There are way too many hair products to choose from that it is often difficult to know which shampoo and conditioner are really a good choice.
Although “good” is relative due to our various hair types and hair needs, there are a few key factors to look for in a quality shampoo and conditioner.
Labeling a product as “good” does not only refer to its effectiveness, but it also implies its ethical stance. When we use products that do not exploit people and the environment (includes all living things), we feel better about purchasing it and we know that in essence, it is a good product.
Look for products that clearly state they do not test on animals under any circumstances, including any third party companies.
Also, make sure the brand you use is not sold in China because China requires animal testing on products by law.
Although not all cruelty-free brands are certified, you may look for the following labels on your products for assurance:
There is still a huge debate on whether all sulfates are bad for you. Sulfates are surfactants that cause the foaming action in products like detergents, soaps, and shampoos amongst others.
Sulfates work to disinfect and to clean. When it comes to your hair, sulfates can strip it of its nutrients and natural oils which can lead to dry, frizzy hair and an itchy, flaky scalp.
Most of the time, hairdressers advise to use sulfate-free hair products when hair is dyed or chemically treated to prevent it from being stripped of its color and treatment.
Sulfates may be great cleansing agents, but overall they are not good for our hair so look for sulfate-free brands.
Click here for detailed information on sulfates.
Our scalp produces natural oils that help keep our hair strong, shiny, and hydrated to reduce harmful or unwanted effects from environmental factors. In other words, your hair’s natural oils combat things like frizz and dryness that can be caused by heat styling or the weather.
Shampoos, even the sulfate-free ones, wash away dirt and grime along with your hair’s oils. To replenish your hair and keep it healthy look for shampoos and conditioners that contain plant-based oils.
Some of my favorite oils for my hair are coconut, argan, castor, and jojoba oil.
Although using a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner may seem convenient and sometimes cost effective, it is not good for your hair. Shampoo is meant to mainly cleanse the hair and a conditioner is meant to restore it to a healthy condition.
Most conditioners work best if you let them sit for at least 1 minute in the hair to absorb the replenishing ingredients before rinsing it off. So having a separate shampoo and conditioner is more effective at maintaining your beautiful mane.
If you want to take the products you use to the next level in terms of quality, look for a certified organic label.
Many products may claim they are natural or organic when, in fact, maybe only one ingredient may fit their claim.
Finding products with a certified organic label can give you the certainty that at least 95% of the ingredients are organic.
But just like the cruelty-free label, having the certified organic label is voluntary so not all companies that make good products with good ingredients have the label. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a great resource for finding out if the products you’re interested in purchasing have ingredients that are safe and sound.
Hair Type & Condition
When you are looking for the right shampoo and conditioner for you, you must first consider your hair type and needs. Dry hair damaged by heat and chemicals, like hair dye, does not have the same needs as thin, oily hair that is not chemically treated.
Wikihow has a very detailed guide on how to determine your hair type here. Once you know your hair type, look for products that are labeled for your specific needs.
Think finding a good hair shampoo and conditioner will be difficult? Think again!
I have been washing my hair with products that fit all 5 of the above criteria for several years now and there are new ones to be discovered every day. For the past month, I have been using the HASK Chia Seed Oil Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
HASK has an extensive line of hair products to fit every hair need and fit the bill for providing a good dynamic duo for our hair.
HASK is not certified organic, but their products are filled with amazing ingredients for your hair. The evidence is clear with how shiny, manageable, and soft my hair feels after using their chia seed oil shampoo and conditioner.
Did I mention how amazing my hair smells with HASK? And the fragrance lasts until my next wash!
Fragrance can be a potential irritant for some people, so if you’re sensitive fragrance-free is the way to be.
One of the downfalls of HASK is that not all stores carry their products. They are available at Ulta and they are incredibly affordable. Just $5.99 for a 12-ounce bottle!
Interested in a good shampoo and conditioner? Check out HASK products here.
Life is full of choices…
Choose to make it a great HAIR day!
Yentl AKA Nena
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