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The best shampoo and conditioner combos for all hair types
Good hair days start in the shower. And each hair type thrives with the help of certain products.
So before you move onto the finer details - the serums, sprays and heat protectants - nail your in-shower routine. Finding the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type, whether it’s frizz-prone or colour-treated, is essential if you want healthy, manageable strands every day.
FOR FINE HAIR
Hair that falls into this category is usually flat and limp, which means it needs an extra boost in the volume department. Get big things happening with the Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Shampoo - the plant-based blend will lift and fill out the hair follicle while nourishing your strands. Then, see science in action with the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Thickening Conditioner. The plumping molecules penetrate the shaft and fatten the strands from the inside. And the most amazing part? The effect is cumulative, which means the more you wash, the thicker your hair will look!
FOR THICK HAIR
Thick hair can be a blessing and a curse. On the one side, you never have to worry about volume, but at-home blow-dries can be a total nightmare. Get your mane in a more manageable state with the Bumble + Bumble Straight Shampoo - it’ll cleanse and smooth your hair. Replenish your strands with ELEVEN Australia Smooth Me Now Anti-Frizz Conditioner. Infused with hydrolysed wheat and wheat starch, it leaves hair manageable, moisturised and protected.
FOR CURLY, FRIZZY HAIR
One of the golden rules of the curly-haired is to limit washes, because you don’t want to exacerbate your hair’s natural tendency to look dry. The solution? Use products to nix dry ends, but that are still weightless enough to deliver perfect springiness. The Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo will limit fluff and frizz and add moisture and shine to your curls. Or, if you want to indulge your locks a little more, opt for Kevin Murphy Luxury.Wash, which is specifically formulated for thick, coarse hair, and thanks to its hydro-lipid balance, will add flexibility and bounce. For something different, hit up the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner daily to restore hydration.
Oh, and don’t forget to read up on these curly-haired commandments.
FOR COLOURED HAIR
It’s pretty simple: if you colour your hair, you need to look after it. R+Co. GEMSTONE Colour Shampoo and Conditioner are absolute winners in our eyes because they’re specially formulated to protect and preserve colour and they’re suitable for all hair hues. So if you want to maintain that salon-fresh colour for longer, these are your guys. Pretty impressive, right? Plus, how can you say no to that packaging?!
FOR SHORT HAIR
In theory, shorter strands don’t need to be washed as regularly, but product build-up and natural oils accumulate much faster in this hair type. Choose a shampoo that will cleanse without stripping your hair of natural oils, or leave your scalp feeling dry. Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner are great for everyday use because they’ll clean without stripping, but leave your strands soft to touch.
FOR LONG HAIR
If you’re a long-haired dame, the key to finding products that work for your hair are the ones that won’t weigh it down. The powers of the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo go far and beyond to purify and deeply cleanse your scalp and hair while leaving your strands light as a feather. Complete your treatment with the Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Conditioner - a gel conditioner with a sparkling oil complex that gives hair shine and a weightless feel. #shinebrightlikeadiamond
FOR DRY HAIR
Make brittle hair twice as strong with a cocktail of creamy and restorative ingredients. Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo is formulated to prevent dryness and dehydration and restore elasticity to the follicles, while Mr. Smith Conditioner will invigorate your hair courtesy of cacao seed butter, as well as plump and strengthen thanks to the wheat protein additive. Hello moisture, bounce and shine!
FOR DAMAGED HAIR
Got a heat styling addiction? You’re not alone. If, like us, you like to regularly put your hair through hot tool trauma, you need a duo that’ll work as a barrier for humidity and styling damage. Enter: thermo-activated polymers. They prevent hair from becoming too frizzy or dry from heat styling use. The Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo is a great option, followed by a soothing treatment like evo the therapist calming conditioner. Bonus: this goodie will also protect your tresses from a different kind of heat: the sun.
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