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Should You Use The Same Type Of Shampoo & Conditioner? The Answer May Shock You

Hannah Frye
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March 03, 2023
Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor
By Hannah Frye
Assistant Beauty & Health Editor

Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more.

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Many people would agree that post-salon hair just hits differently. Your roots are bouncy, your lengths soft, and the shine is often unmatched. Even if you invest in the same products your stylist uses, sometimes your strands just don't look or feel the same—but why?

If you've ever wondered what these pros are doing differently, keep reading. Ahead, we're going to share a quick tip that countless industry experts swear by, but you may not have tried at home yet. 

Why you should mix and match your wash products. 

The hack: Don't exclusively shop in bundles for your shampoo and conditioner. Unlike a coordinating workout set, matching isn't always better when it comes to hair care. You know, those washday duos with the same end goal: hydrating wash sets, volumizing wash sets, etc. 

Instead, "Buy shampoo based on what your scalp and roots need and conditioner based on what your ends need," New York City–based hairstylist MariLynne Cosmillo, founder of professional-grade consumer hair care line hOURS, tells mbg. 

When you think about it, this makes perfect sense: If your roots are flat, you'll need a lighter, volumizing shampoo. If your ends are dry, you'll need a heavier, hydrating conditioner, and so on. Your roots and lengths aren't always on the same page, and your hair care should follow suit. 

"I recommend having more than one set of wash products that can help you meet your hair needs for the day ahead, which change with the weather and our styles," she says. As a general rule of thumb: Have one deeply hydrating shampoo and conditioner and one volumizing shampoo and conditioner to check the basics off the list. 

Or you can sub in your hydrating conditioner for a hair mask, like the hOURS In Minutes treatment mask. Masks tend to be a bit heavier than a standard conditioner, so only use them on days you're looking for hydration, not necessarily loads of volume. 

 The takeaway. 

While it may be easy to snag the same type of shampoo and conditioner (they do often come in a pair, after all), that's not always what your hair needs. Instead, match your shampoo to the needs of your roots and scalp, and select a conditioner that works best for your lengths and ends. If your goal is fluffy, voluminous hair, you'll want to check out this guide, too

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