How to choose the right shampoo for your hair type

How to choose the right shampoo for your hair type

If you’re confused about how to pick a shampoo that is best suited to your hair type, read on

With so many different types and brands of shampoo available in the market, choosing the right one that will work for you may seem like a daunting task. But at the core of it, choosing the right shampoo is like anything else -- a little bit of awareness and a little bit of trial and error. 


The first step to zeroing in on a shampoo that suits you best is to identify your hair and scalp types. If your scalp feels tight after washing it and you notice dry flakes across your scalp and hair, then you likely have a dry scalp. Also, if your hair feels rough to touch and looks dehydrated, your hair is dry as well. In this case, a heavier, more moisturizing shampoo is required.

On the other hand, if your scalp and hair tend to get oily the day after washing it, you probably have a normal or combination scalp.

If the sebaceous glands in your scalp are overactive and they secrete too much oil, which then runs over onto your hair, you’ve got an oily scalp.

And if you’ve colored your hair, it’s important that you follow a haircare regimen to protect the color, ensure its longevity and nourish your hair, while you’re at it.

Multiple chemical treatments can also make your hair weak and porous, so your mane will need an extra dose of nourishment and repair. In this case, opt for a damage-control shampoo that restores and repairs, while cleansing.


Once you’ve identified your scalp and hair type, finding the right shampoo is a piece of cake. To help you narrow down your options, we got Pooja Singh, National Creative Director, Hair, Lakmé Salon, to weigh in with her recommendations.

  • Dry hair/scalp 

For hair and scalp that needs extra hydration and nourishment, Pooja recommends the TIGI Copyright Moisture Shampoo. This shampoo contains Glycerin, which draws in moisture while you’re washing your hair and locks it in. It also contains Giant Kelp, a fast-growing form of marine algae that provides a natural source of vitamins and minerals to the hair. The Moisture Shampoo is infused with a Color Care Complex™ – a unique blend of Coconut Oil, Keratin and organically sourced Lipids that hydrates and moisturizes the hair 40% more, leaving it 54% smoother, and protects it again external aggressors.

  • Oily hair/scalp 

For those with an oily scalp, washing your hair with a mild shampoo every day is advisable. The De Fabulous Ginger Energising Shampoo is very effective, suggests Pooja. This shampoo contains natural ginger root, which promotes health and strength of your locks, while stimulating faster hair growth, panax-ginseng root extract and mint. It is also sulphate free and leaves the hair and scalp clean, moisturized, shiny, bouncy, and manageable. The anti-static technology prevents fly away and frizz, as well.

  • Normal or combination hair/scalp 

If you have normal, healthy hair and wash it every day, Pooja recommends the TIGI Copyright Custom Care Scalp Shampoo. The TIGI Copyright Scalp Shampoo is a gentle shampoo that cares for your hair while cleansing and hydrating. Blended with tea tree oil, this shampoo helps the scalp retain moisture and defend against dryness. Infused with the Color Care Complex, this shampoo also improves manageability and vibrancy, while protecting hair against external aggressors and leaves hair feeling clean and soft. It also contains Zinc Pyrithione, which is anti-bacterial that helps clean nasties that cause irritation.

  • Damaged hair 

For tresses that need some damage control and extra TLC, Pooja’s pick is the TIGI Copyright Repair Shampoo. This range contains keratin, which replenishes hair deep within the fiber, reviving each strand after color, prelightening or heat. The shampoo contains 18 MEA Lipids, which help make hair more manageable and smoother to touch, while protecting it from external aggressions. The organic coconut oil ingredient penetrates deep into the hair and conditions it. This shampoo is also infused with the signature Color Care Complex, protects from external aggressors like pollution and dust, and leaves hair more manageable and vibrant.

  • Colored hair  

If you’re looking to flaunt your colored locks, look no further than the TIGI Copyright Colour Shampoo, says Pooja. It nourishes colour with a specially formulated sulphate-free cleansing system that gently removes residue and build-up without stripping hair of its natural oils. The creamy formula of the conditioner helps defend against colour-induced fade, adds shine, and aids in up to 99% less breakage. This shampoo is also infused with a Color Care Complex, and helps you manage your hair better, leaving you with vibrant, healthy tresses. It also contains shea butter, which is rich in fatty acid that can prevent and protect the hair from drying out. 

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