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Strengthening shampoos are gentle cleansers designed to repair damaged and brittle hair. The main difference between strengthening shampoos is the way these products strengthen the hair. Some shampoos provide hair with an additional supply of keratin, which is a protein that makes up much of the hair strand. Many shampoos contain a variety of strengthening ingredients, likecollagen, elastin and a variety of moisturizing agents. In addition to strengthening and protecting the hair, a few shampoos are also formulated to strengthen the follicles and prevent hair loss.
The majority of strengthening shampoos contain very gentle surfactants, which are the ingredients that cleanse the hair and scalp. These shampoos commonly lack sulfates, which are harsh detergents responsible for the lathering action associated with most shampoos. Over time, sulfates and other harsh surfactants can be very drying. Non-sulfate strengthening shampoos will not damage the hair or strip the strands of natural oils.
Different strengthening products will also contain a number of nourishing ingredients. One of the most common ingredients is keratin. When a person uses a keratin shampoo, the protein will coat and protect his or her individual hair strands. Each hair strand will be more able to withstand the damage caused by heat styling, pollution and other environmental factors. With regular use, keratin shampoos increase elasticity and result in healthy, strong hair.
Shampoos that contain keratin are especially helpful in strengthening curly hair, which is more likely to become dry, frizzy and unmanageable. The use of a keratin shampoo will rebuild hair strands and reduce frizz. Keratin builds a heavy layer on the hair strand, so such shampoos make it easier to straighten and style curly hair.
Aside from keratin, many products also contain elastin, collagen and several different moisturizing agents. Elastin is a protein that gives the hair much of its strength, flexibility, and elasticity. Collagen is another protein that contributes to the strength of the connective tissues. These proteins are capable of improving both the strength and appearance of the hair.
Moisturizers, like coconut oil, shea butter and humectants, also work to revitalize dry, unhealthy hair. One of the leading causes of hair breakage is dryness. Most strengthening shampoosstrengthen hair strands by providing much needed moisture.
Consumers hoping to achieve strong, healthy hair might also be able to prevent hair loss. Some strengthening shampoos contain ingredients like peppermint oil and menthyl lactate. These ingredients are believed to protect against hair loss due to their ability to block Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the hormone responsible for male pattern baldness as well as baldness in many women. While these ingredients are not included in every strengthening shampoo, formulas that also promise to thicken the hair often contain DHT inhibitors.
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Keratin shampoo is shampoo that is enriched with a fibrous protein called keratin. Hair is made up of a series of flattened cells that contain keratin. These filaments make the hair strong and they also give the hair structure. This type of shampoo can provide hair core strength for better elasticity and can soften the hair and reduce spilt ends and breakages. Keratin shampoo contains amino acid that also helps to produce shiny, healthier hair.
When using a keratin shampoo, it is essential to use enough to coat the hair. Keratin can bond to each individual strand, leaving a protective coating that lasts until the next wash. This coating can protect the hair from excessive heat and pollution, while at the same time leaving it bouncy and manageable. Keratin conditioner used after shampooing can produce a more effective overall result.
All types of hair can be improved by using keratin shampoo but it can particularly help frizzy, curly hair. It can repair the core damage done to the hair shaft and replenish the hair. Keratin can even help to straighten the hair by making it heavier. A Brazilian keratin hair treatment can be done to completely straighten the hair, but the results are not permanent. The curls will typically return within three months but the hair will remain softer and more manageable.
Some brands of keratin shampoo contain formaldehyde. If it is absorbed into the skin, it may induce cancer. Using keratin shampoo over a long period of time can also cause hair thinning or hair loss. When this side effect occurs, obvious hair loss may be noticed after the first application. For the first two to three weeks, keratin shampoo may leave the hair lifeless and dull and any natural curl might also be eliminated.
Allergic reactions can occur while using keratin shampoo. This can happen to people who have a history of allergic reactions. Some of these reactions include severe itching or a rash the covers the scalp. These symptoms can also happen if the shampoo is not formulated for the correct hair type. Keratin- based shampoos are made for specific hair textures.
Before using any keratin product, these side effects should be taken into consideration. The most commonly seen is a significant loss of hair. Complete straightening of naturally curly hair can take several keratin treatments and this is typically when the hair loss occurs.
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Choosing the best shampoo for hard water can be a difficult task, and hard water tends to build up in the hair and scalp over time. Although the problem is worse in some areas than others, much of the United States' water supply is considered hard. When washing hair in areas with extremely hard water, it is important to choose a shampoo that will remove buildup in the hair and tend to your personal haircare needs.
For those who have hard water, the water supply can be softened using a water filter or softener. Not everyone has the luxury of owning a water softener, however, and many must learn to live with the situation. In addition to causing eventual buildup in the hair, hard water can make it difficult to obtain a sufficient lather with soaps and cleansers. Many find that they must use more soap when washing with harder water than with soft. Shampoos and soaps with chelating agents are the best at dissolving minerals in the water and allowing proper sudsing.
Hard water contains high concentrations of minerals such as magnesium and calcium. If the hair is continually washed in such water, the minerals can build up in the hair and cause breakage, dullness, and heaviness. A shampoo for hard water that clarifies and cleanses is the best option for removing mineral buildup. There are various clarifying shampoos available, and most can be found in regular supermarkets. In addition to removing buildup, clarifying shampoo effectively removes hair products such as hairspray, mousse, and gels.
If you have extremely hard water in your home, it is best to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a week. Following the shampoo with a moisturizing conditioner will ensure that the hair does not get dried out from the deep cleaning. There are several shampoos that are made especially for hard water, but it is not always necessary to purchase one. Any clarifying or deep cleansing shampoo should effectively remove mineral buildup when used frequently.
When choosing shampoo for hard water, it is also a good idea to look for a product that best suits your haircare needs. Those with dry hair should choose a shampoo that also has moisturizing agents as well as clarifying agents. If this is not an option, it is best to only use the clarifying shampoo once or twice a week, and to use a hydrating shampoo the rest of the time. A deep conditioner can also help prevent dryness. If you have oily hair, a shampoo for hard water can generally be used more frequently.
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Hydrating shampoo contains extra moisturizing ingredients over conventional cleansers. Moisturizing hair cleansers are available in a wide range of prices because they are sold both in drug stores and other stores, as well as salons. When choosing this type of shampoo, you should look for a brand that specifically states that it contains hydrating features, such as nut oils. If you are unsure, the best hydrating shampoo is generally creamy in consistency as opposed to a clear gel. If your hair is extremely dry, then you should consider shampooing every other day and add a hydrating conditioner to your regimen.
Locating a hydrating shampoo should not be a particularly difficult task, considering the fact that this type of product is available in a variety of different places. Pricey shampoos are sold at beauty stores and salons, but you can also find professional-strength versions at your local drugstore. The price of a particular shampoo does not necessarily indicate its quality. Instead, you will have to read ingredient labels carefully and look at the actual product to determine its overall quality.
The first thing to look for when identifying the best hydrating shampoo is a product’s ingredients. Some brands claim that their products are hydrating, when, in fact, the particularshampoo does not contain many moisturizers. Common moisturizing features include vitamin E, shea butter, and nut oils. Hydrating shampoos utilize these ingredients to hold water and natural oils inside of the cuticle.
Although most hydrating shampoo brands list product ingredients directly on the bottle, there might be an instance in which you cannot easily identify such information. One method of testing a shampoo’s hydration level is to look at its consistency, which should be creamy in texture. Regular cleansers usually come in the form of clear gels due to a lack of hydratingfeatures.
A hydrating shampoo should be followed up with a similar type of conditioner in order to properly replenish moisture into your hair. Although moisturizing shampoos are not as harsh on your strands, they still have the propensity to strip your hair of some oils, so it is important to replace them with a quality conditioner. Extremely dry and coarse hair should be washed every other day in order to prevent your locks from losing excess moisture. Instead, you can add life to your hair with a dry shampoo in between washes. Just be certain that you spray the dryshampoo at your roots and then comb through so that you do not absorb natural oils from the rest of your hair.
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Clarifying shampoo is any of a variety of shampoo products that are formulated to deep clean the hair by removing product buildup from the hair shafts. Styling products, such as hair mousse, hair gel, hair spray, conditioners, and even daily shampoos can cause buildup on the hair over time. This buildup can add weight to the hair, making it flat and lifeless, as well as prevent the reflection of light, which makes the hair appear dull and dingy. Periodic use of a clarifying shampoo will help remove the buildup and provide the hair with a clean start.
Most clarifying shampoo products contain acetic acid. A chemical compound, though mild as far as acid goes, is known for its de-scaling abilities. Acetic acid is found in vinegar, which everyone knows is good for removing scale buildup in coffee pots, tea kettles, and other household objects. Similarly, the acetic acid found in clarifying shampoo aids in removing buildup found on hair.
Clarifying shampoo is not known for its conditioning abilities. In fact, while clarifying shampoo is great for aiding in the removal of unwanted buildup of oil, styling products, and other grime, it can dry the hair out if over used. Most stylists recommend cleansing oily hair with a clarifying shampoo once a week and dry hair once every two to three weeks.
A product does not necessarily have to be labeled as a clarifying shampoo for it to do the trick. Check the ingredient label on the back of any shampoo for the presence and location of acetic acid. The closer to the top of the list, the more it contains. Any shampoo product that contains acetic acid will act as a clarifying shampoo. The key to keeping buildup at bay is to use a different shampoo than your daily product at periodic intervals. There are a wide range of clarifying shampoo products available from drug store retailers and salons.
People who swim frequently should consider using a shampoo product that is formulated to remove chlorine, which can dry the hair out and in some cases turn the hair a tarnished color. Clarifying shampoo is good for swimmers-hair, but should always be followed up with a conditioner to keep the hair soft.
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Balancing shampoo is a type of hair cleansing product designed to balance moisture levels in the hair and scalp. Sometimes, hair can become imbalanced when the scalp becomes oily and greasy, but the rest of the hair is dry. In addition, sometimes a dry, flaking scalp and dry hair can also mean that hair is imbalanced. Balancing shampoo gently cleanses to treat these hair issues.
Through effective cleansers and gentle moisturizing ingredients, balancing shampoo is able to restore moisture to dry areas while healing the scalp and preventing it from becoming oily. This type of shampoo works especially well on longer hair that may have some split ends, or on hair that has been treated with chemicals or colored. It is meant to create soft, manageable hair, and often includes ingredients such as proteins, vitamins, and softening ingredients such as shea butter or aloe.
Some balancing shampoos are sold with specific needs in mind. For example, some balancing shampoos are specially designed to treat dandruff, while others may be designed to protect color treated hair. In general, however, balancing shampoo is good for almost all hair types, because it can deliver moisture where it is needed, and remove oil.
Balancing shampoo is meant to be used every day, but those with especially dry hair may only need to use shampoo a few times a week, simply rinsing the hair and applying conditioner on the off days. Many balancing shampoos have conditioners that are designed to be paired with them; this will give hair the most potential benefits. Keep in mind that to keep hair healthy, it is necessary to not just use a good quality shampoo and conditioner, but also to get regular trims, avoid brushing the hair while wet to prevent breakage, and protect hair from heated styling products with styling creams. It may also be necessary to use a clarifying shampoo every few weeks to remove any buildup from chemical products.
There are many different types of balancing shampoo available for purchase at drugstores or salons. In general, salon brands will cost more, but they may also use higher-quality ingredients. Balancing shampoo often contains a pleasant scent, but fragrance-free versions may be available for those who are sensitive. Balancing shampoo may not work for everyone, however. People who have very dry hair may need to use an extra moisturizing shampoo, whereas people with especially oily hair may need to use a shampoo designed to treat that particular issue.
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Placenta shampoo is a type of shampoo which can contain either plant or animal products. Manufactures claim that the protein added to the shampoo will make hair shinier, but there is insubstantial evidence for this claim. Placenta shampoo, though it has undergone occasional revivals since the 80s, is popular primarily in Spanish-speaking countries. Some major retail stores have marketed placenta shampoo towards the US Hispanic market.
Many people may get squeamish reading the word "placenta" on a shampoo bottle. Some people wonder if human placenta was used in the making of the shampoo. It's actually sheep placenta that is used in some brands of shampoo—it is generally believed that the protein from placentas may help coat the hair and make it appear shinier, which some think also occurs when a woman is pregnant. La Bella is one major manufacturer of shampoos containing placenta.
Other types of placenta shampoo contain extracts from vegetables. A plant's placenta is located under the pistil and provides the nutrients from which the fruit develops. Other times, the language on product labels is unclear, and it seems that a plant's "placenta" is any kind of plant essence which will help the hair appear thicker and shinier. There is little proof that either animal- or plant-based placenta shampoos actually help the hair any more than any other product which is meant to add shine to hair, such as oil. Beauty experts who have looked into the chemistry behind many cosmetics state that while placenta shampoo may help, there are many other products that can have the same effect.
The use of placentas in cosmetics dates back to the 1940s, when it became a common additive in the then-unregulated cosmetics industry. It was used as an additive claiming to cure everything from wrinkles to bad hair. Post-regulation has manufacturers limiting the claims to include only that the products can add protein to the hair.
There has been some concern that placenta-based shampoos can cause cancer. This theory, however, has since been disproved. Others are concerned about the overall "cleanliness" of putting the essence of an animal's placenta on hair. The sheep's placenta in commercially manufactured shampoo, however, must undergo a rigorous sterilization process before it can be put into any product.
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The best moisturizing shampoo for your hair depends on the texture and thickness of your hair. A shampoo that is full of moisturizers may weigh fine hair down too much. Hair that is particularly dry or frizzy needs a moisturizing shampoo with a lot of conditioners to keep it soft and manageable. Always read the ingredient list on the back of the bottle to make sure theshampoo does not contain chemicals, such as sulfates, that will dry out your hair. In some cases, the best shampoo may be a salon version instead of a version from the drugstore.
Many shampoos contain sulfates, such as ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. These ingredients help the shampoo thoroughly clean your hair and provide a great lather. One of the downsides of sulfates is that they strip your hair of its oils, drying it out. Ideally, a moisturizing shampoo shouldn't contain them.
Ingredients to look for on a bottle of shampoo include emollients and conditioning oils. Some moisturizing shampoos also contain silicone. While silicone will smooth hair and create shine, it's an ingredient to avoid if you have fine hair. It can build up on your hair and eventually weigh it down. Other ingredients to look for on a bottle of moisturizing shampoo include amino acids and hydrolyzed wheat proteins.
Typically, a moisturizing shampoo that you purchase at a hair salon will have a higher amount of moisturizers than one that you can purchase at a drugstore. There is usually a substantial difference in price between a salon and a drugstore shampoo. If a higher-priced shampoo works with your budget, it may be worth the extra cost. There are many lower-priced, drugstore shampoos that will moisturize your hair as well. Unless you have particularly dry, brittle hair or hair that has been damaged from too much processing, a drugstore shampoo may be the most wallet-friendly and effective choice.
Consulting with your hairstylist may be an option if you are still unsure about the best shampoofor your hair type. She can make recommendations based on the thickness of your hair, its texture, and how much treatment your hair has undergone. Keep in mind, though, that some salons sell hair products. Your stylist may make a suggestion with the goal of you purchasing theshampoo from her. If you cannot get a good recommendation from your stylist, ask friends or family members which shampoos work best for them.
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Moisturizing shampoo is shampoo that tries to keep the pH of the hair at about its natural level, around 5.0 or so. When the pH of the hair gets too high, the hair becomes too alkaline, and the cuticles open, the hair becomes dry and brittle, and the shine disappears. Is the pH of the hair gets too low, on the other hand, it will become hard and rough. So a big part of moisturizingshampoo is aiming to keep the hair in that sweet spot between the cuticles opening too much, and the hair becoming too hard.
Of course, a moisturizing shampoo isn’t your only line of defense against dry and brittle hair. A good conditioner will help heal any damage you may have caused with a rough shampoo, and help to replenish some of the oils that you’ve stripped away with your shampoo. On the other hand, conditioner can only go so far, so the less damage you can cause, preferably by using a good moisturizing shampoo, the healthier and more vibrant your hair will be in the long run.
These days, most brands advertise as being moisturizing shampoo, so you’ll want to look at the ingredients to get a better feel for whether they will actually help your hair. First and foremost, you want to look at how many sulfates the shampoo includes. Sulfates help shampoo do its primary job, removing dirt and gunk from your hair, but they can also remove too many of the natural oils from your hair, making it overly dry. A good moisturizing shampoo has a single sulfate in it, but anything more than that and it is designed to strenuously cleanse hair, not to moisturize it. There are a wide range of sulfates used in shampoos, but some of the most common are sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate.
Both ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate are particularly harsh on hair, designed to clean especially dirty hair, not to moisturize. Similarly, if faced with a choice in your moisturizing shampoo, the laureth sulfates are gentler than the lauryl sulfates, and sulfates like tricedeth or sodium myreth are even gentler still. Moisturizing shampoo that contains sodium myreth, in particular, will tend to be much more focused on moisturizing your hair.
Of course, shampoo isn’t much good if it isn’t cleaning your hair. So it’s important that there be something the shampoo doing its job. Once you cut out sulfates, either most or all of them, you’re left with a few options for gentler cleansers that indicate you’re using a truly specially-formulated moisturizing shampoo. Lauryl polyglucose, isethionate, and cocamidopropyl betaine are some of the most common of this gentler class of cleaners, or surfactants.
One last thing to look out for are the relative amounts of ingredients in your moisturizingshampoo. Many manufacturers have become savvy to the fact that their consumers now know ingredient lists cover ingredients from most to least, by law. So what they will do is include all of the herbal and plant-based ingredients at the top of the list in a long grouping, ending it with “in water” or “in purified water”, which makes the quantity much larger because it is in water, when in fact there is likely very little of these ingredients present. Take care to look further down the list to look out for sulfates anyway, and don’t be fooled by the presence of jojoba or ylang ylang into thinking you are buying a gentle moisturizing shampoo.
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Dry shampoo is a powdered substance that is used to clean the hair when it is not possible or practical to use water and traditional shampoos. There are a number of simple recipes that can be used at home to create powdered shampoo. In addition, there are several commercial dry shampoo products on the market, including a few types that are formulated as aerosol products.
The idea behind dry shampoo is to remove excess oil from hair follicles without having to actually wash the hair using a traditional shampoo and water. It is not unusual for households to keep a small amount of dry shampoo on hand as part of an emergency hygiene kit. In the event that water is not available, the dry shampoo compound can be applied and provide at least a partial cleansing of the hair.
All homemade and commercial dry shampoo products contain some type of powder. The powder is worked into the hair in a manner that is similar to the application of wet shampoos. This allows the powder compound to begin absorbing the excess oil present on the surface of the hair follicles. After leaving the dry shampoo in place for a short period of time, the residue is brushed or combed out of the hair. The end result is that the shampoo powder, or shampowder, removes a significant amount of oil and the hair will appear healthy and manageable for several hours.
Since the 1970’s, dry shampoo products have been available as powders that are sprinkled into the hair as well as spray products that are sold in aerosol cans. Along with these commercial products, it is possible to make home versions of dry shampoo using items such as talcum powder and various herbs and spices. While some of the home versions may leave behind tiny particles that dull the sheen of the hair, there are home recipes that provide a temporary luster to the hair that is very similar to that of using a good quality wet shampoo.
The use of dry shampoo should not be considered a permanent substitute for using wet shampoos. While dry shampoo works very well for the occasional application when shampooing using water is not an option, the product does not clean as thoroughly as wet shampoos. Over time, this will leave a residue that dry shampoo is unable to absorb properly. For this reason, dry shampoo should only be used from time to time rather than on a daily basis.
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