Ultimate Guide to Shampoo

Freshly washed hair feels lovely, and you just can't get that squeaky-clean feeling without the help of a shampoo. With so many shampoos on the market, it's important to make sure you're using the right one for your hair type and not just going for your favourite scent or packaging, however tempting!


Learning a good application technique is also wise if you want to maximise the benefits of your 'poo without running the risk of dried-out hair. Shampoo is an everyday must-have, so enjoy the process of cleaning your hair with the right product and the right technique!


Keeping yourself clean is necessary to your survival, and cleanliness doesn't stop at your skin. Clean hair is healthier, stronger, fresh, and generally much more manageable. Whilst a washing-up liquid keeps your finest china clean, a shampoo does the same thing for your locks. Both products actually work in very similar ways.


Shampoo is a detergent, like any household detergent, but one that's a lot gentler on delicate hair. You need shampoo to remove dirt, excess oil, and product build-up. Shampoos are different from other detergents, however, in that they include conditioning agents to prevent excessive dryness.


People have been cleansing their hair with various soaps and herbal concoctions for centuries, but it wasn't until the 20th century that commercial shampoos were readily available. And back then, shampoo really was just like your normal washing detergent!



How Does Shampoo Clean My Hair?



Modern shampoos are much more sophisticated, and there's a huge variety available, depending on your hair type and haircare concerns. Knowing which shampoo to use and how best to apply it is crucial for maintaining clean and healthy hair.


Start off by learning exactly how shampoo works. Read 'How Does Shampoo Clean My Hair?' for a full run-down on detergents, conditioning agents, and lathering agents. Understanding the behind-the-scenes of shampoo will help you decide which product is best for your hair type and what to look for.


The main thing to consider when choosing your shampoo is your hair type. The huge selection can be a bit of a minefield, so we've answered all your questions on what to pick. Whether you've got a sensitive scalp, coloured hair, oily hair, or dry hair—just to name a few—we've got some great recommendations.


Your shampoo should help counterbalance any haircare concerns whilst providing the best clean. Using the wrong product can leave your hair feeling too dry, greasy, or frizzy. 'The Benefits of Using Shampoo for Your Hair Type' covers this topic in more detail and lists some of our top picks.


Shampoos can be quite harsh, so if you have a sensitive scalp, you definitely want a product that's kind and gentle as opposed to one that will exacerbate the problem. At Adore Beauty, we work with some lovely brands that offer soothing shampoos. Find our top recommendations in 'The Best Shampoos for a Sensitive Scalp'.

You may notice that many of these milder shampoos don't contain sulphates. The downside of shampoo being a detergent is that it can be drying on the hair in the long term, causing strands to split and colour to fade. Sulphates are the primary culprit; however, rest assured that modern shampoos are packed full of conditioning agents to help protect and nourish the hair whilst cleaning at the same time.

However, there are some hair and scalp types that really should avoid sulphates at all costs. Have a read through 'Are Shampoos With Sulphates Bad for My Hair?' to find out if you should make the switch to a sulphate-free product. You'll be able to follow our shampoo suggestions if you do decide to make a shift.


Are shampoos with sulphates bad for my hair?


If you colour your hair, you'll want to find a shampoo that not only extends the life of your new hue but also keeps the colour vibrant and your hair protected. All shampoos will fade your hair colour over time, but products designed for coloured hair are formulated to be gentler and reduce fading. 'Do Shampoos for Coloured Hair Really Work?' discusses everything related to coloured hair and shares our top three shampoos for the job.

Maintaining a balanced pH is important for healthy hair, as an unbalanced pH can lead to irritation, dryness, and infections. You may want to consider switching to a pH-balanced shampoo if your hair or scalp is feeling unhappy. Find out more by reading 'Do I Need a pH-Balanced Shampoo?'.


What's the no-poo method, and why should I try it?


After reading through our guides, you may find the perfect shampoo for your hair. Unfortunately, in a few months' time, you may need to switch it up. However, this isn't due to the urban myth that suggests your hair gets used to your shampoo. It's more to do with changes in your environment, climate, and age. Read 'Should I Change Shampoos on a Regular Basis?' to find out exactly how to keep up with your hair's needs.

Directions on shampoo labels are often vague. The standard 'lather, rinse, and repeat' doesn't really tell you much product to use. How long you should leave your shampoo in for really depends on your hair type. Unfortunately, the back of the bottle simply doesn't have enough room to cover it all! Read 'How Long Should I Leave Shampoo In Before Rinsing?' to get your custom answer.

If you have thick hair, you'll need more shampoo to ensure your hair has had a thorough cleanse. Find your perfect proportions by browsing 'How Much Shampoo Should You Use for Thick Hair?'.


How long should I leave shampoo in before rinsing?


Now, after reading about all the benefits of shampoo and how best to use it, you may think the idea of skipping it all together sounds crazy. However, washing without shampoo is a trend that's taking the beauty world by storm.

Find out more about this alternative method by reading 'What's The No-Poo Method, and Why Should I Try It?'. It isn't quite as black-and-white as it sounds. If you're curious, it's important to have a read so your hair remains clean and healthy.

Shampoo is one of those beauty products that you just can't skip, unless you're trying the 'no poo' method. It's important to wise up and find the perfect shampoo for you. By perusing our Ultimate Guide to Shampoo, you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about keeping your hair clean.


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