The Best Shampoo For Your Hair Type

Shampoo has been a huge part of our every day lives since we were born. Having greasy, dirty hair isn't very appealing, nor is having grime on our scalps. But with so many shampoos available these days, how do we know which ones to use? After all, not all shampoos have been created equal.

While some things may be obvious (your hair is thick and curly, don't use a product made for fine, straight hair), we also understand that the wide variety of choices can be overwhelming.


Choosing the right shampoo shouldn't induce a mini panic attack, so we've consulted some of the top hair insiders on which cleanser is best for each tress type. Click through to see their picks for long, short and everything in-between.

If you’re after sultry, bedhead waves, you need to start in the shower. Bumble and bumble’s Surf Shampoo will give you the perfect base to your sexy waves due to it’s lightweight clean. This shampoo adds soft, touchable texture to even the most fine of hair types.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, £22.50, available at Look Fantastic.
Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, $22.50 Buy
Red Hair
Redheads (natural or not) also struggle with keeping colour looking bright, glossy, and healthy-looking — year-round. John Frieda’s Radiant Red magnifies red hues in hair, without weighing it down.

John Frieda Radiant Red, £6.99 available at Boots.
John Frieda Radiant Red Boosting Shampoo, $6.99 Buy
Short Hair
Hairstylist Ryan Richman recommends that women with shorter strands not wash their hair every day. But, he also understands that product buildup and natural oils accumulate much faster in this hair type. The solution: "Choose a shampoo that will cleanse without stripping your hair of natural oils [or leaving] your scalp feeling dry," he says. "Dove Daily Moisture is great for everyday use. It cleanses hair without stripping, while leaving it soft and smooth."

For those "short" on time, he also recommends a dry shampoo, like Dove's Refresh+Care. "With a few sprays, you can refresh your look and absorb product and oil buildup, leaving hair feeling clean with a freshly washed scent."

Dove Daily Moisture Therapy Shampoo, £2.99, available at Dove.
Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo, $2.99 Buy
Long Hair
The key to finding a great shampoo for longer hair is a product that will leave it feeling light as a feather (or close to it). Richman swears by Kérastase's Resistance Volumifique, because it's silicone-free and "leaves lengthy hair looking smooth and beautiful without [weighing] it down."

Kérastase Resistance Volumifique Bain, £18.80, available at Look Fantastic.
Kérastase Kérastase Resistance Volumifique Bain, $20.90 $18.80 Buy
Fine Hair
The struggle here often lies in lack of body and greasiness. Hairstylist Ryan Trygstad recommends a volumising shampoo, like Shu Uemura's, which, he says, "Does a great job [at] keeping the hair free of oil and product buildup." If you're looking for a less expensive option, he suggests checking out Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Muroto Volume Shampoo, $28.70 $21.50 Buy
Thick Hair
Thick hair can be a blessing and a curse. The upside is that you never have to worry about volume, says celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin. But, at-home blowouts are pretty much impossible. "To get you to a more manageable state, preparation starts with cleansing and conditioning," Atkin says.

Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash, £24, available at Kevin Murphy Store.
Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash, $24.00 Buy
Colour-Treated Hair
According to colourist Aura Friedman, you should avoid washing your hair more than twice a week, since water is one of the main culprits of colour-fading. Using a colour-safe shampoo is your best bet, she says. "Nexxus' Color Assure is sulfate-free and has three oils [almond, coconut, and argan] with moisturising qualities, which keeps colour-treated hair hydrated."

Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo, £9.33, available at Boots.
Nexxus Colour Assure Shampoo, $13.99 $9.33 Buy
Damaged Hair
Roxie Darling, a colourist at Hairstory in New York City, recommends steering clear of shampoos with detergents, which can make hair dry and frizzy. "I make sure all my clients use New Wash by Hairstory," she says. "It's 100% detergent-free, but also cleans hair very well. It uses aloe vera, a combination of essential oils, and is so good that it negates the need for a conditioner."

Hairstory New Wash Original, £44, available at Hairstory.
Hairstory New Wash Original: Sulfate Free Shampoo Alternative, $44.00 Buy
Curly Hair
Chuck Amos — the man behind the manes of Solange, Jordin Sparks, and Tracee Ellis Ross — likes Oribe products for controlling coils. The Moisture & Control shampoo has a ton of natural ingredients, mixed with amino-acid and polymer complexes. "Amber and sunflower extracts help moisturise and stimulate the scalp, while keeping hair strengthened, from root to tip," he says.

Oribe Shampoo for Moisture & Control, £43.50, available at Cult Beauty.
Oribe Shampoo For Moisture & Control, $43.50 Buy
Afro Hair
It's vital to avoid shampoo with sulphates of any kind, as they tend to dry out hair. Amos suggests checking out the new, organic brand Briogeo: Its products come sans sulphates, parabens, or silicones. And, they're gluten-free and include ingredients like green-tea oxidants, and vitamins B5 and E.

He also recommends Briogeo's co-wash shampoo, which "uses sea, avocado, and quinoa extracts to help cleanse and nourish hair, and soothing aloe to help nourish the scalp."

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co–Wash, £24, available at Cult Beauty.
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Matcha + Apple Replenishing Shampoo, $24.00 Buy
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