Shampooing is a daily ritual for most, which is why we love a good drugstore find when it comes to hair cleansers. Whether you're looking for color protection, frizz control, or even volume, there's an affordable option out there. Click through to see our top 10 wallet-friendly picks.
Does she or doesn't she? Only her hairdresser (or in this case her bath-giver) knows for sure! Moms can spend a fortune trying to replicate the hair color they sported as kids, but rarely does it look as natural as it did all those years ago. While children have been cited as the cause of gray hair for many mamas, it's the baby's hair color that Le Bébé Coo is targeting with its Color-Enhancing Tear-Free Shampoos ($22). Available in blond, brunette, or red, the baby and tot shampoos use natural ingredients like aloe leaf juice, coconut, and chamomila to "bring your child's natural hair color to full life." The paraben- and sulfate-free formulas are also said to cut through pool chlorine, which can turn light-haired tykes' tresses green. Maybe it's just us, but isn't a baby's hair color beautiful just the way it is? Or could your child's mane use some support?
Shampoo can be your hair's best friend . . . or arch nemesis. If you don't pick the right formula, then this shower staple can create frizz, dried-out hair and kill color. Never fear. There are a few things you can look for whether you have the coarsest curls or the finest of strands. Find out how to decode the shampoo jargon when you keep reading.
If you've experienced dull hair, limp strands, or a flaky scalp, it might not be just because of the weather. It turns out all these issues can be caused (and solved) by the way you're shampooing your hair. Celebrity colorist Beth Minardi breaks down the dos and dont's of washing your hair step-by-step when you keep reading.
Most people consider the shampoo bowl the beginning of your weekly hair care regimen. But there are things you can do before you wash to achieve longer and more vibrant locks. Get some pre-'poo ideas from celebrity colorist Beth Minardi when you read more.
Kinky hair should come with an advisory: fragile when wet (and dry). Getting in the shower can be overwhelming when caring for thick hair, but it is also a crucial point that will determine how well your style turns out, because curls are at their bounciest and longest when wet. Celebrity hairstylist Diane Bailey shares her tips for achieving the perfect wash, no matter your hair type. Read more for the simple steps.
If your hair has been less than lustrous as of late, factors such as cold weather and excess toweling can be the culprits. Daily shampooing, however, can also be the cause of dull, dry-looking strands. That's why John Ryan, hairstylist and owner of Festoon Salon in San Francisco, advises his clients to skip the washing every single day.
The reason? Natural oils provide shine and protection, therefore making the hair look healthier and more radiant. And by busting out of the shampoo-each-day routine, you'll likely even notice that your hair styles even better with its natural oils intact. Additionally, since oil production reduces with aging, you'll also likely notice you won't even have to wash nearly as often with each passing birthday.
Skipping the shampoo step every day, however, "doesn't mean you have to be unhygienic," Ryan explains. In fact, you can still get it wet and add styling products as needed. "I sell a lot of dry shampoo," he quips. So just think: a few weeks back we all scoffed after discovering a video from the 1950s suggesting that women wash their hair every other week. Although that may be a tad extreme, maybe they were on to something with their anti-rinse, -lather, and -repeat mantra.
If you don't want to spend any money right now, then stay away from Carol's Daughter Monoi hair care ($18–$29). Because here's the thing: after you smell the shampoo, conditioner, or mask, you will pretty much be powerless against its sway. It smells that good, like a perfect tropical blend of suntan lotion and a salty breeze. (This makes sense, considering its star ingredient is Tahitian monoi oil, a blend of coconut oil and tiare flower.)
The products promise to dramatically reduce breakage, but I haven't been using the collection long enough to tell whether that's the case. However, the formulas are incredibly moisturizing — seriously, you could easily confuse the rich shampoo for conditioner — and they've left my hair smooth and shiny without weighing it down. Still, considering how amazing this stuff smells, it could turn my hair green with purple polka dots and I'd still rush out to buy another bottle. Obsessed.
Editor's note: The following post is written by celebrity stylist, reality TV star, and author Tabatha Coffey. Do you know how to shampoo and condition? You may think you do, but the fact is that most people don't really know how and are using the wrong products for their hair type. As trivial as it they may seem, properly shampooing and conditioning your hair are actually the most important steps in your hair maintenance routine. When correctly selected and applied, shampoo and conditioner set the foundation for everything that comes after.
So what do they do? Put in the simplest terms, shampooing slightly opens up the cuticle, removing dirt, oil, and product buildup to create a clean, optimal environment for conditioning. Conditioning, meanwhile, delivers essential, nutrients and moisture, then seals the cuticle to keep hair healthy, balanced, and protected. Now that we have that down, let's get on to the details!