I Think I've Found the Perfect Shampoo for Every Hair Type

Elinor Block

“Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t so we could actually think about something else occasionally, but it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day.” Truer words were never spoken than in Fleabag’s speech to maligned hairdresser Anthony.

But how do you avoid that bad hair day? As someone who’s been blessed (and sometimes cursed) with naturally curly hair, my theory is you need to start with the basics and by that I mean a great shampoo. As I’ve got a particular sort of hair, I decided to ask the rest of the Who What Wear editors about the shampoos they rate.

Among our team are women with curly, straight and wavy hair. We've also got blondes, brunettes, greys and highlights. So you can guarantee that we’ve got a lot of areas covered. Whether you’re looking for the best shampoos for dry scalps or just want to make your fine hair feel thicker, I’ve found some of the best around. Keep scrolling for our edit.

Best for Dry Scalps

My personal favourite for dry scalps is The Body Shop’s ginger shampoo, but there are so many other brilliant ones on the market that range in price. 

Phillip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (£22)

The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (£10)

Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo (£32)

Aveeno Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo (£10)

Best for Dry, Damaged Hair

Overdone it with the blow-drying or straighteners? Try some of these repairing shampoos. 

L'Occitane Aromachologie Intensive Repair Shampoo (£19)

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner Duo (£26)

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo (£50)

John Masters Organics Shampoo for Dry Hair (£24)

Best for Blonde Hair

Blonde hair—whether natural or highlighted—can always benefit from a great lightening shampoo. Olaplex No.4 is one of the recommended products for a reason: It repairs bonds while also cleansing the hair. Ideal for dyed hair. 

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo (£6)

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo (£13)

Redken Color Extend Blondage Duo (£26)

Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Lumiere Shampoo (£19)

Best for Brunette Hair

Even brunettes need a bit of a help with boosting colour. Try any of the four products below to give your brown strands a high gloss. 

Color Wow Color Security Shampoo 250ml (£20)

Josh Wood Colour Fine Brunette Radiating Shampoo (£10)

Joico Colour Infuse Brown Shampoo (£16)

Davines Alchemic Shampoo (£17)

Best for Fragrance

These shampoos are great for all-over hair gloss but also smell incredible. You can skip your perfume the day you use these. 

Aesop Classic Shampoo (£33)

Sachajuan Normalizing Shampoo (£20)

Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Shampoo (£20)

Le Labo Basil Shampoo (£22)

Best for Curly Hair

There’s a range of curly hair from loose waves to Afro. Below, you’ll find shampoos that cater to every kind. Vernon Francois is a celebrity hairstylist (Lupita Nyong’o is one of his clients) and specialises in Afro hair and has created his own hair brand. 

Sachajuan Curl Shampoo (£20)

Vernon Francois Pure-Fro Shampoo (£20)

Davines Love Curl Shampoo (£17)

Kevin Murphy Killer.Curls (£31)

Best for Fine Hair

Want to give your fine hair volume? We’ve got you covered. 

Davines Melu Shampoo for Fine, Delicate Hair (£17)

Christophe Robin Delicate Volumising Shampoo with Rose Extracts (£39)

Philip Kingsley Body Building Weightless Shampoo (£9)

John Masters Organics Shampoo for Fine Hair with Rosemary & Peppermint (£24)

Best for Thick Hair

Thick hair is brilliant, but sometimes it needs a little help to keep it under control. See our pick of the best shampoos for smoothing thick hair below. 

Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Shea Butter Smoothing Shampoo for Frizzy Hair (£7)

Oribe Shampoo for Moisture & Control (£44)

Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner Duo (£41)

Aveda Smooth Infusion Duo- Shampoo and Conditioner (£38)

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