Shampoo 101

Shampooing our hair is something we do on a regular basis without giving it much thought. But did you know that using the right formula is key for optimum health of your scalp and strands, and also to create a foundation for your style? Confused by all the options available? The RD teams have done the dirty work for you. Use this easy guide to find the best shampoo for your hair type, or speak to your stylist for advice.


If you’re not using a shampoo that’s specifically formulated for coloured hair, you may be rinsing your colour (and your investment) right down the drain. One of the best ways to maintain vibrancy and keep colour from fading is by choosing a gentle cleanser like Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo. Banish brassiness in blonde, white and silver hair by choosing a violet-tinted, colour enhancing shampoo like Platinum Blonde Shampoo. A professional shampoo will also help you to cut down on the amount of times you need to wash your hair, further limiting the fade.

It’s often difficult to get thick, coarse hair really clean because there’s just so much of it. Opt for a clarifying formula like Shampoo Two to wash away build-up without stripping hair of much needed moisture. Because coarse hair can also suffer from breakage and split ends, it can benefit from strengthening and rebuilding ingredients found in Super Strong Shampoo.

Does your fine hair fall flat no matter what you do? Your shampoo may be weighing it down. Look for lightweight formulas that contain body-boosting ingredients like Panthenol found in Extra-Body Shampoo and Lemon Sage Thickening ShampooOr give hair extra lift at the scalp with Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo.

Curly hair is the trickiest of all, but you can actually get better definition and bounce simply by choosing the right shampoo. Opt for gentle formulas like Spring Loaded Frizz-Fighting Shampoo to cleanse without roughing up the cuticle.

Using the right shampoo for straight hair can actually cut down on your styling time. Look for ingredients that smooth the cuticle and boost shine for a smooth, sleek look. You’ll find them in Super Skinny Shampoo and MirrorSmooth Shampoo.

Does your hair feel more like straw than silk? Opt for moisture-rich ingredients and amino acids to deliver intense hydration and softness. Try Lavender Mint Moisturizing Shampoo.

Oily hair types need a daily clarifying shampoo like Shampoo Two to balance the scalp and rid the hair of excess sebum. Avoid using hydrating, moisturizing or smoothing formula as they can actually stimulate oil production. You may also benefit from a dry shampoo like Dry Wash to absorb excess oil and add volume.