Know what you want
Start with considering what’s essential for your hair type. What does your hair need most – shine, volume, anti-frizz, lasting color or damage repair? Having a clear picture of what you want to achieve will speed your choices along. This way, you can avoid buying unnecessary add-ons that will end up gathering dust in your bathroom cabinet. Go for the basics and don’t weigh down your hair with too much products.
Specialized or localized?
It’s important to determine whether you have specialized issues that need to be addressed by a professional or if your hair is healthy enough to maintain at home. You might need professional help if you suffer from a scalp condition, or if you’re concerned about hair loss.
Consider your hair type
Coarse, dry hair needs products that will soften it like Pantene Pro-V Shampoo & Conditioner - Smooth & Silky, while fine, limp hair often looks oily and therefore needs clear, gentle products that will control the oil like Pantene Pro-V Shampoo & Conditioner - Sheer Volume. In turn, colored hair responds well to gentle protein-based shampoos. Read product labels carefully to determine which products are right for your hair type.
Read product labels
The last thing you want is for a product to cause scalp irritation or hair loss. Do your homework and check for allergens/irritants on the labels. If you’re not sure if a product might cause irritation, ask the shop assistant or hair stylist for help. Hair products sometimes contain sulfates, parabens, propylene glycol and other artificial and natural ingredients that may irritate the skin.
More is more
When you’ve decided which products to take home to tryout, don’t be afraid to go big. Wash with the shampoo and conditioner at least twice a day over the next three days. This will help remove the last traces of products used before and will reveal how the new products react with your hair. After this initial “cleansing” period, you can continue washing your hair as often as you used to.
REMEMBER: When it comes to your hair it’s worth investing in good, professional products. Combine these with a regular, good haircut and you’re guaranteed to make heads turn.
What type of hair do you have? Tell us in the comments if you have problems choosing the right products for your hair.