How to Pick the Best Shampoo for Your Hair


Shampooing your hair is an essential component of any haircare routine. However, it’s vitally important that you pick the right shampoo based on your hair type.

Once you’re familiar with your hair type, you also need to figure out what your major hair concern is. Do you want something hydrating, do you want to increase volume and shine, do you want to stimulate growth and hair thickness?

Once you’ve established both your hair type and central hair concern, choosing the right shampoo should be a breeze.

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Discover Your Hair Type

The most important thing to do before picking a shampoo is to discover your hair type. Most hair types will fall into one (or more) of the following categories:

  • Dry hair (brittle, split ends, frequent dandruff)
  • Oily hair (oily scalp and T-zone, greasy hair even after washing)
  • Colored hair (hair recently bleached or colored professionally)
  • Blonde hair (bleached blonde hair, which requires specialist shampoo to maintain color)
  • Damaged hair (hair falling out, dryness, dullness, hair breakage)
  • Fine hair (easy to manage, can be difficult to style, can often appear greasy easily)

Choose a Shampoo Based on your Key Hair Concerns

Once you’ve established your hair type, figure out what your main haircare concern is. Do you want volume, shine, or just the best shampoo type for your hair? Most shampoos will offer the following hair nourishing benefits:

  • Hydration
  • Volume and thickness
  • Damage repair
  • Color protection
  • Color treatment (e.g. Hydration and damage-control for color-treated hair)

Best Shampoo For Every Hair Type

To make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up our top picks for the best shampoo for every hair type:

Best Shampoo for Frizzy Hair

Disciple Bain Fluidéliste Gentle Shampoo by Kerastase is our top shampoo recommendation for those with frizzy or unmanageable hair. Using a sulfate-free formula enriched with smoothing agents, this shampoo will help control frizz, de-tangle uncontrollable hair and provide soft and silky results with frequent use.

For enhanced results, pair this shampoo with Kerastase’s Disciple Fondant Fluidéaliste, the accompanying conditioner guaranteed to help get frizzy hair under control.

Can I use this shampoo every day? Yes

Key nourishing benefits: Hair manageability, softness and smoothness, hair de-tangling

Best Shampoo for Damaged Hair

If you have damaged hair and dream about restoring it to its glory days, we always recommend Olaplex. Olaplex is the go-to haircare brand for damaged hair, and their shampoo is a great place to start. Olaplex Bond Shampoo No.4 works in conjunction with their other Olaplex products, and the brand has become a cult favorite in the beauty community.

With its reality-defying powers in reversing all types of hair damage (color damage, bleach damage and sustained heat damage) this shampoo is our No.1 pick for those with damaged or broken hair.

Can I use this shampoo every day? Yes

Key nourishing benefits: Hair repair, bond repair, restoring shine and softness

Best Shampoo for Colored Hair

When coloring your hair, some of the hair’s fibers are destroyed in the bleaching process. Therefore, it’s super important to use a shampoo designed for color-treated hair.

If you have colored hair and want a shampoo that nourishes and revitalizes,   is our top pick. Designed specifically for colored hair, Angel Wash strengthens fine hair with an antioxidant-rich formula, preventing breakage while maintaining color.

If you have bleached blonde hair, we’d recommend Olaplex’s No. 4 Blonde Enhancer Toning shampoo, ideal for avoiding any brassiness that can often occur over time with darker hair that has been bleached blonde.

Can I use these shampoos every day? Yes

Key nourishing benefits: Color repair, color maintenance, brassiness control, antioxidant-rich formula

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

Curly hair needs some TLC now and again to keep it manageable, soft and free from frizz. Aveda Be Curly Shampoo offers an organic formula enriched with soothing aloe, so you can wash your hair without developing the dreaded frizz.

This shampoo also boosts shine, and is designed specifically to treat and nourish curly hair.

Can I use this shampoo every day? Yes

Key nourishing benefits: Curly hair management, de-tangling, curl shine

Best Shampoo for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair and want to inject a bit of body and fullness, a volumizing shampoo such as Alterna’s Multiplying Volume Shampoo is a great option. This biotin-infused shampoo offers a lightweight formula with added color protection and shine.

Suitable for everyday use, we’d recommend pairing this shampoo with its conditioning duo, Alterna’s Multiplying Volume Conditioner.

Can I use this shampoo every day? Yes

Key nourishing benefits: Volumnizing, thickening, shine benefits, color protection

Best Shampoo for an Oily Scalp

If you have an oily scalp and often suffer from greasy hair even with daily hair-washing, your hair might be in need of some balance. Kerastase’sSpecifique Bain Divalent shampoo works by treating oiliness at the root, nourishing the hair follicles while controlling oil production.

If you have oily hair, keeping your scalp balanced, hydrated and free from irritation is going to help enormously when it comes to sebum control.

Can I use this shampoo every day? Yes, but washing oily hair every day can increase oil production, so only wash your hair as often as you do normally.

Key nourishing benefits: Scalp balance, oil control, sebum regulation

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