Mane Monday: How to Choose the RIGHT Shampoo for Your Hair


Welcome to another Mane Monday! Today we are discussing Shampoos! Walking into a store to choose a shampoo can be overwhelming with so many available options. Choosing the right shampoo is a trial and error process. Depending on what your hair type, damage and weakness, choosing the wrong shampoo can damaged your hair even more.

First let start with the types of shampoos and what hair types they benefit the most!

5 of Types of Shampoo

  1. Mild Shampoo: For oily hair choose a mild shampoos and make sure to use regularly  to cleans the hair of dirt.
  2. Moisturizing Shampoo: for dry hair make sure to use a moisturizing  shampoo as this will keep the moisture level of the hair high.
  3. Protein Shampoos: for damaged hair choose a protein based shampoo to help rebuild hair strands.
  4. Color Safe Shampoo: of course if  your hair is dyed or colored treated, be sure to use a color safe shampoo.
  5. Clarifying Shampoo: is great if you use styling products daily and your hair builds up an excess of products or oils. It also helps remove hard water deposits, chlorine from swimming, or other impurities.

Quick and short list right! So what was the purpose you ask, although the types of shampoos is a short list, going into the store and purchasing one can be an ordinal. With some many different brand, bottles and advertising choosing a couple or every just one can be frustrating. The aforementioned list will at least help you with what type of shampoo you will need and narrow your search.  Also I am going to share some of my favorite staples shampoos. When I say staple I have been using these products for years and they are still the best I have found!

My Staple Shampoos

 Aphogee Shampoo for Damaged Hair

If you have been following me then you know I love Aphogee Products! This was the very first shampoo I used on my healthy hair journey and that was over 9 years ago! This shampoo is specifically made to help reverse and repair damaged hair. It cleans gently and will not harm color, perm or relaxer services. Proteins, emollients and vitamins restore sheen and pliability to hair damaged by chemicals and heat. It is recommended for everyday use on color treated, chemically treated and damage-prone hair.

 Aphogee Deep Moisture Shampoo

Surprise another Aphogee product, lol! Told you I loved these products. The Deep Moisture Shampoo is ideal for dry and brittle hair. It is enriched with humectants to help retain moisture as well as protein and smoothing agents to improve manageability, shine and softness. It helps styles last longer and imparts elasticity and vibrancy to dry, lifeless hair.

Design Essentials Organic Cleansing Shampoo

While I love Design Essential products, they are notorious for changing their formulas on a regular basis. Although I know they do this to keep up with the ever changing industry, I still hate it. This product has been discontinued and replaced with the Oat Protein & Henna Deep Cleansing Shampoo!  All and All this is basically a clarifying  shampoo. Because of it’s clarifying properties , one lather, results in clean, healthy hair with increased volume and manageability. As all the other product made by Design Essentials I am sure this is an amazing new product as well!

Design Essentials Moisture Retention Conditioning Shampoo

This also has been upgraded to Honey Creme Moisture Retention Shampoo! This is another amazing moisturizing shampoo! It gently cleanses and restores needed moisture to dry or damaged hair. As with all the other product made by Design Essentials, I am confident these are amazing products as well!

Are You Using the Correct Shampoo for your hair Type? Leave a comment below!

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19 Comments

  1. Most of the time, I find myself reaching towards moisturizing shampoos but I should probably switch it up. I do have very thick hair so I always feel like I need more moisture. I’m going to look into trying a protein based one like the Aphogee! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great post! I used to use Aphogee products when my hair had lacked protein. Now, my go to shampoo and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. Naptural85 recommended it in a video a couple years ago and I haven’t looked back since. Its not expensive, has great slip, and smells great.

  3. I used aphogee years ago when I first went natural.
    I look for moisturizing shampoo for my hair.
    I am interested in the design essentials, I may try it.

  4. Great breakdown! People don’t always realize you need different shampoos to achieve different results. They’re not one size fit all like I used to think lol

  5. This is a great post for me to find because I’m currently trying to ‘rehab’ my extra dry and breaking off hair. I’ll look into these , thanks!

  6. I’ve been wanting to try more Design Essentials products thanks for info! I usually go for moisturizing shampoos then clarify every couple of weeks for a deep cleanse

  7. I have been using the Shea Moisture JBCO strengthen & something shampoo, and love that. BUT Aphogee was my ish when I first went natural! I loved their protein treatment – always left my hair feeling super strong. Thanks for this list!

  8. I have natural hair so I do not use shampoo to often. I was h it with shampoo once a month. This was a good break own for me. I do not use it often but I should use what works for my hair.

  9. There is such a huge difference when I use color-safe over regular shampoo. If you color your hair and don’t use color safe shampoo, it’s basically your money (and dye) going down the drain.

  10. Great tips! I change shampoos so often, it’s a nightmare really need a good clarifying one so will check out some of these brands

  11. This is some great list of shampoos. I am never satisfied with a particular shampoo. My search continues for a perfect one. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I didn’t even realize there were so many kinds of shampoo! I have a selection that I usually rotate and as they have a different effect on my curls.

  13. These are great tips for picking the best shampoo. I have heavily coloured hair and so I have to use Sulfate free (ogx orchid oil) shampoo and then a red conditioner to keep the Auburn colour in.

  14. I usually go for color safe shampoos or moisturizing. I try to look for shampoos for curly hair as well. I haven’t tried any of the shampoos in your post, but I’ll keep my eye out!

    xo, Pri

  15. Great list! I love Aphogee products too and am a fan of the Shampoo for Damaged Hair. I use a clarifying shampoo once a month and the above mentioned one when I’m experiencing breakage, but I’ve been mostly using cleansing conditioners lately. I need to take inventory of what I need and don’t need because my cabinet looks like a jungle. Thanks for sharing this list!

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