Is your hair dry or damaged?
Are you suffering from split ends, fizziness, brittle hair, or even dandruff? Then chances are you have dry and/or damaged hair. And you are looking for shampoo that is not only safe for your dry and damaged hair, but will also restore it's health and provide it with much needed moisture and nutrients.
The Best Shampoos For Dry and Damaged Hair
When it comes to the health of your hair, moisture is what your hair needs most. When your hair looses moisture and becomes dry it looses strength and elasticity; which are both very important qualities when it comes to healthy and beautiful hair.
When your hair looses strength it becomes brittle and dull. When your hair looses elasticity it becomes lifeless and looses it's natural bounce. That's why moisture is so important!
When you color, bleach your hair you are going to damage the structures around your hair that absorb and hold moisture.
The same thing happens with repeated use of hot tools such as blow drier apply too much heat to your hair, the hair looses the moisture it needs to look and feel healthy.
So when choosing a shampoo you are going to want to choose a shampoo that will strengthen your hair and increase it's ability to hold moisture!
And you want to avoid ingredients that will weaken your hair and lower it's ability to hold moisture.
Ingredients To Avoid
When choosing a shampoo to help with your dry or damaged hair, you are going to want to choose a shampoo that is free of sulfates, phosphates, parabens and sodium chloride. All of these ingredients will cause further damage to your hair and will only make things worse. These ingredients are used in most cheap and low-quality shampoos.
Sulfate shampoos have been around for decades. It was first introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1930 and it forever changed the world of hair care and even today sulfates are in a majority of the shampoos you find at local convenience stores. Sulfate Free shampoos are relatively new with the term gaining popularity in 2007.
Sulfates are added to shampoo because of their ability to separate dirt and oil from your hair. This allows water to rinse the oil and dirt out of your hair and down the drain. Sulfates are very effective at this and that is why they are in a lot of shampoos. But what actually happens is the sulfates strip the natural oils and proteins that help keep your hair healthy. This will make dry and damaged hair worse and could cause irreversible damage.
If you do a little research online you will see that there are several articles that say Parabens are nothing to worry about and that they are a necessary ingredient in cosmetic products and you will see other articles that make claims that Parabens are linked to breast cancer and can cause skin irritations. While we do see the benefits of adding Parabens to certain cosmetic products, we do not feel that the benefits of this ingredient outweigh the negatives when it comes to shampoo. Parabens have been shown to cause dry, dull and brittle hair because it can tear apart the cuticle that covers the hair shaft.
Parabens have NO benefit to your hair and is not something you will miss when switching to Paraben Free Shampoos. The only benefit it provides is that shampoos have a longer shelf life. Better options, like Cuticle Lisse Shampoos, give you the same results without all the questionable side effects of Parabens.
Sodium Chloride, or more commonly referred to as salt, is notoriously bad for your hair! You may ask yourself, why would companies add this ingredient to their shampoos? The answer is simple, money. Salt is an incredibly cheap way for companies to thicken the water formulas used in shampoos. There is no question about this ingredient, it will dry out your hair, so avoid it at all costs! All Cuticle Lisse products are Sodium Chloride Free.
What Ingredients To Look For In A Shampoo For Dry and Damaged Hair
Now that we have covered what ingredients to avoid, let's look at what ingredients are scientifically proven to restore and improve the health of your dry and damaged hair.
Proteins are the building blocks of life and the primary molecule that gives your hair strength and flexibility. When added to a shampoo, proteins coat your hairs' cuticle, strengthening it and providing protection for long lasting beauty.
Amino acids derived from plant proteins such as wheat have a thickening effect which increases your hair’s surface area which in turn allows it to absorb more water. This is important, because water increases your hair's elasticity, reduces split ends and softens it.
Great for women with curly and frizzy hair, this high quality and potent nutrient carries special peptides that tell cells to heal and grow, helping to repair, protect and condition your hair and extensions. Additionally, keratin will help to tame frizz, add shine to curls and help to make curly and frizzy hair more manageable.
Vitamin b5 / Panthenol
Not to bring you back to science class, but in order to understand the true value of this ingredient you will need to know how it works. Panthenol has very strong hydrophilic properties, which means it attracts water. Panthenol at a molecular level is small enough to be able to penetrate the hair’s cortex and draw water to it. Imagine panthenol as a sponge like material that you are able to inject into the internal structure of your hair; the sponge will soak up water and give your hair strength and flexibility. After repeated use your hair will appear thicker and more voluminous, it will retain moisture better and you will see a noticeable improvement in your hair’s appearance.
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