You’ve found a tried-and-true shampoo—or so you think. It’s been a staple in your shower for years, you get compliments on how your hair smells, and you like its familiarity. Your loyalty is impressive, but there’s just one issue: It may be time to change your shampoo. You’ve had a good run, but perhaps your hair-care concerns have changed. There’s no better time than the present to embrace something new, and we’d like to help. Below, we’re breaking down reasons to switch up your shampoo and throwing in a few product recommendations of our own, of course.
8 Signs It’s Time To Change Your Shampoo
1. You’ve Been Using The Same Shampoo Forever
Change may be scary, but it can also be good. If your hair-care routine has been based around the same shampoo for years, there could be something better out there without you even realizing it. While you don’t need to commit to never purchasing the same product twice, it may be time to try something new after a year or two.
2. You’re Rocking a New Hair Color
Hello, gorgeous new hair color. You’re capable of embracing a new hue, so we know you have it in you to adopt a different shampoo. And that’s a good thing since colored hair calls for special shampoo. You want to make sure you’re using a color-safe hair-care system, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. This will help prevent fading and keep your color looking vibrant.
3. Your Hair Is Starting To Feel Dry
If your hair feels dry after every shampoo, it’s a sign that something’s amiss. Maybe it’s the seasons wreaking havoc on your hair, or perhaps your hair-care habits are to blame. Either way, you’ll want to swap your shampoo for something more moisturizing. We love the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner. Used together, the duo works to add essential nourishment back into your strands. The best part is, it does this without heavy waxes that would weigh down your strands.
4. Your Hair Is Oilier Than Ever
On the flip side, you also need to take action if your hair is suddenly greasy. This is especially true if you’ve already attempted to up how often you shampoo to no avail. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays and helps absorb excess oil from your roots while rehydrating dry lengths. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner.
Editor’s tip: It’s also possible that you don’t need to change your shampoo all the time. It may be enough to use a clarifying formula once a week to break down buildup and wash away grease. Then, you can use your regular shampoo on the rest of your wash days.
5. You’ve Worked To Grow Out Your Strands
When your mane reaches a certain length, you’ll want to change things up. So, congrats on your long locks—now it’s time for a new shampoo. Give the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo for Long, Damaged Hair and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Conditioner for Long, Damaged Hair a place of honor in your shower. The shampoo and conditioner will protect your length, strengthen hair, add shine, and diminish the appearance of damage—just what long hair needs.
6. You Tried a Keratin Treatment
There are strict hair-care rules after a keratin treatment, one of which is to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo. If your hair is chemically-straightened, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner. The pair, which is formulated without sulfates, repairs, smooths, and improves the overall texture of hair for a salon-quality finish.
7. You Aren’t Happy With Your Hair
Life is too short to be unhappy with your hair, especially when making an improvement could be as easy as trying a new shampoo. For example, if you’ve always been bothered by your frizzy tresses, there could be a shampoo that’s a better match for your hair. The frizz-fighting L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy Conditioner gets our vote. This sulfate-free system with marula oil provides humidity and frizz control to make hair more manageable and leave it with smooth luminosity.
8. You Ran Out Of Your Current Shampoo
You’ve just emptied another bottle of your go-to shampoo and conditioner. You could buy another, or you could branch out. Put a different formula to the test, and you just might find a new favorite!