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When it comes to hair care, there are a lot of options like butterfly twists hairstyles. For some reason, everyone has their favorite – the one product they swear by and that they never leave home without. Some people swear by the products they use, while others swear by the products they don’t use.

1. Traditional shampoos

Traditional shampoos are single-purpose products and meant to be used with the traditional conditioning treatment that comes from leaving the product on for at least 5 minutes. These products are basically made up of sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS; a chemical compound that is known to dry hair out. This is also where most of the bubbles come from in shampoo.

Traditional shampoo brands include Dove, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Infusium 23 and so on. These products are not really meant for everyday use (unless you have oily or damaged hair) because they tend to strip away all of your hair’s natural oils while they cleanse your scalp and hair.

2. Traditional Conditioners

Traditional conditioners are meant to be used with the traditional shampoo. They are also formulated with a variety of ingredients that have been known to dry out hair and scalp. These products are mostly sulfate free, containing ingredients like glycerin and dimethicone, which help condition but little else (other than making the product feel nice on your hair).

Traditional conditioner brands include  Astra, Aussie, Kerastase (both designed for curly hair), Pantene and so on. Because these products work as both a shampoo and conditioner, they are meant for use every day. They tend to be more expensive than other types of products and contain fewer ingredients than high-end shampoos or conditioners.

3. High-end Shampoos

High-end shampoos are similar to traditional shampoos in that they are meant to be used with high-end conditioning treatments. They typically cost more than traditional and drugstore brands but contain less sulfate and more natural ingredients. They are also known to deliver on their promises of healthier, shinier hair.

High-end shampoo brands include  Redken, Biolage, Matrix, Pureology and so on.

4. High-end Conditioners

High-End conditioners are meant to work as a standalone product – usually with less ingredients than a shampoo or conditioner, which is why they tend to cost less than high-end shampoos or conditioners. These products are mostly designed for use on dry, damaged hair and contain few ingredients. They work to condition, but also deliver no real benefits to your hair, which is why they cost less.

High-end conditioner brands include  Aveda, Caudalie and so on.

5. Pre-Shampoo Hair Conditioners

These are conditioning treatments that go under the traditional shampoo, not before you actually wash your hair. When you do this, a product usually comes out of the container (similar to a foaming shampoo) that sits on top of your head until you towel off afterward at the end of your shower. These products are primarily conditioning treatments that deliver lightweight hydration. They are not meant to heal or condition hair – rather, deliver moisture, shine and hydration. These products are not designed to be used on a daily basis and cost less than traditional shampoos, conditioners or pre-shampoos. Pre-shampoo treatment brands include  Tigi Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey and Dove Nourishing Oil Care.

These products tend to be heavy in one ingredient: either silicone, alcohols or oils, which is why they usually carry that ingredient in their name. 

6. Oil-based Hair Shampoo

This product is essentially either a pre-shampoo or a traditional shampoo (depending on what your hair type is). It has a thick consistency and is designed to be used as both shampoo and conditioner. It is not meant to remove all of the oils from your hair, but rather add hydration to it. They usually contain no sulfates, so they’re usually paraben free!  Oily hair that isn’t normally greasy can use these products as well. Oil-based shampoo brands include  Rogue Territory, L’Occitane, Kerastase and so on.

7. Natural and Organic Hair Care

These are products that use all-natural, organic ingredients that are known to heal your hair instead of stripping it of its natural oils. They usually contain more natural ingredients, like castor oil, argan oil and so on, which is why they cost more than traditional shampoos or conditioners. These products are not meant to be used every day, but rather just when your hair needs a little boost. Natural & organic brands include  Aveda, Caudalie, Davines and Redken.

8. DIY Hair Care

These products are meant to be used as both a shampoo and conditioner, or to repair damaged hair. They are easily made at home with little-to-no cost. More often than not, these products can be made by you or your friends for no money at all! There are many examples of DIY hair care bloggers doing this, like Hannah from the blog Entropy Beauty.

9. Organic Wash N’ Go Shampoo

These products are similar in concept to the traditional shampoo, but instead of being designed for use with one type of hair – they’re designed for multiple types and lengths of hair. They are meant to be used every day and are not meant to touch your scalp. They contain glycerin (which helps moisturize) and are paraben-free.

Organic Wash N’ Go shampoo brands include  Alba Botanica, Alterna, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics and so on.

10. Color Care Shampoos

These products are designed to help your color last longer and protect it from fading due to the use of harsh chemicals, global climate changes or extreme temperatures. These shampoos usually contain high amounts of antioxidants that help activate the diphenoquinone (DPHQ) in hair color molecules, which helps them stay vibrant for longer.


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