Shopping for a shampoo and conditioner is easy, right? You just find one that is formulated for your hair concerns or hair type and get the matching shampoo and conditioner set. Brands have made it so easy for us that we barely even give it a second thought.
But what if you wanted to use a different shampoo and conditioner that do not belong to the same range? What if using a shampoo and conditioner from the same range isn’t actually doing much for your hair? Read on to know if this habit is actually preventing your mane from reaching #OnFleek perfection!
Everything You Need To Know About Your Shampoo And Conditioner
Why Shouldn’t You Match Your Shampoo And Conditioner?
You may have noticed that your scalp issues are different from your hair strand issues. You could have an oily scalp but dry and frizzy ends. In which case your scalp needs a clarifying shampoo that will remove excess oil and a moisturising conditioner that moisturises your hair lengths with natural oils.
Basically, your shampoo focuses on your scalp and roots, while your conditioner is meant for the mid-lengths and ends. It’s only obvious then that using a shampoo and conditioner from the same brand/ range is pretty pointless and basically isn’t helping your hair as much as you think. It seems so simple but something we have never thought about before.
Can We Use Different Shampoos And Conditioners?
The answer is yes. And it’s not just for the sake of experimenting. You can make your very own combination of shampoo and conditioner based on your scalp and hair concerns. I usually pick a clarifying shampoo because I my scalp tends to get oily in hot weather. I then opt for a moisturising conditioner because I have frizzy curly hair.
How Should You Choose Your Products?
Shampoos and conditioners come in so many types – volumising, moisturising, smoothening, etc. It’s only obvious that a matching set won’t answer all your hair woes. If you have a dry scalp and fine hair, picking a moisturising shampoo is an obvious choice, but a moisturising shampoo + conditioner can weigh down your fine strands. Hence, shampoo and conditioner cocktailing is an awesome idea.
Your shampoo should be picked based on your scalp issue/ hair type/ chemical treatments and your conditioner according to how you want to style your hair. So, if one day, you want to blow dry your hair for a sleek and silky style, then a smoothening conditioner would be a good pick. But on another day, if you would like to let it dry naturally, then a volumising conditioner would be a better idea. Basically, pick your products based on your scalp and hair needs.
When Can You Match Your Shampoo And Conditioner?
If an itchy scalp or dandruff is a major issue, then matching your shampoo and conditioner is a good idea. That’s because a cosmetic conditioner can reduce the scalp benefits of an anti-dandruff shampoo. The active ingredient in anti-dandruff products (zinc pyrithione) can work more effectively when followed up by an anti-dandruff conditioner. In other cases, you may want to give your products more thought. Based on trial and error, you can find the perfect cocktail of shampoo and conditioner that gives you the fabulous hair you want. Good luck!
So, can we use different shampoos and conditioners? Absolutely yes. Go on and make your own hero combination of shampoo and conditioner to treat your hair and scalp requirements correctly.
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