Don’t rue your shampoo – here’s the best for your hair type

 By Grace Cassidy

When shopping for shampoo it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the options on the shelf. But how do you know which one will work best for your hair type? And, more importantly, which ones are causing your hair damage?  

Luckily for you, we’re here to answer all your questions. Here we’ve devised a list of all our do’s and don’ts for each hair type – so finding the perfect shampoo for your hair just got that little bit easier.



Everyone’s hair, no matter your hair type, has a natural pH level of between 4.4 – 5.5. What that means is that it’s important when buying shampoo that you make sure the pH level is no higher than 6 or 7 – any higher and it can leave your hair stripped of natural oils and colour.


Sulphate is commonly used in shampoo. That’s what actually cleanses your hair of oil and dirt and creates the lathering effect.

One of the most common sulphates used in shampoo is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS). However, despite working as an effective cleanser, it can be very irritating to the skin on the scalp and, in some cases, can strip away extra moisture in your hair and speed up colour fade. So if you have a sensitive scalp or dry hair, definitely avoid using shampoos containing SLS.

Some shampoos include Sodium Lauren Sulphate or Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate which, while still being sulphates, are gentler. And of course, some shampoos don’t include any sulphates at all.

Whether to use sulphate shampoos to your advantage or not all depends on your hair type and what works best for you. So let us break it down for you…


Do: Use an oil-based shampoo. If you have dry hair, the most important thing you want to do is restore moisture and the best way to do that is with oil-based shampoos.  

Don’t: Use shampoos that include any sulphates if possible, as they can strip the hair of moisture.

HLN recommends: Herbal Essences, Sulfate Free Shampoo Aloe + Avocado £2.97 and Olaplex, No.4 £13.00


Do: Use a gentle shampoo. You don’t want to irritate your skin.

Don’t: Use shampoos containing sulphates. Their moisture-stripping qualities will make matters worse.

HLN recommends: A shampoo that merges the cleansing properties of shampoo with the deeply nourishing potential of a conditioning hair mask. Enter: Briogeo, Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo £30.00



Do: Use sulphate-based shampoos. They’ll strip away the oil and moisture build-up in your hair.

Don’t: Use oil-based shampoos. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. You should also avoid using a large amount of conditioner and make sure you only apply it to the bottom half of your hair, otherwise it will leave your roots looking and oily.

HLN recommends: L’Oreal, Elvive Clay Oily Roots Shampoo £4.99 is perfect, but we also love OGX, Refreshing Scalp+ Teatree Mint Shampoo £5.32


Do: Look for a moisture-based shampoo or, better still, a shampoo specifically created with curly hair in mind.

Don’t: This is another hair type you definitely want to avoid using sulphates on.

HLN recommends: Noughty, Wave Hello Curl Defining Shampoo £6.99, or OGX, Quenching+ Coconut Curls pH Balanced Shampoo £6.99.

Both are salon-quality with gentle cleansing properties that will help give you stronger hair with more shine, less frizz and long-lasting smoothness.


Do: Use a moisture-based shampoo. In the same way as if you had curly hair, you really want to be restoring moisture to temper frizz. Been there, done that? Try a mega-sleek shampoo.

Don’t: Sulphate-free shampoos leave the hair with more moisture so, again, stay clear of sulphates.

HLN recommends: OGX, Ever Straightening+ Brazilian Keratin Smooth pH Balanced Shampoo £6.99


Do: Use a protecting or moisture-based shampoo that is sulphate-free. Always.

Don’t: While purple and blue shampoos are great for taking the brassiness out of your hair, you shouldn’t use them like a regular shampoo because, when it comes to actually cleaning your hair, they don’t do all that much. If you are still determined to use a purple or blue shampoo, just make sure you also use another shampoo after. You can thank us later.


HLN recommends: Trevor Sorbie, Colour Protect Shampoo £6.99 or milk­_shake, Colour Maintainer Shampoo, £7.89



Do: Use volumising shampoos. Always. That added texture starts in the shower.

Don’t: Use oil-based shampoos – they’ll leave your hair looking flat or greasy.


HLN recommends: Pantene Pro-V, Volume & Body Shampoo £2.50. It’s a classic for a reason, guys.