Quiz: What's the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Your Hair?
Whether you have curly, frizzy, damaged or dry hair, every great style starts in the shower. Make sure you protect and treat your hair with the right hair products
Smoothing, volumizing, moisturizing, color-safe, straightening -- with so many shampoo and conditioner formulas on the market, deciding which one is best for your hair can be a challenge. Thankfully, Erin Anderson, co-owner of the Woodley & Bunny Salon in Brooklyn, New York helped us direct you to the right products for your hair type and issues. Ready to meet your perfect match? Find the best shampoo and the best conditioner for your hair type by taking this quiz.
Pamper your straight, fine hair with texture-building products
When it comes to picking out the best shampoo and conditioner for your straight, fine hair, words like "thickening" and "volumizing" should always appear on your labels. A few hair plumping products to try are: Pureology PureVolume Shampoo, $28 and Conditioner, $28, which are highly rated by TotalBeauty.com readers, and will pump up volume and keep hair smooth without weighing it down. If you're looking to save cash though, opt for a multi-tasking product like Pantene Full & Thick 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, $5.49, which will thicken hair while saving you time and money.
A couple of exceptions to the above recommendations:
If you have oily hair, you really shouldn't wash it every day. Washing it every 24 hours dries out your scalp and causes it to produce more oil, which just makes the situation worse. If it drives you nuts not to shampoo daily though, use a very gentle shampoo that is designed for everyday use (try Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Shampoo, $8.49). On the flip side, if you have dry hair and only shampoo two times a week (which is recommended) wash hair with a clarifying shampoo once a month to remove product buildup (which can make hair look dull), try Pantene Purity Clarifying Shampoo, $5.65.
If scalp flakiness is your biggest issue, and your scalp is dry and flaky, massage an oil like The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $9 on your scalp before shampooing to stimulate and hydrate it. Then cleanse with a scalp balancing shampoo (try Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo, $24). If your scalp is oily and flaky though, see your doctor before treating it.
Finally, you should be weary of the water hardness in your shower. If you have hard water (check out your city's water hardness here) you will most likely need additional moisture. Try swapping your regular conditioner for a heavier one or leave in your regular one for a bit longer than usual.