Which Product SHOULD You Be Using On Your Hair?

Did you know that 9 out of 10 bad hair days begin with using the WRONG shampoo?

Think about it.  If your hair is thick and hard to manage, a volumizing product is going to create a tougher task for you.  If you want your hair to smooth and sleek, but you’re using a hydrating shampoo, guess what?  You’re helping create frizz with excessive moisture. If you have curls and you’re using a refining shampoo, you’re weighing down those curly q’s.

The market is flooded with a product for everything!  Sometimes it can be overwhelming, trying to decide what is best.  Lucky for you, I am going to tell you my favs:)

I will categorize my favorite shampoos into color specific, as well as texture specific needs.

Color Specific

blonde glamBlondes:  The Blonde Glam by Redken is fantastic for blondes.  It has a pearl base so it helps add shine.  The problem with chemically created blondes is that when the hair is lifted to a blonde, your hair is basically having its pigment removed.  When this happens, it is very natural for the hair to lose its luster and become dull.  Blondes need that extra help to maintain shine, and the Crystal Shine Complex does just that.

reviving redReds: FINALLY!!!!  Being a redhead, I know how quickly it loses its vibrancy.  Why?  Red has the smallest dye molecule and it has difficulty adhering to the hair, and actually depositing into the hair.  To put it simply, in the color world, reds just stain your hair.  Well I finally found a product to help myself and all you redheads!!!  Pureology has a reviving red line and it is fabulous!  It has a red/copper reflective enhancer and trust me, it works.  I’m not the only one who thinks so either.  86% of redheads who used this noticed their hair staying more vibrant and shiny.  It smells great and the entire line is beneficial.  Pureology is one of the highest price point  product lines, but it is worth it.

brunette goddessBrunettes:  Brunette Goddess by Bedhead smells delicious.  If you like the smell of sugar cookies, some say coffee, then you will love it. The great thing about the fragrant Bedhead products is that the aroma lasts while you wear it, not just in the shower.


extra bodyFine:  Hands down, Paul Mitchell extra body shampoo (and the entire line) is my favorite.  It is truly       voluminzing.  Its key ingredient, Panthenol, physically fattens the hair shaft, which creates FULLER hair.

super skinnyCoarse, Unruly:  Paul Mitchell Super Skinny is the best line I’ve ever used.  It has a honeydew smell that everyone loves.  It also displaces the water from your hair, reducing drying time.  If you use the entire line, you will have such an easier time taming that mane.  My fav styling product from this line is the Super Skinny Serum.  It isn’t heavy and if you have sensitive skin like I do, it will not clog your pores and cause break outs.  Best of all, it adds shine and makes your locks super soft.  I can say I have been using it for a decade, and any products similar are just inferior.

curlsCurly:  Paul Mitchell Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo .  Think I like Paul Mitchell?  Yes!  OK-think about humid days and how out of control and frizzy your hair becomes.  My point-moisture causes curls, of some sort.  Well when you add moisture to curly hair, it is the perfect recipe for bouncy curls.

  all softDry:  Redken Allsoft is an extremely hydrating line.  It smells like a really yummy sunscreen, if that makes sense.  It will leave your hair soft and full of shine.

Alternating products after an extensive period of time is always a good idea.  Cocktails are even better, and by that I mean the alcohol free ones.  There is nothing wrong with mixing products, be it in the shower or to your towel dried tresses.  Just make sure they not working against each other.  For instance, sometimes I mix reviving red (to maintain my red) with all soft (to keep it silky,)  A frizzy blonde could mix the Blonde Glam with Super Skinny.  But don’t ever mix Super Skinny with the Spring Loaded curl shampoo.  Don’t mix two separate products that are geared for specific textures.

I hope you have a nice hair day:)

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  • Reply Crystal May 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    What’s good for super thin hair but damaged…. I blow dry and flat iron and my hair shows it.

    • Reply Michelle May 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Crystal-The extra body by Paul Mitchell is great for volume. When using the conditioner, I would ONLY put it on your ends. I would also tell you to make sure you are using product after you towel dry your hair. The Paul Mitchell Extra Body foam is great. I also like the Bedhead Half Baked. You need to make sure your flat iron is on its lowest setting and never go over a section more than three times. The higher settings are for coarse hair. You will burn your hair if it’s on a high heat setting. “Hot off the Press” by PM or “Headrush” by Tigi are great heat protestants to spray on prior to ironing.

  • Reply Megan Markiewicz May 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm


    I am looking for a new shampoo- I am debating on trying the bedhead for brunettes or the Paul Mitchell for fine hair… is the Paul Mitchell color safe?

    • Reply Michelle May 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Meg-The Extra Body line, by Paul Mitchell is color safe. Another great one for body is Matrix Amplify. I am generally not a fan of Matrix, but the Amplify is great and also is a better price point. Usually there are duo deals with the Extra Body, which makes it even better.

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