Beauty & Style

The best shampoos for every kind of hair

Simply Her's beauty editor and a panel of six experts tested 200 haircare and styling products for this year's Simply Her Smart Shopper Great Hair Awards. Here's their pick of the best shampoos, so you can skip the guesswork and shop with ease.
 

VALUE-FOR-MONEY SHAMPOOS

1. Best Clarifying Shampoo
Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing Shampoo, $15.90 (280ml), cleans the scalp thoroughly without drying out hair. It also leaves a subtle, refreshing, minty feel post-rinse.

2. Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps
Vichy Dercos Dermo-soothing Treatment Shampoo, $25 (200ml), soothes tightness and itchiness on the scalp, and makes tresses feel soft and weightless.

3. Best Shampoo for Coarse/Thick Hair
The Face Shop Keratin Intensive Shampoo, $16.90 (300ml), smooths unruly locks and at the same time, gives them some volume.

4. Best Shampoo for Fine Hair
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo, $15.90 (250ml), is a lightweight product that doesn’t make fine strands appear flat.

5. Best Shampoo for Curly/Wavy Hair
Cycle Vital Soft Curls Shampoo, $24.90 (250ml), helps to detangle curls, even without a conditioner! It helps the curls remain bouncy after rinsing, too.

6. Best Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo, $35 (500ml), doesn’t make your hair or scalp feel dry. There was also less hair fall after using this for a month. The Korean medicinal herb-based formula is surprisingly fragrant, too!

7. Best Shampoo for Brittle/Dry/Damaged Hair
Dove Intense Repair Shampoo, $7.70 (375ml), $11.70 (700ml), lathers up easily, and helps hair feel instantly smoother and lighter after one wash.

8. Best Frizz-taming Shampoo
L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Eversleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo, $14.90 (250ml), tames frizz and makes your hair feel smooth and soft without weighing it down.

9. Best Shampoo for Dandruff Care
Vichy Dercos Anti-dandruff Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps, $25 (200ml), is sulphate-free, doesn’t create a lot of lather, and washes out easily.

10. Best Colour-protecting Shampoo
Keranove Radiance & Protection Shampoo, $19.90 (250ml), creates a lather that is creamy but washes out easily, so your scalp feels fresh, and your hair is soft and light.

LUXE SHAMPOOS

11. Best Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Adenovital Shampoo, $42 (250ml), refreshes your scalp and helps it feel more supple. We also noticed that hair fall was reduced after using it for two months.

12. Best Shampoo for Coarse/Thick Hair
Kerarganic Keratin Shampoo, $46 (236ml), makes tresses smooth and light, and leaves your scalp feeling refreshed and non-oily.

13. Best Frizz-taming Shampoo
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, $32 (236ml), really tames frizzy strands and smooths hair. The light formula doesn’t make hair look or feel heavy either.

14. Best Shampoo for Fine Hair
Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo, $48 (250ml), is super-moisturising and tames frizz. It soothes the scalp and helps soften and smooth hair while giving it a lift at the roots.

15. Best Clarifying Shampoo
Redken Hair Cleansing Cream, $29 (300ml), makes your scalp feel ultra-clean. It is suitable even for sensitive and oily scalps.

16. Best Colour-protecting Shampoo
Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo, $24 (300ml), works up a creamy lather that washes off easily without drying the scalp. It also guards hair against colour-fading caused by frequent washing.

17. Best Shampoo for Brittle/Dry/Damaged Hair
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, $48 (250ml), $150 (1,000ml), detangles as you massage the shampoo in. Hair feels softer after use, and the subtle lavender scent lingers until the next shampoo.

18. Best Shampoo for Dandruff Care
Kerastase Specifique Bain Exfoliant Purifiant, $39 (200ml), has minimal lather but gently exfoliates the scalp with its microbeads without drying out your hair. It also helps thinning tresses by clearing out dead skin cells, oil and product build-up.

19. Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps
Apivita Propoline Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp, $30 (250ml), makes hair feel soft and light after the first use. It is free of sulphates, parabens, mineral oils and synthetic colours, and its runny texture soothes easily irritated scalps.

This article was originally published in Simply Her November 2014.

All product and pricing information was correct at the time of the magazine's publication. We advise readers to check with the stores for the latest availability and pricing information.

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