What Is The Best Shampoo For Hair?

What Is The Best Shampoo For Hair?

Millions of shampoos. One head of hair. How do you find the best shampoo for hair that will give you your own personalised results?

Finding the right shampoo that will give you an abundance of effects is tricky. You want volume, but also something nourishing to keep your hair soft, whilst protecting its colour. Phew. And that’s not even taking into consideration you want super glossy locks.

Many of us settle in our haircare routines, instead of finding the best shampoo for hair possible. Think of your hair regime like your skincare one. If you usually cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, then make sure you shampoo, exfoliate and condition your hair. You want it to look as good as your skin, so spend the same time and care doing it.

There are some great brands out there, which contain a variety of products for different hair types, including the fabulous OUAI, but make sure you always choose based on the product rather the brand – your hair will thank you.

The Best Shampoo For Fine Hair

Fine hair is notoriously difficult to care for. One of the key concerns for this hair group is lack of volume and flatness. As the hair is super fine and light, it can struggle to hold its own and appear full and voluminous.

Stay away from oils such as Coconut, Olive and Argan. You’ll hear a lot of people singing their praises, and while they are good at adding essential hydration into the hair, they are one of the worst ingredients for people with finer locks.

Instead, opt for lightweight yet moisturising ingredients, such as Aloe Vera, which is present in the Paul Mitchell Extra Body Shampoo; an incredibly hydrating formula that doesn’t feel heavy at all. It also contains Rosemary to cleanse away dead skin cells from the scalp and promote healthier hair growth, which in turn promotes more voluminous and fuller locks.

Always make sure you follow with a lightweight conditioner so you don’t undo the benefits of your shampoo. It can be tempting to pop on a super hydrating conditioner so your hair feels soft, but this will only cause finer hair to become further weighed down. The Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Rinse contains nourishing ingredients to keep your hair moisturised, whilst also helping to add lift and body.

When you have cleansed your hair, it’s important to style it properly when you have finer locks. This will help to continue your shampoo’s good work, and keep your hair bouncy. The Pro Blo CurlMe has been designed especially to replicate the blow-dry you receive (but can never do yourself) at the hair salon. The unique hair brush has detachable barrels that allow you to keep in your hair, so it retains the curl better for the ultimate blow-dry.

The Best Shampoo For Thinning Hair

Thinning hair is slightly different from fine hair. Although it feels incredibly fine in texture, using a voluminous haircare regime won’t solve the problem. Instead, you need to use a shampoo that contains thickening ingredients.

Hyaluronic Acid is a great ingredient to look out for you in your shampoo as it helps to keep the hair hydrated. This in turn, plumps up the hair fibre with water so that it appears fuller.

The Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité is one of the best shampoos to use for thinning hair, as it not only contains Hyaluronic Acid, but also the brand’s signature Stemoxydine® molecule, which has superb thickening properties. Follow this with the Densifique Conditioner, and you will soon start to see incredible results.

You can also add in hair boosters and serums into your routine that compliment your shampoo and conditioner. These are great as finishing products to make sure your hair has that final seal of protection and volumising push to keep it looking its best.

If your hair is thinning at quite a rapid rate, or you are noticing thinning due to hormonal changes or ageing, then Nioxin is a great brand to invest in. They are scientifically led to combat the effects of hair thinning, so pour all of their research into advanced formulations that deliver unrivalled results.

As thinning hair can be a result of age, you might also notice that it’s going grey and white, so it’s a good idea to invest in specialist shampoos and treatments, such as from the experts at White Hot Hair.

The Best Shampoo For Oily Hair

Oily hair can be incredibly difficult to treat. As your hair becomes oilier more quickly, it can appear greasy and you feel like you need to wash it more. However, this can sometimes worsen the problem. Like oily skin, oily hair can come back with a vengeance when stripped and washed constantly.

A great ingredient to look for in a shampoo and conditioner is Tea Tree Oil. It’s a natural antiseptic and astringent, making it ideal to use on hair that suffers from excess oil. The Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Shampoo is not only brilliant at adding volume and thickness to hair, but also at cleansing and balancing oiliness. Follow this with the same Tea Tree Conditioner, and you’ll notice softer and stronger hair from first use.

It’s a good idea to both exfoliate and nourish your scalp a couple of times a week too. This helps to rid it of oil and impurity build-up, whilst also providing the hydration it needs to stay balanced. Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub is a cult favourite and is suitable for even the most sensitive of scalps. It contains natural Sea-Salt to gently buff away dirt clogging the hair follicles and leave your hair soft and shiny.

Follow this with a mask such as the System Professional Purify Mask, which not only helps to promote less oily hair, but also removes dandruff; leaving your hair incredibly clean and manageable.

The Best Shampoo For Curly Hair

The most important thing to remember when you are looking after curly hair is hydration. The best products for this hair type contain lots of moisture loving ingredients such as Shea Butter, Jojoba and Coconut Oils, which keep the curls balanced and healthy.

Bouclème is a great brand that caters specifically for curly hair types. They understand how curls work, and have some great tips on how you can hydrate, protect, maintain and revive curls to their best health possible.

If you have curly hair that feels particularly parched and in need of attention, it’s a good idea to consider co-washing. For those not familiar with the technique, it’s essentially using a conditioner as both your shampoo and treatment. While you might think this would be too heavy for your hair, a lot of co-washing products are actually super lightweight, yet pack a real punch when it comes to keeping the hair moisturised.

The Grow Gorgeous 11-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner is a brilliant shampoo and treatment to use on curly hair as it is free from chemical nasties, but rich in natural oils. These hydrating ingredients help to lock in moisture, while smoothing down each cuticle for a sleek and shiny finish. While the Cleansing Conditioner is in your hair, comb it through with the Thick and Curly Tangle Teezer to work out any knots and ensure you have an even product distribution.

The Best Shampoo For Coloured Hair

Coloured hair can be notoriously difficult to keep healthy. While you not only have to take care of your colour, you may also have to look after hydration, damage and curls, which not every shampoo covers.

A key ingredient which you may never have thought of using, but is present in all of Pureology’s products is actually derived from Sunflowers. When you think of sunflowers, you think about how bright and vibrant they are. Yet, they are constantly in the sun, which for coloured hair is one of the worst things you can do. This is because light pollution can cause dulling to the hair, yet somehow sunflowers stay beautifully colourful. This is why extracts derived from sunflowers are included in Pureology products, which are formulated specifically to take care of coloured locks.

One of our favourite ranges is the Precious Oil Shampoo and Conditioner which contains a unique AntiFadeComplex® to protect natural and artificial colour through the everyday washing, styling and heating processes. Pureology also has a great range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments to care for individual concerns as well as colour protection, such as volume, hydration, thickness, frizziness and damage.

In addition to your shampoo and conditioner, treatments are also an essential part of any healthy coloured haircare regime. The Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic is a leave-in treatment that contains a blend of fatty acids to repair the outer fibre, often damaged by the colouring process. It’s great for all hair types too, as although its incredibly moisturising, it feels lightweight and gentle.

The Best Shampoo For Dry Hair

If you have hair that feels dry to the touch or looks a little frazzled at the ends, it’s definitely in need of some TLC.

You might think that adding in a rich and nourishing mask twice a week will fix your problems, but unless it’s used in conjunction with a wider regime, it’s literally just that, a mask, masking the problem.

A pre-shampoo treatment is the best way to start your healthy haircare regime. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a cult classic and loved by everyone in the hair world. It’s not only brilliant at adding bounce to the hair, but also repairs damaged fibres and rehydrates them. You can discover more about the best masks to repair damaged hair on our blog too.

Adding in a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to your haircare regime will help keep your hair healthy all the way through the week. Plus, once your hair has regained its natural strength, you’ll be able to add in something lighter and only use nourishing products a few times a week to keep your hair in tip top shape.

Look for ingredients like Honey, Avocado Oil and Ceramides, which are super hydrating and repair damaged fibres. TIGI’s Oatmeal and Honey collection is an ideal range to add into your regime thanks to its moisturising properties (and it also smells amazing). It’s formulated with Acacia Honey, Vitamin E and Wheat Protein to deliver antioxidant and nutrient protection to the hair, leaving it super soft, healthy and hydrated.



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I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!