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The best shampoos and conditioners to solve all your hair problems

The best shampoos and conditioners to solve all your hair problems

Squeaky clean

Text: Redzhanna Jazmin


The right shampoos and conditioners will solve anything from thinning hair to dull strands—here are our picks.

Looking to get your hair looking its best? You might want to start with what you’re putting on it. Shampoos and conditioners can make or break your hair quality, which is why it’s so important to use the right ones for your hair type.

Here, we cover all of the different hair problems you may have encountered, and give you two simple solutions to fix them—a new shampoo and conditioner for you to try. 

For tamer hair

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Try: Grown Alchemist Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Anti-Frizz Conditioner

Trouble taming the flyaways? These products might just be what you’re looking for. Ginger CO2 Gingerols, Shorea Robusta and Methylglyoxal-Manuka Extract work to smooth the hair cuticle, condition the shaft and scalp and make your hair all-around easier to manage and style. Plus, Baobab protein increases your hair’s resistance to chemical, UV and heat stress so that it’s less likely to succumb to further damage and frizz.

For longer-lasting colour

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Try: Briogeo Color Me Brilliant Mushroom + Bamboo Hair Color Protect Shampoo and Color Protect Conditioner

Looking for a way to keep your hair looking salon-fresh for as long as possible? Colour-safe formulas are what you should be looking for. This particular choice is six-free: no sulfates, silicones, phthalates, parabens, dyes and DEA. What it does contain, however, is an assortment of hydrating oils and antioxidants that let you wash your hair as much as you like without losing any colour vibrancy.

For thicker tresses

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Try: Sachajuan Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo and Ocean Mist Volume Conditioner

If your hair is just a little on the limp side, you may have an issue with structural integrity (or you've overconditioned). This shampoo and conditioner combo contains Ocean Silk Technology and natural vegetable proteins, which strengthens and volumises your hair from the inside out, leaving it looking thicker and stronger.

For added shine

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Try: Drunk Elephant Cocomino Glossing Shampoo  and Marula Cream Conditioner

This shampoo-conditioner combo works a charm for both treated and untreated hair that errs on the dry side. Take your hair from dull and drab to lustrous and shiny with this sulfate-free, coconut-based, nourishing shampoo that is jam-packed with marula oil, argan oil, sacha inni seed and more.

For glossy, defined curls

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Try: Ouai Curl Shampoo and Curl Conditioner

Whether you’ve been blessed with a naturally bouncy head of curls, or you’ve gone for the classic digital perm, there’s a chance that you’re in need of some major hair management. Enter: Ouai’s Curl Shampoo. No frills, and it does exactly what it says on the bottle—cleanses your hair and hydrates as it goes. The keratin, tamarind seed extract and unique amino acid blend leaves your curls defined, soft and bouncy.

For non-greasy roots that last

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Try: Mario Badescu Lecithin Nourishing Shampoo and Hair Rinsing Conditioner

Your greasy day two roots may well come down to a classic case of overwashing—if you find that you often can’t go a day without your hair becoming a limp, lifeless mop of greasy roots and overly dry ends (no offence), then there are two possible explanations.

1) Your scalp is naturally oily 

2) Your scalp type is actually normal, but your shampoo is too harsh and so your follicles overcompensate on the oil front

If it’s the latter, you need to find a more gentle cleansing shampoo. Here’s where the Mario Badescu's shampoo comes in: Jojoba oil moisturises the scalp while lecithin strengthens porous hair against damage and environmental exposure. The lightweight conditioner then seals in all the moisture, while preventing your locks from getting as greasy as quickly. Ideal!

For a soothed, flake-less scalp

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Try: Percy & Reed Anti-Dandruff I’m No Flake Shampoo and Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Care Conditioner

Bet you didn't think that your hair and scalp would need chemical exfoliants. This particular shampoo has the unique advantage of AHAs in its ingredients lineup, in addition to being sulfate-free and jam-packed with vitamins and antioxidants. The conditioner doesn't come hand-in-hand with the shampoo, but it will work to instantly moisturise the hair and scalp, leaving it soothed and flake-free.

For that salon finish... every time

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Try: Schwarzkopf Professional Oil Ultime Argan & Barbary Fig Oil-in-Shampoo and Conditioner

If you're looking to treat your hair to an aromatherapy session everyday, look no further than Schwarzkopf's Oil Ultime range. The oil-infused, lightweight formula gives your hair an all-round treat; smoothing, glossing, nourishing and balancing your tresses—without leaving it a greasy mess by the end of the day.

For lads trying to pump up the volume

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Try: Hanz de Fuko Natural Shampoo and Natural Conditioner

If you have fine hair that tends to fall flat by the next day and a normal to oily scalp that just won’t quit, you’ll want to work on giving your hair the TLC it needs. This duo uses natural ingredients to thicken your hair shaft and expand the hair bulb, which means that a day’s worth of oil won’t weigh it down as quickly. Plus, in addition to flatness and oiliness, its hydrating nature also combats dandruff and dullness—what more could you want?

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