You just bought a new bottle of shampoo which you are dying to try out. So now is the moment of truth: how well is the new shampoo performing?
How to rate the performance of your new shampoo
In order to evaluate the contributing benefits of your shampoo, you should first keep all the other aspects of your routine unchanged. In other words: do not introduce a new conditioner or styler at the same time as your shampoo. If you air-dry your hair do not start blow drying. If you usually wear your hair straight, do not wear it curly when trying the new shampoo. We want to avoid any confusion about what created the change in feel or performance.
Here are 6 attributes to evaluate in the new shampoo
Lather doesn’t have an impact on how well the shampoo is cleansing. It does however enhance the shampoo experience. The more the lather, the more luxurious the feel. It also enhances the relaxing attribute of head massaging. Many people enjoy their shampoos better is if lathers well.
2. Ease of rinsing
Here we are looking at how quickly and efficiently the shampoo leaves the hair. Does the hair still feel soapy after you’ve rinsed it?
3. Cleaning efficiency
Probably one of the most important aspects of shampooing is the degree of cleaning. Does your shampoo clean the hair after one or two applications? Or do you feel that your hair is still coated? On the other hand, you wouldn’t want the shampoo to leave your hair squeaky clean, stripped of all its natural oils.
4. Ease of detangling
You shouldn’t be detangling shampooed hair before you condition to avoid damaging the hair. However, you can tell by using your fingers if the shampoo created more tangles or if it seems to have an added slip.
5. Feel of wet hair
Does your wet hair feel any different? Does it feel smoother than usual after shampooing? Or softer? Or more conditioned?
Fragrance can certainly influence your like or dislike of the product. It is a good criteria to look at. After all, you want to be able to relax in your shower and enjoy the shampoo. Some fragrances are sometimes reported as being too lingering or too strong and can even give the user headaches.
In order to give your new shampoo a fair chance, try it at least 3 times to see if all the effects you observed are still the same. There are many variables at play every time when shampooing and styling: the amount of gunk on the hair, the length of rinsing, the amount of shampoo used, the way the hair is shampooed, how long you styled your hair, the humidity in the air… the list goes on. Which is why it is important to only change one product at a time when trying something new.
Check out the tips on how to shampoo and condition hair efficiently.