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Mild isn’t just a favorite hot wing sauce (at least among those of us who can’t handle spice), it’s also a type of shampoo. Mild shampoo is something you may have seen on a drugstore shelf or had recommended to you by your favorite hairstylist, but you may not be 100% familiar with what it is or whether it’s actually good for your hair. Here, we’re answering all of your questions on the topic, so you can learn if a mild shampoo should join the ranks of your other favorite L’Oréal Paris shampoos.
You can probably guess, in the case of shampoo, mild doesn’t have anything to do with spice. Well, we hope you don’t find out if your shampoo is spicy. Mild shampoo refers to a formula that’s gentle and doesn’t contain harsh surfactants. Often, mild shampoos have sulfate-free formulas. They’re far off from a clarifying shampoo, in that they’re meant to provide a light cleansing—not a super deep one.
Editor’s note: Sulfates are detergents that create a lathering effect, and they’re common in shampoo formulas—hence all the suds when you wash your hair.
You may not even need to ask this question, but yes, mild shampoo is good for your hair. That is, as long as you aren’t in need of a deep cleansing. The gentle formula won’t strip away essential oils and dry out your strands.
Of course, different shampoos suit different people and different hair types. Is mild shampoo right for you? A more mild formula is often a wise pick for those with dry or dehydrated hair, as well as anyone with damaged strands. As you may know, using shampoos that are formulated with strong sulfates can be drying to some hair types.
However, if your hair has lots of oil and buildup, a mild formula may not be the perfect match. You need something to cut through all that grease. Even so, you can use a mild shampoo most of the time and occasionally reach for a clarifying formula to keep your strands fresh.
Mild shampoos are often a good fit for those with color-treated tresses as well. With colored hair, it’s essential not to treat your mane too harsh, which includes using a shampoo that could fade your color. Many more mild formulas are safe for color-treated hair, meaning they’ll help your vibrant hue last longer. Similarly, mild shampoo may be a fit for chemically-treated hair—but you’ll want to make sure that’s true of the particular formula you’re using.
If your mane is in need of something mild, we have a number of gentle, sulfate-free formulas you can try. Pick the best shampoo (and coordinating conditioner) for you based on your hair—its type, color, and the chemical processes it’s undergone.
For dry hair: Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo. This shampoo is especially gentle and can help replenish hair with essential moisture and luminous shine. Follow it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner.
For damaged and color-treated hair: Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, which can be paired with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. This system will gently cleanse strands while also deeply strengthening them and helping to protect against daily color aggressors like UV rays and heat styling.
For color-treated blonde hair: Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo. This shampoo for blondes will help balance your hair color and hydrate over-processed hair. Use it with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment.
For keratin-treated hair: Try the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo, which repairs, smooths, and improves the overall texture of hair for a salon-quality finish. Pair it with the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner to truly care for chemically-straightened hair.
Next: Speaking of keratin, What Is a Keratin Treatment?
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