I have a bit of a ‘thing’ when it comes to my hair. It’s a safety blanket, it makes me feel ‘me’, it’s something I consider a defining characteristic. I can get a bit obsessive about my hair to the point that I get conscious if it doesn’t look quite right. Basically, I’m pretty darn attached to my hair.
With that in mind, I am more than happy to spend money on my hair. I have had too many mishaps with hairdressers in the past to go with any old chop-happy stylist. And after loads of my hair breaking off from years of bottle dying it bright red by myself, I refuse to use cheap products on my hair either.
One product I am particularly happy, even keen, to spend money on is shampoo.
I want shampoo that is going to clean my hair without stripping it. I want shampoo that is gentle and kind, but cleans and removes build-up from my roots. I want shampoo that smells good, feels good, and does the job it’s supposed to do.
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Over the past year or so I’ve been using a few shampoos that actually, if I think about it, I don’t see get mentioned too often and they’ve been good to me. The shampoos are great to coloured hair, natural hair, hair with extensions or hair that doesn’t want to be washed too often.
I don’t like to wash my hair more than 2 or 3 times a week as I feel it weakens by hair. So I do use dry shampoo in between washes to keep the oil at bay. That means I need a shampoo that has some kind of cleansing or clarifying action to it.
I also have coloured hair so I don’t want anything that is going to interfere with my expensive highlights and strip the colour away.
Plus, my hair is relatively thin, so I want something that cleans well so I get as much volume as possible in my freshly washed hair.
Disclaimer: as with all beauty products, they will all react differently for different people with different hair types and skin conditions. I also haven’t tried all the shampoos on the planet, these are just my favourites so far. Feel free to share your recommendations for the best shampoo in the comments.
5 Best Shampoo’s (in my opinion)
1. Aveda Colour Conserve Shampoo
This is my number one go-to shampoo for my colour hair. I’ve been using this Aveda shampoo for years and always come back to it. I love the scent, it has a glorious aromatherapy type aroma to it with lavender and ylang ylang. The consistency of the shampoo has a nice silky texture, it lathers up nicely, but not in an overly SLS stripping way. It’s quite a moisturising shampoo.
Overall, I feel like it protects my salon colour for longer, my hair is soft, and clean. If I haven’t washed my hair for a while and there’s a lot of grease or build-up then I do have to do two shampoos with the product to get my scalp clean.
BUY HERE: Aveda Colour Conserve Shampoo
2. Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Hair Preserving Shampoo
I suffer from stress hair loss and thinning hair at times, so I started using this shampoo last year to help. My hair went through a stage where I felt like I could never quite get it clean. So I went in search of a good clarifying shampoo and chose this.
I bought the Bumble and Bumble shampoo at least 3 times last year and loved it. The scent is more masculine with a fresh menthol aroma. The consistency with slightly thicker than usual but I felt it was easy to work through the scalp.
The result was super clean hair that still felt soft. It was the only thing that helped clear my scalp up through that weird stage in my hair.
3. Bed Head Totally Beaching Cleansing Jelly Shampoo
I was recommended this Bed Head shampoo from the salon who put my hair extensions in for my wedding. It’s a cleansing shampoo that works well for getting in between the extensions to get it really clean. Wearing extensions can get quite itchy with the build-up of grease at the root.
I think this shampoo it pitched at swimmers and beach bods who end up with a lot of seawater or chlorine in their hair. It’s definitely a good shampoo for getting the hair nice and clean and free of environmental nasties. The formula boasts aloe vera to help add some moisture back in after the cleansing stage.
The scent is citrusy and smells of summer. The consistency of the shampoo is almost jelly like, but it lathered well to get good coverage into the roots.
4. Alterna Caviar Body Building Shampoo
The Alterna shampoo is a sulfate and paraben- free cleansing shampoo that helps build up volume. The first thing I must say I like about this shampoo is the product dispenser method is excellent. It squeezes through a nifty bit at the top, way less messy than lids.
This shampoo was sent to me as a review sample a year ago, or maybe more, and it lasted such a long time. I found the consistency smooth and a little went a long way. It cleaned my hair well and was a good regular shampoo. Not overly cleansing, not overly moisturising, just good at shampooing.
BUY HERE: Alterna Caviar Body Building Shampoo
5. L’oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo
I bought the L’oreal Elvive shampoo when I was away somewhere and forgot my shampoo. I need a quick purchase from the local shop that would still be ok to use on my colour hair. This shampoo is an affordable option and actually last quite a long time. It does contain SLS so does lather up quite a bit, but it didn’t feel stripping or drying on my scalp. The consistency was thinner than the other shampoos, and the scent was fine, kind of coconut-y and summery.
This shampoo is a good affordable option that still cleanses and protects the hair. It’s good value for money, and I’ve kept it in my shower to alternate with other premium shampoos.
BUY HERE: L’oreal Elvive Colour Protect Shampoo
Bonus: Umberto Giannini Thick-tastic Wash Thickening Shampoo
Total disclaimer, I’ve only used this shampoo once. But it worked in thickening my hair so I thought it was worth throwing in the list. The Umberto Giannini shampoo is part of a thickening range and I think they do a pretty good job of adding body to the hair. I’ve avoided using it with my newly highlighted hair in case it stripped the toner from it. But on non-coloured hair in need of a volume boost I think this is worth a try.
What do you think is the best shampoo? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
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