The Best Shampoo Won’t Just Clean Your Hair, It’ll Make It Healthier and Stronger

By now you’re probably hip to the latest word on shampoo—and how often to use it—but it wasn’t too long ago that the notion of skipping a shampoo every few showers represented nothing short of heresy. I remember the headlines year backs when Robert Pattinson was on the press junket promoting the fifteenth or so Twilight movie and admitted his hair-care regimen mostly involved just, like, not washing it ever, foregoing shampoo entirely for months on end.

Men around the world legitimately lost their shit. The whole brouhaha went mildly viral, was almost definitely covered in some arch write-up in the Styles section, and left a scandalized nation to come to terms with the fact that the best way to look like R-Patz is (spoiler!) be R-Patz. You mean to tell me I, too, can’t look like a brooding, sexy, permanently teenaged Dracula simply by refusing to shampoo my hair?! Them’s the breaks, kid. I don’t make the rules around here.

But in the years since, Pattinson’s then-controversial—and, to be clear, still slightly extreme—take on maintaining his mane has proven prophetic. You shouldn’t be shampooing every day. (At most, experts recommend shampooing a couple of times a week depending on how oily your hair is.) Which means when you do lather up it’s super important you choose a shampoo that’s right for your ‘do. The best of ’em not only work to cleanse your hair of dirt, sweat, and other grime, but will also help your locks maintain their luster down the line.

And as you might expect, not all shampoos are created equal. So to help you on your quest towards a coiffure worthy of an at-least-secondary-member of the extended Cullen family, we’ve rounded up some of the best shampoos to buy now, no matter your hair type. (Clamoring throngs of adoring fans very much not included.)

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Budget Pick

Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner

OGX amazon.com

$9.99

$5.74 (43% off)

Don’t let its price fool you: Some less-expensive shampoos might cut corners here and there but OGX’s never does. The brand’s
coconut milk and oil mixture pumps moisture into your hair while you shampoo and helps it smell next-level good. For less than ten bucks, there are few better buys. 

Hydrating Hair Wash

Scotch Porter scotchporter.com

$11.99

Scotch Porter’s signature sulfate-free hair wash is a gentle reminder that hair-care doesn’t have to be a necessary evil: It could, and should, represent a crucial part of a process you genuinely look forward to. (Including notes of sweet-smelling lavender and cardamom sure doesn’t hurt.)  

Invigorating Cleanser Shampoo

Frederick Benjamin frederickbenjamin.com

$12.00

This naturally scented shampoo also comes sans any sulfates, so it won’t unnecessarily strip moisture from your hair, leaving your scalp plenty invigorated post-wash.  

Best for Scalp Health

Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo

Tea Tree amazon.com

$14.50

Tea Trees’ products are designed to home in on common hair problems—namely flaking, dandruff, and thinning issues. (Fittingly, tea tree is widely-regarded as one of the best ingredients for restoring a balanced scalp.)

Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo

Kiehl’s kiehls.com

$19.00

Avocado and olive oil are both well-known for keeping hair and skin silky smooth. Kiehl’s light formula does exactly that. 

Best Scent

Energizing Shampoo

V76 by Vaughn birchbox.com

$13.00

Vaughn’s (very, very good-smelling) shampoo uses almond butter to smooth out and liven up dull and dry hairs. 

Moisturizing Shampoo

LivSo livso.com

$19.00

LivSo’s shampoo is packed with ingredients specifically formulated to reduce any potential dryness or flaking. Its rich, lemongrass-scented lather will leave your hair thoroughly cleansed but stops short of stripping it completely of the natural oils that make it manageable. 

Best for Coarse Curls

Low-Poo Mild Lather Cleanser

Deva Curl nordstrom.com

$20.40

Coarse waves and curls call for a different kind of formula. Deva Curl’s cleanser is made to handle those kind of strands using mild cleansing capabilities that might not lather like you’re used to, but will clean your hair without stripping waves and curls of their natural shape. 

Peppermint Shampoo

Malin+Goetz malinandgoetz.com

$22.00

Malin+Goetz’s foaming shampoo synthesizes crisp-smelling peppermint extract with amino acid-based cleansing agents to leave your hair feeling fresh and clean without stripping it of its essential elements.  

True Volume Thickening Shampoo

Jack Black nordstrom.com

$23.80

Sometimes hair just falls out (lord knows we’re all under enough stress). Jack Black’s trademark shampoo formula uses creatine to add some much-needed lift to your limper strands. 

Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo

Briogeo briogeohair.com

$24.00

Briogeo infuses its dry shampoo with Binchotan charcoal to help detoxify your scalp and hair, while absorbing excess oil at the roots leaving you, and your coif, feeling refreshed after every use. 

Aloe Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo

Hair Rules hairrules.com

$24.99

Hair Rules’ purifying, non-stripping shampoo helps to remove product buildup and all the other residue that accumulates on your scalp throughout the day, leaving your locks feeling soothed and looking refreshed.  

Seaberry Revitalizing Shampoo

Fresh nordstrom.com

$28.00

The very best part of any great hair wash is a clean-feeling scalp, and Fresh’s seaberry formula consistently feels like a full refresh. 

Luxe Buy

Hinoki Shampoo

Le Labo mrporter.com

$30.00

Le Labo products always feel luxe, and rightfully so. The brand’s shampoo is crafted with premium ingredients like macadamia oil and rice extract (mmm, tasty!) that clean your hair without disrupting its natural flow. 

Best for Thinning Hair

Thickening Shampoo

Sachajuan mrporter.com

$30.00

Hair thinning out in places you’d rather it not? Try a thickening shampoo to bring it back to its former heights. (This one comes with heat-protecting properties that help to maintain your mane’s health in the long run.) 

Best for Long Hair

Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo

Bumble and Bumble sephora.com

$31.00

If your hair tends to gets tangled or knotted throughout the day, Bumble’s invisible oil shampoo promotes smoothness. If you’re a dude with longer hair, that means you don’t have to constantly be on high alert. 

Best for Everyday Use

Daily Fortifying Shampoo

Baxter of California baxterofcalifornia.com

$33.00

If you find yourself generally free of any hair-related issues (you lucky bastard, you) and are looking for a dependably good wash, Baxter of California’s simple daily formula is a great pick. (Bonus points for the added vitamin E, which helps hair maintain its natural moisture.) 

Deep Clean Shampoo

Baxter of California baxterofcalifornia.com

$34.00

Another excellent Baxter option so damn good we named it the best shampoo of the year for 2020. The apple-cider vinegar in this new formula is like a power wash for your scalp, removing product buildup and oil in a flash. Plus, it’s sulfate-free, so it won’t leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. 

Most Mild

OI Shampoo

Davines birchbox.com

$34.00

If your hair is on the more sensitive end of the spectrum, give Davines a go. The brand makes its signature products with as many mellow ingredients as it can to ensure your scalp stays as unperturbed as possible. 

Calming Shampoo

Aesop nordstrom.com

$45.00

Aesop doesn’t mess around, which makes shopping its selection of grooming products more a pleasure than it should be. The brand’s calming shampoo is made specifically for scalp that tends to get super itchy from dandruff, dryness, or anything else. 

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