Try this fabulous haircare to boost colour, shine and even the thickness of your hair
The two most important hair products a woman can have are shampoo and
conditioner. After all, great hair needs great foundations, and shampoo
and conditioner are your first chance to coax your hair into the style
First and foremost, it’s important to pick the right
Shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. The best shampoo will
cleanse your hair effectively but gently, leaving it clean and free from
any product build up, but not stripped of the oils it needs to stay
healthy-looking and strong. The best conditioner will leave your hair
feeling moisturised, nourished and silkily smooth, but without leaving
it greasy or weighed down. Apart from that, the rest depends on you!
your hair is dry, you need a shampoo that’s as moisturising as your
conditioner, and a conditioner that’s even richer. If you’ve got damaged
hair, look for haircare with strengthening ingredients and oils to
nourish.Thinning hair can get an inner boost from rebuilding polymers,
as well as a visual lift from clarifying root boosting ingredients.
Curly hair, which tends to be dry, loves oil-based products and
two-in-one cleansing conditioners to keep curls defined and hydrated.
If, like so many of us you have fine hair, weighing it down is your
biggest concern. Luckily we’ve found a new light-as-air shampoo and
conditioner combo to cleanse and hydrate without making it flat and
Whatever you need from your shampoo and conditioner, read
on for our round up the best shampoo and conditioner and discover the
perfect double act just waiting to be added to your bathroom shelf.
Ultimate Blends is the newest range out of Garnier. Completely paraben free and in bottles made from recycled plastic, this brand is great for those of us who want to go more natural with our beauty products. This Colour Illuminator Shampoo will nourish your coloured hair with the Ultimate Blends Marvellous Glow Oil with a UV Filter to keep your hair shiny and soft. And yes, you read that right, 400 mL is only £3.
Buy now at boots.com for £3
Toni & Guy’s Cleanse Shampoo line comes in a number of varieties for your haircare needs, including dry hair brunette/blonde hair, and fine hair. But we love this one for damaged hair. It’ll help revamp dull hair that’s been through the wringer by giving it extra special attention, and it’ll leave you with soft, shiny locks.
Moroccan Oil appeared on the scene with its hair oil, which was completely raved about. Now, their shampoos and conditioners are getting the same reviews. The Extra Volume Shampoo is completely sulfate, phosphate, and paraben free and is perfect for limp hair that just won’t keep its volume no matter how much hairspray you use. It’s infused with Argan oil and other nourishing ingredients to add shine and softness at the same time.
You might remember the original Fibrology Shampoo and Conditioner – they launched last year and caused quite a stir for their ability to genuinely plump up hair from within (a result many hair products claim, but so few deliver) thanks to an active ingredient called filloxane.
Avoid anything that says moisturising or conditioning if you have fine, lank or oily hair. “They weight hair down and push oils closer to the scalp,” says Paula Halsey at Phyto, “but a volumising shampoo lifts hair off the scalp to create more body, so you can get away with washing every other day instead.”
Remember multi-tasking 2-in-1 Wash & Go? This is not that! Co-washing is the new buzzword in haircare, which basically means using a one step cleansing conditioner instead of two products. These contain high levels of oils and gently cleanse without lathering up or stripping hair, so are best suited to naturally dry hair – think curly, afro or super frizzy.
Infused with lime, mandarin and white florals, Charles Worthington’s Moisture Seal smells absolutely delicious and so will your hair after using it! Best for thicker or dry hair, this is packed with conditioning agents, and provide thirsty hair a much needed moisture boost while sealing in key oils and proteins. A winning formula for combating tangles.
Buy now at boots.com for £6.99
If you’re looking for a shampoo that’s both natural and effective, Green People’s Daily Aloe Shampoo is designed to give you the best of both worlds. It’s perfect for normal to dry scalps and the soothing properties of aloe will leave hair feeling comfortable and soft. It’s made without parabens and is gentle enough to use on scalps affected by eczema or psoriasis. Certified organic, this shampoo probably won’t foam up as much, but it’ll last much longer – 3 months on average.
Bumble and Bumble, are masters of that big, beachy hair look, and this BB Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner can help prepare even the finest, flattest hair for a good plumping up. It contains ingredients like Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and Pro Vitamin E5 both of which lightly soften hair without overloading it in heavy hydrators. Smells amazing too.
Natural oil production slows down as we age, which is one of the major causes of grey hair feeling dry and course, but specifically softening shampoos can help. Redken All Soft is super rich and creamy, and infused with avocado oil and amino acids. Use conditioner on the ends only if you’re hair is fine to medium, otherwise crack on and give your hair the lovely quenching drink it deserves.
Sulphate-free shampoos suit all hair types but especially chemically processed. Expect to see little to no lather due to the lack of sulphates (foaming agents) that can be quite harsh on delicate, porous and coloured hair. They’re trendy but not all sulphates are bad” says Paula at Phyto “but to be sulphate-free is to be worry-free, right now”
ColorWow Colour Security Shampoo, £14, is sulphate free and designed to rehydrate and revive your colour with every wash.