When it comes to your hair, it’s easy to feel that “the grass is greener,” especially if the products you choose aren’t helping it reach its full potential. Whether it’s dry, fine, coarse, curly, damaged or color treated, choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your specific type of hair can make all the difference. “Otherwise, you end up paying for an expensive hair color or texture service that lacks longevity because you don’t care for it correctly,” says Maria Ascher, Regis National Artistic Director. After all, your shampoo and conditioner are responsible for how your hair looks and feels, and its overall health, every day.
The problem with shampoo and conditioner, Ascher explains, is that many people purchase haphazardly at the drugstore, not believing there’s really a difference between various products. Even worse is when clients unknowingly choose products that actually destroy their hair. “I’ve heard of people using baby shampoo because it’s ‘gentle,’” Ascher says. “What they don’t realize is that it has an extremely high pH to prevent stinging a baby’s eyes. This swells and opens your hair’s cuticles, making it much more susceptible to damage by the elements.”
To make things easier, we’ve compiled a list of the products that are best for different hair types. Be sure to ask your stylist to recommend the shampoo and conditioner that will work best for you! All products available at Regis Salons.
Dry & Dehydrated
Whether it’s a result of blow drying or an arid environment, dry and dehydrated hair lacks the oils that create softness and shine. The keratin protein and oil infusion of Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo ($19.98) and Keratin Cream Rinse ($20.98) strengthen hair and replenish moisture for silky touchability.
Fine & Limp
If you have fine, limp hair, it probably doesn’t hold a style long before falling flat. Before you get crunchy with an entire can of hair spray, try Sebastian Professional Volupt Shampoo ($14.95) and Conditioner ($15.95). The revolutionary technology creates cushiony volume that’s not weighted down by heavy products.
Course, Frizzy & Unruly
Sometimes all you want to do is tie your coarse, frizzy hair back in a ponytail. Instead, let your hair down with the gentle cleansing formula of Pureology Super Smooth Shampoo ($27) and Conditioner ($29). Highly concentrated camellia and shea butter will help protect your natural oils and smooth your unruly mane.
You may think that curly-haired celebrities’ locks are always perfectly full and soft, while yours are just out of control. Put the curl envy aside: Your curly hair is naturally dehydrated, so moisturize and define it for ultimate manageability with TIGI Bed Head Styleshots Hi-Def Curls Shampoo ($12.95) and Conditioner ($13.95).
For those who abuse their hair with hot-styling tools, the result can be brittle hair that’s prone to breaking. But there’s no need to give up that flat iron, thanks to Regis DESIGNLINE Cashmere Kera-Forte Fortifying Shampoo ($12.50) and Conditioner ($13.50). Keratin proteins strengthen, restore elasticity and protect hair against more damage.
The number one rule for anyone with color- treated hair is to use a shampoo and conditioner that are meant to moisturize hair and maintain its vibrancy. With Orchid + UV Complex protection, Matrix Biolage Colorcarethérapie Color Care Shampoo ($17) gently cleanses color- treated hair, and the Conditioner ($18) enhances and nourishes for soft, healthy tresses.
Stress, hormones, diet and genetics: All these can cause hair to thin, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for fine or thin-looking locks. The Nioxin Thinning Hair System 1 Kit ($44)— a three-part package consisting of a cleanser, scalp therapy and scalp treatment—removes buildup, improves hair resilience and refreshes the scalp for thicker-looking hair.
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