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Difference between hydrating and moisturizing shampoo

Date: September 24, 2021

If you have a chance to walk down the hair care products aisle in a local retailer these days, you’re most likely to find an endless supply of hydrating and moisturizing shampoo. 

According to Dr. Lata Ganji, dry hair (scalp) is the No.2 most common hair problem facing Americans today and because of this, many household shampoo brands, such as Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Pantene, have all added at least one moisturizer shampoo to their product collections. Moisture is also essential for your hair to absorb and retain other nutrients acquired from the shampoo and conditioner, and other hair products you use. But before you dive into the countless options of moisturizer shampoo, do you know what’s the difference between hydrating and moisturizing shampoo? 

Many of us don’t. Brands use them interchangeably. Could it be they are just two identical concepts invented by moisturizer shampoo marketers to carve out more potential customers? Today we’re going to take a closer look at this topic and see why it is useful knowledge when picking up the right shampoo for your specific needs.

Definition of hydration and moisturization 

The first difference between hydrating and moisturizing shampoo lies in the difference between the basic definition of the two phrases. According to the Oxford dictionary, hydration is “the process of causing something to absorb water.” Meanwhile, the Oxford dictionary defines moisturize as “makes something less dry.” 

If these two definitions sound a little vague, Natural Club has put it into perspective: “Hydration is about moisture absorption, moisturization is about moisture retention.” 

When addressing the difference between hydrating and moisturizing in skincare products, Wander Beauty expanded on the basic definitions a little more. According to the brand,

      “Hydration” is the absorption of moisture from the air and then infusing your cells with water to improve your skin’s ability to absorb moisture and nutrients.

     “Moisturizing” is about trapping and locking in the moisture to build your skin’s natural protective barrier. This will prevent any water loss and ensure that your skin remains soft and smooth.

This explanation may be talking about skincare, but the theory applies to haircare as well. In short, the process of hydration temporarily improves the dryness of your hair, scalp or skin. Meanwhile, the process of moisturization is a deeper and longer journey to ensure your hair, scalp or skin stays hydrated all the time. 

Use of hydrating and moisturizing shampoo 

The difference in the meaning of both hydration and moisturization has resulted in different applications of the two types of shampoo. The hydrating shampoos are considered “hair treatment” designed to solve dry hair conditions fast. Based on the active ingredients, brands have their own ways to “treat” hair dryness. Recently, many herbal shampoo brands have taken an interest in hemp hydrating shampoo, which formulates around the moisturizing effect of hemp oil or hemp-derived CBD oil. 

EMERA Hair Care is one of the pioneers in introducing hair salon CBD products. Its CBD Shampoo focuses on improving scalp therapy to solve the root problems of a wide range of common hair problems including hair growth and dry hair. This 10 oz sustainably packaged CBD Shampoo cleanses, hydrates, nourishes & restores damaged hair & scalp with our 100% hemp-derived natural CBD oil. Packed with 50 mg high-potency CBD, it also packs up plant-based, sulfate-free, ultra-moisturizing essential oils such as Hemp Oil, Avocado Oil, peppermint, and tea tree oil to speed up your scalp’s absorption rate of the nutrients. It is the NO.1 best-selling hair salon CBD product in the U.S.     

Some may think that shampoo with moisturizer should be the best way to handle dry hair conditions. After all, hydration sounds like a temporary fix that may lead to recurring events of dry hair once you stop using it. However, the recommended way to treat dry hair is to go with hydrating shampoos first. The logic is simple. You can’t really lock in something that’s not there. So, are you ready to add some moisture to your scalp and hair today? 

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