The Best Shampoo For Your Hair Type

The importance of shampooing has been drilled into our brains since we were little. Having grease and grime on our scalps isn’t very appealing, after all. What our moms likely didn’t tell us? Which shampoo — of the many options — we should be using.
 
Just like not all conditioners are created equal, shampoos differ widely. While some things may be obvious (if your hair is fine and straight, don’t use a product made for thick, curly strands), we also understand that the countless choices can be overwhelming.
So, we’ve consulted some of the top hair insiders in the biz on which cleanser is best for which tress type. Click through to see their picks for long, short, and everything in-between. Because, visiting the beauty aisle shouldn’t give you a mini panic attack.
 
Platinum
If you have platinum hair, you know the struggle it can be to keep that perfect tone. A great silver shampoo is crucial to help neutralize any yellow, and Sachajuan’s does just that, while adding volume and shine.
 
Platinum
Platinum-blond beauties know that fighting brass is one hard battle — which is why a shampoo that helps win it is oh-so-necessary. Pureology’s Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo has a soft-blue tint to tone, and is sulfate-free so it won’t damage your strands.

Wavy
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 its lightweight clean. It adds soft, touchable texture to the finest of hair types.Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, $25, available at Bumble and Bumble.

Red
If you’re not a natural redhead, you know the struggle of trying to keep that vibrant shade after each wash. Luckily, Davines’ Alchemic Shampoo in Red contains pigments to brighten up your hue each time you wash. If you are a natural redhead, you can use this product too — it will just brighten your color.
Short
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, $3.48, available at Walmart.
 
Long
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 Cristalliste, because it’s silicone-free and “leaves lengthy hair looking smooth and beautiful without [weighing] it down.”
Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Thick Shampoo, $39.00, available at Kérastase.
 
Fine
The struggle here often lies in lack of body and greasiness. Hairstylist Ryan Trygstad recommends a volumizing 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.
 
Fine
The struggle here often lies in lack of body and greasiness. Hairstylist Ryan Trygstad recommends a volumizing 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 Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo, $48.00, available at Shu Uemura.
This shampoo does it all — it’s hydrating, clarifying, and smells like heaven.

This argan oil-infused shampoo effectively cleanses our hair without leaving it dry.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Argan Shampoo, $12.99, available at Target.

Fine
For fine-haired ladies, figuring out which shampoo to use can be a struggle, as you never want product that will add weight, you’re always looking for extra volume and body. Rene Furterer’s Volumea Volumizing Shampoo does just that – it’s a lightweight shampoo so it doesn’t weigh hair down, but gives it a boost of volume so your fine hair looks naturally more full.Rene Furterer Volumea Volumizing

 
Thick
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. “For thick, unruly hair, my automatic go-to is Frizz Control by Clear Scalp & Hair. With ingredients like Nutrium 10 and vitamins B5, C, and E, plus a blend of natural oils, it provides 24 hours of nourished control.”
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Frizz-Control Nourishing Shampoo, $4.98, available at Walmart.
 
Color-Treated
According to colorist Aura Friedman, you should avoid washing your hair more than twice a week, since water is one of the main culprits of color-fading. Using a color-safe shampoo is your best bet, she says. “Nexxus’ Color Assure is sulfate-free and has three oils [almond, coconut, and argan] with moisturizing qualities, which keeps color-treated hair hydrated.”
 

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