The Best Shampoo For Your Hair Type

The Best Shampoo For Your Hair Type
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The importance of shampooing has been drilled into our brains since we were little. Having grease and grime on our scalps isn't very appealing, after all. What our moms likely didn't tell us? Which shampoo -- of the many options -- we should be using.

Just like not all conditioners are created equal, shampoos differ widely. While some things may be obvious (if your hair is fine and straight, don't use a product made for thick, curly strands), we also understand that the countless choices can be overwhelming.

So, we've consulted some of the top hair insiders in the biz on which cleanser is best for which tress type. Click through to see their picks for long, short, and everything in-between. Because, visiting the beauty aisle shouldn't give you a mini panic attack.


If you're looking for a clarifying shampoo for your textured strands, try Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo, which is good to use just once every couple of weeks to get rid of product buildup. This clarifier will quickly and easily clean out all of that extra product. Don't overdo it, though, or it will strip your strands of the natural oils they need.

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo, $12.49, available at Walgreens.

Short Hair

Hairstylist Ryan Richman recommends that women with shorter strands not wash their hair every day. But, he also understands that product buildup and natural oils accumulate much faster in this hair type. The solution: "Choose a shampoo that will cleanse without stripping your hair of natural oils [or leaving] your scalp feeling dry," he says. "Dove Daily Moisture is great for everyday use. It cleanses hair without stripping, while leaving it soft and smooth."

For those "short" on time, he also recommends a dry shampoo, like Dove's Refresh+Care. "With a few sprays, you can refresh your look and absorb product and oil buildup, leaving hair feeling clean with a freshly washed scent."

Dove Daily Moisture Therapy Shampoo, $3.48, available at Walmart.

Long Hair

The key to finding a great shampoo for longer hair is a product that will leave it feeling light as a feather (or close to it). Richman swears by Kérastase's Cristalliste, because it's silicone-free and "leaves lengthy hair looking smooth and beautiful without [weighing] it down."

Kérastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal Thick Shampoo, $39, available at Kérastase.

Fine Hair

The struggle here often lies in lack of body and greasiness. Hairstylist Ryan Trygstad recommends a volumizing shampoo, like Shu Uemura's, which, he says, "Does a great job [at] keeping the hair free of oil and product buildup." If you're looking for a less expensive option, he suggests checking out Neutrogena's Anti-Residue Shampoo.

Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo, $48, available at Shu Uemura.

For more of our picks, visit Refinery29.

By: Taylor Bryant

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Important Facts About Shampoo
Your shampoo might contain dangerous chemicals... (01 of 06)
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A recent study by Oakland's Center for Environmental Health watchdog group brought attention to certain shampoos and body washes that contain cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA), a chemical that can potentially cause cancer. (credit: Stígur Karlsson via Getty Images)
What is cocamide DEA found in? (02 of 06)
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The chemical can be found in 98 shampoos and soaps, including big names like Sephora, CVS, Walgreens and Target, among others. (credit: Lauren Burke via Getty Images)
The reason you didn't know this was dangerous? (03 of 06)
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Outside of California, companies don't have to put warning labels on their products. But within California, some companies ignore the legislature and continue to make products with out the warning label announcing the chemical agent. (credit: Adam Gault via Getty Images)
But some companies have started to ban cocamide DEA. (04 of 06)
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SFGate reports that certain companies (like Saks, Walgreens and Colgate-Palmolive) have joined in the fight again cancer-causing chemicals and banned cocamide DEA from their products. Other retailers have refused to cooperate, and the Center for Environment health reportedly has over 100 pending lawsuits against them. (credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Switching to natural remedies isn't always the best solution... (05 of 06)
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As celebrity stylist Riccardo Maggiore told Women's Day, "Lemon, for example, can irritate the scalp and hair follicle," says Maggiore. "And mint and menthol—which, when used in salon products can create a soothing effect—can actually cause severe allergic reactions when used in home remedies." So while you're trying to avoid toxic chemicals, make sure you don't accidentally run into other irritants. (credit: Chris Stein via Getty Images)
Just make sure you're informed. (06 of 06)
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Make sure to look into some of the products you normally use before you buy them, and see if they contain cocamide DEA or a harmful sulfate. One woman hasn't shampooed her hair in over five years, but you might want to take baby steps, like simply switching shampoos or slowly easing into the "no-poo" movement. (credit: Oli Kellett via Getty Images)
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