What kind of hair product should I use?

There is so much information online and a never-ending selection of hair products to choose from, which can make it difficult to find the best care routine for your hair. Everyone wants beautiful hair, but achieving it is not always easy – so here are a few helpful tips on how to find the right routine that suits you.

Hair texture

Thin hair

People with thin hair need to take a little more time and care as it has less heat resistance from heat styling tools. It can also be limp and become greasy quite quickly. Avoid shampoos that have rich, creamy consistencies as this can weigh down the hair and instead opt for clear gel textures. Ingredients such as proteins (rice, wheat etc.) and cellulose can add more strength and fullness to thin hair.

Medium hair

Medium hair is usually neither dry nor greasy and is naturally shiny and supple. Minimal care is needed, and it will hold its shape well on most days. You won’t need specialist shampoos to treat your hair, so instead use a 2 in 1 shampoo with conditioner or indulge in a hair mask or intensive treatment from time to time.

Thick hair

People with thick hair can find it difficult to manage and often have to deal with frizz. It won’t retain much moisture and can also be susceptible to damage, breakage and high temperatures. Moisturising products will allow you to hydrate the strands and combat frizz, so look for hydrating shampoos and nourishing conditioners. Hair masks that use shea or cocoa butter are also great as they contain a high number of fatty acids.

Scalp condition

Dry scalp

If your scalp is not in good condition, it also means your hair strands won’t be either. If you have a dry scalp, you should consider washing only once a week to reduce the risk of damage. Hydrating shampoos and conditioners are great, whilst a deep treatment moisturising mask is a great way to get lots of healthy fats into your hair.

Normal scalp

Washing twice a week should be fine – you can refer to our advice about normal hair above for a little more guidance.

Oily scalp

Washing 4-5 times a week can help to combat oily, greasy hair. Use shampoos for oily hair, along with a weightless conditioner which are both good for oily scalps. Avoid nourishing, moisturising products as the rich consistency will not be good for your scalp.

Special hair types

Coloured and blonde hair

If you have hair that has been coloured, look for products that are designed for chemically treated hair. There are lots of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks that will maintain the quality of your hair, whilst also protecting the colour. Blondes should look out for shampoos and conditioners intended for blonde hair, which will keep it looking bright and radiant.


Dealing with an itchy, flaky scalp is no fun, but if you find the right dandruff shampoo it can make all the difference. Substances such as salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione and allantoin can help to remove dandruff, although take special care to follow the instructions on these products carefully, as they will require you to leave the shampoo in your scalp for a while before washing out.

Hair loss

There isn’t a magic product that can reverse hair loss, but there are some other things you can try to change that could impact your scalp. For example, look at your diet and ensure you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients, whilst stress and medications can also continue to hair loss. Try stimulating tonics and serums for thinning hair and shampoos and conditioners that are not so harsh on your follicles. 

Get in touch

At Kartee Salon, we are truly lucky to have amazing customers who love what we do, with some even calling us the best hair salon in Tooting (some have even called us the best hair salon in London!).

We know how difficult it can be to find the right balance and treatments for your hair, so if you need any extra advice or tips, we’re always available to offer advice and answer any questions you may have.

You can also find regular updates on our social channels that offer free, helpful tips and insight into common hair issues: Facebook or Instagram.

You can find us on Colliers Wood Road, SW19 and we are open Monday to Friday, 10-7.30pm (9pm on Thursdays), Saturday 9-6pm and Sunday 10-5pm. Give us a call on 020 8540 4664 or email hello@kartee.salon and we’d be more than happy to arrange a free hair consultation.

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Davines products don’t contain sulphates or parabens, or other nasty chemicals which can irritate your scalp or hair. They harness the power of the highest quality natural ingredients, making them ideal for even the most sensitive skin and hair types. Davines are an ethical brand. They are a fair trade brand and all their products are made using natural ingredients from environmentally sustainable sources. They are also suitable for vegetarians and they do not tested on animals.

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Here at Kartee M Salon, we believe that style and sustainability go hand in hand and that you can have beautiful hair and still look after our beautiful planet.

We are always looking at new ways to make our salon greener so you can come to us safe in the knowledge that we care about your hair and about the environment so you can enjoy your style which is why we have introduced a bring your own towel scheme where we encourage our clients to bring in their own towels so we can cut down on our water usage.

We have all got used to bringing our own cups to coffee shops and bringing our own bags to do the grocery shop so bringing your own towels is the next step for a greener, healthier lifestyle so you look great and feel great at the same time.