Finding the Right Shampoo For Your Hair Type

Anyone who’s ever been down a seemingly endless shampoo aisle before knows that differentiating the thermal-infused from the moisture-locking can be dizzying. With so many different brands, how’s a girl supposed to find her match? We asked veteran stylists Stella Winkelmann of Pas de Deux Salon and Chloe Fitzgerald of John Barrett Salon to teach us how to find the best shampoo formula for our hair type.

Hair Type: Dry & Brittle

Years of coloring or relying on your blow-dryer have left your hair fried. Fret not: look for a shampoo infused with a nourishing plant oil. Fitzgerald recommends SHU UEMURA Art of Hair's Moisture Velvet Shampoo which has camellia oil, an essential oil packed with vitamin A, C, and E. “It’s rapidly absorbing, replaces lost moisture, and leaves hair shiny,” Fitzgerald says.

Hair Type: Curly & Frizz-Prone

Temperamental curls do well with a detangling formula that removes buildup while replacing back shine. Opt for a creamy product like Miss Jessie's® Original Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo. The concentrated formula turns even the frizziest bird's nest into a sleek pile of ringlets, while also removing product buildup. It’s gentle enough to use day in and day out.

Hair Type: Color-Treated & Lackluster

Steer clear of generic shampoos, which tend to contain high levels of detergent-like sulfates that can strip color, suggests Fitzgerald. Instead, look for a protective salon formula with anti-fade properties like Oribe’s Shampoo for Beautiful Color, which is made with fruit-based color enhancers.

Hair Type: Thin & Flat

To boost volume and give fine locks a lift, you want to remove any excess oil weighing hair down, says Winkelmann. Look for a shampoo that will clear away any greasy residue. Oscar Blandi’s Jasmine Shampoo does the trick: it contains plant-derived cleansers along with restorative lavender oil and vitamin E.

Hair Type: Thick & Bushy

If your hair resembles a horse’s mane, you'll want a smoothing shampoo that will coat your locks with moisture without leaving any waxy buildup. We’re partial to French brand Leonor Greyl’s Shampooing Créme Moelle de Bambou. The silicone-free formula is full of silk and wheat proteins, plus bamboo marrow, to leave hair soft and manageable.

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