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How Do I Choose the Best Shampoo for Red Hair?

Talcum powder can be used to soak up oil from greasy red hair.
As red hair is naturally drier than darker colors, redheads are encouraged to use creamy shampoos.
Plastic bottles of shampoo.
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Selecting the best shampoo for red hair can depend on whether or not it is your natural color. If you have color treated red hair, then it is important to select a shampoo that will not strip the color. There are a number of products that are specifically designed for color treated red hair, though you can start by looking for shampoos that lack sodium lauryl sulfate and other similar chemicals. If you have hair that is naturally red, then you will need to consider other factors to select the best shampoo. Creamy shampoos are good for red hair that is curly or course, and you may want to look for products that include panthenol if you have oily or fine hair.

Red hair dye is typically considered to be the most difficult color to keep from fading. If you are looking for the best shampoo for red hair, there are a number of products that are specifically designed to address that concern. Products that are labeled for use with color treated hair, or specifically for red hair coloring, are usually good choices. You should also examine the ingredients carefully though, since some supposedly color-safe shampoos include compounds that might cause your red color to fade.

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The most important factor when looking for shampoo for red hair that has been dyed is to avoid products that will strip the color. Some common shampoo ingredients, such as ammonium laureth sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate, can effectively strip away the red color from your hair each time you wash it. Sodium laureth sulfate is a surfactant ingredient that is less likely to harm the color, so you might want to look for a shampoo for red hair that contains it.

Unlike shampoo for red hair that has been colored, the best choice for natural red hair depends on other characteristics. Many redheads have curly hair, which typically results in the natural oils produced in each hair follicle not fully covering the hair shafts. For natural red hair that is course, curly, or dry for any other reason, you should choose a creamy shampoo.

If you have hair that is oily, then creamy shampoos should be avoided. Dry shampoos can be used if you need to wash your hair a lot, and you may even consider using talcum powder. You should also avoid conditioners if you have this type of hair, though mild spray-on products can typically be used. Fine red hair will typically do well with shampoos that include panthenol, which can help make it appear fuller.

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