Shampooing 101

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Shampooing our hair is something we do on a regular basis without giving it much thought. But did you know that using the right formula is key for optimum health of your scalp and strands, and also to create a foundation for your style? Confused by all the options available? Our experts have done the dirty work for you. Use this easy guide to find the best shampoo for your hair type below.


If you're not using a shampoo that's specifically formulated for colored hair, you may be rinsing your color (and your money) right down the drain. One of the best ways to maintain vibrancy and keep color from fading is by choosing a sulfate-free (without SLS, SLES, ALS) shampoo like Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Moisturizing Lather Shampoo®. Banish brassiness in blonde, white and silver hair by choosing a violet-tinted, color enhancing shampoo like Paul Mitchell® Platinum Blonde Shampoo™.

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It's often difficult to get thick, coarse hair really clean because there's just so much of it. Opt for a hydrating formula like Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo™ to wash away build-up without stripping hair of much needed moisture. Because coarse hair can also suffer from frizz, it can benefit from smoothing ingredients found in award-winning Paul Mitchell® Clean Beauty Anti-Frizz Shampoo.

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Does your fine hair fall flat no matter what you do? Your shampoo may be weighing it down. Look for lightweight formulas that contain body-boosting ingredients like Panthenol found in Paul Mitchell® Extra-Body Shampoo. Or help add volume by thickening each strand with Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo.

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Curly hair is the trickiest of all, but you can actually get better definition and bounce simply by choosing the right shampoo. Opt for gentle formulas like Paul Mitchell® Spring Loaded® Frizz-Fighting Shampoo to cleanse without roughing up the cuticle. For those looking for lightweight hydration and nourishment that don’t cause curls to go flat, try Tea Tree Hemp Restoring Shampoo & Body Wash.

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Using the right shampoo for straight hair can actually cut down on your styling time. Look for ingredients that smooth the cuticle and boost shine for a smooth, sleek look. You’ll find them in Paul Mitchell® Super Skinny® Shampoo + Awapuhi Wild Ginger® MirrorSmooth® Shampoo.

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Does your hair feel more like straw than silk? Opt for moisture-rich ingredients to deliver intense hydration and softness. Try award-winning Paul Mitchell® Clean Beauty Hydrate Shampoo + Paul Mitchell® Instant Moisture Shampoo.

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Oily hair types need a deep cleansing shampoo like #1 best-selling Tea Tree Special Shampoo® to help wash away excess oil and impurities. Avoid using hydrating, moisturizing or smoothing formulas as they can actually stimulate oil production. You may also benefit from a dry shampoo like Paul Mitchell® Dry Wash® to absorb excess oil and add volume.

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Still need help finding your perfect shampoo? Talk to a stylist for personalized advice. They can recommend products specific to your hair's needs. Find a salon near you.

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