Moisturising, thickening, volumising, colour-protecting… the ever-growing list of various types of shampoos and conditioners on the market goes on and on, often causing confusion

Then there’s the issue of price – will a cheap one do the job, or should you spend a bit extra for a better result. With so much choice, we simply don’t know where to begin, and struggle to know which we should be using.

We’ve put together this guide to make sense of your options and help you find the perfect products for your hair and your lifestyle.

Hair type

Do you know what type of hair you have? Is it dry, normal or oily? Different types have different requirements, and there are varieties of shampoo and conditioner for every combination. If you are not sure what type of hair you have, ask your hairdresser at your next appointment.

Opt for products that won’t damage your hair

Next time you go shopping for a shampoo and conditioner, pay more attention to what it says on the back of the bottle and less time reading the blurb on the front. Every product will promise you the world and make it sound like the best thing since sliced bread, but what is really important is the ingredients it contains.

Those that contain sulphates, silicone or high levels of alcohol could do your hair more harm than good, stripping away its natural oils and leaving lasting damage. Look for products that contain more natural ingredients.

Shift the dandruff

If you’re prone to dandruff, you can say goodbye to the tell-tale dusting of white residue on your shoulders by opting for specially formulated products.

Aveda’s Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner are wonderful for removing excess sebum and cleansing the hair right down to the root. They contain no sulphates so are gentle, protecting your hair and your scalp.

Does price matter?

While cheap shampoo can leave your hair feeling squeaky clean, many contain foaming agents that can strip the natural oils and leave your hair and scalp feeling too dry. . The

Conditioners that contain too many synthetic ingredients may initially give your hair a nice shiny coating, they will  eventually leave a build up on the hair, making your hair feel brittle and dry.

Salon quality products tend to contain better ingredients that are similar to the natural make up of your hair. They will therefore be gentler on the hair and leave it feeling softer and more supple, as well as better protecting your hair against everyday stresses and strains.

Again, your hairdresser will be able to recommend the best shampoo and conditioner for your specific hair type.

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