I Think I've Found the Perfect Shampoo for Every Hair Type

“Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t so we could actually think about something else occasionally, but it is. It’s the difference between a good day and a bad day.” Truer words were never spoken than in Fleabag’s speech to maligned hairdresser Anthony.

But how do you avoid that bad hair day? As someone who’s been blessed (and sometimes cursed) with naturally curly hair, my theory is you need to start with the basics and by that I mean a great shampoo. As I’ve got a particular sort of hair, I decided to ask the rest of the Who What Wear editors about the shampoos they rate.

Among our team are women with curly, straight and wavy hair. We've also got blondes, brunettes, greys and highlights. So you can guarantee that we’ve got a lot of areas covered. Whether you’re looking for the best shampoos for dry scalps or just want to make your fine hair feel thicker, I’ve found some of the best around. Keep scrolling for our edit.

Best for Dry Scalps

My personal favourite for dry scalps is The Body Shop’s ginger shampoo, but there are so many other brilliant ones on the market that range in price. 

Best for Dry, Damaged Hair

Overdone it with the blow-drying or straighteners? Try some of these repairing shampoos. 

Best for Blonde Hair

Blonde hair—whether natural or highlighted—can always benefit from a great lightening shampoo. Olaplex No.4 is one of the recommended products for a reason: It repairs bonds while also cleansing the hair. Ideal for dyed hair. 

Best for Brunette Hair

Even brunettes need a bit of a help with boosting colour. Try any of the four products below to give your brown strands a high gloss. 

Best for Fragrance

These shampoos are great for all-over hair gloss but also smell incredible. You can skip your perfume the day you use these. 

Best for Curly Hair

There’s a range of curly hair from loose waves to Afro. Below, you’ll find shampoos that cater to every kind. Vernon Francois is a celebrity hairstylist (Lupita Nyong’o is one of his clients) and specialises in Afro hair and has created his own hair brand. 

Best for Fine Hair

Want to give your fine hair volume? We’ve got you covered. 

Best for Thick Hair

Thick hair is brilliant, but sometimes it needs a little help to keep it under control. See our pick of the best shampoos for smoothing thick hair below. 

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