There is so much information about hair care that it is easy to sink into it. Some helpful checkpoints are needed, so you will not get lost in a beauty shop.
Find Your Hair Type:
Do you need to wash your hair every day? It depends on you. ARTIO would recommend daily wash for people with oily hair. But how to know your hair type? Let's make it simple.
- If you need to wash your hair every day otherwise it will turn greasy, then you have oily hair.
- If you can live without hair washing up to 3-4 days, you have normal to slightly dry hair.
- If your hair looks good up to 5-7 days, then you have dry hair.
The most sensitive hair that needs very mild care – fine hair. Coarse hair can get much more abuse due to the number of cuticle layers. If you color your hair, straighten, or curl them permanently, you need more gentle treatment. If you have long hair, the ends are dry even if your scalp is oily.
Hair Cleansing & Conditioning:
Shampoo cleanses your scalp & hair from the soil, dust, styling products, sebum, etc. We would recommend concentrating more on your scalp while using shampoo. Conditioner treats dry and split ends, and moisturizes dry scalp. People with oily scalp should apply conditioner carefully, only on dry or damaged hair ends.
Types of Shampoo:
The first type of shampoo is cleansing shampoo. This one washes all impurities momentarily. If you have dry or sensitive hair, do not use this shampoo more than once a week. People with oily hair can use this type of shampoo twice a week or when needed.
Moisturizing shampoo / Hydrating shampoo – these two types lock the moisture in your hair. They contain great emollients and humectants, herbal extracts, and some wonderful lab ingredients like silicones. Yes, silicones are NOT harmful. They are good for your hair, especially if your locks are tangly or dry.
Conditioning shampoo is a 2-in-1 product that not just washes your hair but also acts as a conditioner. It is great for normal and dry hair types. Even people with oily hair can use it, especially after long hours spent outside.
Baby shampoo – a very mild product with the mildest surfactants possible, designed for babies & toddlers and those adults with thin, fine hair. Enjoy.
Forms of Shampoo:
Every beauty shop offers you shampoo in many forms: liquid, solid, powder. What is the difference, and how can you use them correctly? Let us cover the battle between liquid and solid shampoos.
The big secret is: there is no difference between liquid and solid shampoo types regardless of what many beauty gurus say. Both shampoo forms serve one purpose: to clean your scalp and hair. Both contain surfactants in their formula. But aren't surfactants harmful? The short answer is - NO, they are not!
Many young and not that young beauty bloggers call surfactants “detergents” or “chemicals” or even “pesky/poisoned/harmful chemicals”, “nasty things” etc. The truth is – none of the surfactants deserves these awful epithets. Surfactants are chemicals we need to clean our hair. Yes, some of them can be harsh (like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) but – and THIS is important to understand – they are added to shampoo formulas in qualities that are HARMLESS. That’s it.
The modern cosmetic industry uses a wide variety of these wonderful compounds: surfactants for a tender baby scalp, hair, and skin, surfactants that help you to get rid of dandruff, surfactants that balance an oily scalp. Do not believe another “nasty chemicals” opus: it is just fear-mongering marketing, nothing else.
But if you believe in a modern narrative about sustainability, then choose solid shampoo bars. If you are still sorting things out, just know: your favorite liquid shampoo is no less great. It is wonderful, probably.
Choosing the right solid shampoo bar for you, consider:
Never, we really mean, NEVER buy soap as a shampoo.
Please don’t use soap on your hair regardless of what they say. Avoid melt and pour soap, ANY soap. Soap is an alkaline product. It eventually damages your hair so much, that you will lose it for good. It does not matter how much good oils a manufacturer adds to such soap – it is still an alkaline product. You do not need to risk your health!
Avoid syndet bars with unmelted noodles (hint: they look like white sprinkles). Proper manufacturing requires surfactant noodles to be melted. Why? Imagine, you bought some frozen food and began to eat it without further cooking. Will it be tasty, healthy, or safe?
The same story with surfactant noodles. All solid surfactants must be melted. Bars should look homogeneous. They can look rough or funky but – homogenous.
We do not recommend to buy bars with emulsifying wax in an ingredient list. It makes your hair feel draggy.
People with dry scalps should use moisturizing and conditioning shampoos. Extracts of chamomile or cucumber can help.
People with oily scalps and hair would enjoy products with exfoliating herbal extracts like papaya, bamboo, or honeysuckle.
Those who spend a lot of time outside would enjoy green tea extract in the shampoo’s formula.
If you have a problem with dandruff, search for willow bark extract, and if you have oily scalp and dry ends, then use a conditioner only on your hair ends.
Shampoo with essential oils or fragrance oils in the formula. Fragrance oils are harmless because they are made in strictly controlled environments. But you can have allergic reactions to their components, so, check the labels or contact the manufacturer if you have some hesitations.
On the other hand, essential oils are very concentrated compounds that might provoke allergic reactions. Read labels before your purchase to avoid an unpleasant situation. We recommend pregnant women to avoid using essential oils or use them with extreme care and only after you consult with your doctor.
When using syndet shampoo bars, don’t leave them in a pool of water. Let them completely dry between washes, and they will faithfully serve you for a very long time.
All in all, liquid, solid, or dry, - shampoos are great, just know your hair type and the shampoo’s purpose.