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To have soft and shiny hair is the dream of ten out of ten people. The popular saying already says that this is the face's frame. And to get hair that is worthy of compliments, there is nothing like finding the best shampoo for your hair type.

In this article, we will explain how the product works, its basic composition and the advantages of using the right shampoo for your hair. We have also prepared a selection with news from the segment and the best-selling products of the year. You can't miss it!




First, the most important

  • To choose the best shampoo, it is important to take into consideration your hair type and the situation of your hair strands.
  • Shampoo with natural ingredients, without chemical additives, is the best option for hair health, as it promotes nutrition and restores hydration.
  • Solid shampoo has been gaining space among people who want a more practical and sustainable routine. It uses less water and dispenses plastic packaging.

Best Shampoo: Our Selection

There are so many options that it is hard to find the best shampoo on the shelves. To make your search a little easier, we have selected products with very distinct characteristics, but all with the best market reviews. Check them out:

Buying guide: all you need to know about shampoo

Despite being a product that is part of our lives since birth, many people have difficulty finding the shampoo that brings the best results for their hair. This is why we have prepared this section. Here, we will explain more about this product and answer buyers' main doubts.

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To choose the best shampoo, it is important to take into account your hair type and hair condition.
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What is the composition of shampoo?

It seems obvious to talk about what shampoo is, but it is important to understand about the composition and function of this product. We are talking about a personal hygiene item that, roughly speaking, is a soap for the hair.

Basically, shampoo has surfactant in its composition, which is nothing more than a detergent. It is responsible for cleaning the hair and scalp. Other ingredients, such as pearlizers, stabilizers, nutrients, silicones and fragrances, vary according to the product and its indications.

Why are there so many types of shampoo?

The variety of shampoos is proportional to the diversity of hair types. In general, each thread has a requirement that can be in relation to cleaning, hydration or nutrition. That's where the most varied combinations arise.

However, if we consider the objective of this product -which is to cleanse the hair-, the main types of shampoo can be summed up as follows

  • Transparent shampoo: promotes medium cleansing. It is the most suitable for those who have oily roots;
  • Milky shampoo: provides soft cleansing and usually includes treatment actives such as silicones and nutrients. Ideal for coloured hair;
  • Pearly Shampoo: guarantees daily cleaning, therefore it is the most recommended for routine use;
  • Anti-residue or detox shampoo: deeply eliminates the accumulation of residues on the scalp and the hair. Depending on its composition, it may dry your hair. The ideal is to use it every 15 days.

Which shampoo is the most suitable for daily use?

Each product can add a number of features, as we have already mentioned. However, it is essential to keep in mind that, for daily use, the simpler it is, the better. What does this mean?

Imagine you use a shampoo with petrolatum and silicon every day. It will leave your hair with an enviable shine. But, as time goes by, these actives will accumulate in the strands and block the nutrition and oxygenation of the hair cuticles.

For daily use, look for the clear shampoos indicated for your hair type and, preferably, free of sulfate, parabens, salts and other chemical compounds.

What are the advantages of choosing the ideal shampoo for your hair?

The main purpose of choosing the best shampoo is to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. And this is very much related to your hair type. Therefore, making the choice according to this criterion has many advantages:

  • Product specifically developed for the characteristics of your hair strand;
  • Promotes proper cleansing of hair and scalp;
  • Eliminates or reduces the use of other products and extra treatments;
  • Provides the necessary care and nutrients for your hair's needs;
  • Does not harm the hair.

Is it better to use solid shampoo or liquid shampoo?

Solid shampoo is a novelty in Brazil and it has been gaining more and more followers. One of the major differentials of this product in relation to liquid shampoo is its composition. Most manufacturers prioritize natural saponification and do not include synthetic ingredients, parabens and silicones in the formula.

Another important difference concerns sustainability. In addition to reducing by around 80% the use of water in the manufacturing of the product, solid shampoo does not require plastic packaging and lasts up to 5 times longer than liquid shampoo.

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Solid shampoo is gaining space among people who want a more practical and sustainable routine.
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Is it recommended to use anti-dandruff and anti-dandruff shampoo?

Depending on the situation of your hair, it may be indicated the use of a shampoo with treatment, as the case of anti-fall and anti-dandruff. There are many products on the market that help reduce dandruff and strengthen your hair.

However, it is always good to keep in mind that this kind of symptom may be related to other problems that the shampoo alone is not able to treat.

Falling hair, for instance, may be linked to nutritional deficiencies or hormonal problems (1). Dandruff, on its turn, may be a sign of stress or inflammation in the sebaceous glands (2). For this reason, the recommendation is to always seek a specialist to diagnose the causes of these problems.

Purchase criteria: What to take into account when comparing shampoos

With this information - added to everything you already know, in practice, about shampoo - it's time to choose the ideal product. But first, we would like to highlight a few points that can make the difference in your hair's results.

Hair type

This is the first point to consider before buying a new shampoo. According to your hair type, you will be able to find the ideal product. Generally speaking, we can highlight:

Hair type Strand characteristics Scalp characteristics
Normal Soft and shiny. It does not dry out easily or present excess oiliness. Easy to comb, always clean
Oily, greasy looking hair with no volume. It needs to be washed daily, it may be excessively greasy and feel dirty
Dry, it has a dry appearance. It is usually rough, coarse and with spiky ends. It requires extra care with hydration and nutrition and should not be washed every day. It may be dry and flaky.

Situation of the hair shaft

Hair interventions such as colouring, straightening and excessive exposure to heat or chemical agents may interfere with the hair shaft's health. In these cases, it is necessary to look for the shampoo that best meets the specific needs of the moment.

Besides, the shape of the hair also requires special care. Thus, we highlight the following points:

  • Chemically treated hair: prefer a shampoo with nutrients to replace damage to hair cuticles. In the case of discoloured and blonde hair, it should contain shading pigments;
  • Curly hair: needs a shampoo that does not remove the natural oiliness of the thread, avoiding the increase of frizz;
  • Fine and brittle hair: shampoo with amino acids and glycolic acid to replace all the lost proteins and renew the capillary fiber.

Composition

As we said, most of the best shampoos on the market have a series of products which are responsible for giving manageability and shine to your hair. However, some of them may disguise the real situation of your hair.

Therefore, always give preference to the so-called low poo. These products have little or no chemical additives and are ideal to preserve or recover the structure of the hair, depending on the case.

Before choosing, check the composition of the shampoo and, if possible, stay away from those that contain sulfate, parabens and silicones. Your strands will thank you!

mulher lavando o cabelo com shampoo com vista para a natureza

Shampoo with natural ingredients, without chemical additives, is the best option for hair health. (Source: TORWAI Suebsri/ 123rf.com)

Allergy risk

The skin of the scalp is susceptible to external agents 24 hours a day. Adding another risk factor by using an unreliable shampoo is not a good idea.

So, before buying, check if the product formula has any components to which you have some kind of sensitivity or allergy. When in doubt, don't buy it.

Summary

Buying personal hygiene products is a practice that accompanies us since childhood. However, choosing the best shampoo for the needs of each hair is not as intuitive as it seems.

To prove this, we show here some details about the composition of these products and how they act both on the hair and scalp, with tips on how to choose the best shampoo for your hair type.

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References (2)

1. Fatores nutricionais e resistência da haste capilar: estudo clínico piloto. Flávia Alvim Sant'Anna Addor, Vanessa de Melo Cardoso Pereira, Felipe Fernandes de Abreu, Silvana Lima da Silva. Rede de Revistas Científicas da América Latina, Caribe , Espanha e Portugal. 2012.
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2. A caspa e a dermatite seborreica do couro cabeludo e seu tratamento tópico. Renata Cristina Pedra Bueno. São Paulo. 2007.
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Fatores nutricionais e resistência da haste capilar: estudo clínico piloto. Flávia Alvim Sant'Anna Addor, Vanessa de Melo Cardoso Pereira, Felipe Fernandes de Abreu, Silvana Lima da Silva. Rede de Revistas Científicas da América Latina, Caribe , Espanha e Portugal. 2012.
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A caspa e a dermatite seborreica do couro cabeludo e seu tratamento tópico. Renata Cristina Pedra Bueno. São Paulo. 2007.
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