Of the 90,000 hair related emails I received in 2001, I found it fascinating that I was asked by a few of the HairBoutique.com guests to recommend shampoos based on their astrological signs. Trying to select various brands by Sun signs was quite a challenge. In reality, hair care products should always be selected according to individual hair types, texture (straight, curly, wavy, combination) and condition (normal, dry, oily) rather than by birth date.
After a few weeks of letting my imagination run wild, I did put together some whimsical shampoo recommendations based on general sun sign characteristics. Please be warned that you should also factor in your own hair care requirements before throwing out your old faithful shampoo in order to suds by the stars.
Aries - March 21st to April 20th
Fiery Mars is your ruling planet injecting you with a steamy hot passion and eternal sizzle. You live life intensely and without fear. Self-confidence is your forte. Your wild sense of humor often mingles with a slight touch of arrogance. Although you love things uncomplicated and intense, you also scheme to have your cake and eat it to. Red is your royal color. Ignite your luscious locks with a stunning ruby glow courtesy of John Frieda Radiant Red Color Keep Anti-Fade Shampoo Deeper, Richer, Shades of Red or John Frieda - Radiant Red - Color Keep Anti-Fade Shampoo - Brighter, Vivid Shades of Red. Other options include shampoo products which utilize a natural colorant and imparts deep, auburn tones to natural red and burnette hair. For a softer glow try a henna based shampoo.
Taurus - April 21st to May 20th
Quite simply you love the beauty of life. Hedonistic, materialist and deeply romantic you crave sensuality in the foods you eat, the clothing you wear and the company you keep. You enjoy frolicking with nature and have a special affinity for plants and animals. Indulge your tresses with Philip B’s sinfully rich White Truffle Moisturizing Shampoo made from the finest Italian white truffle oil combined with the very purest extracts of Nettle and Thyme to provide aromatherapeutic bliss. When only sweets will do, drench yourself in ICE’s Ice Cream Daily Shampoo for a creamy sudsy treat for your luscious locks. If you're trying to watch your sweet tooth, splurge on Avalon's Lemon Verbana Shampoo with essence of lemon and lime.
Gemini - May 21st to June 21st
An excitement junkie, your brain operates as your erogenous command center. Perky and upbeat, you love making new connections that test your brilliance at mastering word games. Restless mental energy whipped up with endless curiosity drives you to experience new adventures. Your wit is only matched by your vast knowledge. All of your sensual and sensory needs will be satisfied with Frederic Fekkai’s Moisturizing Shampoo with Shea Butter or PhytoSpecific's Intense Nutrition Shampoo's chock full of rich Kukui oil that deeply nourishes the hair shaft. Unruly hair is a thing of the past. Opt for Philou’s Bubblegum Shampoo to relive fun loving childhood days.
Cancer - June 22nd to July 22nd
A little bit naughty, a whole lot nice, you are full of delightful surprises. Most people have no idea what makes you tick even after knowing you for years. A full-blown worry wort, you have a looney sense of humor that can capture a smile from even the grouchiest person. Your moods flow with the tides as you bounce between babying your sweetie and wanting to be babied in return. Lather up with thick and creamy California Baby's fabulous formula quench your deep need for nurturing and soothing with ARTec's Smoothing Shampoo. Reach for Aubrey’s Honeysuckle Rose when your need to be coddled screams for attention.
Leo - July 23rd to August 22nd
The official crown jewel of the Zodiac, you sparkle like a spectacular gem. The modern version of a Greek goddess, you deserve only the very best that life has to offer and you know it. Ruled by the magnificent Sun you are fiery, dramatic, high-spirited, extroverted and powerful. Everything you choose to touch turns to gold. Your bark is worse than your bite which hides a tender heart wooable by all the trappings of romance. Wildly optimistic you are stubborn, opinionated and commanding. Indulge your erotic senses and spectacular mane with Alterna’s Enzymetherapy Caviar Shampoo, Philou’s sensuous Chocolate Mint or Forest Rain Pure shampoo made with papaya, guava and passion flower.
Virgo - August 23rd to September 22nd
Hardworking, intelligent and trustworthy, you always carry more than your weight in any matter. As your own worst critic you demand top performance from yourself in every area of life. Rules are necessary boundaries that you cherish and follow to the letter of the law. If you are a typical Virgo you believe that purity and cleanliness are next to godliness. Use a product like Grandpa's Pine Tar Shampoo or Hayashi's Purify shampoo (sold at professional salons) with a clean fresh scent that is as natural as possible. A healthy alternative is Giovanni’s 50/50 Balanced Shampoo utilizing organic ingredients with carefully selected blends of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and oils.
Libra - September 23rd to October 22nd
Famous for your magnetic beauty and charm, you are skilled in the arts of persuasion, negotiation, seduction and procrastination. Many of your true strengths are often hidden behind your sweet public persona. You detest any form of injustice or cruelty and value order and symmetry. Pure Hair Patchouli Balance Shampoo can help you achieve the balance of superior cleansing and conditioning that enhances your natural beauty. Pamper your strands with Sun Dog's rich cedar/rosemary hemp blend. Your love of the finer things in life can be satisfied with Goldwell’s rich, luxurious, Kerasilk Conditioning Shampoo that will leave your hair feeling as soft as your favorite silk and satins.
Scorpio - October 23rd to November 22nd
Extremely private, you are full of deep dark secrets. Seductive and sophisticated you exude a certain something that acts like a powerful magnet drawing people closer. Destined to experience a range of intense and transformational life experiences, you understand that nothing comes easily in your universe. Empower your strands with Matrix Amplify Shampoo or Phytotherathrie's Volume Mousse Shampoo. Ruled by Pluto, the planet of transformation, you constantly reinvent yourself while transcending to new realms of attunement. Satisfy your need to dominate and evolve with TIGI’s Control Freak Shampoo.
Sagittarius - November 23rd to December 21st
Curiosity may have killed the cat but it won’t slow down your always-inquisitive mind. Your fantastic brain needs constant stimulation to keep it buzzing. As a true Renaissance person you are always eager to walk on the wild side and try lots of new things just for the thrill. You love faddish clothes and outrageous hairstyles. Comfortable with everything from multi-colored spikes to dreadlocks, you love to shock people with your appearance. Play with KnottyBoy’s fabulous rosemary, tea tree and peppermint dread shampoo bar to fight scalp itchies or try the brand new Burt's Bees Peppermint Bar Soap. Harness your passionate side with Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Shampoo.
Capricorn - December 22nd to January 20th
Born with a strong sense of loyalty and ethics, you value practicality in all matters. Enamored of tradition and predictability you are thrifty. Always well prepared for any occasion, you are constantly weighing your options and take no chances. Calm and collected, you are at your best in an emergency. You guard your heart carefully to avoid having it broken and in the process may miss out on a grand love through hesitation. Indulge your love of classic hair care lines with Clinique's Daily Shampoo or Phytotherathrie's Phytolactum. Splurge your hard earned pennies on Paul Mitchell’s exclusive Modern Elixers Refining Shampoo custom-blended line.
Aquarius - January 21st to February 19th
Charitable, kind and humane you do for others while sacrificing your own needs for the greater good. You will gladly give your all for a worthwhile cause. Although you march to the beat of a different drummer, people sense your subtle air of refinement and sophistication. Incredibly gifted and talented, you are seduced by the unusual and the exotic. Pamper your tresses with Naturopathica’s Green Tea Treatment Shampoo made with Vitamin E, Wheat Germ, Green Tea and Jojoba or Nature's Gate Jojoba Shampoo. Materialistic issues are your lowest priorities. Experiment with Kusco Murphy’s trendy Normal Wash that blends lime blossoms and lavender into a gentle shampoo formula.
Pisces - February 20th to March 20thIn harmony with the sea, you are a magical mystical mermaid full of gentleness and whimsy. You possess a subtle, electric intensity that radiates as a silvery auric glow. A dichotomy of independence threaded with vulnerability, you have complex needs and desires. Purify yourself with Aquage’s Vitalizing Shampoo. Cultivated from the sea, this formula is invigorated with sea botanicals and an exclusive blend of various seaweeds, kelp and marine ingredients to nurture, moisturize, protect and beautify your Neptunian locks. Go the herbal route with JR Liggett's Herbal Shampoo Bar made with olive Oil, coconut oil, castor oil and fresh pure New Hampshire spring water Keep Phyto’s Phytomiel hypoallergenic baby shampoo hidden away for supersensitive days when this honey and apricot blend will make you feel safe and secure.
Okay, I must confess, I a curious to know how I did in my recommendations. I would love to hear your feedback as well as your own recommendations based on your sun sign and favorite shampoo products.