Every once in awhile, a man is entrusted with a task. A task so important that, upon setting out, he holds the fate of at least a hundred thousand in his hands. No, there are no precious rings or miles of barefoot trekking involved (we hope), but should he fail, the results can be dire. So here you find yourself, a man on a mission, standing alone in the shampoo aisle while your other half is otherwise engaged at home (A Gossip Girl marathon, I’d guess). Will you rise to the challenge or return to middle earth home with a bottle of something so wrong even Gollum wouldn’t use it on his remaining hairs?
In most situations in life, trusting your instincts is a fantastic idea. But here, in this moment in space and time, I have to advise against it. Those are the same instincts that led you to buy a shampoo/conditioner/body wash/face wash combo that smells strongly of cinnamon. (A topic for another day.) So tell your instincts to put a sock in it, and just remember these three things when it comes to picking the correct shampoo for the woman in your life.
1. Hair Type
This should be fairly simple enough. Is your favorite lady’s hair straight, wavy, curly, ethnic or a combination of these? There’s a shampoo for all of them. We’re hoping you can remember this because there’s no way she’ll be answering her phone until all of this Chuck and Blair drama is sorted.
Unless her hair has a Carrot Top-like bounce naturally, always get a volumizing shampoo when possible. Contrary to popular belief, hair isn’t big from being full of secrets. It’s because of a good wash with clean water and the proper products (and a little bit of backcombing). L’Oreal Professional Volume shampoo adds shine while taking hair to new heights. On a budget? For just five bucks, Dove Volume Therapy Shampoo will put some bounce back into her locks.
Your hair’s natural oils are what keep all of those tens of thousands of strands gleaming with a healthy shine. Unfortunately, the wrong shampoo can strip them of this and leave hair with a dull appearance and rough feel. One way to combat this is to wash your hair less often (she already knows this). Specialized shampoos can add up in price so it's suggested that washing your hair with a water softener installed allows you to reduce the amount of shampoo you use. Another way is to purchase shampoos that promise things like anti-breakage and strengthening. Does she highlight, straighten, curl or blow-dry her hair? All of these tasks can damage hair. Bumble and Bumble’s Mending Shampoo restores moisture, smoothens cuticles and mends breaks from everyday wear and tear.
A higher price tag doesn’t always mean a better product. Take your time and find a shampoo that is tailored to her hair. You can throw a perfect spiral! You’ve prestiged four times already on Call of Duty! It’s time to be the total package and bring home the right shampoo (and a new body wash). Seriously,though. Cinnamon?