Hair care is one of those important things that we often know very little about. We pick a brand that sounds good, smells great, and we think will probably do the trick. But would knowing more about the products you use in your hair make a difference in the appearance and feel of your crowning glory?

If you want your hair to look and feel its best, you should learn a few terms, buy a few products, and use them as needed for the best results.

What Kinds of Hair Products are There?

The most common hair products include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Dry shampoo
  • Smoothing shampoo
  • Volumizing shampoo
  • Modeling putty
  • Mousse
  • Hair gel
  • Pomade
  • Hairspray
  • Clarifying conditioner
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Hair oils
  • Anti-frizz serums
  • Hair masques
  • De-tangling sprays and creams
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair color touch-ups
  • Heat protectants

How Do You Know What You Need?

The easiest way to figure out what products will best suit your hair is by reading the general description of each product, and what they do. Many of these products will specifically target particular hair types, as well, which will help you narrow down the list.

  • Dry hair
  • Average hair
  • Oily hair
  • Curly hair
  • Straight hair
  • Wavy hair
  • Kinky hair
  • Fine hair
  • Coarse hair
  • Thick hair
  • Thin hair

Each hair type will have an impact on how products work, and, of course, which ones you need. Those with curly hair, for example, don’t need products to help them create curls. Those with oily hair don’t need the same kinds of oils and gels as those with dry hair.

You can determine your hair type through a variety of methods. This knowledge will help you choose correctly.

What Do These Products Do?

Of course, knowing what the products do will help. Since shampoo is one of the most frequently used hair products, we’ll focus today’s efforts on learning about the various kinds of shampoo available. We’ll also give a few thoughts on certain brands we love, and why.

Clarifying shampoo

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Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo is designed to remove the rubbish of life from our hair. During the average week, most of us apply standard shampoos and conditioners at least a few times, plus hair gels, hairsprays, or pomades at least once or twice. We also walk through environments of dust, soot, dirt, pet hair, and other things that cling to and weigh down hair.

Clarifying shampoo specifically targets the stuff that weighs down our hair, and cleanses all of that muck away.

You should use clarifying shampoo for your hair type at least once or twice per month. If you swim in a pool regularly, use a lot of additional hair products, or have hard water, you should clarify one or two times per week.

Volumizing Shampoo

If you couldn’t guess by the name, volumizing shampoo uses humectants to pull moisture towards your hair to add visual and textural volume to your hair. As your hair becomes more moisturized, it appears and feels fuller.

Dry Shampoo

For those in a hurry after a workout, dry shampoo is a great alternative to washing your hair, but still having  a temporary freshness. Dry shampoo is a powder substance that absorbs the oil in your hair, and helps remove that unsightly greasy look and feel.

Smoothing Shampoo

Smoothing shampoo is used primarily for smoothing out frizzy hair. It will hydrate your unruly hair, add some shine, and generally just improve the appearance of your hair overall.

What are Some of the Best Shampoo Brands Available?

Our two favorite brands of shampoo include Aveda and Biolage for a lot of reasons. They’re high quality, affordable, and do exactly what they promise. Both shampoo brands make a variety of types of shampoo, but we’re giving thoughts on just one type from each.

Biolage Shampoo

Aveda shampoo

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The Biolage by Matrix Hydratherapie Hydrating Shampoo is one of our top picks from this brand. Customers use this shampoo regularly and praise it for the improvements they see in their hair health. Some even commented that their hair stylists could tell when they switched away from using Biolage, and recommended that they get back to using it immediately.

Aveda Shampoo

Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo has made it onto several lists of the best shampoos available. This shampoo does all that a volumizing shampoo should, but it’s also naturally made, and never tested on animals. It’s a great product that comes out of great principles.

Try Them for Yourself

We can tell you all sorts of things about any shampoo or brand of hair care products, but the ultimate test will be trying them out for yourself. You can find most of the best products online, either on retail sites, or the sites owned by the manufacturers. Check out reviews by others, and always make sure you’re choosing products to fit your hair type and need.

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