Haircare is something that I take quite seriously, though I don't talk about it often on the blog. With that in mind, I thought it might be an idea to start up a bit of a series where I talk you through my favourite products from each haircare category, starting with shampoo.
Before I get into that though, I just thought it might be beneficial to tell you a bit about my hair. My hair is a medium length, I'd say, and pretty colour damage. I colour my hair a lot and it's not always a subtle colour, but we'll cover that in a bright colour post later in the series. My hair is a bit curly too. Sometimes the curls are nice, other times it's a frizzy mess. When my hair is reasonably healthy I like to use curl enhancing products to neaten the curl and tidy the frizz.
Shampoo is a haircare product that's the first step of the hair cleaning routine; it's essentially detergent for your hair. It aims to remove excess oils and product build up, though a good shampoo should not strip your hair of all natural oils, you don't want to dry it out. Shampooing your hair also opens up the hair follicles which is why it's so important to condition afterwards - you need to close those bad boys back up! And now for some of my favourite shampoos -
Aveda is one of my favourite haircare brands, though I don't mention it a lot here on the blog because it's mucho expensive. The Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo is an all time favourite. As the name suggests, it's from their range for damaged hair and I find it to be really effective. It's said to contain quinoa protein to strengthen hair which I'm totally okay with. At this point you're probably sick of hearing me rave about Shu Uemura's Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo* but I'm not even sorry, I can't help but love this product. If you're really wanting to treat your hair, this is what you need in your life. It's an extremely effective shampoo that also leaves the hair feeling really soft and it's just one of those products that's a pleasure to use. Finally for gentle shampoos, the TONI&GUY Shampoo for Damaged Hair is the shampoo I reach for when I feel like i don't need anything specific. I use this when my hair isn't particularly damaged, nor does it need a colour specific product, but I'm still wanting something gentle. This shampoo is a great basic shampoo that I know isn't going to strip my hair.
For an intensive clean, the TONI&GUY Cleanse Shampoo for Advanced Detox and Bumble and bumble Sunday Shampoo are my go to products. These products work quite similarly, though I do prefer the Bumble and bumble. These are great for days where you've left your hair far too long between washes and know it's going to be hell in the shower. I wouldn't recommend using these shampoos too frequently, as they can be quite stripping, but they're fanatic as a one off!
In my opinion, shampoos aren't the most important part of a haircare routine but I still think that it's really important to use a product that's tailored to yours haircare needs. As you can see, I use a variety of shampoos at a range of price points which I think it's important to note; sometimes I think price does buy quality, yes, but you can still buy great products at a great price.
What are your favourite shampoos? What do you think is a reasonable amount to spend on shampoo?
*This product was sent to me, however all opinions are my own. I was not paid for this review