The 5 most important things to look for in a shampoo

With so many shampoos on the market, it’s hardly surprising that most people feel a little overwhelmed when trying to find the right one for them. Despite confusing terminology, labels, and claims, there are five simple things you should keep in mind when shopping for shampoo to help you make the right decision every time.

1. A formula that nourishes hair with every wash

A good shampoo shouldn’t just wash your hair. It should repair and nourish as it cleans.

This is only possible by finding a shampoo that’s specially formulated to nurture hair from root to tip. That means addressing any existing damage, as well as focusing intense hydration and strengthening where the hair starts— the scalp.

Remember: Healthy hair begins at the roots.

2. Natural ingredients

While you might not find much success only washing your hair with ingredients that also double as a salad dressing, you should still be able to identify some familiar natural ingredients on the back of your shampoo bottle.

The best natural ingredients are hydrating oils, such as Argan, Coconut, and Moringa. These will deliver moisture to make sure your hair isn’t left feeling dry and stripped after washing.

Some natural ingredients, such as Tea Tree, also double as antibacterial treatments for conditions like dandruff. Tea Tree also works great on oily scalps to provide an especially deep clean.

3. Free from nasty ingredients

What doesn’t go into your shampoo is just as important as what does. This means avoiding nasty ingredients that are bad for your hair, body, and the planet.

So what’s a nasty ingredient? The biggest offenders are parabens and sulphates, such as SLS and SLES. You can read more about why sulphates aren’t so great in our blog post here. A safe alternative is Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, an organic ingredient.

And of course, your shampoo should always be cruelty-free. Why give your hard-earned money to companies who test on animals? No thanks!

4. The right formulation for your hair type and needs

When it comes to shampoo, there’s no one-size-fits-all. It’s so important to use a shampoo that’s designed to work with your hair rather than against it. After all, that’s why we have more than one shampoo in our range.

Is your hair coloured? Shampoo for coloured hair will keep that colour vibrant for longer.

Got curls? You need a shampoo designed for — you guessed it — curls to achieve those soft, bouncy ringlets that other shampoos just can’t deliver.

Experiencing dandruff? You probably don’t need us to tell you what kind of shampoo you need for that.

While it can be frustrating trying to find the right shampoo, finding the product that works for you is a total gamechanger. For help on figuring out what your hair needs, check out our handy blog post.

5. It’s one step in an effective multi-step system

Here’s something you might not know. It’s super important to use the same products for your shampoo, conditioner, and treatment to get the intended results.

This is because shampoo is usually designed to work as part of a treatment system based on the intended result. For example, every Roots product is designed to not just address your specific hair needs (such as damaged hair or dandruff), but reduce overall hair loss.

To achieve this, we created our shampoos to be the first in three simple steps: Shampoo, condition and spray. The final step — our Intensive Spray — is crucial to achieving this result, but every step is essential to achieving voluminous, stronger-looking hair.

To get the most out of your shampoo (and save money), buy your shampoo in a pack rather than on its own. That way, you know you’re getting the very best results from your product and using it as it’s designed to be used.

Ready to shop with confidence? Browse the Roots Double Effect range now! 

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