Healthy Hair Habits

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Shampoo Smartly

Does it really make a difference what type of shampoo you use and how often you use it? Actually, it does! Using a shampoo that contains a high percentage of the lathering agent sodium laureth sulfate can leech moisture out of your hair because it is so drying. While shampoo labels don't list how much of this ingredient is in the shampoo, you can still pick wisely by looking for one that doesn't have it at all or that is billed as a gentle cleanser. As a bonus, today's shampoo formulas go far beyond cleansing and can strengthen hair and reduce hair loss from breakage. Here, a few favorites:

  • Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Breakage Defense Shampoo, $4.99. When used with its matching conditioner, this duo can provide 90 percent less hair breakage in a month than just shampoo.
  • Dove Advanced Care Therapy Shampoo, $5.99. This formula contains a mild lathering base, making it ideal for daily use, while its built-in moisturizers help decrease dryness.
  • Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo for Women, $22. As chock-full of anti-aging ingredients as a skincare product, this shampoo is ideal for combating temporary hair loss. Its base is made from coconut oil and its antioxidants can help protect hair from the environment. Gingko biloba stimulates the scalp, which can help promote hair growth.

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