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    Best Shampoos for Wavy Hair

    Kate Hudson with long wavy hair

    What shampoo is best for wavy hair?

    If you have wavy hair, do you really need a specific shampoo for your hair type? . . . Yes! The type of shampoo you use has a direct effect on the look, feel and condition of your hair as well as the condition of your scalp, which is why it is so important to use a trusted source to get your products from. The key to getting the right shampoo for wavy hair, is finding one that works with your hair type and gives your hair what it needs right now, at this time. Women in my class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You! are always asking, “What hair care products would you recommend for wavy hair?” What shampoo and conditioner should I be using? If you’re happy with the condition of your hair, then don’t change a thing. If your hair just isn’t up to all it can be, start by changing your shampoo . . . conditioners will come next.

    Some years back I read hairdresser Andre Walkers’ book, Andre Talks Hair. In it, he categorizes hair types better than anyone else I have ever read. He categorizes hair types into, straight, wavy, curly and kinky and then has sub-categories in each type i.e. fine, medium, coarse or whatever fits in the specific category. I’m going to use Andre’s categories, look for the one that best describes your hair type.

    Wavy hair has three sub-types, fine and thin, medium textured and thick coarse type hair.


    • Fine and thin
      • Wavy hair that is fine and thin, is easily manipulated into straighter hair styles. Your hair type also has the flexibility to be curled and hold that hair style easily. Your hair tends to be neither too oily nor too dry . . . just about right. Shampoo your hair with a shampoo formulated for “normal” hair. Since that may be hard to find these days, think, gentle, daily shampoos. My favorite is, Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo, it smells great and leaves your hair shiny and soft.If you have used any type of hair coloring try, Aveda Color Conserver Shampoo




    • Medium textured
      • Medium textured wavy hair tends to hug the head, even when cut into layers. Medium textured, wavy hair, may be a bit dryer than finer wavy hair, and a bit more durable. If you pluck out a hair from your head it has a “S” pattern to it. Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo, again fits great for your hair type. If your hair is dryer, try Bumble and bumble Gentle Shampoo, this one also gets rave reviews., again fits great for your hair type. If your hair is dryer, try this one also gets rave reviews.



    For Wavy Hair


    • Coarse and thick
      • Wavy hair that is coarse and thick tends to be dryer and to frizz. Part of the reason for this is that it is naturally dryer because of the wave. If y pluck out a hair it has a “S” pattern to it. Natural oil from your scalp has a harder time traveling down the “S” pattern of your hair to lubricate it, than say, someone with straight hair.Your hair type needs a gentle shampoo, Biolage Ultra Hydrating Shampoo will do great and will add moisture to your hair. If you color your hair, try Aveda Color Conserver Shampoo or if it seems to be very dry try Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Shampoo which will be the most hydrating of all.


    Additional considerations for straight hair

    • Your hair is generally neither too dry nor too oily. This doesn’t mean it can’t become too dry, if over processed or chemically treated. Also, if you happen to be very active, your hair may tend to become oilier. But mostly, you can shampoo daily or every other day with a shampoo for normal hair. A gentle shampoo, if it gets your hair clean, Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo is a good bet.
    • A clarifying shampoo can work wonders for all hair types, if there is hair care product or color build-up on your hair. How do you know if there is hair care product build up on your hair? If your hair becomes dull and lifeless or feels coated and looses its shine. Everyone who uses any type of hair coloring or uses hair styling products can benefit from a clarifying shampoo periodically. Keep a bottle on hand for periodic use, it can work wonders! A clarifying shampoo is formulated to strip product build-up off the hair, that ordinary shampoos don’t reach. It will bring back shine and body to your hair! One I like is Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo and that will work well for all hair types.
    • Remember your shampoo needs can change seasonally, so if you’re questioning if you should change your shampoo . . . you’re probably right. Don’t be afraid to give it a try.

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    1 Comment »

    1. help!1
      i have fine thinning dry hair and am confused about what hair products to use, since my hair is thin its recommended to use use light conditioners and volume shampoos, but for the dry hair its recomemnded heavier conditioners and moisture locking shampoos, what do i do can i have the best of both worlds?

      Comment by diana — October 16, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

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