Shampoo Brands – What Every Shopper Should Know about Shampoo Brands

There are numerous shampoo brands to choose from and it is normal to get confused when trying to pick the best shampoo. Usually, buyers choose the most widely advertised product but this may be a mistake. Knowing more about branding and the different options that you have will help you make the best choice.

Are popular shampoo brands better than ones which are not very well known? This is not necessarily the case. Usually, a product that has made a name for itself is considered to be safe and effective. However, this also may not necessarily be true. Up until recently, one of the most widely used shampoo ingredients was sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Now we know that it causes scalp irritation, burning and that it may damage hair follicles apart from creating foam and removing oil from the scalp and hair. Some traditional shampoo brands still use SLS and similar ingredients even though most do not. A product from a new company is highly unlikely to contain sulfate given that this will automatically make it unattractive to consumers.

Are expensive shampoo brands better than cheaper ones? Again, this question cannot be answered definitively with “yes”. Many products are more expensive than their counterparts just because they are made by a company specializing in professional hair care and hair styling products. Other shampoo brands are expensive because they bear the name of a famous designer or fashion house. It is possible that a product is pricier just because it has been endorsed by a celebrity.

All of this suggests that expensive shampoo brands are not necessarily better than the more modestly priced products. Many inexpensive shampoos have the same active ingredients than their costlier counterparts. After all, vitamins such as A, C, E, B5 and B7, natural ingredients like coconut oil, aloe and calendula and chemical compounds such as zinc pyrithione are known to work effectively and safely and can be found in both expensive and inexpensive products.

This, however, does not mean that there are no inexpensive shampoo brands that are ineffective and/or possibly dangerous. The control on these products is not as strict as the control on medications. That is why it is possible that some shampoo brands may not work and/or cause serious side effects.

There are unethical companies who put only tiny amounts of the active ingredients in their shampoo products. There are also companies which use contaminated natural ingredients, especially herbs, because they do not have strict safety control. For all of these reasons, it is normal to be suspicious of shampoo brands which are generally unknown and unavailable in major stores but are widely advertised online. The best rule to keep is to research any product before you buy it.

How do you choose between shampoo brands? Popularity and price should not be the main basis for your choice. Everything that has been said so far illustrates this point. The first thing to do when searching for a hair washing product is to define exactly what it is that you are looking for.

Determine the type of scalp that you have so that you can choose between different shampoo brands. You can have a normal, oily or dry scalp. The next thing to determine is the condition of your hair. Examine its overall appearance. Is it elastic, smooth and shiny or does it miss any or all of these properties? Does your hair have split ends? Do the hairs seem brittle? Have you noticed too much hair falling out when brushing? Are there any signs of dandruff such as flaky white or yellow scales? Has your hair been treated with dyes, gels, sprays and other styling agents?

Answering all of these questions will allow you to define exactly what it is that you are looking for. Just make sure that you choose between shampoo brands on their own merits. Check the active ingredients carefully.

There are many dandruff, moisturizing, strengthening and smoothing products. However, they may not have the same ingredients. For instance, the Head & Shoulders shampoo for dandruff contains zinc pyrithione while the Neutrogena product contains coal tar. These two active ingredients work very differently. While zinc pyrithione has antibacterial properties, coal tar works to prevent the dying of skin cells. Hence, the two shampoo brands may not be equally effective for a person suffering from dandruff. Similarly, a product with keratin may work better to strengthen brittle hair compared to a shampoo that has just contains vitamins.

All in all, it can be safely said that shampoo brands are not that important when it comes to determining the ingredients and their effects. Look for a product that will help you solve your particular problem and give you stronger, smoother and shinier hair. Of course, you must ensure that the manufacturer is reliable and that all of the ingredients are safe as well as effective.