Shampoos have been in existence for what has been over hundreds of years. There have been several formulas from the ashes of husk and straw in Indonesia to the dried indian gooseberry and herbs recipe from India. All over the world we can agree that our hairs play an integral role in our overall appearance and in the quest to make sure that our hair is nothing short of perfect albeit long or short, we have come to know one thing, a great shampoo leaves your hair feeling silky and fresh.
So what exactly is a shampoo?
A shampoo is a viscous liquid that is used to wash all her types. However, prior to it becoming a liquid based product, it was most commonly seen in the shape of a bar although not common now. On the current market, we can find millions of shampoo brands all vying for the ultimate goal, great hair! However, it is important (I cannot stress this enough) to know which products are suitable for your hair type/texture. I mean there are a lot of great products out there, all with peculiar ingredients that may leave your hair feeling like you just walked out of a magazine shoot and then there are those that can be completely damaging to your hair if not used properly. Down below, are the categories of shampoos and essentially what they do for the hair;
1. Normal Hair Shampoo – This Shampoo is for people who have hair that has been chemically untouched or whose scalps produce moderate sebum . A favorite with men, this shampoo uses lauryl sulfate as the primary detergent and is great for good cleansing and minimal conditioning.
2. Dry Hair Shampoo – Now this shampoo is for those who have typically undergone chemical treatment or harsh styling procedures. It provides mild cleansing and good conditioning.
3. Oily Hair Shampoo – These shampoos are for the sisters that produce a generous amount of sebum and so the shampoos contain lauryl sulfates or sufficucinnates as detergents and no conditioners.
4. Everyday Shampoo – This is for the people who wash their hairs everyday as they bath, lest they feel dirty. The shampoos generally contain mild detergents which typically do not incorporate conditioners and must be used together with a stand-alone conditioner.
5. Deep Cleansing Shampoo – As the name denotes, its for people who frequently use styling products like hair sprays, gels and mousse. These products contain polymers which build up on the hair shaft after continuous use rendering the hair dull and lifeless. To remove these polymers a strong detergent like a lauryl sulfate which the shampoo contains to cleanse the hair thoroughly.
6. Baby Shampoo – These shampoos are for our adorable little mini humans. The shampoos comprise of mild detergents that are gentle to the little ones’ since babies produce limited sebum.
7. Medicated Shampoo- Medicated Shampoos are used for people who suffer from scalp problems like seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, bacterial and fungal infections. They contain some active agents such as tar derivatives, chlorinated phenols, selenium sulfide etc that work on repairing the hair and scalp for a healthier condition.
8. Professional Shampoos – These Shampoos are not open to the public and are designated for the use of professional hair stylists. They are either used before cutting, styling or before and after a chemical process like bleaching or dying the hair. Due to the required skill it takes to use these products it is strongly advised that they are not used for day to day hair care as the results of improper use can be damaging to the hair.
Now that we have some knowledge on the major types of shampoos on the market, kindly make sure to scrutinize the products very well before they fly off the rack. or if unsure, you can make inquiries from your trusted hair specialist to make sure you’re using the best product for your hair.
In any case, we here at Abar wish you the very best with your hair and have a happy wash day!