What Is A Micellar Shampoo And Should I Be Using One?
Posted by Jason Collier in Hair
If you’re even mildly interested in beauty (and let’s face it, if that were the case, you wouldn’t be here on My Beauty Matches – true beauty lovers only!) you’ll have heard of the craze for micellar makeup removers. These handy cleansing waters are super - gentle and a great way to get rid of impurities in a flash. The formula is what makes micellar waters so easy to use and so different from the myriad other cleansers on the market, it’s packed with micelles: molecules with opposite ends, one attracted to oil and one attracted to water, meaning that they make light work of dissolving dirt and debris, with no rinsing required.
Now, of course, the technology has moved on to haircare, with a sudden burst of micellar shampoos now available, but what exactly is a micellar shampoo, how does it work?
Micellar shampoos work in the same way that micellar cleansers do; they contain those same double-ended particles that act like magnets, quickly picking up impurities, pollution and grease from the hair without damaging it. But the main difference between the formulas is that micellar cleansers are pre - diluted, which is why you have no need to rinse – but you’ll absolutely need to rinse micellar shampoos from your locks once you’ve lathered up!
Micellar shampoos are being touted as the ideal everyday shampoo; perfect for keeping hair clean and shiny, and ideal for those of us who like to wash hair on a daily basis, as the gentle formula won’t over-cleanse the hair or strip away colour.
In a way, they are similar to clarifying shampoos, in that they are solely used to remove the oils and dirt that build up on the surface of the hair and scalp. But unlike clarifying shampoos, micellar formulas can be used every day to keep any build-up at bay; clarifying shampoos should only be used once a week, and never on coloured hair.
I’d recommend micellar shampoos for medium and fine-haired ladies, as the gentleness of the formula won’t be a match for thicker, heavier hair types. Also, those ladies who suffer more with oily hair or product build-up should look for something a little more heavy - duty; there’s nothing worse than washing your hair, only to feel like it hasn’t made much of a difference. It’s worth bearing in mind that although they’re a similar idea in principal, micellar shampoos aren’t a replacement for clarifying shampoos, so if you use a lot of product in your hair, or naturally have quite oily hair, I’d recommend keeping a clarifying shampoo as part of your weekly regime and swapping out a micellar shampoo for something that has a bit more strength to use as part of your regular washing routine.
In terms of what’s out there, there’s been lots of new versions coming onto the market over the past year or so. If your haircare is more an investment, I’d recommend Redken’s Clean Maniac Shampoo, £10.15 which uses micellar technology and a ‘clean-touch’ formula to leave hair feeling refreshed, lightweight and beautifully healthy. But if you’re on a budget, you can’t go far wrong with Pantene’s Pro-V Micellar Water Shampoo, £3.99 – a silicone-free shampoo with micellar water to gently cleanse away impurities in a flash.