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    Why a Clarifying Shampoo is a Girls Best Friend!

    Jessica Simpson bob hairstyle shows what clarifying shampoo can do

    Benefits of a Clarifying Shampoo

    We’ve all been there, you wash, condition and style your hair but after all that effort, it still looks dull,  lifeless and it’s unmanageable! You know your hair can look better than this, but you just don’t know what you’re doing wrong. So you switch products, and that doesn’t do it. What’s going on? More importantly, what can be done?

    Because most of us use a plethora of styling products like mousse, gels and finishing spray daily to keep our do’s looking great, our strands can become overloaded with product build up that often results in locks looking limp and dull! Well, there is a simple solution that will keep the bad hair days at bay and that’s to simply use a high quality clarifying shampoo once or twice a month!

    Clarifying shampoos contain a higher percentage of detergent agents that deeply cleanse hair leaving it rejuvenated and free from build up. However, because clarifying shampoos are designed to “strip” hair of excess buildup and oils, it’s super important to use a high quality formula that contain conditioning ingredients like botanical oils, that won’t compromise and damage the hair in the process.

    Two excellent clarifying shampoos that I recommend are Rusk Sensories Clarifying Shampoo and Pravana Clarifying Shampoo.

    Bottle of Rusk SensoriesBottle of Pravana

    These salon quality products offer the best of both worlds, they deep cleanse but contain conditioning ingredients that will not leave hair feeling dry.

    So remember, a bad hair day could just be a signal that your hair is overdue for some serious cleaning! You’ll be left with shiny and manageable tresses that are sure to put a little bounce in your style!

    Guest author Tasha has worked in the fashion and beauty industry for over a decade. She is a featured style blogger for several online beauty sites and works as a Fashion Stylist and Personal Shopper in the greater San Francisco peninsula where she is known as the “Bay Area Style Guru.” Follow her daily style tips on Twitter@stylegurugirl.

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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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    How To Shampoo Hair

    How to Shampoo Hair

    How to shampoo your hair. Yes, it does make a difference

    You may feel you already know how to shampoo your hair. Even if this seems elementary, believe me, it’s the little things that count when it comes to keeping your hair looking its best! Plain and simple, shampoo loosens oil and debris that may be clinging to your scalp and the shafts of each hair, so that the debris can be rinsed down the drain. In addition, shampoo can replace moisture to your hair.

    Regardless of your type, hair needs cleaning regularly. If you know your hair type and how its characteristics change with the seasons, you will drastically reduce the overwhelming choices when it comes to buying hair care products.

    I live in Minnesota, and believe me, we not only have wardrobe needs that run the gambit, but our list of hair care product needs can be as diverse as well. Our tempShampoo the scalp, condition the hairs can range from -40 to 100 degrees with humidity factors that vary as well. There is no one size fits all solution to shampoo rules, so let’s look at the basics.

    Shampoo the scalp, condition the hair — One of the first thing hairdressers are taught in beauty school is how to shampoo the hair. Seem elementary? Unfortunately, we get mislead by the shampoo commercials on TV! Put a large glob of shampoo in the palm of your hand and mash it onto your locks, swirling it into a mass of lather. This is designed to get you to buy more shampoo. It is not a good lesson in hair care. If you’re doing it as the commercials show, you are wreaking havoc with your hair, matting it and most probably breaking some off. Remember your hair is in its most vulnerable state when it’s wet!

    Here is the step by step how to:

    • You only need a dollop of shampoo about the size of a nickel or a quarter.
    • Massage and shampoo the scalp–not the hair, using warm water. Massaging the scalp is great for not only cleaning, but also for drawing better circulation to the follicles resulting in healthier hair. Use your fingertips in small circular movements directed on the scalp.
    • You only need to squeeze the shampoo through the rest of your hair. The scalp is the area that gets the largest buildup of oils and dirt. A squeeze of suds through the hair should be sufficient to clean the rest of the hair shaft, as long as you shampoo it on a regular basis.
    • Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo left in the hair results in dry, dull hair and flaky scalp.
    • A cool rinse will close the cuticle layer of your hair and give your hair more shine. You could add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to your final rinse for an extra boost of shine to your hair.



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