The best shampoos and conditioners to solve all your hair problems

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By Redzhanna Jazmin

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The best shampoos and conditioners to solve all your hair problems

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

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

Ahead, 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: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia™ Strengthening + Smoothing Shampoo and Brazilian Joia™ Strengthening + Smoothing Conditioner

Tackle dry, frizzy strands the right way with this super hydrating duo—with bond-repairing benefits and a weightless finish, this hydrating shampoo and conditioner is perfect for everyday use on fine to medium hair. The duo has been formulated with SOL Seal Technology™, a Keratin-like plant-based treatment in microcapsules that repairs damaged hair and helps prevent future hair damage in one use and Brazil Nut Oil which rich in selenium to nourish, help protect and restore vital shine.


For a soothed, flake-less scalp

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Try: Sisley Paris Soothing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Sisley Paris Restructuring Conditioner with Cotton Proteins

Harnessing the soothing powers of sage extract and the conditioning benefits of cotton proteins and pro-vitamin B5, this particular shampoo treats the underlying causes of dandruff and irritation on the scalp. From your very first wash, you’ll notice vast improvements in the health of your scalp, as well as persisting anti-dandruff effects even after your treatment is over.

TIP: 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 thicker tresses


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Try: Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner

If your hair is a little on the limp side, you may have an issue with structural integrity (or you’ve over-conditioned). This shampoo and conditioner combo contains Ocean Silk and Thickening Technology to rebuild and nourish your hair from the inside out, leaving it looking thicker and shinier.

Fun fact: The formulation also protects against free radicals and heat styling to give you your best hair ever!


For added shine

Try: Davines OI Shampoo and OI 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 milky-smooth shampoo infused with nourishing Roucou oil—it’s ideal for all hair types with added antioxidant benefits, making it the perfect daily shampoo to maintain soft, shiny and voluminous hair. Plus, it has the most wonderful scent to it!


For brittle hair and excess shedding

Try: Schwarzkopf Professional Scalp Clinix Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo and Schwarzkopf Professional Scalp Clinix Anti-Hair Loss Serum Scalp Care

This shampoo works to gently cleanse the scalp and hair in addition to providing moisture to the skin—however, it’s best used together with the matching serum and a thorough head massage to activate the hair roots, strengthen the hair follicles and thus reduce shedding and hair loss. We’d also recommend following up with a conditioner or hair mask to preserve your lengths—Schwarzkopf Professional’s Fibre Clinix range is perfect for this!


For ageing scalps

Try: Guerlain Abeille Royale Revitalising & Fortifying Care Shampoo and Abeille Royale Revitalising & Fortifying Care Shampoo

This shampoo and conditioner duo has been designed to restore your scalp skin’s youth through its mostly naturally derived formulations. The shampoo, which has a honey-like texture, has been enriched with Blackbee Honey Repair technology and caffeine for stronger strands. The conditioner has a fresh and light texture reminiscent of royal jelly and works to repair the hair fibre and soothe and hydrate the scalp through its blend of keratin-protecting Blackbee Honey Repair technology with ectoine.

For glossy, defined curls

Try: Virtue Labs 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 Virtue Labs’ Curl Shampoo and Conditioner. No frills and it does exactly what it says on the bottle—cleanses your hair and hydrates as it goes. The Alpha Keratin 60ku®-infused formula works with specially chosen hydrators and curl-optimising polymers to facilitate natural curl patterns to leave your curls defined, soft and bouncy.


For non-greasy roots that last

Try: Fekkai Apple Cider Triple Cleanse Shampooing and Apple Cider Detox Rinse Conditioning Detangler

Your greasy “day two” roots may 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, then there are three possible explanations.

1) Your scalp is naturally oily

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

3) You’re not cleansing your hair well enough

If you’re struggling with the second case, we recommend opting for a sulfate-free formulation, such as the Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind™ Banana + Coconut Nourishing Superfood Shampoo. If, however, the first or third reasons sound more like you, Fekkai has the solution for you.

Their Triple Cleanse works to clarify your scalp, removing excess oil and product residue gently without compromising the health of your hair. Just use it once a week, and follow up with the matching conditioning rinse for a smoothing boost of hydration that doesn’t weigh heavy on your roots.


For perpetually splitting ends

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Try: Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo and Gold Lust Conditioner

This restorative formula combines centuries-old healing oils and extracts such as cypress and argan with the brand’s Bio-Restorative Complex—a concoction of plant collagen, caffeine, biotin, and niacinamide—to balance the scalp and repair hair damage all at once. Upon use, the hair cuticle is smoothed, moisture is sealed in and split ends are prevented.


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.


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