How to use a moisturizing shampoo and which are the best to buy
A moisturizing shampoo is a type of shampoo that not only cleans the hair but that also adds a moisturizing layer to the hair, thus moisturizing shampoos have a hair conditioning element, and moisturizing shampoos also have some ingredients in their formula that are also found in conventional hair conditioners. Ergo, the theory is that you get a better bang for your buck with moisturizing shampoos, in the same vein as 2 in 1 shampoos offer.
The only issue with moisturizing shampoos is that the ones currently in the market sacrifice part of their hair-cleaning power for the gained ability to moisturize the hair. Ergo, if your hair is oily or you need a shampoo that cleans the hair enough, use another shampoo type and use a hair conditioner after rinsing the shampoo. If, on the other hand, your hair is curly, brittle or dry, then a moisturizing shampoo will be of great use.
Other names that a moisturizing shampoo can go by include moisture shampoo, revitalizing shampoo, hydrating shampoo and refreshing shampoo. A moisturizing shampoo will normally state its purpose in the label or frontal packaging.
A bottle of Redken shampoo outlining its moisturizing purpose on the front label (i.e. clear moisture)
How to use a moisturizing shampoo
A moisturizing shampoo is to be applied as a regular shampoo; the application process of a moisturizing shampoo is no different from a regular shampoo and you should be applying the shampoo to the 6 scalp segments as outlined in my bestselling book, The Men’s Hair Book. In a nuthell, these are the 6 scalp segments to use to apply the moisturizing shampoo to:
- Front of top of the head
- Center of top of the head
- Back of top of the head (i.e. vertex)
- Both sides of the head, just above the ear
- Back of the head, 4 inches above the nape
I recommend you to still follow the moisturizing shampoo with a hair conditioner despite the moisturizing shampoo having a hair-conditioning element to it; or at least use a leave-in conditioner following the moisturizing shampoo for your styling stage as per my No Shampoo method.
Which men will find a moisturizing shampoo of good use?
A moisturizing shampoo offers a good use to those men whose hair is either brittle or dry from a subpar hair care routine. Likewise, since moisturizing shampoos are gentle on the hair, a moisturizing shampoo will certainly be of great use for men with curly hair (i.e. wavy, coiled and kinky hair). Black men (i.e. African American) will benefit the most from using moisturizing shampoos due to the brittleness of their kinks.
Best moisturizing shampoos
We have a varied range of moisturizing shampoos available on the market, but the problem is that many of them are either too weak or are complete garbage, to put it bluntly. A moisturizing shampoo must have a balance between its hair cleaning element and its hair moisturizing element, but the vast majority of moisturizing shampoos fail in providing both hair-related elements.
Having said the above, there are some good moisturizing shampoos that can bring benefit to men with curly hair, naturally-dry hair or hair that is brittle or dry from mismanaging it. Check out below some good moisturizing shampoos that you can get in Amazon, including the Redken shampoo illustrated above:
- All round moisturizing shampoo
- Excellent value for money moisturizing shampoo
- 34 ounces (1 litre) moisturizing shampoo!
- Moisturizing shampoo with a great herbal blend in their formula
- The Men’s Hair Book (might as well get it if you’re going to get a moisturizing shampoo)
Overall, a moisturizing shampoo can be a great tool to have in one’s hair care arsenal provide one knows what he is getting. If you fall under the population of men who have curly hair or who have dry hair, be it naturally or from a subpar hair-care routine, then a moisturizing shampoo will certainly be of great use. Just make sure you get a good one like the ones listed above, and you’ll be ready to rock on your moisturized mane!
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