“My hair looks horrible!” We all have bad hair days from time to time (some of us more than others). We blame it on the weather, stress, even our guys. The truth? The real culprit of our hair woes is from something we all use each day: our shampoos and conditioners. But, shampoos and conditioners all contain the same ingredients, right? Wrong. Compare labels on two shampoos from the same brand and it’s likely you’ll find different ingredients in each. How can you choose the products for your hair type? There are so many to choose from – it’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out!
It’s time for some professional help. We turned to Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of BeautyStat, for help on picking the right products for your specific hair woes.
Robinson developed products for large beauty companies like Revlon, AVON, Clinique and Lancôme. He now works to help consumer decipher the ingredients on their favorite products. He explained that many women are using the wrong shampoos and conditioners for their hair types.
“Today’s products are getting better and better,” he said. “The trick is finding products with key ingredients that work together to improve the quality of your hair.”
Dry, damaged hair is starving for moisture, Robinson said. You can transform your brittle strands into touchable locks by using products tailored specifically for dry or damaged hair.
Pantene Pro-V NatureFusion Moisture Balance Shampoo and Conditioner – $7.99 shampoo / $4.99 Conditioner
“I’m impressed with this shampoo and conditioner because Pantene’s clinical studies show that it makes hair significantly stronger in the just a few weeks,” Robinson said. “Their formula contains a unique polymer called Cassia that works by forming a netting around each hair strand to condition and protect it from breakage.”
As an added bonus, Pantene studies also show that it improved hair strength 10 times more than other shampoos and conditioners.
“Pantene shampoos and conditioners contain a lot less silicone so it won’t weigh hair down,” he said.
SunSilk Hydra TLC Shampoo and Conditioner – $4.62 each
“SunSilk Hydra TLC shampoo and conditioner provides good performance at a good price,” Robinson explained. “Both shampoo and conditioner contain Keratin and a blend of amino acids that work to help smooth and nourish dry hair.”
Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner – $21.60 each
When you use the Dry Remedy system, Aveda studies show that it can instantly improve dry hair by up to 63%,
“These products contain Buruti oil and Pomegranate which work to help moisturize and condition dry hair,” Robinson said.
Oily hair can look stringy and dull. What’s worse is that oily hair can look dirty, no matter if you just showered an hour ago. The key to combating oil is to find shampoo and conditioner than clarify the hair, Robinson said.
Kairos Clarifying Complexion-Clearing Shampoo and Balancing Breakout-Clearing Conditioner – $24.00 shampoo / $28.00 conditioner
“This line is really unique because not only does it help to control oily hair, it also treats forehead and upper back acne breakouts that can occur as a result of having oily hair,” Robinson said.
The shampoo and conditioner contain Zinc Sulfate to control excess oil production as well as Tea Tree oil, Lactic acid and medicated Salicylic acid to help treat acne and prevent future breakouts, he explained.
Aubrey Organics Green Tea Shampoo and Finishing Rinse – $8.98 shampoo / $7.70 conditioner
“This line is great for oily hair and scalps, but won’t over-strip,” Robinson said.
The products are formulated, in part, with organic Green Tea and Nettle extract to nourish and tone the scalp and Organic Aloe Vera and Almond Protein to replenish moisture, he said.
Korres Sage and Nettle Shampoo and Green Silt Hair and Scalp Scrub – $18 shampoo / $30 scrub
This line works to control oil levels by enhancing the health of the hair and scalp, Robinson explained.
“It contains a clinically tested licorice-derived extract that controls oil as well as Sage, Birch and Burdock extracts that work to clean and protect the hair,” he said.
You spend big money at the salon to get the hair color you crave. It’s unlikely you want to go home and wash your color down the drain when you shampoo. However, that’s exactly what you’re doing if you aren’t using a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for color treated hair, Robinson explains.
Matrix Biolage Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner – $11.99 shampoo / $13.95 conditioner
“This classic line gently cleanses while preserving color,” Robinson said.
Matrix products contain bee pollen, kelp and other botanical extracts that work to help maintain color, he explained. As an added bonus – it’s gentle enough for everyday use.
Frederic Fekkai Technician Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner – $18.99 each
This line protects color in 2 ways. It contains a blend of Apricot, avocado, calendula and peach to make color treated hair softer, smoother and shinier.
And it contains an exotic botanical has been shown to prevent color fading and weakening due to UV exposure.
L’Oreal EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner – $6.99 each
“This new line is great for color-treated hair more because of what it does NOT contain,” Robinson said. “It’s free of sulfates and salts that can strip hair of color.”
It contains naturally derived cleansing agents and botanicals to help you maintain your color for up to 32 washes, he explained.
“Definitely a bonus when you’re spending hard-earned money on your hair color!” he said.