There are literally 100s of shampoos & conditioners on the market. So how to pick the best ones for you? Here we break down the key points to consider....before you buy. Expensive vs. Inexpensive Is there really a difference between a $2 shampoo and a $20 bottle from your salon? Well yes, and no. Some cheap shampoos contain foaming agents which can dry out the hair. This is good for oily, limp hair. If your hair is sun-damaged, chlorine-damaged or color-damaged then you should invest in a more expensive shampoo. You really should see if the inexpensive shampoos & conditioners work for you and if they don`t, or if your hair still appears limp or damaged, you should try a salon product. The Right Ingredients The many names of ingredients on bottles can be confusing. But it`s true the right ingredients make all the difference. Rather than pay attention to the names on the bottles, pay more attention to the ingredients. Does the shampoo include a mild cleanser like sodium laureth sulfate or a stronger one like ammonium lauryl sulfate? Children`s Shampoos Forget the cute bottles and pretty colors. That is the last thing that should concern you. Instead, look at the product. You want it as free as possible from coloring and fragrance. Those ingredients are not necessary. And just because a product claims to be mild, does not make it so. Look at the ingredients. Dandruff Shampoo The best remedy for dandruff is to rotate three over-the-counter dandruff shampoos -- one containing salicylic acid (to exfoliate), one containing selenium sulfide (to soothe) and a third containing pyrithione zinc (an anti-inflammatory) interspersing them with regular shampoo. A trio of treatments is most effects because if you use only one the fungus could adapt and become immune to it. Colored Hair If your hair is colored, you really should consider a shampoo that is specially designed for colored hair. This is because the shampoos are made to be more gentle on your hair & will contain ingredients to preserve color. Some of you may or may not know that I had my hair colored a bit crazy with highlights as an anniversary gift from my husband. I figured since I`m a stay at home mom and finally have the chance to do something different that I normally wouldn`t be able to do - I`d go for it. Anyway, it`s only a semi-permanent coloring so the color is already fading out and will soon be gone. In the mean time though, to keep it looking it`s best during the duration of the coloring I thought I`d give the Framesi BY Shampoo & Conditioner a try and see how it all pans out with my hair and the coloring. The By Pearl Shampoo is a light moisturizing shampoo that gently cleanses color-treated hair, with natural whole grain proteins to maintain moisture and prevent color fading. A unique combination of vitamins working in synergy with ceramides, leaving the hair with shine, elasticity and energy. Thermal & UV protectants help maintain color leaving the hair rich & vibrant. Most importantly it Will NOT Strip Color. To use, apply the shampoo, lather, repeat. It`s even recommended for fine hair. The By Pearl Conditioner is a Rich moisturizing conditioner that nourishes color treated hair, with whole grain proteins to maintain moisture and protect color. A unique combination of vitamins working in synergy with ceramides. While thermal and UV protectants, vibrant hair color is maintained while the hair is left with shine, elasticity and energy. Most importantly, Will Not Build Up. To use, apply on wet hair after shampooing and rinse in 3 minutes. Overall I love the shampoo and conditioner. It smells absolutely wonderful! No strong chemical type smells; just a refreshing scent. The shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling clean, looking great, and left the color in my hair - where it belongs. Plus my hair feels so soft! Color goes fast enough, why make it go faster than necessary?! I found a new favorite shampoo and conditioner combo to use for my colored hair. Of course, as much as I love it I`ll probably continue to use it after my color runs out.
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