OK, so this post is actually something I’m kinda learning right alongside y’all, but I thought it was too interesting not to share. And as it goes, I learned about it…then became obsessed. I know y’all want more beauty content too, so I hope you enjoy this one!
This all started because I heard about purple shampoo for the first time, or saw it I should say, at the store! Because I’m always curious, I picked it up and read what the heck it does for hair. Turns out, it helps brighten blonde hair and takes brass out of highlighted or lightly-colored hair. Who knew?! Well, this got me thinking about all the different types of shampoos out there. I mean, have you ever stopped and looked at the shampoo aisle at Target? THERE’S SO MUCH.
Since I kinda just use whatever someone sends me or what I like the smell of, it wasn’t until then that I realized I probably wasn’t utilizing the benefits of different types of shampoos. After doing a Brighton brain research project, I not only learned SO much, but I restocked my own shower with a few different types. Here’s when to use different shampoos and basically what they do.
Back to the purple shampoo. I actually ended up buying some. My hair definitely turns brassy, especially if I’m highlighting it and am not taking the best care of it. This stuff was amazing y’all! I ended up leaving it in my hair for a few minutes while I shaved to let it sink in, and have been using it about 1x a week since. I’ve noticed that my highlights look cooler and just brighter (but not brassy). If you lighten your hair at all, I’d highly recommend!
I’ve actually heard of these before but never used one regularly. Apparently, they’re a really good idea, especially if you tend to get build up, whether from lots of products (like me!) or have oily hair. Using a clarifying shampoo a few times a month essentially gets rid of buildup and leaves your hair super clean. Definitely don’t use it too often though, as they can dry out your hair and scalp if used too much, and make color fade. Also, if you have fine or thin hair, clarifying shampoo is known to add a little extra volume, so if you have a special occasion or need your hair to really be on point, reach for this shampoo in the shower.
This is something I have always used (well, since coloring my hair), and if you color and don’t, get on board! While there are mixed reviews scientifically, I’ve always found my color to last better if I’m regularly using one of these shampoos. I personally really like Bumble and Bumble since it’s super mild, sulfate free and won’t strip color as fast. Sulfate free is also gentler on the skin, so if you have a sensitive scalp or eczema, more reason to start using.
I’m pretty sure we all think our hair is somewhat frizzy, but these types of shampoos should really only be used when frizz is serious. Otherwise, especially if you have naturally oily or flat hair, these shampoos will weigh down your hair even more. Instead, use an oil on your ends after you style or round brush to eliminate frizz while using the right shampoo. If your hair truly is frizzy, find a shampoo that gently cleanses without roughing up the cuticles (and leading to frizz). I’ve heard great things about Paul Mitchell’s option.
If your hair is fine, stick to a clear shampoo on the reg, as the creamy versions are usually made for curlier or thicker hair and can lead to build up in fine hair. Just a quick tip a hair stylist told me once and I wanted to include! I asked a friend with fine hair and she loves Pantene’s Sheer Volume Shampoo for adding volume without getting all the buildup.
There are obviously a bunch of other shampoos that are pretty obvious when to use and why, but I wanted to touch on these 5 above since they aren’t as generic. I’m now kinda switching my shampoos every wash, and though I don’t think that’s necessary, my hair seems to be retaining the specific benefits of each. And the purple and clarifying have been life-changing additions!
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