Washing every day with drugstore shampoo? You're doing your hair more harm than good. Here's how to overhaul your routine for fuller, healthier hair.
"Lather, rinse, and repeat" may have been your shower mantra for years, but it's not the best protocol to follow if you want healthy hair. Washing regularly with supermarket shampoo, most of which are full of harsh cleansers, can irritate your scalp and strip your hair of the natural oils it needs to be healthy, smooth, and easy to style. Here's how to change your shower routine for fuller, healthier hair.
Not all shampoos, even low-sulfate and sulfate-free kinds, are right for every hair type. If you color over your gray, for example, it's crucial to choose a sulfate-free shampoo formulated specifically for chemically treated hair, since sulfates and other additives can strip tint. Here are our top picks for every hair type or need:
Best for Normal Hair: Oribe Signature Shampoo, $34; Paul Mitchell Mitch Double Hitter 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, $16
Best for Fine Hair: Aveda Men Pure-Formance Shampoo, $18
Best for Thick Hair: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, $25, salons only
Best for Frequent Washers: Cutler Specialist Cleansing + Conditioner, $22, salons only
Best for Color-Treated Hair: Phyto Phytocitrus Shampoo, $20; Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color, $37
Best Supermarket Shampoo: Tigi Bed Head Superstar Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $16
Best for Curly Hair: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo, $21
Credit: Photograph by Michael Pirrocco