Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cleansing your hair

Today I'm talking about shampoo. This is the first post of my new hair care series.

As a cosmetologist I've used many different shampoos. I never suggest buying drugstore shampoo because in the case of shampoo quality is important! Yes, professional brands are more expensive but they last longer and work better.
You will notice in my favorite shampoos below, there are only two brands, Paul Mitchell and Joico. I attended a Paul Mitchell cosmetology school so I'm a little biased but I truly love these products. I tried the Joico shampoos out because they are a great price for being professional products and I ended up loving them too!

I like to use 2 to 3 different shampoos and rotate using them. You're probably thinking that that's a lot, which it is, but there are different purposes for different shampoos.

Here's a list of my favorites shampoos and how I use them.

one// Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two
This is a cleansing shampoo that strips your hair of dirt and grease. You definitely have to use a conditioner after, if not it leaves your hair feeling dry. I use it first when washing my hair and will follow with a purple or curly hair shampoo.

two// Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
I love the minty smell of this shampoo. I have psoriasis on the back of my scalp and the area gets very itchy from built up dry skin. I will put this shampoo on that area and let it sit for about 5 minutes to relieve the itchiness and to remove the built up dry skin. It's also an everyday cleansing shampoo and I even put it in my legs before shaving to help them not itch and prevent razor burn. This shampoo has many uses.

three// Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo
Purple shampoos are the best for blondes and can be used by anyone with natural blonde, highlighted, platinum, or gray/white hair. This is a great purple shampoo to use every time you wash your hair. It keeps your blondes bright and brass free.

four// Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo
This is a very strong purple shampoo and keeps your hair a cool blonde. If you leave it on your blonde hair too long it will turn purple. I will use this every 2-3 times I wash my hair. It also has a great smell!

five// Joico Smooth Cure Shampoo
This shampoo is designed for curly or frizzy hair and helps protect it from humidity. I haven't used it long enough to know how well it helps with humidity since summer time is when it's most humid here in Virginia. I hope it works because I need something that will help keep my curls frizz free!

six// Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo
I love the smell of this shampoo as well! One of my hair clients uses this shampoo and I can still smell it in her hair the next day. This is a great shampoo if your hair is extra dry. I love using it on my curly hair to control the frizz as well!

What are your favorite shampoos? Do you have any great ones for humidity control? Let me know in the comments below so I can try them out!

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  1. Is the Paul Mitchell tea tree okay for color treated hair? I love how it smells but am always afraid that it's going to strip my color.

    1. It is color safe, but if you notice your color fading faster when you use it, start using it every other wash.

  2. I love changing up my shampoos and keeping my hair guessing LOL! You're clearly a fan of Paul Mitchell - I need to get some of their shampoo! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  3. I have been a Paul Mitchell fan for 20 years, love. I do alternate as well with Biolage, Pureology (my cousin is a rep) and Alterna and now anxious to try your other picks. I was a salon Manager during college so have tried many. Ha! Great post and have a wonderful day!

  4. Love these shampoos, I find my self having to switch it up a lot :)
    Chelsea @

  5. I love Matrix Biolage. Especially the conditioners. I've tried other brands, but I always go back as my hair feels the best when I use this brand. I'll have to try out a Paul Mitchell shampoo though. :)

    1. I will have to try the Matrix shampoo and conditioner. I heard lots of good things about it.

  6. I tend to dabble a bit in different shampoos. Great list!!!

  7. I got the tea tree one for my husband and I totally rotate it into my shampoos haha it rocks!! I personally LOVE biolage and the biolage deep conditioner. that stuff is amazing!
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

  8. I only wash my hair every fourth day or so, is there anything specific I should use or stay away from while keeping this routine?

    1. I wash my hair every fourth or fifth day as well. Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner are great to use to keep your hair from getting dry and frizzy. Dry shampoos are great as well for getting your hair to last a few extra days between washing. Don't use sea salt sprays because they make your hair feel dirtier faster. Let me know if you have other questions:)