Cleansing and Conditioning
Hair is often times one of the first things people notice about you. Taking care of it is very important to making those good first impressions. Shampooing is where it starts. There are four basic types of shampoos; gentle everyday ones, clarifying, scalp treatment shampoos and those for color care.
The gentle everyday products are broken up according to hair type; normal, dry/damaged, oily, thick and for thin/fine hair. It is very important to use shampoo specifically for your hair type in order to not disturb hair's natural state in a damaging way.
These are deep cleansers and not meant to be used on a daily basis. Using it too often can overstress and dry out hair and scalp, even oily heads. You should use a clarifying shampoo once to twice monthly if your hair is subjected to a) harsh environmental situations (working in debris or extreme heat), b) use a good amount of product every day and c) soak hair in chlorine or salt water often. If your hair is color treated, clarifiers can strip color so it is recommended to use one if need be right before your next color touch up
SCALP TREATMENT SHAMPOO
Also not typically meant for everyday use although some now are gentle enough but you must make sure the bottle states that it is in fact, a daily cleanser. These deal with severe dandruff or other scalp and skin irritations. Recommended to use these in addition to a daily shampoo; being switched off every other day
SHAMPOO FOR COLOR TREATED HAIR
It is important to maintain the life and vibrancy of your color to use gentle or non stripping formulations. These types of shampoos do not disturb artificial color in the hair shaft but instead clean "around" it. There are also separate shampoos for color and for blondes, which typically tend to be violet, purple or pearl in color.
Conditioners should be treated the same. Use one that is geared towards your hair type. These are meant to soften and reinforce hair. For those with thin/fine or oily hair, conditioners should not be used on a daily basis but instead used every other to two days depending on severity of oil or how thin.