tips so split ends cannot spread. Plant oils for one are very effective here. Macadamia oil for example repairs and nourishes the cuticle of the hair with lipids (fats). Argan and sunflower oil contain valuable unsaturated fatty acids similar to the body’s own lipids from the sebaceous glands. Almond oil is great for intensive hair care without heaviness. The synthetic alternative: Silicones surround the hair like a protective film, smooth the cuticle and seal split ends. Novel silicone shampoos do all of that without even weighing down the hair.
After colouration the hair not only requires extra care but also an invisible shell to securely surround the new pigments and preserve their brilliance. That is why colour shampoos contain antioxidants among other things, shielding the hair against UV rays to delay fading as long as possible. Summer tip: also apply hair care sprays with sun protection.
A thin mane without fullness is no reason to tear your hair out. Thank goodness for shampoos with a volumising effect. Like other shampoos they mainly contain water, nourishing ingredients, fragrances and detergents (tensides). The difference: For the latter the volumising properties are intensified. This type of shampoo not only cleans but separates the hairs from each other, thereby making the mane appear fuller overall.
Shampoo for Oily Hair
Your hairline looks lank again just a few hours after washing? This is often caused by excessive oils. Shampoos for oily hair remove the excess. They contain a higher concentration of detergents but no lipid-replenishing substances such as oils or silicones. Instead they soothe the scalp and regulate sebum production. Hint: Foam a small amount in your palms, gently massage into the scalp and allow to work for a few minutes so the ingredients can unfold their effect. Attention: Use shampoos for oily hair no more than twice a week and choose an extra-mild product on the other days. Otherwise your scalp will dry out excessively. Perfect for in between: Dry shampoo.
Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Detox treatments for hair are available as well. Special deep cleansing shampoos free your mane from all contaminants and particles weighing it down. These can range from simple dirt to the residues of hair care or styling products. Deep cleansing shampoo has no extra additives and naturally cleans your hair, for example with menthol, mint, lemon, ginger or marine collagen extract. Hint: Be sure to use a rich conditioner after deep cleaning.
A healthy scalp is the key to beautiful hair. To make dandruff a thing of the past, a very gentle shampoo with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or allantoin is ideal. Highly effective products such as anti-dandruff shampoos also contain the active ingredient zinc pyrithione used against psoriasis and eczema in medicine. Hint: Anti-dandruff shampoo can dry out your hair. The lengths and ends therefore need a conditioner or nourishing treatment for balance after washing.