Best Shampoos & Conditioners

No more choosing shampoos because the packaging looks nice, the key to getting a head of luscious locks means investing in hair care products that are effective for your hair type. Here is the list of ingredients and buzzwords you should keep an eye out for. Keep reading…

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Bondi Boost HG

Bondi Boost HG 🏆 2024

4.6  (2,147) Summary
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Megan
Megan
  Verified Shampoo
Bondi Boost Dandruff Repair

Bondi Boost Dandruff Repair 🏆 2024

4.2  (84) Summary
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Ben R.
Ben R.QLD2 posts
  Verified Dandruff Repair
Neutrogena T/Gel

Neutrogena T/Gel

4.2  (73) Summary
Matt A.
Matt A.2 posts
 
Bondi Boost Rapid Repair

Bondi Boost Rapid Repair

4.1  (66) Summary
MonicaR
MonicaRVictoria13 posts
  Verified Rapid Repair Conditioner
MooGoo Milk Shampoo

MooGoo Milk Shampoo

3.8  (98) Summary
Aimee O.
Aimee O.QLD9 posts
 
Smooth and shiny hairReally soften and nourished my scalp its easy to use and hypo allergenic. Show details
Bel la
Bel laNSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Great quality products at a very reasonable priceEnjoyed using Everblue shampoo, condition and treatment, in particular the condition and treatment. Makes hair manageable. Very well priced and readily accessible from major supermarkets Show details
Fudge Toning Clean Blonde

Fudge Toning Clean Blonde

4.3  (29) Summary
Em R.
Em R.
 
Damages hair, snaps off!Doesn't tone evenly, leaves purple and grey spots everywhere. Barely a few minutes on my hair and it's snapped off in places, and my hair isn't that damaged. Don't recommend. Show details
Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle

Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle

3.9  (45) Summary
Customer
CustomerNSW16 posts
 
Absolutely fantasticAbsolutely fantastic. My hair instantly felt smoother had more volume, and was left with a healthy shine. Would highly recommend Show details
Redken Extreme Range

Redken Extreme Range

4.3  (27) Summary
clara
claraNSW7 posts
 
LNicholls
LNichollsWA
 
Redwin Tea Tree

Redwin Tea Tree

4.3  (27) Summary
Adam Straus
Adam Straus6 posts
 
Good!Thank you so much, I was glad to have Redwin Tea Tree really helps my scalp to nourished and gave natural shine. Show details
Natulux Shampoo 500ml

Natulux Shampoo 500ml

4.9  (15) Summary
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Susan L.
Susan L.NSW
 
Quite good for my hairVery good customer service, corrected my mistake without any hassle. Hesitate when trying new one but turn out their shampoo is quite good for my hair. A bit cheaper than others sulfate free shampoos. Show details ·  1
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Melissa
MelissaNSW5 posts
 
Make those curls bounce !A fantastic product which helps curls get life back into them.
Smells Devine and leaves hair feeling soft
Natures Organics Organic Care Range

Natures Organics Organic Care Range

3.2  (265) Summary
Teagan
TeaganVictoria6 posts
  Normal Balance
DermaVeen Hair Range

DermaVeen Hair Range

3.6  (50) Summary
Nicholas R.
Nicholas R.SA8 posts
  Shampoo
Awesome productsMy hair is now healthy and I can see a huge difference from before. Nice and easy to use regularly. Show details
De Lorenzo Tricho Range

De Lorenzo Tricho Range

4.2  (22) Summary
cebadorek
cebadorekMelbourne3 posts
  Balance
This made my dandruff much worseThis irritated my scalp so much and made my dandruff go from a little bit of flaky skin to horrible, massive flakes Show details
MooGoo Cream Conditioner

MooGoo Cream Conditioner

4.1  (23) Summary
rebecca.tara1997
rebecca.tara19972 posts
 
Moroccanoil Oil Treatment

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment

3.4  (53) Summary
Kimberly M.
Kimberly M.QLD4 posts
 
Thanks to this product love itHelps my damage scalp to regain the smoothness and softness of my hair Show details
Marc Daniels Go Curly

Marc Daniels Go Curly

4.5  (15) Summary
Rose
RoseQLD
  Verified
CURLY HAIR GODAfter years of trying to maintain my hair and restore my curls, this little weapon did it for me in 3 minutes. A legit god to curly hair. Not even a sign of frizz and there’s curls I haven’t seen for years. Show details
Head & Shoulders Smooth and Silky

Head & Shoulders Smooth and Silky

3.2  (58) Summary
Bill A
Bill AWA4 posts
 
Natures Organics Fruits

Natures Organics Fruits

3.3  (47) Summary
Smiler
Smiler2 posts
  Coconut & Lime
Beware - causes dermatitisMy son started using this shampoo and developed severe dermatitis on his fingertips (to the extent they were cracking). Show details
Mel I.
Mel I.NSW2 posts
 
Redken All Soft Range

Redken All Soft Range

3.6  (27) Summary
Steve
SteveQLD
 
OC Naturals Silky Smooth Shampoo

OC Naturals Silky Smooth Shampoo

4.2  (16) Summary
Jo Jo
Jo Jo4 posts
 
Silky smooth works so wellI have been using OC for awhile now, but decided to try another blend. I certainly picked the right one for me. I have long hair & it is so much more softer & fuller from using OC Naturals Silky Smooth shampoo and conditioner. This one will be my staple for awhile now. I'm on a tight budget, so this works for me every which way. Love it. Show details
Cathy Aray
Cathy Aray4 posts
 
Menopause helpI had serious doubts about this product since I only used it a few times. I have menopause and I’m approaching 50. So I tried again constantly using it every day and I can see that my hair is starting to grow back. Show details
De Lorenzo Instant Rejuven8

De Lorenzo Instant Rejuven8

3.9  (20) Summary
Sharon
Sharon4 posts
  Instant Rejuven8
Perfect product - can't live without itAbsolutely gorgeous product. So natural and easy to use.
So pleased I found out about it. My hairdresser recommended it.
Great for making my grey hair look a beautiful shade of blonde
Euca Coconut Hair Shampoo

Euca Coconut Hair Shampoo

5.0  (10) Summary
Jds
Jds2 posts
 
Problems with customer serviceI ordered $180 worth of shampoo which never arrived. I contacted the company numerous times and never received a response. They have now responded after I posted a negative review and the issue is resolved. Show details ·  1
Palmolive Naturals Range

Palmolive Naturals Range

3.1  (57) Summary
CATastrophic i.
CATastrophic i.
 
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Garnier Fructis Range

Garnier Fructis Range

3.1  (53) Summary
Customer
Customer38 posts
 
Chaz Dean Wen Sweet Almond Mint

Chaz Dean Wen Sweet Almond Mint

3.3  (36) Summary
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LesshairdocareQLD
 

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Get to know your hair

Before shopping around for hair products, it's important to know more about your hair, because many shampoos and conditioners are designed for certain kinds of locks.

Hair texture

Everyone’s natural hair falls into one of the four main hair textures. Before doing these determining tests, let your hair dry naturally the next time you wash it and keep it free of products. If it dries straight, that means you have straight hair. The other three types include wavy, curly and coily, which as the names suggest, mean that your hair falls in either in light waves, curls or tight coils.

Hair structure

After doing this test, it’s a good idea to determine your hair structure. Hair tends to be fine, medium or coarse.

  • Fine hair tends to be difficult to style since it can’t hold a curl for long without falling flat. In this instance, it’s best to avoid ‘heavy’ products that can weigh the hair down.
  • Medium-structure hair is the most common hair type. It can hold shape for a longer period of time and is easy to shape.
  • Thick or coarse hair can hold styles but it is harder to shape since the hair is tougher and less flexible. Coarse hair is more prone to dryness and frizziness, but there are plenty of moisturising hair masks that can help resolve this.

Hair porosity

The final part of getting to know your hair involves determining your hair porosity. This refers to your hair’s ability to absorb moisture and product. You can do a simple test to determine this. Take a strand of hair and place it in a bowl of water; if it sinks to the bottom, that means it is extremely porous and absorbs all the moisture. This is often due to tears in the hair strands which can’t be repaired but can be sealed to prevent further damage with specially-designed hair masques and treatments. Porous hair tends to be harder to dry and difficult to style.

If your piece of hair sinks to the middle but does not land at the bottom, then it has a well-balanced porosity. Hair that floats above the surface of the water does not absorb moisture easily which can quickly lead to a build-up of product on the hair. You can treat this by using creams and hydrating conditioning treatments that seal moisture in the hair cuticle and avoiding alcohol-based products that dry out the hair.

Knowing your hair is the first step to creating healthy and beautiful locks.

How to choose the right shampoo for your hair type

Have you ever wondered why some people claim a certain shampoo as their holy grail, but when you try it, it makes your hair stringy and feels awful? That’s because different hair products tackle different hair types and you should look for a shampoo and conditioner that match your hair needs.

The best way to do this is to look for hair type buzzwords found on the label. These range from dry, fine and oily to frizzy. Whatever your hair type is, there is a shampoo and conditioner made for it.

Fine hair

Those with fine hair may benefit from using a volumising shampoo and conditioner to add body and make each strand feel fuller and shinier. You’ll want to choose hair care products that are nourishing enough to keep fine strands from drying out, but are not so creamy that they weigh them down.

Curly hair

Not all curly hair is frizzy, however, those with naturally curly hair may want products to help tame flyaway hairs and prevent dry, damaged-looking locks. In this case, it’s suggested to go with a shampoo specifically for curly hair. These products tend to be hydrating and infused with essential oils and butter.

Dry hair

Look for shampoos and conditioners with intensive moisturising replenishments. Dry hair can benefit from products that use natural oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, argan oil and grapeseed oil.

Oily hair

Those with oily scalps should stay away from shampoos and conditioners that advertise themselves as moisturising since that can make your hair more oily. Those with oily hair can also suffer from dandruff (due to yeast feasting on said oils) which can be treated with anti-dandruff shampoo containing ingredients like ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione or selenium sulphide.

Colour-treated hair

Choose a colour-preserving shampoo that won't strip highlights that you just spent a fortune on at the salon. Many blue/purple shampoos also help clarify bleached or coloured hair and correct unwanted brassy tones.

Damaged hair

We put our hair through a lot. Colouring, chlorine, dryness and damage can take their toll on hair, making it susceptible to breakage. How can you tell if your hair is damaged? Split ends, dullness and dehydration are all tell-tale signs.

Strengthening or fortifying shampoos are good for brittle, over-processed, highlighted, weakened, or damaged hair as they usually contain extra protein to improve hair's condition.

Dull hair

Is your hair lacking a little shine? This can be due to several factors including product built-up, dryness, heat and other environmental factors. It can leave even healthy locks looking dull and matte.

What you need is a product with moisture, but avoid stripping ingredients such as silicone. Instead, look for ingredients such as glycerin, fatty acids, mango seed oil and argan oil to help restore elasticity in the hair.

Normal hair

If you’re blessed with a normal hair/scalp type, then you’ll most likely have full-bodied and shiny hair. Congratulations, you lucky person. You can opt for any of the aforementioned products or go for hair care products designed to boost a particular element of your hair.

For all hair types, it’s recommended to choose products with organic ingredients that are sulphate-free and don’t strip the hair of more oils than essential.

What to look for when choosing shampoo and conditioner

Ingredients

Check the ingredients list to find out what's in your shampoo. Surfactants such as SLS are commonplace and are the ingredient that makes shampoos lather. However, there has been some speculation towards claims that it damages hair and irritates the skin. To avoid this, consider splashing out on shampoos and conditioners labelled as sulphate-free.

Scent

As with all beauty products, you’ll need to favour the scent it has since it’ll be following you around for at least a few hours. Scents in haircare can range from floral to fruity, spicy and clean notes. There are also fragrance-free shampoos available for those with sensitive skin or those who prefer no scent.

Price

Shampoo prices can vary widely between brands. Drugstore brands such as L’Oreal Paris and TRESemmé are more affordable at $7 to 15 per bottle. However, these prices can quickly rack up if you choose to go with designer brands, cruelty-free vegan products, organic products or products that are specific to a hair type.

Reviews are a useful tool to see how others rank a product in terms of value for money before dishing out a high-end product that you typically can’t return.

Tips for washing your hair

If someone asked you with a straight face how to wash hair, you’d look at them like they were crazy. However, there is some technique involved.

How often should you wash your hair?

Many people think they should wash their hair every day, but that could be more detrimental than helpful.

Shampooing three or four times a week can be plenty since cleansing removes your hair's natural oils which help to create texture in the hair and protect it from outside damage.

If your hair is on the fine or oily side, you may find that you need to wash it more often, but it's a matter of finding the schedule that works for you. Many people with oily scalps compensate by washing too regularly, however, this strips your hair of its natural oils which causes your scalp to go into over-drive to produce more.

Less is more when it comes to how regularly to wash your hair. However, if you go longer than a week, you might find that the oil builds up and becomes uncomfortable for you.

How much shampoo should you apply?

Start by wetting your hair with lukewarm water to open up your hair cuticles.

Using more shampoo than you need and plopping it straight onto your hair can damage your cuticles and lead to frizzy hair. So what should you do, instead?

Pump a 5-cent coin amount of product into your palm and lather it up before applying it to your hair. You should start at the roots (the very top of your hair) and massage the product into your scalp using gentle pressure for about a minute. You can then gently distribute the rest of the product throughout your hair.

Why is a conditioner important?

A good-quality conditioner can make a huge difference to your hair’s health and appearance. While a shampoo cleanses, a conditioner softens and detangles the hair to protect it against further damage. It’ll make your hair shinier, less static and easier to style after you’ve dried it.

When applying conditioner, put the product onto your palm first and then start applying it from midway down your hair, running your fingers through to the ends. You can add more conditioner to the end and leave it on for a minute or so since they are normally the driest part of your hair. You don’t need to apply conditioner on the roots since that’s likely to make your roots oilier.

Finish off by rinsing your hair under slightly cool water - this will close your cuticles and retain moisture.

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