The price can be so different, yet the shampoo ingredients are so similar. This is one of the concerns most shoppers are faced when choosing which brand of shampoo to use. Standing for a few minutes in a shopping aisle, walking back and forth and grabbing product bottles, most consumers choose their product by comparing prices and shampoo ingredients.
As much as there are shampoo ingredients to avoid, there are also those which you need to look for. Price alone cannot help you land the right brand of shampoo for you. Drugstore products don’t differ much from those used in expensive salons. It’s really only a matter of trial and error and knowledge about shampoo ingredients that can lead you to the right formula.
- Surfactants. Responsible for the cleaning power of shampoos, these compounds are often derived from various oils (coconut, palm kernel and soybean). These cleansing agents removes dirt, styling products and flakes that usually stick to the sebum (oily secretion of the sebaceous glands) produced by the scalp.
- Detergents, specifically Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate from a class of surfactants, are one of the most common ingredients of shampoo and in other products.
- Moisturizers and conditioners. These agents tend to stick on the strands providing a few aesthetic enhancements to your hair – flatten hair cuticle to smoothen hair and provides lightweight coating to get a silky hair texture. They say that if surfactants are the working horses, conditioners are the show ponies.
- Dimethicone and cyclomethicone, most common silicone oils, are responsible in making your hair shiny and slipper. On the other hand, panthenol, a moisturizer, helps keep the cuticle moist.
- Preservatives. Because many shampoo ingredients are organic, preservatives like DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea are added in order to prevent bacterial spoilage and fungal. These two are the most widely used preservatives and are known to release formaldehyde, a germ-killing agent.
- Other shampoo ingredients to look for include proteins, antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, natural oils and vitamins.
Suave dry shampoo spray in particular is probably one of the best examples of a shampoo that is close to having all the most common ingredients. It contains mineral clay and refreshes hair without actually washing your hair with just a few sprays.
If people are not worrying about their skin, they’re thinking about their hair. When shopping, don’t stop with just the price of the product. Knowing the shampoo ingredients can be that thin line that separates your bad hair day from having smooth, silky and bouncy hair.