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The Best Shampoo for Every Hair Type

Find the shampoo formula that will give your hair exactly what it needs to look bouncy, shiny, and frizz-free.

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Best shampoo for oily hair

If your hair is oily, a volumizing shampoo can make a huge difference, according to Edward Tricomi, master stylist and co-founder of Warren-Tricomi Salons. And although it seems counterintuitive, Tricomi recommends washing oily strands every other day. “It gives the oil gland in the scalp a chance to rest,” he says. “Less frequent washing will help with an over-active oil gland, and in time should make a visible change in the hair.” Try Alterna Haircare Caviar Volume Shampoo, a sulfate-free formula that builds thickness and volume with a marine pumping complex while protecting color from root to tip. Quick check: Are you guilty of these surprising hair mistakes?

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Best shampoo for dry hair

Summer sun takes a toll on hair, leaving it dry and brittle. And when the heat kicks on in fall, strands only get drier. To restore moisture and healthy shine, L’Oréal Paris celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak recommends using L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oils Nourish Shampoo. “It gives hair shine and an added boost of nutrition,” she says. The shampoo’s oil complex—with amla, coconut, soja, sunflower, argan, and chamomile oils—nourishes hair, rebuilding the hair fiber, repairing coarse hair from root to tip, and leaving locks shiny and soft. Don’t miss these natural hair loss remedies that are definitely worth a try.

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Best shampoo to tame flyaways

If static electricity has your hair standing at attention, reach for ultra-hydrating ingredients like coconut oil and sea kelp, found in Mineral Fusion Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. “They cleanse and purify the hair with mineral-rich clay, and use the oil and sea kelp to tame flyways and frizz,” says Timothy Schaeffer of Mineral Fusion. “Hair will feel smoother, silkier, and will be much easier to manage thanks to all the extra hydration.”

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Best shampoo for an itchy scalp

Whether you are prone to dandruff or not, the scalp sometimes needs TLC. Enter DESSANGE Professional Hair Luxury Purifying Clay Balancing Shampoo, the second step to the Purifying Clay system, a pro-vitamin B5 enhanced shampoo that helps to minimize oily roots and produce soft, balanced hair. The pro-vitamin B5 is known for its protective properties of the fiber capillary, helping repair and soften the hair from roots to ends. The light cherry, violet, and vanilla scents are a nice bonus! Don’t fall for these nighttime habits that are actually damaging your hair.

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Best shampoo for color-treated hair

In a 180-degree departure from typical color-care products, Color Wow Security Shampoo is formulated not only without sulfates, but also without silicones, conditioning, or pearlizing agents that can leave behind residues that dull hair and clog follicles, impeding new growth. The Color Wow Color Security Shampoo is a gentle cleanse for colored hair, leaving it shiny and clean with radiant color. These stylist tricks will help make your hair color last longer.

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Best shampoo for thinning hair

The folks behind RevitaLash Cosmetics eyelash and eyebrow conditioning products now have a shampoo that can help you stop hair aging and thinning in its tracks. ReGenesis Thickening Shampoo is phyto-infused to fortify the hair cuticle and improve hair shaft thickness, making hair feel fuller and look thicker and more lustrous. Meanwhile, check out the sneaky reasons your hair might be falling out.

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Best shampoo for curly hair

Curls of all shapes and sizes need formulations that promote control, shine, and pliability and stop frizz from forming. MoroccanOil Curl Enhancing Shampoo & Curl Cleansing Conditioner check all these boxes, enhancing curl formation and increasing manageability. Don’t miss the 40 best hairstyles that look great for women over 40.

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Best shampoo to get rid of buildup

We love our mousse, volumizing spray, gel, cream, and dry shampoo, but all that product builds up on the hair, weighing it down, which is why a clarifying shampoo is a must-have. Inspired by a family beauty secret, Frederik Fekkai’s cult-classic Apple Cider Shampoo is an apple and pear-scented, silicone-free cleanser for overworked hair that deep cleans without stripping. Treat yourself to the weekly ritual of renewing hair to its cleanest, purest state.

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Best shampoo for seriously fried strands

Hair that’s nearly crispy from summer sun, heat styling, and color treatments needs Kérastase Nutritive Bain Magistral. Its powerful nutrition complex, with nutrition-packed resin from the Benjoin Tree, nourishes hair and creates a shield on the hair surface for 72 hours to protect against dryness. For extra hydration, add Kérastase Elixir Ultime Indulgent Oil Metamorph’Oil Pre-Shampoo Treatment, a silicone-free, gel-to-milk, purifying pre-cleansing balm that boosts shampoo and conditioner performance. Also try these home remedies to rescue dry hair.

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Best shampoo for flat, lifeless hair

To add a little va-va voom to sad strands, you need to cleanse the scalp and hair of excess buildup, for starters. StriVectin HAIR Max Volume Shampoo does that as step one; it then amplifies overall body and bounce for weightless hair that appears full, soft, and radiant. The formulation contains a combination of hydrolyzed soy and vegetable proteins that regulate hair’s ability to retain moisture without adding weight, and sunflower seed extract that protects and repairs natural and dyed hair against harmful UV rays and decreases damage from chemical treatments and heat styling.

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Best shampoo for aging hair

Mature locks need special attention, and Pureology Nano Works Gold Shampoo and Conditioner aim to deliver. These formulas are made with strand-softening shea butter and golden marula oil, which is super hydrating but ultra light, so hair is soft and manageable but never greasy. An ingredient called keravis helps strengthen and repair damaged strands, which has less bounce-back than younger hair and needs greater protection against breakage. Vitamin B complex evens the surface of hair for optimal shine, and a vitamin E-based anti-fade complex, with UVA and UVB filters, helps keep your color vibrant. Next, don’t believe these hair myths that are ruining your hair.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest