Haircare products are something we purchase without really putting much thought into it. Products make many claims but don’t always deliver. And if you are going by word-of-mouth, you must realize that what works for others may not work for you. The goal is to let your hair grow stronger and glossier. But not every product will do that. That is why we have enumerated the factors that you need to consider before you decide upon a product that suits you.
Why do you need the product?
Different products cater to different needs. Some nourish hair or repair damaged hair and/or split-ends, some slow down hair fall while others eliminate dandruff or increase hair volume. You have to get yourself a product that addresses the particular concern you have.
What is the quality of your hair?
Your hair quality will decide which products are suitable for you. Just like your skin, your hair too can be oily or dry or something in between. So you need to find out what your hair is like. If it is dry, you need products that add moisture to your scalp. If your hair is excessively oily, you need something that will reduce your oil secretion. With the wrong kind of product, the results could be disastrous.
What does the product contain?
The product you want to purchase might contain ingredients that are harmful to your scalp. It is imperative that you go over the list of ingredients and never purchase a product that does not display the list of its ingredients. Avoid products that contain parabens, sulphur, or alcohol as they ruin your hair health.
Some people are allergic to certain ingredients. If you have had such an experience, you should ensure that your hair care product is free of that particular ingredient.
What should the hair care product contain?
Always try to opt for hair care products that contain proteins and keratin. They provide hydration and nutrients to your hair to undo the damage done to them by stress or pollution.
What about hair oils?
When it comes to hair oils, your best bet is to go for natural oils such as coconut oil, neem oil, wheatgrass oil or oils extracted from flowers etc. Nothing traps moisture and keeps hair hydrated better than natural oils.
What about the season?
Did you know that weather impacts your hair? Monsoon is notorious for frizzy hair, hair becomes especially oily and especially vulnerable to breakage in summers. So hair requirements change with change in season. You have to factor in your hair’s reaction to the season when you purchase the product.
Don’t let the price affect your decision
A high-end product does not necessarily work better than a budget product. Sometimes the brand value affects the pricing. That is why you should not allow the price tag to influence your decision. Try a few products from across the price spectrum and see which product fits you the best.
Haircare products either work or they don’t. The trick is in identifying the product that seems like it was formulated just for you.