Don't settle for coarse or rough texture, make over your dry hair with one of these gamechanging shampoos...
If your hair is dry, the chances are it’s also brittle or coarse and unmanageable, but you really don’t have to put up with split ends and rough lengths. Find the best shampoo for dry hair and you can change your locks for the better.
From the best clarifying shampoo that cleanses tresses without stripping the natural moisture found in your hair follicles, to shampoos with coconut or argan oil to soften the driest of hair, there’s a product out there that can transform your hair type to give you smooth and manageable locks.
There are even shampoos for dry hair that feature elastin, such as the Philip Kingsley version, which can change the structure of each strand from the inside out. Work on your scalp to improve hair from root to tip with a purifying shampoo, or treat your over-processed hair to a luxury treatment shampoo to see straw-like tresses become shimmering silk.
So, which one is for you? First, take this quiz on our sister site Powder to find the perfect shampoo for your hair. Then, discover our round up of the best shampoo for dry hair on the market right now.
Best shampoo for dry curly hair
Curly hair can get really, really dry – and that’s when your curls go flat and straw like. Not ideal.
Fortunately, one of the best shampoos for the job is also an absolute bargan, in the form of OGX’s Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. Argan oil is an absolute wonder ingredient when it comes to putting moisture and life back into your locks, so it’s a great choice if your curls are looking like they’ve seen better days.
Alternatively, you can try one of the best sulphate free shampoo formulas for a product that won’t dry out your hair or harm the environment.
Best shampoo for dry damaged hair
When it comes to dry hair that’s damaged from heat styling or hot weather conditions, you want something that’s going to replenish your hair’s moisturiser while also working to repair your hair over time.
The newly-launched Wella Fusion range has the perfect shampoo for the job, penetrating your hair to its core and repairing each strand over time (plus it comes in gorgeous, Insta-worthy rose gold packaging). We’re sure you’ll love it.
Best shampoo for dry fine hair
Look to Kerastase if you want silky hair with added ‘oomph’ – their Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Complete Nutrition Shampoo not only makes each strand feel super soft, but it adds that little bit of extra volume that finer and flatter hair needs.
From budget buys on the high street, to premium brands that make big promises and deliver great results, there’s something for everyone in our round-up of the best shampoos for dry hair.
Argubly one of the best haircare ranges available, Kérastase is a tad pricy for some. If you’re willing to invest, the Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Complete Nutrition Shampoo will transform dry hair into shimmering silk over time. Miranda Kerr is a fan and if it’s good enough for a Victoria’s Secret Angel, it’s good enough for us.
As well as giving your dry hair a much-needed boost of hydration, this shampoo from Wella works to repair dry and damaged hair over time. Follow up with the Fusion Repair Mask for the strongest hair of your life.
This no-lather formula makes sure not to strip away hair’s natural moisture while cleaning and cleansing.
Redken’s All Soft range earns it’s place amongst our top ten thanks to its ability to tackle dry hair from the first wash. Infused with what the brand call an ‘Interlock Protein Network’ (or IPN), this shampoo washes tresses free of impurities to leave hair supple and managable. We love how it works into a really deep lather, leaving hair squeaky clean for longer and holding your chosen style better.
A harsh shampoo will only strip hair of its natural moisture, leading to an even drier texture. A gentle shampoo can help to hold in that hydration, as well as caring for your dry lengths and ends. Try the Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo, which uses amino acid and coconut oil to cleanse the hair without using harsh chemicals. We found it so moisturising, we even skipped the conditioner.
Revitalise your locks with this shampoo by Aveda, guaranteed to put some shine back into your hair.
If your hair is dry, there’s a chance it will also be brittle. Broken and damaged locks can be vastly improved with the Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturising Shampoo. Gentle but thoroughly cleansing, this softening shampoo uses elastin to improve the hair’s inner strength and ability to hold moisture. The result? Even coarse and wiry lengths are left softer and more supple than before.
If your hair has dried out from extensive colour treating, try the Giovanni 2chic Avocado and Olive Oil Ultra Moist Shampoo. Using a natural blend of ingredients, this kind-to-hair shampoo will restore your locks back to their beautiful best in no time. Plus, this shampoo is sulphate-free, so it doesn’t ‘fix’ dry hair by weighing it down or leaving it with a greasy texture.
Our favourite shampoo from the Garnier range, the new Ultimate Blends The Marvellous Transformer Shampoo is a great all rounder than can work for any hair type. Use regularly to leave hair soft and shiny, without being weighed down.
Using a blend of Moroccan Argan Oil and Camellia Oil (an oil used by Japanese women in their haircare routines) to add shine and depth to hair, you can feel assured that there are no nasties lurking in this range.
Thick, coarse hair is often dry and unmanagable. Treat your tresses to some TLC with the Lazartigue Shampoo With Shea Butter, to hydrate and nourish from root to tip. As well as being free from parabens, this luxe shampoo leaves hair lightweight and full of volume. A must for flat, over-worked tresses.
A super moisturising shampoo that’s particularly good for frizzy, treated hair.
The new and innovative Fast Shampoo promises to make hair grow 99% faster than its normal rate. While the MC jury is still out on that claim, we can confirm that this shampoo will make dry, over-processed and coarse hair seriously-soft from the first use. Don’t be put off by the price – that’s for a litre bottle, so you’ll get your money’s worth.
A total bargain, the OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo is worth buying just for the beautiful scent it leaves on your locks. Not only will this high street shampoo reconstruct dry ends and lengths, but it will protect hair against the very appliances that could be contributing to your coarse texture…
A classic everyday choice for dry hair, the Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo is an easily accessible, affordable buy that will still benefit your locks. Use with the 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner for an intensive treatment that revamps tired hair.
Organic ingredients work to hydrate and soften even the driest of hair.
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