Can't seem to find the right shampoo for your locks? Don't tear your hair out – we list the best shampoos for all hair types and needs, including anti-dandruff, dry scalps and coloured hair.
Those luscious locks you’ve always lusted over? They could be yours too (and without a trip to the salon!). We’re here to save you from your hair woes, which can get very particular here in humid Singapore. Whether you’ve got a dry or oily scalp, coloured or curly hair, or want to tackle hair fall, we’ve got just the right potent potion for you with our guide to the best shampoos for all hair types.
For Hair Loss: Kerasatase Specifique Bain Prevention
If you moved to Singapore, you’re probably well-aware of this very real hair struggle – our expat colleagues lament an increase in hair loss (is it really the hard water?). To help prevent further hair loss, lather up with Kerastase Specifique Bain Prevention to thicken and stimulate hair fibre growth, as well as create immediate volume.
$50.92, available from selected salons, Venus Beauty and Lazada.
For dry scalps: OGX Hydrate and Repair + Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Shampoo
Nothing feels better than a rich, creamy lather after a long day. This dry scalp care shampoo suds up well for a creamy wash, and contains repairing oils and almond oil to relieve dry and itchy scalps, while locking in moisture to keep your strands well hydrated.
$16.90, available from Watsons and Guardian.
For sensitive scalps: Physiogel Scalp Care 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner
Physiogel’s our go-to for all our sensitive needs, whether it be our face, body or even hair. This mild shampoo contains Pro-Vitamin B5 along with other hair vitamins to generate moisture and and help boost cell regeneration.
$24.90, available from Redmart and Watsons.
For oily scalps: Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil
For a squeaky clean scalp and hair, you’ll love Kiehl’s Tea Tree Oil shampoo. It contains astringent herbal extracts like Cinchona, Ivy, as well as Lavender and Yarrow to remove oil. If you’re worried about stripping your hair of its moisture, the shampoo contains humectants, panthenol, and pro-vitamin B5 to deeply moisturise hair.
$61, available from Kiehl’s stores islandwide.
For coloured hair: Kevin Murphy’s Blonde Angel Wash
Keep that blonde ambition alive with Kevin Murphy’s Blonde Angel Wash – this lavender infused and sulphate-free shampoo contains optical brighteners to repair dulled colour and restore shine.
Price on enquiry for Kevin Murphy, only sold at selected salons.
For anti-dandruff: The Body Shop Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
What’s worse than a bad hair day? A bad hair day plagued by those tiny white flakes. If you’re prone to dandruff (it pains me to admit, but I am), you’ll need one to combat grease, remove product buildup and excess sebum. This all-time favourite does a mighty job of not only stripping scalps of dandruff, but leaving hair soft, shiny and smelling great.
$24.90, available at all The Body Shop locations.
For dull hair: HASK Mint Almond Thickening Shampoo
Restore shine to your lifeless locks with HASK’s Mint Almond Oil. Three natural plant ingredients make up its core – ginseng, gleditschia and white nettle – to give hair a boost of vitality and shine. Quick tip: If you’re skipping a hair wash, the dry shampoos from HASK will invigorate your hair without all the nasties (no sulphates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colours here!).
$16.90, available at Guardian.
For curly hair and frizz: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo
As someone with curly locks, I know the battle with frizz. Tackle your curls with Aveda’s Be Curly Shampoo – it cleanses, defines yet tames the frizz, with a refreshing citrus formula made up of essential oils like bergamot, organic lime and orange.
$46, available at TANGS.
For fine hair: John Frieda Volume Core Restore Range
Give your fine hair the va-va-voom volume it deserves with John Frieda’s Volume Core Restore shampoo. It features a winning combination of volumising molecules and a unique strengthening technology to create space between hair fibers. To style, follow up with the heat-activated Advanced Protein Volumiser which gives hair double the volume by forming temporary bonds between strands’ natural protein chains.
$15.90, available at Watsons and Guardian stores.
For brittle hair: Avalon Organics Peppermint Strengthening Shampoo
This vegan shampoo is a favourite of mine for good reasons: it smells great, leaves my scalp feeling fresh and minty, and gives my brittle hair better elasticity. I’ve noticed less breakage after switching to this shampoo. If you’re the type who loves a good foamy shampoo, this also lathers up really well.
$13.90, available at Watsons and Redmart.