Ready to find the right shampoo for your hair type?
Best Shampoo for Dry/Damaged Hair
Your goal? Hydrate like crazy. Use a sulfate-free formula with conditioning oils (coconut and argan), silicones, or panthenol to draw moisture into strands and then seal the cuticle. Conditioner note: Use a rich cream with proteins like amino acids and keratin that temporarily patch up and strengthen damaged hair, says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer. How often: Once or twice a week is fine.
Try this product: Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo ($25, moroccanoil.com)
Best Shampoo for Fine Hair
Your goal? Get some va-va-voom going on. Look for gentle cleansers that won't dry out your hair, and wheat, soy, or rice proteins. These layer on a lightweight coating that plumps the strands but doesn't weigh them down, says Hammer. Conditioner note: Skip in-shower conditioning and use a water-based leave-in spray conditioner instead. Mist it from mid-shaft to ends, avoiding roots. How often: Three to four times a week.
Try this product: Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo ($21, aveda.com)
Best Shampoo for Color Treated Hair
Your goal? Moisturize and prevent fading. Chemicals in dye lift the cuticle and make strands porous, allowing color molecules to rinse away. A sulfate-free wash formulated specifically to protect color has silicones and natural oils to seal your cuticle and lock in pigment. Think of it as a clear topcoat for your strands . Conditioner note: One with oils and silicones amps up shine. How often: Two (if your hair is dry) or three times a week.
Try this product: Rita Hazan True Color Shampoo ($26, sephora.com)
Best Shampoo for Thick/Curly/Coarse Hair
Your goal? Keep poofiness under control. Dryness causes frizz, a problem for many curly girls, so go sulfate-free, using a co-wash infused with natural oils that moisturize hair and tamp down fuzz. If you use lots of styling products, swap in a sulfate shampoo when your hair starts to feel gunky, says Wilson. Conditioner note: Try a heavier one, even a deep treatment, each time you wash. How often: Once or twice a week.
Try this product: Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse ($12, target.com)
Best Shampoo for Oily Hair
Your goal? Deep-clean to zap oil. You need sulfates and astringent ingredients such as citric acid to reduce sebum. To avoid drying out your hair, look for lightweight hydrators like panthenol. Clear — not opaque — formulas typically tend to be free of heavy, strand-flattening ingredients. Conditioner note: Go with a detangling spray, or skip it entirely. How often: Daily; excess oil can flatten your hair in just a day.
Try this product: Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Luminous Shampoo ($5, drugstore.com)
Best Shampoo for Normal Hair
Your goal? No complaints — just keep it clean. A cleansing formula with mild surfactants such as sodium laureth sulfate will do the trick, and added conditioning oils and silicones will help prevent dryness. Conditioner note: Use a regular conditioner with moisturizers such as glycerin, panthenol, silicones, and natural oils post-wash, and you're good to go. How often: Two to three times a week.
Try this product: Garnier Fructis Grow Strong Shampoo ($3, drugstore.com)
This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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