How to select best shampoo and conditioner for your hair?


Just like everyone has a different skin type likewise all of us have different hair type. A shampoo that works wonders for your best friend might be typically of no use to you. Choosing the right shampoo becomes very important for the proper care of your hair and for that purpose you should first of all know and understand what your hair type is???

Find your type and best suited products

Supermarket shelves are full of shampoos for different hair types be it straight hair, coloured hair, and curly hair, dry damaged or fine hair. Standing there and thinking about it will surely put you in a fix. Whenever you buy a shampoo it’s not just about the brands and labels, every hair type needs specific ingredient and if you know it you can pamper your hair. So let’s see the different hair types and best shampoo suited for them.

Fine hair

If you have thin and fine hair than you probably know, finer the hair more they’ll end up looking flat and limp. VOLUMISING or volume boosting shampoo is the best shampoo suited for your hair. You should use clear shampoo instead of cream based shampoos as they can make your hair look more flat and limp. Fine hairs need gentle and mild shampoo for hair care regime as fine hair need to be washed frequently. PANTHENOL is the secret ingredient that gives volume to your hair as it penetrates the hair cuticle to make it thicker and stronger.

Oily hair

Oily hair need your lot of care as they need frequent washing may be even daily or on alternate days. If you don’t wash hair daily fungus may thrive well on the sebum producing a by-product on the scalp what we call dandruff or Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. So for oily hair you need mild oil control shampoo that should be a clear shampoo and not a cream based shampoo. You should look for these three ingredients when you are looking for anti-dandruff shampoo. Salicylic acid exfoliates the scales, selenium oxide soothes your scalp and pyrithione zinc is anti-fungal that curbs fungal growth.

Dry or damaged hair

Hairs that are too dry or damaged may be due to prolonged sun exposure or pollutants and probably your hair looks like chaff when you shampoo your hair. Moisturising is the key to your long dreamt silky smooth hair. Go for the shampoo that has glycerine or collagen as key ingredients and it should be cream based. Conditioners are actually meant for dry or damaged hair type to replenish the lost moisture. ULTRA MOISTURISING conditioner is best suited for this hair type.

Coloured or chemically treated hair

Be it coloured, permed or straightened hair they have been treated with lot of chemicals that make the hair shaft weak. So a shampoo that works on your weak hair and prevents any further damage is best suited for you. You should go for protein based shampoo that is rich in wheat or soy proteins or some kind of amino acids. Shampoo your scalp avoiding too much rubbing on shafts and tips. Go for a moisturising conditioner avoiding the roots and applying only to shafts or tips.

Curly or bouncy hair

Curly or bouncy hair are the hair that needs most of your attention and care as natural curly structure of the hair makes it more frizz prone as oil does not easily travel to the tips. So to keep away the frizz you need a shampoo that is cream based and has moisturising contents such as wheat germ oil, avocado oil or coconut oil. It helps to replenish its oils and makes it hydrated and smooth. Don’t forget to condition your hair every time you wash your hair and it’s better to let your hair dry naturally as blow drying can make your hair even more dry.


Now when you have all the information you need to buy a shampoo and conditioner, next time you won’t be confused about what shampoo to buy. Whatever shampoo you buy try it for at least fifteen days if your hair feels better you can continue that brand or else keep changing the brands till the time you don’t find a right shampoo that suits your hair.


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Dr. Sanjeev Gupta

MD, DNB (Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology) | Professor and Head of the Department (M.M. Institute of Medical Sciences and Research)

Mullana Medical College, Ambala

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