Types of Shampoos + My Favorites: Vol. 1

There are so many shampoos on the market that promise to be great. Some deliver, while others simply don’t deliver. I created this mini guide to give you a different light when shopping for your beauty products. One question I always ask my clients is what shampoo and conditioner they are currently using on their hair. Most respond with something like, “I don’t know the name of it. It’s something my husband/or wife picked up from the drug store. It is just something I picked up at the Dollar Store because it was on sale (or cheap).” Or I have clients who use professional brands, but don’t use the right type of shampoos and conditioners that work best for their hair texture and situation. I always ask these questions during the consultation, before we get started on any services. This guide will actually outline the different shampoo types and how to choose which one is right for you.

It is so easy to get caught up in fancy words and cute bottles. Key words like moisturizing, replenish and repair are used so loosely when looking at off brand beauty products. So we all know about that cute bottle with fancy fonts and the distracting designs. This is just for design and shouldn’t be taken into consideration for your precious hair. Make sure to always read the ingredients before purchasing. Many off brand or lower tier shampoos have this little ingredient called laureth sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate present in certain shampoos. This ingredient is really harsh and shouldn’t be on your delicate scalp and hair. Laureth sulfates have been known as the cheapest way to make suds in cleaning products. So it’s widely used in dish detergent, laundry detergent other cleaning products.

After reading this, I would like for you to think of your beauty products as an investment. When purchasing the right products, honestly, they go a long way. Everything that enters our bodies as well as what goes on the outside should be an investment. This is from purchasing the right skin moisturizers, to shampoos, conditioners, facial masks, etc. Everything is an investment to help us live the best lives inside out. This series will help you take a look at beauty with a whole new set of eyes. Make sure to pass this book on to whoever can use it!

What I will do in this post is give you a list of shampoo types and a brief description of how each one works. Next, I’ll give you a list of my favorite products I use and have used on clients. Lastly, I will give you a few top stores who sell top brand products that will help you achieve beautiful hair based on your needs. Sally Beauty isn’t on my list ;-).

The first step in choosing the right shampoo is to know your hair’s need. Do you have color or experiencing breakage or thinning? How dry is your hair? Does it tangle a lot? Do you shampoo everyday? These are all situations to consider. It is so important to know your hair and pay close attention to changes that may take place. One year your hair could lack moisture and the next, you’ll need to repair your hair. Hair changes may can be a sign of our overall health. For instance, hair changes can happen due to pregnancy, hormonal imbalance, prescription drugs, stress, poor diet, etc. Know your hair and pay very close attention to the changes.

Shampoo Types

Moisturizing shampoos puts moisture back into the hair. Some moisturizing shampoos add oils such as macodamia nut, coconut, olive, avocado, and others to boost moisture naturally.

Color-treated shampoos prolong the color of the hair. If you have color treated hair and use a moisturizing shampoo, it may strip the color from the hair. This would cause the color to fade and you may need a color faster than originally anticipated.

Clarifying shampoos will provide an ultimate cleanse. It is used to remove product buildup, oils and debris that has been left on the hair, in the hair and on the scalp. Clarifying shampoos leave the hair feeling squeaky clean and should only be used to remove build up. Clarifiers are normally used before Keratin treatments and permanent wave (perm) services. This helps to ensure the hair is clean and there will be no interference that may alter results.

Dry shampoos are great solutions to clean the scalp in between shampoos. Its not meant to replace a shampoo, but comes in handy. These type of shampoos are great to help transition into shampooing every other day instead of every single day. This helps create a regimen which will give the hair a rest and prevent damage from excessive shampoos.

Sulfate-free shampoos are known for being more gentle on the hair and scalp. Sultfates are strong chemicals and that are used in detergents and cleaning products. It can be really harsh on the hair. Sulfates cause dryness and breakage.

Repair shampoos are for hair that is distressed and has been damaged. These kind of shampoos repair the hair bonds allowing the hair to repair itself overtime. This is an ideal option for stressed hair that has been damaged by heat, lightening services or hair that need serious repair. Speak with your beauty professional before using repair shampoos so that she/he can help you determine which kind is best.

Color shampoos are used to deposit color to the hair. This could be to remove brassy or yellow tones. They may also be used to add a little color to bleached hair. The most popular shampoo is purple or blue shampoo. It neutralizes unwanted tones in blonde hair or it can add a hint of silver in platinum blonde hair. There are also shampoos that enhance warmer tones like red and gold as well.

My Favorite Shampoos

Redken All Soft is a great gentle shampoo that makes the hair feel super soft while adding a moisture.

Redken all soft

Matrix Biolage Colorlast is a great shampoo that preserves the hair color while cleaning the hair and scalp.


Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three Clarifying Shampoo removes buildup, chlorine and other impurities from the hair. Yes, it leaves the hair feeling squeaky clean.


Big Sexy Hair Dry Shampoo cleans the hair while adding a lite volume while absorbing oils and buildup on the scalp.


Cream of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Shampoo is very gentle on the hair leaving it clean and with a great shine.


Redken Extreme Shampoo works great on damaged & distressed hair. It helps repair those hair bonds while leaving the hair clean, moisturized and feeling stronger than before.


Joico Color Infused Red Shampoo adds red color to the hair as a neutralizer or to enhance warm tones. Matrix So Silver a great color deposit for silver hair or to neutralize yellow tones in the hair.



Anti-bacterial shampoos like natural tea tree oil shampoos clean, moisturize, and heal all at the same time. This shampoo is great for itchy scalp, dandruff, and light abrasions from scratching the scalp.This shampoo is known to leave the scalp tingling. That simply means it is working it’s magic. My favorite tea tree oil shampoo is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo.


Leave In or Rinse Out Conditioner?

Do you prefer to condition directly after shampooing your hair? Do you prefer to co-wash or use a leave in after shampooing your hair?

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