Shampoo comes from the Hindi word chāmpo – which means ‘to press’, and was originally used in the eighteenth century to refer to therapeutic body massages. Now shampoo is a household term across the world and is synonymous with hair care. We use shampoo to clean our hair of dirt, pollution and other impurities. There are also plenty of shampoos available in the market which target specific hair concerns or cater to different scalp types.
Sulphate-free and paraben-free shampoo
Sulphates and parabens are often found in many shampoos. Sulphates give shampoo its lather, while parabens help preserve cosmetics. The downside to both is that they can dry your hair, making it brittle and more prone to various issues including breakage. They can also irritate sensitive scalps. Fortunately hair care has advanced in recent years and there are now paraben-free and sulphate-free shampoos which are just as effective if not more so than their mainstream alternatives. You can also consider an excellent conditioner to rehydrate your hair.
The best shampoo for you
Shampoo today is capable of doing more than just cleaning hair – depending on the formulation, it can build body, repair heat damage, protect colour or treat hair loss. With so many options available in the market, we’ve handpicked products by leading hair care specialists like L’Oréal Professionnel, Nourkrin, Osmo and TIGI to make things easier for you. We’ve even categorised our options by hair type, hair concerns and free-from products to help you find the best shampoo for you.