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Finding the right dry hair shampoo takes time and patience, but can ultimately be beneficial for overall hair health. There is no one dry hair shampoo that works for all people. To choose one an individual needs to sample several, settle on a few to try for a week at a time and assess which one appears to best moisturize his or her hair.
Dry hair can be caused by many disparate factors, including the hair’s texture, an individual’s skin type, outside temperature, moisture levels and hair products. To ensure that hair is as healthy as possible, it is best to start by consulting with a stylist. Dead ends will inevitably dry out, and need to be trimmed regularly. In addition, excessive heat dries hair out; a person with dry hair should avoid straighteners and hot irons, and should only blow-dry hair on a cool setting.
The best type of shampoo for dry hair will be a moisturizing shampoo. These can be found at department stores, beauty salons and grocery stores. Dry hair shampoo should have a higher level of essential fatty acids, which help the hair shaft retain moisture. In addition, a good dry hair shampoo will have a low pH, which makes it more acidic; such shampoos help to close the hair cuticle rather than opening it and allowing moisture to evaporate.
Because every person has unique hair, it is important to try several similar products and determine which one works best on each specific person. There is not just one good dry hair shampoo, which is why an individual should take home several samples. Most department stores will be open to allowing a customer to use a sample before purchasing an entire bottle.
Narrow down the list of preferred products to one or two, then try out a dry hair shampoo for an entire week. Some people wash hair every day, while others prefer every other day, or even every two days. There is no one right way — a person, rather, should find out what works best for himself or herself.
After trying a dry hair shampoo for an entire week, an individual should have a pretty good idea of the effects the shampoo has on his or her hair, and can make an informed decision for the long term. Any shampoo regimen should be followed by equally careful selection and use of conditioner. In addition, an individual should keep up steady trims of the hair every three months.