How to find the perfect shampoo for your hair goals
Seriously good hair, this way
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / November 22 2019
There are just about as many shampoos on the market as there are hairs on your head. How do you choose? You just need one that’s going to clean your scalp, right? Well, believe it or not, deciding on a shampoo is pretty important and it could actually be the deciding factor over whether you’re going to have a good hair day or not.
Just as not all foundations are created equal, shampoos differ widely, too. If you have a particular hair desire you wish to attend to, you can’t just pick a run-of-the-mill shampoo. While some things may be obvious (if you have thick, curly hair, don’t go for product made for fine, straight hair), it can be pretty overwhelming walking down the haircare aisle and trying to pick out what will work best for your hair type and concerns.
Get ready to look like an IRL hair commercial, because we’re about to show you how to pick the right shampoo for your hair goals. Let’s go.
If you want longer hair…
Not feeling the lob anymore? When you’re trying to grow out a haircut, it can feel like an eternity waiting for it to get longer. Thankfully, there are a whole range of stellar shampoos on the market specifically designed to speed up the process. To give your hair a bit of a nudge, look for shampoos that focus on nourishing the scalp (because a healthy scalp means healthy hair), as well as reducing oil build-up (this will help reduce breakage). We recommend trying Bondi Boost Hair Growth Shampoo. It switches out stuff like parabens and sulphates for hair-loving ingredients like vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that get to work on revitalising the hair shaft.
If you’re dreaming of glossier tresses…
While Marcia Brady may have totally lied about the whole brushing your hair 100 times before bed, we’re here to tell you that using the right shampoo is the *real* key to glossy, shiny hair. Shampoos for shine are all about delivering hydration and nourishing ingredients that leave hair feeling soft and smooth. Formulated with a blend of amla extract and coriander seed oil, Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Gloss Shampoo is about to become your new BFF. It’ll provide complete nourishment from root to tip, giving you flawless, glossy hair.
If you want stronger locks…
If your hair is damaged and prone to breakage and split ends, the good news is that the right shampoo will help get it back in tip-top shape. Search for formulas that are infused with ingredients like aloe, keratin, argan oil and shea butter, and are free of sulphates (to prevent dryness and stripping). Something like Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is perfect for the job, because it not only cleanses your scalp, but also repairs and maintains broken bonds within the hair (it’s also colour safe and suits all hair types).
If you’re after smooth, frizz-free hair…
Curly girls, listen up! If your curls are frizzy and get even worse in the humidity, it’s because they’re thirsty! They’re literally reaching out for moisture – poor little things. The solution? Hit that fuzzy halo with a super moisturising shampoo. When your hair is well hydrated, it’s soft, silky and more manageable when the moisture in the air rises. We love Oribe Shampoo for Moisture & Control because it tames frizz and gives you bouncy, defined curls. Plus, it makes your hair smell ridiculously expensive.
If you need more volume…
If you’re blessed with fine, limp strands, volumising sprays and powders aren’t your only weapon - there are a whole bunch of shampoos that can pump up hair’s volume. Pureology Clean Volume Shampoo removes volume-inhibiting build-up on the scalp, and delivers flexible volumisers, fortifying wheat protein and refreshing eucalyptus to lift your hair and help stimulate the scalp.
If you want bright blonde hair, minus the brassy tones…
Having blonde hair is fun and all, but when you use the wrong shampoo and your perfectly brightened hair suddenly has a yellow tinge to it, it’s not a good time. Maintaining blonde hair is a real pain, but there’s an easy fix. All you have to do is incorporate a purple or toning shampoo into your weekly hair routine. Reach for something like Kérastase® Blond Bain Ultra Violet – it contains ultra violet neutralisers that remove brassiness and yellow tones to boost the luminosity of your hair, while also restoring shine and softness. Getting rid of brassy tones? Easy as pie!
Looking for more ways to up your hair game? Check out these expert tips for getting perfect hair every day of the week, and find out how often you should really be washing your hair by clicking on the Get Lippy ep below.
What are some of your go-to hair products? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.