By now you’ve likely used micellar water — a popular, gentle, no-rinse cleanser and makeup remover on several occasions. But chances are, you may not be as familiar with micellar shampoo. And if you ask us, it’s a rising hair care staple that deserves more love and attention.
If you’re curious about the benefits of micellar shampoo and whether or not it should become part of your hair care routine, keep reading. We’re sharing what you need to know about micellar shampoo, including diving into what it does, its benefits and whether or not it’s a fit for your healthy hair regimen.
What Does Micellar Shampoo Do?
Micellar shampoo is a liquid formula that contains micelles — a group of surfactant molecules contained in liquid — which work as cleansing agents. Micelles are often referred to as being amphiphilic, meaning they’re attracted to both water and lipid molecules, also known as fatty acids or oils. Essentially, micellar shampoo uses micellar technology in which the surfactants, or cleaning agents, are contained within liquid bubbles. Those bubbles act like magnets to lift and draw out impurities. The result it a fresh clean scalp and hair, without residue or film left behind.
Is Micellar Shampoo Good for Hair?Because micellar shampoo is amphiphilic, both water-loving and oil-loving, it works to break down both water-based debris such as dirt and pollution, as well as oil-based impurities such as sebum and product buildup. While this holds true for traditional shampoo formulas too, micellar shampoos, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls No Build-Up Curls Micellar Shampoo, tend to be gentler on hair because they have a balance of water and oil to easily cleanse both types of impurities.
Should You Use Micellar Shampoo?
Micellar shampoo is a great option for anyone looking to give their hair a nice cleanse without stripping it. This type of formula is great for people with fine hair because it’s extremely lightweight and won’t weigh down your strands. It’s also an excellent option for people with dry hair because, again, micellar formulas tend to be non-stripping.
The Elvive Dream Lengths Curls No Build-Up Curls Micellar Shampoo in particular is great for those with curly hair. Since the formula is gentle it won’t rid the scalp of natural oils that it needs — and the pointed nozzle on the bottle is great for getting to the roots and distributing product right where you want it. If you’re someone with curly hair that washes infrequently, it’s a great option for you because it can work just like a clarifying shampoo.
The same is also true for you if you have very oily hair. If you deal with excess oil, reach for this shampoo to dissolve oil-based impurities and give your hair and scalp a deep cleanse.
How to Add Micellar Shampoo to Your Hair Care Routine
If you’re new to using micellar shampoo, follow these simple steps below to add it to your hair care routine.
1. Wet Your Hair
Just like with traditional shampoo formulas, the first step is to thoroughly wet your hair and scalp.
2. Apply It At Your Roots
Untwist the nozzle at the top of the bottle to allow the product to flow. Then, press the nozzle onto your scalp, squeezing the bottle in back and forth motions to even distribute the formula throughout your head.
3. Massage Your Scalp
Once you’ve dispersed the formula onto your scalp, use your fingers or a scalp brush to work in the product. Massage your scalp in circular motions to help break up excess oil and impurities. You’ll notice that the formula creates a very soft foam. Once you have foam all over your scalp, you can rinse your hair.
4. Follow Up With Conditioner
After cleansing, it’s important to follow up with conditioner to add back necessary moisture. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Moisture Seal Conditioner to the lengths and ends of your hair and detangle any knots with your fingertips or a wide-tooth comb before rinsing.
5. Apply Leave-In Conditioner
Once you’ve rinsed your first conditioner, if you have curly or wavy hair, add the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Dreamy Curls Leave-in Conditioner to your curls, on wet or dry hair. It works to moisturize your hair and define your curl pattern for softer, bouncier curls.
Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: Chaunte Vaughn
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