Sometimes, it can feel like there’s an endless assortment of different shampoos on the beauty market, each geared towards resolving hair concerns like lack of volume, lack of shine, or poor hair texture.
While each formula may offer its own benefits for hair health and styling, the truth is that high-quality shampoos demonstrate a commitment to hair from scalp to strand by preventing the need for extra washing and handling. By helping hair stay cleaner and hydrated for longer, you’ll need fewer products in your haircare routine to achieve the results you’re looking for.
Wondering how to choose a shampoo that’s best for you? In this article, we’ll break down the different types of shampoo as well as how they work, so you can find your next holy-grail bottle with ease.
1. Volumizing shampoo
One of the most common hair concerns is lack of volume, but more often than not, it isn’t a matter of genetics. Rather, a lack of volume can be a sign that your hair is tired, whether due to excessive product use or a build-up of dirt, oil, or dead skin residue.
Many volumizing shampoos rely on sulfates, a type of surfactant (a substance used to achieve the sudsy effect in many shampoos) heralded for their deep-cleaning capabilities and heavy lather. However, there are several negative effects sulfates can have on your hair and scalp health. These include:
- Depleting the natural oil in your hair
- Stripping the hair, making it more susceptible to environmental pollutants
- Possible aggravation of the skin and scalp
- Removing pigment from colored hair
Living Proof’s shampoo range skips the sulfates (SLS and SLES) in every bottle and uses ingredients that make your hair look and feel more voluminous.
2. Anti-frizz shampoo
If you’re dealing with frizzy hair on a regular basis, your hair is trying to tell you something. Some of the common causes of frizzy hair include:
- Dry hair that’s craving some extra hydration
- Using a haircare product that contains sulfates
- Excessive friction against clothing
- A damaged hair cuticle, which makes it challenging to absorb and retain moisture
Furthermore, humid climates tend to activate frizz more than others—if your hair is already thirsty, it will drink in the extra humidity to compensate for an internal lack of moisture.
To combat frizzy hair, our sulfate-free and silicone-free No Frizz Shampoo nourishes hair from the inside out with its moisturizing ingredients. This anti-frizz shampoo preserves your natural hair texture while also protecting it against environmental factors that contribute to frizz and tangles.
3. Hydrating shampoo
Hydrating shampoo is best suited to low-porosity hair types that have a harder time holding on to moisture.
While sulfates may be one culprit for chronic dryness, excessive sun exposure can also degrade the shaft, or outermost layer, of hair in two ways:
- UVA radiation, which can drain (or lighten) hair color
- UVB radiation, which can deplete the keratin proteins that keep hair strong
In a perfect world, all shampoos would skip the sulfates and use milder formulas to bring your hair back into balance naturally—but avoiding sun exposure isn’t the only solution to offsetting dryness.
Hydrating and moisturizing shampoo, like Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo, helps to rebuild and smooth damaged hair cuticles, resulting in improved moisture retention and visibly healthier, more resilient hair.
4. Curl-defining shampoo
If you have naturally wavy, coily, or curly hair, the best shampoo to keep in your cabinet is a curl-defining shampoo. Textured, curly, or wavy hair needs the most moisture of any hair type, which means steering clear of heavy-duty shampoos with too much lather.
Ideally, a curl-defining shampoo should:
- Wash gently with minimal suds to retain the natural oil of your hair
- Have a satiny feel to enable easy detangling and combing post-wash
- Nourish hair texture with weightless moisturizing ingredients to improve curl pattern over time
If your naturally curly hair is acting frizzy or curling inconsistently, that’s a clue that your natural hair texture isn’t getting sufficient support. Living Proof’s Curl Shampoo is formulated to rinse out buildup without stripping the hair of the natural oils it needs to boost your unique texture.
5. Detox shampoo
Detox shampoos are for hair that’s craving a fresh start. Many people go after the double shampooing method, but may in fact just need a good detox shampoo in their arsenal of hair products. Three factors can contribute to dull, lifeless hair:
- Excess product buildup
- Environmental pollutants
- Hard water
“Hard” water refers to water with an excessive amount of trace metals, calcium carbonate, and magnesium sulfate—two chemicals that can roughen the hair cuticle and diminish its thickness.
Detox shampoos like the Triple Detox Shampoo not only disperse lingering residue, but also bind to and rinse metal ions found in hard water, reviving and rebalancing your hair from your scalp to your strands.
6. Shampoo for color-treated hair
Do you have barely-there highlights? Or are you sporting a hair color that’s hues away from your natural shade? No matter what your color style, if you have colored hair you’ll want to reach for a shampoo designed to preserve your color.
Shampoos geared towards color-treated tresses should use gentle formulas, without any harsh chemicals that can compete with dyes and further strip your hair of moisture and structural integrity.
Instead, look for fortifying formulas built to augment the longevity of your color. Two stand-out formulas from Living Proof may be used on color-treated hair:
- Restore Shampoo, with strengthening and reparative properties to treat and revitalize dry or damaged hair, which may be caused by long-term coloring.
- Color Care Shampoo, formulated to protect against hard water minerals and provide the extra slip you need to conserve your hair’s resilience long after you’ve exited the shower.
That said, each Living Proof shampoo is color-safe and gentle enough to care for color-treated tresses.
7. Dry shampoo
Most hair types don’t need to be washed every day. Frequent washing can cause stress to both the hair and the scalp, depriving it of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy and often leading to a sebum production imbalance.
That said, there are times when your hair needs a break between washes. So how do you clean your hair without shampoo?
To assist, you’ll want to find a dry shampoo to keep hair clean and fresh—without adding water—for times you’re skipping wash day. The Living Proof collection offers two dry shampoo solutions:
- The Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo, formulated to absorb oil, sweat, and odor, making hair look, feel, and smell clean.
- The Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo, a robust solution that removes oil and makes hair touchable and shiny, as if you’ve just stepped out of the shower.
The best dry shampoos should leave no trace, absorbing oil and dirt without visible (or tangible) residue that can leave you with an oily scalp or greasy roots. It’s an excellent haircare product to reach for after light or medium-intensity workouts, or if you’re retraining your hair to go longer between washes.
8. Shampoo for damage repair & strengthening
Dullness, unmanageable frizz, split ends, and breakability are all signs your hair is thirsty for a more intensive, restorative hair product. Whether the cause is your flat iron or most recent color treatment, damaged hair can benefit from a shampoo specifically formulated to repair and strengthen.
Restorative shampoos should take a holistic approach: not only should they be formulated to nourish the hair cuticle and scalp, but they should also provide enough slip for easy detangling—one of the easiest ways to cause acute breakage to hair post-shower.
Strengthening shampoos like Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo are aimed at fortifying the hair you have, acting on the scalp to improve its condition, and improving your styling experience in both the short and long term.
9. Scalp-care shampoo
Scalp-care shampoos are formulated to target hair health at the root. Dandruff, scalp sensitivity, or slow hair growth are all common issues that may be addressed by shampoos focused on the scalp.
However, because strong, resilient hair begins with a healthy scalp, it’s best to look for shampoo formulas geared towards nourishing the scalp and hair shaft in equal measure. Our Perfect hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo thoroughly cleans and moisturizes the scalp to defend against buildup, dandruff, and residual product while softening and polishing the hair.
Healthy hair starts with Living Proof
Living Proof makes good hair days more accessible with products that are good to your hair. All of our shampoo formulas are:
No matter what type of hair concern you have, Living Proof has a shampoo to help you cultivate hair health for the long haul. Shop our hair products online today.
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