2022 Guide to the Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Every Hair Type

best shampoo and conditioner
January 23, 2022

Rachael Grant

Paying attention to the shampoo and conditioner you use for your hair is as important, if not more than the professional care you give your scalp at the hairdresser. You can easily mess up a spot-on hairstyle if you go for the wrong shampoo and conditioning treatment. Choosing a shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type is an investment: you develop a routine that supports all those intense treatments and special scalp care you use occasionally. 

We have created this guide to the best hair shampoos and conditioners for every type to help you sustain hair health without worrying you are doing something that doesn’t assist your hair type.

How to Choose the Best Shampoo And Conditioner for Your Hair Type

You have noticed those shampoo and conditioner labels dedicated to a specific hair type — shampoo for dry hair, anti-frizz shampoo, oily scalp shampoo, or shampoo for hair loss. However, ingredients in hair care formulas are becoming increasingly more complex. Brands develop all kinds of concrete purpose treatments, so it is hard to tell which is which, especially if you suffer from multiple hair issues at once or if you are unsure what your hair type. Let us help you with some basic education about recognising your hair type and picking the shampoo and conditioner with the maximum benefit for your hair.

Dry and Damaged Hair

How to recognise: due to lack of hydration, dry hair is prone to split ends and stray hairs. It feels brittle to touch, knots easily, and is difficult to detangle, especially when brushing it wet. Dry hair is prone to breakage, which may result in excessive hair loss. 

Best ingredients for dry and damaged hair:
Natural extracts and essential oils: Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter. 
Active ingredients: Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate, Propylene glycol, Sodium lactate, Sodium PCA, low pH, detanglers, keratin.

Recommended: Schwarzkopf Bonacure Keratin Smooth Perfect Shampoo

Oily Scalp

How to recognise: hair looks slick and glossy due to the excess sebum that builds upon the scalp. It may require frequent washes that can, oddly enough, worsen the condition. If you suffer from oily hair, you may also develop an itchy scalp and persistent, oily dandruff located near the roots

Best ingredients for an oily scalp:
Natural extracts and essential oils: Rosemary Extract, Birch Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Nettle Extract, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, 
Active ingredients: sodium lauryl sulphate, benzoyl peroxide, selenium sulphide, sodium sulfacetamide, ketoconazole, zinc sulphate, zinc PCA, kaolin.

Recommended: Muk Head Muk Oily Scalp Shampoo

Fine or Thin Hair

How to recognise: the following indicates thin hair— widening of the part, hair looks falt when styled, more space between hairs, excessive hair on the pillow or in the sink, flat ponytails or braids that won’t hold well.    

Best ingredients for fine and thin hair:
Natural extracts and essential oils: Ginseng, Ginger, Cedarwood Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Thyme Essential Oil, Horsetail Plant, Rosemary Leaf Extract.  
Active ingredients: vitamin B5, polymers, biotin, hyaluronic acid.


Recommended: Schwarzkopf Bonacure Q10 Time Restore Duo Pack 1L

Curly Hair

How to recognise: it doesn’t take much to realise that you belong to the curly hair type, but identifying the curl type and texture can be more difficult. The shape of the hair follicle and the shape strands make when they curl determine your curl type. Curlier hair grows from oval or flat follicles. As they grow, strands can create kinks, curves, spirals, or waves, and give a different texture to your hair. 

Best ingredients for curly hair: 
Natural extracts and essential oils: Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Honey, Avocado Oil.
Active ingredients: sulphate-free and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner, vegetable glycerin, moderate content of alcohols and silicones. 

Recommended: Inebrya Curly Plus Curl Duo Pack 300ml

Coloured and Bleached Hair

How to recognise: the sign you should recognise in dyed or hair treated with lighteners is the level of damage. Pull a strand of hair and pull it gently in both directions. If it snaps, it is damaged, and if it doesn’t return to its original shape, then it is only dry and lacks elasticity.

Best ingredients for coloured and bleached hair:
Natural extracts and essential oils: Kakadu Plum Extract, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Geranium, Linseed Oil, Rose Extract, Citrus Extract, Chamomile Extract. 
Active ingredients: bond strengtheners, keratin-infused treatments, Vitamin B5. (Avoid sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium Laureth sulphate, and sodium chloride that cause colour fading.)


Recommended: Inebrya Green Post-Treatment Duo Pack 300ml

Frizzy Hair

How to recognise: Frizzy hair type is dry, stiff, and straw-like. It lacks smoothness and has flyaways, looking messy, wiht strands standing randomly in different directions. Hair is difficult to style and manage, giving the impression of neither straight nor curly. The texture is fuzzy to touch. 

 

Best ingredients for frizzy hair: 
Natural extracts and essential oils: Macadamia Nut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Honey, Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera, Argan Oil, Primrose Oil, Moroccan Oil. 
Active ingredients: thermal protectants, bond smoothers, leave-in conditioners, and hair serums.


Recommended: Brasil Cacau Anti Frizz Duo Pack

You can use the above guidelines to ensure you know you can properly read shampoo and conditioner labels and discover what is best for you. But if you want to get a scientifically developed shampoo and conditioner with issue-specific formula, here is a list of the fifteen best you can pick to show your scalp the special love it deserves. 

Special Shampoo and Conditioner Formulas for Healthy Hair Round the Year

Here are the fifteen more shampoo and conditioner combos or individual products that tackle common and not so universal hair issues:

1. Quench your curls’ thirst

The pack includes Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Moroccanoil Hydrating Conditioner to help intensely hydrate dry curls or coloured or otherwise chemically treated hair. It is packed with Argan Oil, Vitamins A and E and red algae extract to provide anti-oxidant properties and help curly retain moisture. The duo pack is sulphate-free, phosphate-free and paraben-free.

2. Anti-gravity effects for oily hair

Trademark active ingredients such as Intra-CylaneTM and Hydralight add body and volume to fine and thinning hair, enhancing volume and giving a root-lifting effect. Flat hair and an oily scalp often go together so if you have them both, fight gravity with this nourishing extreme-shine shampoo by Loreal.

3. Gel-based deep cleansing shampoo

This gentle shampoo with jelly consistency is ideal for adding shine to dull, lifeless hair that lacks volume due to scalp impurities. Add volume to oily hair by using it daily and then maintain body and fullness by detangling strands with the Muk Fat Muk Volumising Conditioner.

4. Extremely fine and thinning hair

The special Boost-Blend Formula, Cotton, and the Bodifying Spring Force Polymers help hair fibres remain bouncy and voluminous during blow-dries. This pack is one of those rare affordable gems with a salon professional quality.

5. Soften dry and damaged hair overnight

For best results in repairing extremely dry malnourished hair, use the 3-step treatment, including cleansing and nourishing shampoo, repairing conditioner, and the 10-in-1 leave-in spray. New shine and softness are revealed even only after one treatment. The miracle ingredient is— you guessed it right—quinoa protein.

6. Anti-breakage, protein-rich shampoo and conditioner

If you love the scent of mango fruit, have blonde or lightened hair, and have a habit to wash it daily then this Muk duo pack is the ideal choice for you. Deeply hydrates and strengthens hair simultaneously, giving a brightening effect.

7. Rejuvenate ageing, frequently coloured hair

The gentle pH factor of 4.5 in this Schwarzkopf shampoo and conditioner is a solution for hair that has undergone years of colouring treatments without a break to give it time to repair. The technology balances the hair surface while at the same time locking colour pigments in the heart of the hair, thus extending optimal colour retention beyond average colour fading thresholds.

8. Anti-aging treatment to restore hair vitality

Ageing hair has special needs because it gets thinner, increases in porosity, and loses shine quickly after a blow-dry. Bring back the lustre to your hair by adding sapphire micro-crystals to your washing routine and get back young looking hair. It’s easy to do with this pack from inebrya!

9. Full range aftercare to combat frizz

Let us not forget about conditioning your hair after you give it a proper wash with a skillfully chosen shampoo for your hair type. Frizz is an indicator of dry hair that desperately tries to replenish parched strands with moisture and therefore absorbs environmental humidity. To prolong the effects of the washing routine and prevent humidity absorption, choose appropriate nurturing with styling cream, intense treatment, and a texture-improving hairspray.

10. Tone neutralizer for blonde coloured hair

This shampoo for blonde hair helps you remove yellow undertones and neutralize unwanted warm tones with every wash. 3D Bond Creation Technology and Velvet Flower Protein Complex also improve bond-building — so you get shiny colour and healthy hair — ideal if you are a fan of constant highlights or platinum blonde.

11. Hair thickening conditioner

If you hate the tendency of many conditioners to flatten the hair along with smoothing it, then this patented Filler A-100 technology by L’oreal may be the right solution to your woes. Instead of covering the shaft with another layer as many other thickening products, this product permeates fibres from the inside and focuses on the hair ends which lose most volume due to hair damage and breakage. It promotes hair growth and helps very long hair stay healthy without having to reach for the scissors.

12. Omega-rich argan oil shampoo and conditioner

We sometimes underestimate the importance of Omega fatty acids that are essential for hair health. Simple ingredients make all the difference and this Muk made with argan oil has them—Omega 9 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids and Vitamin E fight free radicals, enhancing hair elasticity and protein health. Regular usage helps the ingredients with antioxidant properties fight stressful factors and repair hair. The product is sulphate-free, paraben-free, and phosphate-free. It has no alcohol or mineral oils, so it can help with eliminating woolly hair appearance. 

13. Easy blonde colour upkeep

For in-between salon visits, add this cool blonde conditioner to your washing routine as the last step and leave it in for 5 minutes. (You won’t need another conditioning treatment.) The cool blonde is perfect for blondes level 8-10 and gives a nice ashy tone if that is what you are aiming for. If not, you have eight more Goldwell Color Revive shades at your disposal, all manufactured with microPROtec direct dye technologies for quick colour refreshment.

14. Intense ceramide and keratin treatment

Inebrya has designed a restructuring haircare range of keratin products, including shampoo, mask, conditioner, crema, and serum to repair hair with keratin amino acids and ceramide formula. If you need an intense treatment to fight frizz because you put your hair through the wringer of chemical procedures more than it can handle, try washing your hair with this restructuring shampoo, towel dry it and soak it with the restructuring mask for 5 minutes. Conditioner is optional afterwards but it can help with brushing your hair if you have very brittle ends.

15. Stimulating shampoo to prevent hair loss

Use this volume-boosting shampoo for hair loss prevention and thicken hair. Active ingredients enhance micro-circulation giving an instant lifting effect. Massage well to promote its hair growth properties.

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