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The Best Shampoo for Your Hair Type

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Don't just reach for any bottle—different hair types need different products, and the right shampoo can make a huge difference in how your locks look and feel.
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Dry Hair
Conditioner isn't all that dried-out strands need. When your mane feels a little more like straw than silk, you can help repair it by choosing the right shampoo before you condition. Products with argan oil that are rich in Vitamin E will help leave hair seriously soft. TRY: Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil, $6.65, amazon.com L'oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Shampoo, $13.18, amazon.com Redken All Soft Shampoo, $15, ulta.com
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Color-Treated Hair
When you put in the time, effort, and money to dye your hair, you want to make sure it won't fade as soon as you wash it. The key is to look for a shampoo that says it's sulfate-free. Sulfate can strip your hair of its new color, plus cause frizz. Note that without sulfates, the shampoo won't produce suds, which takes some getting used to when you love the bubbles, but that doesn't mean your hair isn't getting just as clean. TRY: Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo, $4.74, walmart.com Bumble And Bumble Color Minded Shampoo, $30, sephora.com L'Oreal Paris Hair Expertise EverPure Moisture Shampoo, $5.99, target.com
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Curly Hair
To keep your curls soft and frizz-free, choose a shampoo that has moisturizing properties. Ingredients such as Vitamins A and E and coconut oil keep curls strong, protecting them from things like heat damage. TRY: Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo, $16, sephora.com Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co–Wash, $20, sephora.com Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $20, hsn.com MORE: The 9 Stages You Go Through When Transitioning From Relaxed To Natural Hair
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Fine Hair
To prevent your hair from going limp right after you style it, you need a product that isn't too moisturizing so it doesn't weigh down your hair. It's not that volumizing products actually make your hair larger—they just don't leave product in your hair so you keep all the volume you have naturally. Fine hair tends to be more easily damaged, so choose cleansers with ginseng and flaxseed oil, which are super gentle on strands. TRY: Burt's Bees Very Volumizing Shampoo, $6.39, drugstore.com Pantene Pro-V Sheer Volume Shampoo, $5.99, walgreens.com Nexxus Shampoo Diametress, $13.59, target.com
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Frizz-Prone Hair
Frizzy hair is often naturally dryer, so the cuticle (or outer layer) of the hair doesn't lay flat. Use a shampoo that will smooth those layers down, like those with silicone or new silicone alternatives. Essential oils are great additional ingredients to replenish moisture to help keep hair healthy and frizz-free. TRY: Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Shampoo, $2.89, target.com Living Proof Frizz Shampoo, $24, livingproof.com John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo, $5.39, target.com MORE: 12 Problems All Girls With Frizzy Hair Understand
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Normal Hair
You might think because you don't have any major hair issues, you can use any shampoo, but with the right formula, your mane can look amazing. You want to make sure your shampoo isn't too heavy (especially if your hair is on the finer or oily side), or volumizing (if you have thicker strands). Formulas designed for normal hair are the perf balance, and won't contain extra ingredients to weigh your hair down. TRY: Garnier Fructis Haircare Pure Clean Fortifying Shampoo, $5.19, drugstore.com Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo, $19.30, amazon.com Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, $5.99, drugstore.com MORE: 8 Genius Beauty Hacks From Around The World
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