Ultimate Guide to Shampoo and Conditioner

By Rebecca Jenkinson, Beauty Writer

With our shampoo & conditioner guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is the best shampoo and is shampoo bad for your hair. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our shampoo and conditioner page.

Top Shampoo and Conditioner Brands

  • Dizziak
  • Virtue
  • Living Proof
  • Aveda
  • Bondi Boost
  • Amika

Shampoo and Conditioner FAQs

Woman smiling washing her hair

What is the best shampoo?

The best shampoo depends on your hair type and your hair concern. Here at Cosmetify, we have a wide variety of products that cater to every hair woe. Whether it's greasy roots, damaged locks or colour-treated, brittle strands, there's a shampoo to suit every head of hair. Popular shampoo choices come from leading brands such as Bumble and bumble, Amika, Kérastase and Paul Mitchell.

Simply use your drop-down filters to find the best shampoo for your routine. Use filters like hair benefit, hair concern, hair type, price and ingredient preference to find the best fit. This is perfect for finding budget-friendly, ethical hair care must-haves.

Is shampoo bad for your hair?

Well, not necessarily. Shampoo is good for your hair in moderation. It helps remove excess oils and add a much-needed dose of hydration to dry, damaged locks. However, when overused, shampoo can also strip important oils from the scalp. How often you wash your mane is all down to your hair type. Drier hair types should try to shampoo 2 times a week, whereas oiler hair may need shampooing 3 times or more. It's all about finding a routine that fits your needs.

When you're searching for shampoo also take note of the ingredient list. Shampoos enriched with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil and argan oil help nurture, while sulphate-free and paraben-free solutions can protect your lengths.

How can I clean my hair naturally?

A quick, easy and natural way to clean your hair is using natural shampoos and natural conditioners, which are full of nourishing, eco-friendly ingredients and free from any nasties. These natural formulas help remove the dirt and product build-up, without stripping your hair or scalp of its natural oils.

Use our ingredient preference filter to find the perfect natural shampoo alternative for your regime. You can also find sulphate-free, paraben-free, vegan-friendly and organic options, so you can easily clean your hair without compromise. Top natural hair care brands include Aveda, Green People, PHYTO and Shea Moisture. Browse our collection at Cosmetify today.

Woman combing conditioner through hair

What is conditioner for?

Conditioner is an important step in any cleaning routine as it helps to keep your hair feeling soft and smooth. Not only does it help boost moisture in dry locks, but it also helps protect your hair from any future damage, breakage and split ends. Top quality conditioners can also add nutrients back into your locks to ensure your hair is strong and healthy.

Not to mention, using a deep conditioner can help detangle your hair, making it easier to manage daily and style as desired. Better still, some conditioners are specially designed to prevent colour fading which is perfect for coloured or highlighted hair.

What is the best conditioner?

Browse leading hair care brands such as Olaplex, TIGI Bed Head, Pureology, KeraCare and more, here at Cosmetify. Our collection of the best conditioners in the biz help take your hair from glam to glum instantly. Discover a wide range of formulas from hydration-boosting creams to shine-inducing leave in conditioners.

No matter your hair concern or hair type, there's a nourishing formula to fit into your hair care routine. Think rich, creamy solutions and indulgent, luxury options all in one place. Refine your search using our handy filters to find the best conditioner for you.

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.