Marie Claire UK Hair Awards 2022: Wash & Care Winners

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We can style our hair as much as we like, but it will never look its best if we don't get the basics right first.

Thankfully, whatever your haircare needs, there are shampoos, conditioners, masks and treatments out there tailored to you. And now our judges have tried and tested today's leading products so you don't have to.

Keep scrolling to discover the best of the best in wash and care for every hair type.

Best Colour Shampoo

Winner: Virtue ColourKick De-Brassing Shampoo, £40 | SpaceNK

Keeping brass at bay is one of the most important parts of maintaining colour. This shampoo rebalances your hue without stripping moisture from your hair, thanks to the plant-derived humectants in the formula that hydrate and detangle hair. But the real star ingredient of the show is the Alpha Keratin, which repairs damage by filling and smoothing any rough patches on the hair shaft. 

Highly Commended: L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Colour Shampoo, £11.90 | Lookfantastic

Best Colour Conditioner 

Winner: Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner, £18.40 | Lookfantastic

As Hair Awards judge Zoë Irwin says, this conditioner is “consistently good.” The reparative formula is packed with antioxidants to help mend breakage, strengthen hair and most importantly protect colour at every wash. The bonus is that when you rinse it out your hair smells like spring (think lavender, raspberry and peach).

Highly Commended: Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold Conditioner, £19.90 | All Beauty 

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

Winner: Rhyme & Reason Quench & Curl Shampoo, £8.99 | Amazon

“This is the most beautiful shampoo I have ever used,” said judge Olivia Rose. High praise indeed, but you can see why. With 92% naturally-derived ingredients including a blend of shea butter, desert peach and ceramides, this shampoo helps to improve moisture on the hair and scalp while also cleansing away product build-up and keeping curls bouncy and voluminous.

Highly Commended: Happy Naturals Curl Defining Shampoo, £3.50 | Amazon

Best Conditioner for Curly Hair 

Winner: Kérastase Curl Manifesto Fondant Hydratation Conditioner, £19.95 | All Beauty

This conditioner may be lightweight but it’s an all-around heavy hitter. The formula includes manuka honey and ceramides to aid with detangling and hydration. Plus, if you worry about frizz and humidity ruining your definition this conditioner keeps them at bay for at least 24 hours. 

Highly Commended: Rhyme & Reason Quench & Curl Conditioner+, £8.99 | Amazon

Best Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Winner: MONAT Damage Repair Bond Support Shampoo, £36 | MONAT

This rich lathering shampoo helps to strengthen damaged hair by up to 47%. A standout in the ingredients list are the rejuvabeads. These, along with the rest of the formula, repair three layers deep into the hair shaft, leaving the hair visibly healthier and glossier.

Highly Commended: Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo, £19.35 | Lookfantastic

Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair

Winner: Klorane 3-in-1 Repairing Mask with Organic Cupuacu, £26| Revolve

For seriously damaged hair we all know that consistently applying a good mask is the key to softer, shinier locks. This pick from Klorane is a game-changer. As judge Nicola Clarke describes, this mask is "buttery and rich”, but doesn’t weigh hair down. In fact, you can use it in the shower, overnight or as a leave-in conditioner. 

Highly Commended: Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Conditioner, £29.50 | Lookfantastic

Best Hydrating Shampoo

Winner: Aveda Nutriplenish Shampoo Light Moisture, £20.27 | Lookfantastic

Who would have thought pomegranate oil could pack such a punch? Its ability to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp helps this shampoo revitalise dull and lifeless locks. It also gently cleanses without drying out hair, with organic Coconut Oil and Mango Butter aiding the conditioning process. 

Highly Commended: Tropic Nourishing Hair Cleanser, £18 | Tropic

Best Hydrating Conditioner 

Winner: DIZZIAK Deep Conditioner, £22 | SpaceNK

From quinoa to babassu oil, this rich conditioner is packed with nourishing ingredients. Thanks to the concoction of filler-free components, it enhances shine, locks in moisture and smooths the hair shaft for long-lasting results. 

Highly Commended: HIF Hydration Support Cleansing Conditioner, £25 | Deciem

Best Haircare Range for Kids

Winner: My Little Coco Coconut Curling Custard, £3.99 | Boots

Made with the gentlest ingredients for your little ones, this range is dermatologically-tested and paediatrician approved. The light custard controls, defines and smooths all hair textures, from light waves to kinks and coils.

Best Natural Ingredient Shampoo

Winner: Hairstory New Wash, £44 | Hairstory

“I loved everything about Hairstory's New Wash — the scent, the sustainable (and Instagrammable) packaging and particularly the innovation,” said judge Jenny Proudfoot. If you normally find hair wash day an arduous task, this cleanser removes product build-up and conditions hair effectively in one step. 

Highly Commended: NEOM Organics Super Shower Power Shampoo, £20 | Liberty 

Best Natural Ingredient Conditioner

Winner: NEOM Organics Super Shower Power Conditioner, £17 | Feelunique

We dare you not to feel more awake and refreshed after using this conditioner as the final step of your morning hair wash. The spearmint and eucalyptus scent is super invigorating while the omega-rich, UV-protecting algae, blended with coconut and sweet almond oil, nourishes and protects the hair for long-lasting shine. 

Highly Commended: Sakrid Smooth + Silky Organic Conditioner, £18 | Amazon

Best Shampoo for Natural/Textured Hair

Winner: Avlon KeraCare Natural Textures Cleansing Cream, £6.30 | Lookfantastic

When picking a cleanser for naturally coily hair it can be difficult to strike a balance between maintaining a soft condition and effectively removing product build-up. This cleansing cream leans on ingredients like amla, neem and shikakai to cleanse scalp bacteria while the abyssinian oils keep hair feeling moisturised and nourished.

Highly Commended: thebeautyworX AFRICA Hydrating Shampoo, £7.99 | thebeautyworx

Best Conditioner for Natural/Textured Hair

Winner: Avlon KeraCare Natural Textures Leave In Conditioner, £6.30 | Lookfantastic

Sometimes leave-in conditioners can be so lightweight that thicker hair textures can’t fully reap the benefits. This creamy leave-in infuses moisture into coily hair, helping to smooth and define.

Highly Commended: Umthi Restoration Conditioner, £12.99 | Umthi

Best Smoothing Shampoo

Winner: Rossano Ferretti Parma Intenso Smoothing Shampoo, £29 | Net-a-porter

Calm frizz without weighing hair down with this nutrient-focussed formula from Rossano Ferretti Parma. Made with 95% natural ingredients like avocado, green tea and macadamia, frizz is forgotten as soon as you lather up.

Highly Commended: Shampora Shampoo, £12.60 | Shampora

Best Smoothing Conditioner

Winner: Wild Science Lab LEAF + SEED Smooth Move Bond Restructure Conditioner, £17 | Feelunique

The anti-static complex in this conditioner is a real game-changer for flyaways and frizz. It’s made with a blend of keratin, peptide complex, Avocado oil, Marshmallow Extract, organic Shea Butter and essential oils making detangling a breeze and the hair shaft super smooth.

Highly Commended: The Ordinary Behentrimonium Chloride 2% Conditioner, £6.80 | Lookfantastic

Best Luxury Scalp Treatment

Winner: Hair Rituel by Sisley Revitalising Fortifying Serum for the Scalp, £144 | Net-a-porter

This luxe serum is small but mighty. With a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, plant extracts and proteins this serum eases scalp discomfort and adds natural volume to the root. When used daily for a month you’ll notice a marked difference. 

Highly Commended: Monpure London Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, £53 | Feelunique

Best Purifying Scalp Treatment

Winner: Fable & Mane SahaScalp Wild Ginger Purifying Scrub, £28 | Cult Beauty

Stimulate and invigorate your scalp with this ginger-infused scalp saviour. Ginger is a known antiseptic while the neem in the formula also treats irritation thanks to its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. This makes for the perfect way to reset an irritated scalp. 

Highly Commended: MONAT Scalp Purifying Scrub, £48 | MONAT

Best Purse-Friendly Scalp Treatment

Winner: Schwarzkopf Professional Scalp Clinix Soothing Treatment, £18 | My Origines

This pro scalp treatment is ideal for soothing and protecting even the most delicate of scalps. The ingredients help strengthen the scalp’s protective barrier, leaving it feeling calm and moisturised. A great way to holistically care for your hair and scalp that your hairdresser will definitely approve of.

Highly Commended: The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, £5 | Cult Beauty

Best Intensive Hair Mask For Damage Repair

Winner: Molton Brown Intense Repairing Hair Mask With Fennel, £30 | Lookfantastic

With sustainably-sourced fennel, this silicone-free formula hydrates hair thoroughly. “It really does boost moisture and when used over time leaves some real results. Loved it,” says Judge Grace Warn. 

Highly Commended: Aussie SOS Supercharged Repair Hair Mask, £8 | Ocado

Best Nourishing Intensive Hair Mask

Winner: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment, £16.58 | Lookfantastic

This pre-wash mask is a saviour for dry, brittle hair. If you’ve found your hair breaks easily this will reinforce elasticity and in turn calm frizz and dryness. If it was good enough for Audrey Hepburn, it’s good enough for us.

Highly Commended: Living Proof Restore Repair Mask, £33 | Cult Beauty

Best Natural Formula Intensive Hair Mask

Winner: Forest Essentials Intensive Hair Repair Masque Japapatti & Brahmi, £20 | Lookfantastic

“Gorgeous smell,” notes judge Emily Ferguson. “And it left my hair feeling voluminous for days after.” This mask is a must for dry, damaged and chemically-treated hair, it nourishes from root to tip thanks to the herbal extracts of jatamansi, japapatti and brahmi on the ingredients list.

Best Purse-Friendly Intensive Hair Mask

Winner: Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Cocoa Butter 3-in-1 Hair Mask, £6.99 | Superdrug

This conditioner can be used in multiple ways but the outcome is the same: healthy, shiny hair. Whether you opt for a pre-treatment, a post-wash conditioner or an indulgent mask the sunflower oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter nourish and restore hair ensuring intense softness. 

Best Hair Supplement

Winner: Viviscal Hair Health Programme 60 tablets, £25.99 | Viviscal

As judge Ally Head states, “These are one of the most clinically researched supplements with 25 years of backing,” so a lot has gone into making these supplements hyper-effective. Formulated with biotin, zinc and vitamin C taken daily, these improve the overall health of hair, skin and nails and are recommended by top stylists, trichologists and nutritionists. 

Highly Commended: Revive Active Beauty Complex, £49.95 | Revive Active

Best CBD Product with Haircare Benefits

Winner: Wild Science Lab LEAF + SEED Head First Scalp Relief Shampoo, £24 | Amazon

Congested scalps don’t yield healthy hair but this revitalising daily shampoo helps create the perfect support for healthy hair to grow. The ingredients include 120mg pure CBD, organic Hemp Seed oil, organic Aloe Vera and an energising tonic of 5 essential oils to stimulate scalps and nourish locks.

Highly Commended: FEKKAI CBD Scalp Calming Hydrating Mask, £28 | Feelunique

Best Volumising Shampoo

Winner: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Multiplying Volume Shampoo, £22.75 | All Beauty

This gentle, volumising shampoo boosts fullness and volume while retaining moisture and cleansing hair effectively. The formula is lightly moisturising, giving hair a hydrated and aerated feel post-cleanse.

Highly Commended: Absolute Collagen Thickening Shampoo, £15 | Absolute Collagen

Best Volumising Conditioner

Winner: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Multiplying Volume Conditioner, £17.62 | Amazon

If you opt-out of conditioner because you worry about it weighing your hair down but then miss out on hydration, you can count on this one to give enviable bounce while helping your strands maintain moisture. Post-rinse your hair will have a healthy-looking sheen and heaps more volume.

Highly Commended: Absolute Collagen Thickening Conditioner, £15 | Absolute Collagen

Keeks Reid
Keeks started her career in beauty journalism in 2013 as editorial assistant at Blackhair and Hair magazines working her way to Acting Editor of Blackhair magazine at 23 years old. She now works with a range of companies, from consumer and trade magazines and websites to beauty brands and salons. She regularly contributes to Cosmopolitan, Who What Wear and most recently became a regular on ITV's This Morning.