The best shampoo formulas for all hair types, from fine to frizzy

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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’ve rounded up the right ones for different hair types.

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, there’s a shampoo out there that’s perfect for everyone.

Best shampoo for greasy hair

Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo, £12.50, John Lewis

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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, as 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 adding to heaviness to locks. Apple and orange extracts boost shine levels, while shea butter boosts your hair’s hydration.

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Best shampoo for hair loss

Aveda Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampoo, £20, Fabled

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Hair loss and thinning hair are both major concerns for a lot of people – so you’re not alone if you’re looking for a shampoo that’ll fix it. 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.

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Best purple shampoo for blonde hair

Lush Daddy-O Purple Shampoo, £13.50, uk.lush.com

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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.

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Best shampoo for hair growth

Charles Worthington Grow Strong Activating Shampoo, £7.99, Boots

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The key to longer hair is stronger hair, so Charles Worthington’s innovative GROWSTRONG complex contains a mix of root-activating pea sprout extract and protective, nourishing proteins to get your hair and scalp into peak shape and reducing breakage by as much as 95%. Used with the range’s protein treatment and scalp tonic, it promises results in just six weeks. So if your fresh haircut is a little shorter than you’d have liked, this’ll get your locks back on track in a jiffy.

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Best shampoo for coloured hair

Aveda Colour Conserve Shampoo, £2o, Fabled

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It goes without saying that, after splashing out on a fresh dye job at the salon, you want to prolong your hair’s colour for as long as possible. Try Aveda’s Colour Conserve shampoo; the plant-based formula is gentler than chemical-based shampoos and therefore cleanses without stripping your hair of its all vibrant colour glory.

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Best shampoo for dry hair

Sachajuan Moisturising Shampoo, £20, Fabled

There’s nothing worse than running your hands through your hair to find it’s 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.

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Best anti dandruff shampoo

Vosene Frequent Use Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, £2, Ocado

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Sometimes the trusty pharmacy buys are the best man for the job; Vosene’s purse-friendly Frequent Anti-Dandruff Shampoo leaves hair feeling clean and smooth and, best of all, stops that horrid itching feeling that a dry scalp can bring. Less itching means less flaking, so you’ll see a marked reduction in flakes too. Bargain.

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Best volumizing shampoo

Percy & Reed Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Shampoo, £16, Fabled

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Great for finer hair that needs a bit of thickening and bounce, Percy & Reed’s volumising shampoo is enriched with blackcurrant extract to add body and Vitamin B5 to strengthen and thicken the hair shaft. With two of the world’s most legendary hairdressers at its helm, this is a brand you can put your trust in.

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Best shampoo for curly hair

Bumble and Bumble Curl Shampoo, £17.60, Fabled

best shampoo for curly hair Bumble and Bumble Curl Shampoo

When it comes to curly hair products, this is a firmly-established favourite in the minds of curly-haired women everywhere and it’s rightly earned cult status in the beauty world. Sulphate-free and enriched with Brazilian oils to nourish and help curls keep their shape, it’s a gentle wash that won’t frazzle the living daylights out of your curls for a frizz-free finish. Follow up with a 1p sized blob of Custom Conditioner.

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Best shampoo for frizzy hair

Evo Mane Tamer Shampoo, £20, Strawberrynet

best shampoo for frizzy hair Evo Mane Tamer

Mane tamer does exactly what it says on the bottle (with a witty caption to boot) – tames your mane the frizz-free locks you’ve only dreamed of until now. The sulphate-free formula means less foam and a gentler clean that doesn’t fuzz the life out of your hair. The conditioner is equally amazing, a super-thick formula that calms and softens the hair so it’s silky smooth.

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Best sulphate free shampoo

Maria Nila Luminous Colour Shampoo, £14.92, Amazon

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Vegan-friendly brand Maria Nila’s formulas are all sulphate and paraben free, and the sweet-smelling luminous colour shampoo protects your locks from fading after washes over time. Emma Watson reportedly swears by their silver shampoo to stop her locks from going brassy post-colouring, so you know it’s good.

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Best clarifying shampoo

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, £22.99, Amazon

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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. Read our full round up of the best clarifying shampoo for more recommendations. Obviously you can use it on any day of the week.

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Best shampoo for sensitive scalp

Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo, £19, Lookfantastic

best shampoo for sensitive scalp Philip Kingsley

The shampoo was originally created by Philip when his wife was undergoing treatment for breast cancer and is suitable for those with particularly sensitive scalp, including, of course, those going through chemo or radiation therapy. It contains no fragrance, colour, parabens or SLS and is gentle enough for daily use, leaving hair soft and cleansed.

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