Finding the right shampoo for your hair can be a tiresome task. With shampoo formulas for normal or frizzy hair to those formulated with organic-based ingredients, it can take time. Worry not, as we are here to make your life easier. Here’s an extensive list of the top shampoos for all hair types.
These days, shampoo is a dime a dozen on the market - be it drugstore or high-end. Thus, we've hunted down the best shampoos that not only suit every hair type but also leave your hair shining and smelling amazing after every use!
Thankfully anti-dandruff shampoos exist to soothe, heal and nourish the scalp while keeping flakes at bay. While there are plenty of options to choose from, one that needs no introduction in the world of hair care is Himalaya’s Anti-Dandruff Soothing & Moisturizing Shampoo.
This shampoo is enriched with natural proteins of soya and wheat that have five key benefits to the hair – strengthens, smoothes, reduces breakage, reduces damage and nourishes. Its formula also contains aloe vera and tea tree.
While tea tree is a natural anti-dandruff agent that gets rid of what’s causing the dead skin on your scalp, aloe vera gently preserves the integrity of the hair. It strips off extra sebum and residue from other hair products, keeping hair strands clean.
Satisfied users have claimed Himalaya’s to be soothing for their itching scalp, and that the formula is mild enough to not cause further burns with each wash. However, some users have complained of the shampoo causing severely dry hair after using it for a long period.
Ryo is known for its oriental herbal ingredients, with their Hair Loss line recognized for its premium anti-hair loss care. This Korean brand is in its 4th generation line, advanced with GinsenEXTM – a hair loss treatment technology derived from ginseng.
Ginseng is an ingredient often used in many shampoos to stimulate the scalp and to encourage hair growth. Apart from that, it helps to prevent the death of cells, resulting in the increase of cells in the scalp, strengthening and nurturing hair follicles simultaneously.
You also have the likes of green tea to remove extra oil in your scalp to help maintain healthy hair. Aside from the herbal ingredients, you have salicylic acid which is good for soothing your dry-scaly or irritated scalp, vitamin B5 for the thickening of hair, and zinc pyrithione to treat the itching.
Although the smell of ginseng could be overwhelming for some, users are still very much tolerable towards the product as it shows improvement for hair loss.
remove_circleMight leave a sticky residue when sprayed
Dry shampoo can be convenient if you’re in a rush and have little-to-no time to get your hair washed and blown. Not only that, but it also doubles as a useful hair spray – giving your hair a puff of volume when needed. Batiste’s Dry Shampoo Plus Heavenly Volume is an all-time favourite.
Perfect as a quick pick-me-up for your mane, this multi-functional product can give your hair that plump, gorgeous, touchable bounce that every woman wants with her hair. Perfect for greasy hair types, your hair will be left feeling fluffy and refreshed, while smelling pleasant too.
All you’ll need to do to have that fresh salon-look is to lightly spray it onto your roots, about 10-12 inches away from your hair. Then, lightly massage through your hair and leave in for just a few seconds. That’s all it takes to look that good.
Some users have expressed their liking for this variant compared to the original because of its volumizing properties. However, some users warned that removing washing off the dry shampoo could be bothersome as the hair may feel like plastic during the wash.
add_circleIdeal for most hair types and coloured hair
remove_circleDoes not lather much
Palmers’ Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo is a Polynesian miracle that works towards giving you shiny, strong, healthy hair. Infused with a pillar of Polynesian traditions – pure coconut oil, Tahitian Monoi and Tiare flower petals – these raw natural ingredients help repair damage and give your hair the shine it very much needs.
Considered to be nature’s healthiest oil, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid which gives the shampoo its cleansing and emollient properties. Being high in antioxidants, it also protects your hair against free radicals. Apart from that, Monoi oil and Tiare flower petals are beneficial for your hair as they not only help restore moisture and nutrients but also help hair grow stronger.
Being free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten and even dyes, this miracle worker does wonders for over-styled and frequently coloured hair. The users who have discovered this conditioning shampoo have had it good, especially since it works for most hair types out there.
If you didn’t know before, biotin plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin and nails. Especially when used on the scalp, a shampoo formulated with biotin increases the body’s level of biotin without the need for supplements, further improving hair strength, shine and thickness.
Avalon Organics’ Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo is our top choice if you’re looking for much stronger hair. You have the likes of saw palmetto in the formula, helping promote scalp health and hair growth catered to all types of hair ranging from normal to dry hair.
Its formula also contains quinoa protein, a complete protein that contains 8 amino acids to assist in the repair, protection and conditioning of hair. Let’s also not forget vitamin E, that’s often formulated in shampoos to help dry and damaged hair.
One thing we should point out is that this shampoo is EWG-verified. This means that it is attested for following the strictest criteria when it comes to ingredients, transparency, and health, all of which are in favour of being environmentally-friendly.
Coloured hair can be hard to manage especially if the shampoo you’re using causes hair to dry out more and reduce the colour to a somewhat bleach-looking colour. Redken’s Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo helps give your coloured hair that fresh-from-the-salon vibrancy every time you wash it.
Its sulfate-free formula is the colour captivating care you would need in a shampoo specializing for coloured hair. Among the active ingredients contained in this formula are RCT protein complex, soy protein, arginine, sepicap, amino ions, and amino acids. RCT protein is a delivery system with 3 proteins that are attracted to where the hair needs it the most. You then have soy protein that absorbs easily into the hair strands and seals in moisture. Arginine and sepicap are to stimulate hair regeneration and to restore the look of hair ends respectively. Amino ions form a barrier around the hair to seal in colour. Lastly, amino acids provide moisture to the hair, leaving it looking smooth and silky.
A few users mentioned that the shampoo has not disappointed for hair with heavy colours. But, this shampoo might leave a greasy residue, which some might find unacceptable.
Caffeine does more to your body than just keeping you awake all day. In Davines’ Naturaltech Energizing Shampoo, it stimulates cell growth and boosts scalp circulation, giving your hair a supple amount of essential nutrients. The caffeine in the shampoo also acts as an effective anti-oxidant and anti-ageing action, by toning and strengthening the scalp.
Apart from caffeine, this shampoo’s formula also comprises of niacinamide and green tea to reduce the production of sebum on the scalp, improve skin hydration and enhance the appearance and feel of hair. Davines is vegan-friendly and paraben-free, making this the perfect choice for expecting mothers, or as a matter of fact – anyone!
It is also suitable as the use of preventative treatment against various types of alopecia – the scientific name for hair loss. For maximum effectiveness, combine this shampoo with other products in this range such as its serum, treatment, and lotion.
This shampoo is a mild-foaming shampoo, so anyone who is used to lots of suds – you’ve been warned. Despite that, many users rave about how their hair grew stronger and thicker after switching to this shampoo.
Curly-haired people, rejoice! The perfect shampoo awaits you in the form of Shea Moisture’s Coconut Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo. Managing messy curls will not be as hard as it was before with this shiny, bouncy, and unbelievably manageable formula. Its coconut and hibiscus range is ideal for thick, curly, and textured hair – overall helping you to control your frizz.
Shea Moisture’s key ingredient includes organic shea butter that not only acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to reduce scalp irritation but also has healing effects. This natural shampoo also holds coconut oil which is perfect for those with dry hair; and silk protein that’s able to strengthen the hair from within. Ultimately, neem oil provides moisture for the hair so that it looks fresh from the hairdresser’s with every wash!
Users praised the way their curls are left with a brilliant shine and an even more pleasurable smell of coconut and hibiscus after each wash. Nevertheless, some users also reported some residue after their hair dries, which can be quite unpleasant.
remove_circleMight not work for coloured hair types
Dubbed the “Renewing Shampoo”, this shampoo does wonders for damaged hair strands. This precious blend of Moroccan argan oil by OGX lets you indulge in restoring the shine and softness while strengthening the hair at the same time. Say goodbye to split ends with its sulfate and paraben-free formula which is also rich in natural vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Besides being good for the health of the hair and scalp, Argan oil also contains powerful antioxidants and nourishing fatty acids to keep the hair moisturized. Additionally, it lessens shedding and breakage while protecting against damages caused by excessive styling damage and free radicals. Peaches & Blush claims that this shampoo’s effects last for two days on her hair, making it a good pick for those with oily hair here in Malaysia.
Many users love how the shampoo is packaged in cute oval-shaped bottles, which they find compact and great for travelling. Users also praise the shampoo’s aromatherapeutic fragrance that lasts all day long – the perfect pick for those looking for a luxurious spa-like experience in the comforts of their own home.
ThisL'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Shampoo for Dry and Damaged Hair is intended to provide the sensation of silky-smooth locks. The shampoo nourishes the hair's surface, aiding in the visible consequences of damage and dryness. Results? The surface damage is reduced by 77% making your hair 7x shinier.
In the shampoo contains wheat protein and gold quinoa extra, all of which aids in cleansing the hair of pollutants while also improving manageability. In short, the shampoo is intended to improve your hair care regimen by rejuvenating damaged follicles and creating a healthier shine.
Given the benefits of this shampoo, many of its users have only good things to say about it. Some users claim that this shampoo repaired their damaged hair and left it smooth, lustrous, and nourished.
Summerie is a relatively new brand here and is slowly but surely becoming a favourite in Malaysian households. For a shampoo that contains more than 98% of natural origin ingredients, it is unbelievably affordable. If you’re familiar with the beauty industry, you would know how costly organic and natural products can be.
The Summerie Hair Shampoo for normal hair comes packaged in pastel pink and yellow with hints of navy blue – simple yet attractive. Enriched with organic sunflower seed oil, organic jojoba oil and vitamin B5, this shampoo aims to bring out that silky shine your hair deserves.
Moving on to the benefits of the ingredients. Organic sunflower seed oil is rich in ceramides and can lock in moisture to keep hair healthy and strong. The organic golden jojoba oil is also non-comedogenic, non-toxic and does not cause allergic reactions to your scalp – ideal for those with a sensitive scalp. Finally, vitamin B5 possesses humectant properties that help hair retain moisture and hydration.
Besides being filled with 98% of natural origin ingredients, this shampoo is also free of parabens, alcohol and synthetic colourants. If you have a well-balanced scalp and hair to boot, we’d recommend you try this shampoo.
Need something straight away for your frizzy or dry hair? Watson’s very own Argan Anti-Frizz Treatment Shampoo will leave your hair feeling intensely moisturized, smooth, soft, and more manageable.
Argan oil is used as the main ingredient because it is full of fatty acids and fatty acids are good because they provide a fatty layer to your hair and scalp. This fatty layer helps to prevent dryness and reduce frizz, by boosting the hair’s shine.
Other key ingredients include pro-vitamin B5 that’s known for spreading evenly on the surface of hair strands, forming a smooth film on the surface of the cuticle; and vitamin E – a natural antioxidant itself – that helps support a healthy scalp and hair.
Although reviews have shown that the packaging is bulky and not too travel-friendly, the formula still does its job well by being able to control frizz in the hair, in turn making one’s hair more manageable. IMBB praises the formula for having a refreshingly pleasant scent that’s not too strong. For that reason, this shampoo would be a good choice for those with sensitive noses.
add_circleCertified by Korea Food & Drug Administration (KFDA)
If you’re looking for a rejuvenating hair spa day at home, try Spaklean’s Amazing Collagen Scalp Shampoo. This trending shampoo that’s made in Korea works wonders for many hair types ranging from hair loss, hair thinning, oily scalp, and dandruff to dyed and even permed hair. Although slightly acidic with a pH value of 5.5-6.5, it provides good nutrition for your hair with optimal oil and water balance.
This particular shampoo is blessed with an abundance of ingredients that are good for the scalp. Hydrolyzed collagen and 22 amino acid complexes help to provide nourishment and hydration to the scalp and hair. You then have Pure Medi for the promotion of collagen, and about 10 black food complexes that aid in the improvement of blood circulation in the scalp to reduce hair loss. Lastly, cypress water and oil which are effective for deodorization.
Not only is this Korean-based shampoo registered with Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (KKM), it is also EWG-certified, making this shampoo free of harmful ingredients.
Ginger is an ancient superfood that not only helps with digestion but is an amazing ingredient for your hair as well. Hellse’s Ginger Hair Shampoo contains – you guessed it – ginger as its key ingredient, a vegetable known for its many health benefits. Because using ginger-smelling shampoo might sound a bit unusual, here are some reasons why you might want to give this shampoo a chance.
This vegetable root increases scalp circulation, that results in the flow of blood to the scalp. Plus, the fatty acids found in ginger stimulates hair follicles to encourage growth – very beneficial for thin hair! Before you know it, you’ll find your hair strands being stronger and shinier than ever. It also proves to be a calming agent for dealing with itchy scalp and dandruff.
It might take some getting used to a ginger-smelling shampoo, but many users swear by the shampoo’s effectiveness during and after use. Some users claim the texture of the shampoo is perfect, with some saying that there’s no need for conditioner after shampooing because their hair was surprisingly smooth.
If you suffer from dry scalp, it would be easier for you to get dandruff and itchy scalp. Grafen’s Root Booster Shampoo is originally a hair loss prevention shampoo specially formulated for dry and sensitive scalp but is also effective for those who suffer from dandruff. With a pH value of 5.86, Grafen’s is free of harsh chemicals like silicone.
This formula contains houttuynia cordata extract, an extract scientifically proven to be an effective hair loss treatment that will awaken blocked follicles, reduce hair loss and help with the regrowth of hair. It also contains naturally derived surfactant to remove scalp residue and dandruff with high-density foam.
If that is not enough, this formula also contains 22 types of amino acids to provide lustre and radiance to the hair. The acids help neutralize the hair and scalp to create healthier looking hair.
According to users, this water-based shampoo is not sticky and does not have an unpleasant smell either. Additionally, some users are more than satisfied with the results, with some reporting lesser hair fall from as early as one week after usage.
It’s time to up your game with Klorane’s Nettle Shampoo’s deep cleansing formula specifically for oily hair types. Hypoallergenic and extremely mild, the nettle shampoo can enhance volume and give you that longed-for soft and bouncy hair that will last. Also paraben and sulfate-free, nettle extract is a very important ingredient in this formula to keep hair soft and clean.
Not only does nettle extract help in combating hair loss, but it also aids in hair re-growth. With nettle leaves being rich in silica and sulphur, it helps to make the hair shinier and healthier. It is also known to naturally control oil with its oil control properties.
If you have oily hair, you’d probably understand the pain of having to wash your hair daily. This shampoo helps by reducing the need for frequent washing while leaving your head feeling fresh.
True to its claim, many users commend the shampoo for keeping their hair grease-free at the end of the day, and some even last till the second day. Some also commented that their hair is much healthier and less dry.
Men tend to sweat more than women, especially those who are more active and do more laborious tasks. When you sweat more, your scalp and hair tend to feel more irritated than usual so to combat this, men need shampoos that can clean the scalp and at the same time, soothe it.
This shampoo is perfect for men who sweat a lot and have an itchy scalp. The formula included in this cooling shampoo is infused with a purifying ingredient known as FluidiPure™ 8G that keeps both your hair and your scalp cleansed and soothed. There is also menthol in the blend to keep your scalp feeling cool and refreshed.
If you have a problem with your hair and scalp smelling even after a shower, then you can try switching your shampoo to this one. Most users note that their hair smells a lot better and the scent lasts longer than usual. However, there are comments that the scent is too masculine and overpowering.
Having a cooling shampoo is great if you sweat a lot or if your scalp tends to feel irritated. Also, despite not being a dandruff shampoo, this shampoo works best for those who suffer from dandruff problems because it can reduce the itch and maintain a clean scalp.
- How often should you wash your hair?
In a hot and humid country like Malaysia, it's ridiculous to think of not washing your hair. Hence, we wash our mane too often thanks to sweating under the hot sun.
But for days when you are mostly indoors, it's possible and best to shampoo your hair once every 2 to 3 days. This is because your hair can retain its natural sebum which helps to moisturise and soften the hair. By washing your hair every time, you strip away this natural gift from your hair which will result in weaker and brittle strands.
Also, depending on your hair type, the thicker your hair is, the longer it can go without being washed. That's because the oil will not travel down your hair as fast and easy as thinner or fine strands.
Oily or itchy scalp? This is why there are special shampoos catered to different scalp types. With the right shampoo, you wouldn't feel the need to wash your hair every.single.time.
- Why do you lose so much hair when you shampoo?
According to dermatologists, on average you may shed 50 to 100 hairs per day as part of your hair’s natural renewal process. However, you lose more when you shampoo as it helps hairs that have shed to be released so that new hairs can replace them.
Once shampooing is done daily, what seemed at first like an excessive amount of shedding will be subsided into a healthy range of about 80 to 100 hairs shed daily.
- How do I know if my shampoo is good for my hair?
Using the proper shampoo is significant for resolving your hair troubles. However, the vast range of shampoos on the market can be extremely complex. But don't be concerned.
To begin, make certain that the shampoo is appropriate for your hair and scalp type.
Moreover, it should address any issues you may be experiencing, such as dandruff, dull and lifeless hair, hair fall, or damaged hair. If the shampoo does not suit your hair type, it may worsen your hair problems.
Finally, check the ingredients for any potentially dangerous substances.
- What are mild shampoos?
A mild shampoo means it has less chemicals in it. These are kinder to your scalp and filled with substances that help to cleanse it.
Not only that, but the shampoo’s ingredients can effectively clear dirt and excess sebum or oil from your scalp without flaking out or harming your hair.
Why use a mild shampoo? Well, one of the first things everyone should take to counteract hair loss is to use a gentle shampoo. Light shampoos, in addition to mild cleansers, frequently include conditioning ingredients and natural oils or natural ingredients to keep hair smooth and shiny.