Selecting Shampoos Based On Purpose

--> Shampoos may be purchased for specific purposes. Let's examine some of these shampoos and their functions.thebeautybrains.com classifies these shampoos into four main groups.
  1. Chelating Shampoos
  2. Conditioning Shampoos
  3. Baby Shampoos
  4. Anti-Dandruff shampoos
Cleansing Shampoos
These shampoos are designed to get gunk off your hair and scalp. (produced as: volumizing, clarifying, balancing, oil control, or thickening).
  1. Clarifying shampoos are meant for deep cleansing.If you see things like Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-7 or Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, on the label, the formula will probably deposit conditioners on your hair that you don’t want if you’re trying to clarify.(The beautybrains.com) 
  2. Chelating shampoos: A chelating agent can chemically bind with minerals and keep them from depositing on your hair.This type of product has most application to areas of the country where there is hard water. Soft water already has the minerals removed. Look for products with the ingredient EDTA.
  3. Volumizing shampoos works to add humectants, which are non-oily substances that attract and pull in moisture from the surrounding environment. These humectants help to swell a person’s hair shafts to create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.The major ingredients found in volumizing shampoo include panthenol, wheat protein, rice protein, silk protein and witch hazel. Panthenol  works to increase the intake of moisture around the hair shafts and plump up the hair roots.Wheat protein basically repairs damaged hair with its natural properties of moisture retention and film forming.Silk protein is found in more expensive lines of volumizing shampoo, and it works to restore and rebalance the hair’s natural pH levels. Witch hazel extract is also used to add moisture to hair, provide hair resiliency and prevent hair loss( wisegeek.com)
  4. Conditioning Shampoos: Cleanses but leaves behind a conditioning agent like silicone to make hair feel smooth. These include    
        *Moisturizing shampoos:Moisturizing shampoo is shampoo that tries to keep the pH of the hair at about            its natural level, around 5.0
        *2 in 1 shampoos: Basically, two ingredients are added to a regular shampoo to provide a conditioning          benefit - a silicone and a suspending agent. The silicone is usually an ingredient called Dimethicone and          it is what makes the formula conditioning; acting like a conditioner.The suspending agent is Glycol                   Distearate and it's what keeps the silicone from separating out of the formula.
        *Smoothing Shampoos:Smoothing shampoos keep frazzled ends composed so hair stays on the straight           and narrow.
        *Anti-frizz shampoos: Used to tame the frizz, smooth the hair, make the hair shiny, and add moisture to           your hair. ( voices.yahoo.com)
         *Strengthening shampoo: Formulated with fortifying agents to strengthen hair and protect it from                      breakage.
        *Color Care: this is meant for color treated hair.
        *Straightening: tame wavy, frizzy or curly hair so that they remain manageable and look good. The use            of these products may help straighten out hair a bit overtime, but do not expect them to straighten hair           magically, in the first use itself.(www.buzzle.com)
        *Hydrating:Shampoo for restoring or maintaining normal proportion of fluid in the hair(www.lipink.com
 Baby Shampoos
milder, lower foaming surfactant formulas that are designed not to sting or burn your eyes
Anti-Dandruff Shampoos -
These are medicated shampoos that contain a drug ingredient that controls itching and flaking. These include
    *Anti-itch:For ladies with constantly itchy scalp
    *Flake Control: as its name indicates, these shampoos are meant to get rid of flakes on the scalp
     *Dry Scalp:meant for those with dry scalp
Neutralizing Shampoos
True neutralizing shampoos are used in conjunction with hair relaxers. The high pH required by the relaxer to soften the bonds in the hair can be damaging to the scalp. So, after rinsing the relaxer out you’re supposed to wash with a low pH shampoo that neutralizes the high alkalinity.
Dry Shampoos
A water-free way to freshen and restyle your hair when you don't have time for a leisurely scrub. Just sprinkle or spray the preparation on your hair, wait a few moments for it to absorb the oil and other gunk that sticks to it, and then brush or blot it out.(health.howstuffworks.com)

In the next post, we'll focus on conditioners; choosing one based on  purpose.
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Sources:
http://thebeautybrains.com/2008/03/10/clarifying-chelating-and-neutralizing-shampoos/
http://thebeautybrains.com/2007/03/03/the-shampoo-secret-beauty-companies-dont-want-you-to-know/
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-volumizing-shampoo.htm

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