It has been drilled into our brains since we were little. Having grease and grime on our scalps isn’t very appealing, after all. What our moms likely didn’t tell us? Which shampoo — of the many options — we should be using.

Before you choose shampoo, it’s important to know what shampoo does, how to use it, and how that relates to your hair and scalp type.

Shampoo is meant to clean your hair and scalp of dirt, oil, and styling products. While you might think of shampoo strictly as a hair-cleansing agent, it’s actually more important to consider your scalp when choosing a shampoo.

Think of it this way: Shampoo is for your scalp, and conditioner is for your hair. If your scalp is oily and your ends are dry (which is a common problem), then you should choose a shampoo that is best suited for an oily scalp, and a conditioner that’s formulated to hydrate your dry ends.

Just like not all conditioners are created equal, shampoos differ widely. While some things may be obvious (if your hair is fine and straight, don’t use a product made for thick, curly strands), we also understand that the countless choices can be overwhelming.
Salicylic acid zaps acne like a charm, but did you know it can also treat dandruff? The newest shampoo from Matrix is infused with 2.9% of the stuff to gently buff away dry skin and flakes. It’s the perfect shampoo to add to your rotation for black-sweater weather.
Clarifying shampoos work wonders on greasy scalps, but can often strip the rest of your strands of any moisture. But this one has activated charcoal to effectively cleanse your skin, while green coconut adds moisture through your mid-lengths and ends.

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