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When you're running late, it's easy to cut corners with your beauty routine. Lip gloss adds a coordinating shimmer when you don't have time to apply lipstick, gold or silver jewelry matches nearly any outfit and you can eliminate the need to condition your hair in the shower by choosing a two-in-one shampoo. But, is an all-in-one hair product really a good choice? Sure, you may shave five or 10 minutes off your get-ready routine, but your hair may become limp and lifeless in the process.
Although a two-in-one shampoo cleanses and conditions the hair, it may leave your hair feeling weighed down and heavy, resulting in a droopy 'do. The conditioning element of two-in-one shampoos relies on tiny drops of silicone. After repeated use, a build-up of silicone on your hair may lead to an undesired thick or sticky hair texture. Yuck!
Loss of Control
If you like controlling the amount of conditioner you apply -- and where you apply it -- a two-in-one conditioner may not be the best choice. Since the cleaning surfactants and conditioning silicone elements are blended together, you can't control the ratio of shampoo to conditioner you apply -- talk about loss of beauty control. If you're used to dabbing on small amounts of conditioner, a two-in-one shampoo may leave your hair feeling oily and over-conditioned.
When creating a formula that both strips away oils and nourishes the hair, shampoo manufacturers choose ingredients, such as silicone or oils, to soften the hair. A common conditioning product in two-in-one shampoos is vegetable oil. If you have allergies to safflower oil -- or other oils high in linoleic acids -- steer clear of two-in-one shampoos.
Only 20 percent of shampoos are two-in-one formulas, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry. If you choose your shampoo products based on special-care formulas such as for oily hair, brittle hair or dyed hair, your two-in-one options are limited. The multi-purpose shampoos are best left for gals with untreated and generally healthy hair.