There are many variables to consider before purchasing new hair products. Just about everyone has had the experience of grabbing a product at the drugstore because it looked appealing, only to be disappointed when they got home and tried it. You can stay out of that annoying situation by thinking carefully before you buy. Here are some questions to ask yourself before spending any money on new hair products.
What is your Hair Type
Your hair's volume and texture matter. Make a list of your hair's characteristics. Is your hair thin or thick, straight or curly, dry or oily? Also note any scalp conditions you want to treat, such as itchiness or dandruff. Finally, you should take into account if your hair has been colored or chemically treated. Then, search for products that match your hair. You shouldn't have trouble finding a shampoo that's tailored for your hair type, but don't stop there. Many hair masks, sprays, gels, and creams are also designed to be used on particular kinds of hair. Buy products that will work with your hair, not products that are meant for someone else's hair type.
What Look are you Trying to Achieve
Think about how you want your hair to appear when you've finished styling it, then buy products that will help you create your desired look. For example, if you want to give your hair extra volume, select a mousse. If you want to banish frizz, pick a smoothing serum. A hairspray will hold locks in place after you've styled them. Don't just buy products because they're for sale, have a goal in mind for each product you are thinking of purchasing.
What are the Product's Ingredients
People who care about natural or organic products will pay the most attention to this question. However, you also need to check the ingredient list if certain ingredients irritate your scalp or cause your hair to become dry or greasy.
Will you Actually Use it
You probably don't have to worry about this when you buy something basic like shampoo or conditioner. You're already used to applying those kinds of products to your hair regularly. But before you purchase a specialized cream or serum, think about whether you will go through the whole bottle and get your money's worth of value from it. If you're not familiar with the product, it's a good idea to watch demonstration videos online or to ask a department store salesperson to show you how it works. That will help you decide if you're willing to style your hair with it. Also, think about how it will fit into your hair care routine. Is it a treatment that you can apply once a week, or a product that you'll need to put on every day? In the case of hair masks and moisturizers, consider if the product will need to sit on your hair for a certain period of time before being rinsed off. Lastly, check if the product should be used in conjunction with other products or with equipment like a blow dryer, diffuser, or flat iron.