7 gentle shampoos for damaged strands
Let the follicular rehabilitation begin
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / August 24 2021
In times of need (AKA when our strands are in dire straights), nothing gets our damaged hair back on track quite like a gentle shampoo.
These nourishing, conditioning, rehydrating, and (most importantly) purifying shampoo formulas are the guiding light to better hair days in our opinion, dealing with a myriad of sins like chemically over-processing, bleaching and heat styling with an undeniable grace. We’re forever grateful for their mere existence, TBH.
So join us in heralding a brand new and better hair day with these seven gently cleansing shampoo formulas – your strands just met their saviour.
R+Co ATLANTIS Moisturizing Shampoo
Remedy the damage caused by sun, colour treatments and heat styling with this sulphate-free shampoo. Its formula utilises pro vitamin B5 to deeply hydrate strands, while prickly pear stem extract helps to maintain an optimum pH-balance for scalp health, humectant glycerin draws in moisture, and nettle extract tackles frizz and imbues shine.
$45 at Adore Beauty
OLAPLEX No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
The OGs of saving our hair from the brink, Olaplex’s bond repairing shampoo gently cleanses hair and the scalp, helping to repair and maintain bonds within the hair, while simultaneously smoothing frizz and flyaways. Shiny, healthy strands here we come!
$50 at Sephora
VIRTUE LABS Recovery Shampoo
As the name indicates, this replenishing formula is here to rehabilitate your hair pronto. We’re talking about gently cleansing away product build-up, while revolutionary Alpha Keratin 60ku® (a super nifty keratin protein) helps to reinforce and strengthen the hair shaft by filling in cracks in the hair cuticle caused by heat, colour or chemical damage.
$54 at Sephora
Kérastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte Shampoo
This shampoo formula utilises a pretty special VITA-CIMENT® ADVANCE complex that combines the hair strengthening powers of pro-keratin (a protein that fulfils the purpose of keratin in reinforcing hair bonds) and ceramide (which is full of amino acids that act like cement), to strengthen hair on a cellular level. Wash your hair and watch as it goes from strength to strength, becoming more manageable, soft, healthy and flexible.
$44 at Adore Beauty
Redken Extreme Bleach Recovery Shampoo
If your hair has felt the pressure of trying to hold up after you’ve bleached to within an inch of its life (though, if you follow our tips on how to bleach your hair at home *without* damaging it, you shouldn’t have this issue), then this is the shampoo for you. It’s formulated specifically for reinforcing and strengthening weakened, brittle, bleached hair.
$33 at Adore Beauty
QV Hair Gentle Shampoo
Gentle on hair and on the ol’ wallet, this pH-balanced, fragrance-free, sensitive skin-friendly and dermatologist-approved pick cleanses and purifies the scalp while instilling much-needed moisture back into hair, promoting a healthy scalp and strands.
$19.99 at Ego Shop
Nioxin 3D System 5 Cleanser Shampoo
Glyco-Shield 2.0 technology is the genius ingredient inclusion that’s going to take your damaged, thinning hair to new heights as it removes sebum, fatty acids and product build-up for cleansed strands and knock-out volume.
$40 at Adore Beauty
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.