The complete guide to the best shampoo out there for your hair type

Once you've found it you'll never let it go

The best shampoo can be hard to find – but once you’ve found it, it’s your friend for life. Whatever your biggest hair concerns may be, we’re here to break down the best shampoos on the market right now.

Finding the perfect shampoo for your hair type is no easy task on your own, so allow us to guide you through the options whether you’re looking for the right one for dry hair, or you need little help with your fine, coloured, thick, or greasy hair type. Trust us, here’s a shampoo out there that’s perfect for everyone. If you’re looking for a conditioner too, why not take Powder’s quiz to find the perfect one for you.

Best shampoo for hair loss

Hair loss in women is a big concern, and can be tackled with the right shampoo. The best shampoo for hair loss is Aveda’s Invati range, which promises to reduce hair loss by removing the build-up on the scalp that can clog pores. It’s a sulphate-free formula that tackles excess sebum and nourishes the scalp, stimulating hair growth and reducing hair loss.

Shop now: Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo for £23.5 for 200ml from Fabled

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Read our full round up of the best shampoo for hair loss for more recommendations.

Best shampoo for greasy hair

When choosing the best shampoo for fine hair that gets greasy easily, it’s not just about how often you should wash your hair.

The key is to look for volume-boosting properties. Invest in a high-quality shampoo and ditch the conditioner, instead treating hair with a heat-protecting product before drying. This will stop your hair from being weighed down after it’s been cleansed. We recommend Liz Earle’s signature shampoo for greasy hair, as it hydrates and adds shine without weighing locks down. Apple and orange extracts boost shine while shea butter boosts hydration.

Shop now: Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo for £12 from John Lewis

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Read our full round up of the best shampoo for greasy hair for more recommendations.

Best shampoo for dry hair

Frankly, there’s nothing worse than running your hands through your hair to find it rough and dry – hair should be silky soft and flowing, right? Fortunately, you can invest in a shampoo that’ll fix that.

SACHAJUAN’s Moisturising Shampoo is a seriously nourishing and hydrating formula, which is particularly good for frizzy, treated hair, and is an absolute must if you’re struggling with locks drier than a haystack.

Shop now: SACHAJUAN Moisturising Shampoo for £18 from Fabled

Read our full round up of the best shampoo for dry hair for more recommendations.

Best sulphate free shampoo

Emma Watson reportedly swears by the brand’s silver shampoo to stop her locks from going brassy post-colouring.

Shop now: Maria Nila Luminous Colour Shampoo for £12 from Amazon

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Read our full round up of the best sulphate free shampoo for more recommendations.

Best clarifying shampoo

This is the best shampoo for you if you’re the kind of person who needs to wash hella product (and dirt) from their hair, without stripping its natural goodness and health.

Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo is a weekly treatment that gets rid of dirt, pollutants, product residue, you name it – but it shouldn’t be used on colour-treated hair. Please note that this can be used any day of the week, not just Sundays…

Shop now: Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo for £29 from Amazon

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Read our full round up of the best clarifying shampoo for more recommendations.

Best purple shampoo

If you’re a blonde, natural or not, no doubt you’re well acquainted with purple shampoo. If not, allow us to explain a bit about why it’s so great for blonde hair.

Washing your hair with this particular shampoo deposits purple pigment into your hair, which counters brassiness and enhances its silver tones. The best part? You only have to use it once or twice a week for maintenance, so one bottle will last you until your next appointment for a colour top up. Try this vibrant option from Lush for an instant lightening and brightening effect after the first wash.

Shop now: Lush Daddy-O Shampoo for £5.95 from

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Read our full round up of the best purple shampoo for more recommendations.

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