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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Best Shampoo & Conditioner

Bondi Boost HG

Bondi Boost HG

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4.7 from 1,949 reviews

Homegrown haircare brand, Bondi Boost offers a shampoo and conditioner bundle that is cruelty-free and contains organic ingredients for $74.99 to help promote hair growth.

Cruelty-free and vegan
Free from silicones, sulphates and parabens
Safe for coloured hair
Can be drying for some hair types
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (1,135)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (42) · No (1,206)
  • Smell
    4.6 (1,075)
2nd Best Shampoo & Conditioner
MooGoo Scalp Cream
4.7 from 68 reviews

Treat cradle cap in babies & seborrheic dermatitis in adults with MooGoo's soothing scalp cream which is pH balanced and not tested on animals.

Treats cradle cap & seborrheic dermatitis
Absorbs well into skin
pH balanced
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (15)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (2) · No (13)
  • Smell
    3.7 (10)
3rd Best Shampoo & Conditioner
Bondi Boost Dandruff Repair

Bondi Boost Dandruff Repair

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4.2 from 76 reviews

Latest review: I bought the shampoo and conditioner after the first couple of uses my hair was still itchy but my neck, back and ears became itchy as well. After the third use my back was sooo itchy there was

  • Value for Money
    4.1 (70)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (8) · No (65)
  • Smell
    4.4 (66)
Neutrogena T/Gel
4.2 from 59 reviews

Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo is effective as a therapeutic treatment to help control the scalp itching and flaking symptomatic of scalp psoriasis, eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis and even common dandruff.

Bondi Boost Rapid Repair

Bondi Boost Rapid Repair

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4.2 from 62 reviews

Bondi Boost’s Rapid Repair delivers rapid results to dry damaged hair, reducing further breakage, sealing the hair cuticle and repairing split ends.

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MooGoo Milk Shampoo
3.9 from 86 reviews

This is a natural, gentle shampoo that looks after your hair and your scalp. It is made with a combination of coconut and glucose-based cleansers and is free from harsh synthetic detergents (SLS) that can damage the hair.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

Latest review: If you LOVE LOVE LOVE Macadamia Deep Repair Masque as much as me, please be warned I heard in Nov 2020 that it is a discontinued product! Nooooooo....... Not sure if this only Australia or

Fudge Toning Clean Blonde
4.3 from 29 reviews

Latest review: 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

Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle

Latest review: I am in love with this product. This makes my hair super smooth and it smells good. The staying power of the scent stays for the entire day. :) No need to buy pricey salon

Natures Organics Organic Care Range

Natures Organics Organic Care Range

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3.2 from 254 reviews

Latest review: terrible. hair fell out. this is poison. i cannot believe they are still selling it. how can they get away with causing so many people hair loss ???? i thought my hair was falling out from stress.

Redken Extreme Range
4.2 from 24 reviews

Latest review: I have been bleaching my hair at home for the past year(due to COVID-19 and too expensive having it bleached at hair salon continuously) My hair had become so dry, brittle and very porous...I have

De Lorenzo Tricho Range

De Lorenzo Tricho Range

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4.4 from 20 reviews

Latest review: This product was recommended to me by Hair house warehouse, I have Sclerosis, it made my condition worse and worse , terrible build up , would secrete behind my ears as well , My condition became

Sukin Nourishing Conditioner
3.9 from 30 reviews

Latest review: Seems to be knock off product and seems to be the case for all sukin products. Used to use this product all the time but now my hair and skin seems worse after using this. Product formulas seems to

MooGoo Cream Conditioner
4.2 from 21 reviews

Latest review: I have dry and wavy hair. I did not find the conditioner conditioning my hair in anyway. I have used it for 3-4 months hoping to see results, but its of no use. My hair felt much better without using

Bondi Boost Curl Boss Shampoo & Conditioner

Latest review: My curls are much lighter and bouncier after using these products. I’m not sure if the frizz has settled much however it’s still early days and I purchased the 4 product curl pack and I’m exper

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DermaVeen Hair Range

DermaVeen Hair Range

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3.6 from 42 reviews

Latest review: I always aim for the natural products, otherwise I'll breakout in pimples or red patches. Darmaveen made my hair feel soft, shiny and manageable. Even my grays are at

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment
3.5 from 49 reviews

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Redwin Tea Tree
4.1 from 22 reviews

Latest review: The BEST cleansing shampoo I’ve used so far. My scalp gets itchy every now and then but this shampoo has made that stop. Scalp smells and feels fresh! Tried lots of other cleansing shampoos such as k

Palmolive Naturals Range
3.2 from 53 reviews

Latest review: I used these for years! Then, I switched and got stuck trying new ones, I guess out of boredom. Then I bought a bottle of the old faithful palmolive naturals, and ahhhhhh! I love it all over again! I

Head & Shoulders Smooth and Silky

Latest review: My doctor told me that my scalp condition was due to the pyrithione zinc in this product and that I need to cease its use immensely. Since I stopped using Head and shoulders, my condition has cleared

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Shampoo and conditioner and bathing products

Get to know your hair

Hair textures

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/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 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. Congrats, 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.

The best hair washing technique

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 to 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 through 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.

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 the whole day. 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 $7-15 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 can’t return.