Create Your Shampoo Wardrobe

shampoo wardrobe

You may wonder why you even need more than one shampoo in your collection, but there are in fact many reasons you should consider taking this approach. “Your hair’s needs are constantly changing, and your shampoo and styling products should change with it”, notes Leo Izquierdo, co-founder of IGK Hair. “Your hair’s needs can change from colour and chemical treatments, seasonality, hormonal changes, or with your style.” Shampooing and conditioning your hair is at the core of its health and appearance, therefore it makes sense to change things up depending on the circumstances. So what should every shampoo wardrobe contain? Read on to discover our must-haves…

A Colour-Safe Formula

If you colour your hair, initial aftercare is extremely important. “After a colour or chemical treatment, you’ll want a shampoo that’s colour-safe, hydrating and gentle,” says Leo. Avoid clarifying formulas or anything with a strong, chemical-based ingredients list. Stick to something gentle and designed explicitly for coloured hair; we like the Christophe Robin Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo, which seals hair cuticles to prevent colour loss. Blondes should opt for a silver or violet shampoo (such as Oribe’s Bright Blonde Shampoo) to counteract unwanted brassy tones and protect the brightness of their look.

A Deeply Cleansing Shampoo

From time to time, hair requires a deep clean to purify and cleanse away dirt, grease and other build-up; this is especially important if you live in a heavily polluted urban area. We recommend using these types of formulas just once a week in order to protect hair and not strip it of natural essential oils, which are crucial for a healthy scalp and strands. The Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo is not only ultra-refreshing, it also gives hair a deep cleanse and washes away any build-up of product that has occurred from styling. Likewise, Christophe Robin’s Clarifying Shampoo With Camomile & Cornflower is perfect for giving blonde hair an effective clean without stripping any colour; in fact, this formula helps to lighten hair and give it more of a sun-kissed effect, perfect for summer.

A Smoothing Shampoo For Summer

Our main concern during warmer months? Humidity and frizz. “Spring and summer can be more humid and therefore cause more frizz in hair, which can be tackled with the change of a shampoo,” notes Michael Shaun Corby, Global Creative Director at Living Proof. Hair is usually in desperate need of smoothing, as well as hydration at the ends. We recommend Oribe’s Shampoo for Moisture & Control, which as well as smoothing and strengthening frizz-prone hair, also contains protection against UV rays, making it a summer-must have. It also uses an amino acid complex to moisturise dry ends which may feel coarse from the sun.

Oribe Shampoo for moisture and control

A Nourishing Option For Colder, Drier Months

“As the season changes to winter (and hair is recovering from being dried out and damaged by the sun and summer highlights) I recommend switching to a shampoo which provides strengthening, restorative benefits, to nourish hair and help bring it back to its best,” says Michael. He recommends trying the Living Proof Restore Shampoo, which features the brand’s ultra-nourishing patented Healthy Hair Molecule, OFPMA; this aids the protection and strengthening of the hair molecule. For an ultra-hydrating kick in colder months, the Windle & Moodie Nourishing Treatment Shampoo contains moisturising ingredients like white tea and Tahitian monoi oils which are excellent for dehydrated locks.