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The Best Shampoo and Conditioner Duos for Every Hair Concern

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Samantha Brigden

Originally published on | May 21

Great hair days start with your rinse and repeat. It’s time to go back to haircare basics…

The so-called ‘skinification’ of hair has seen the rise of everything from hair serums and oils to scalp treatments. But, incredible hair starts with one thing: your shampoo and conditioner!

When it comes to tackling your hair concerns, it can be easy to overlook the importance of wash day. To help you build your ideal hair routine, from the ground up, we’ve rounded up the best shampoo and conditioner pairings on our shelves for all hair types.

The best shampoo and conditioner for oily hair

Crown Affair The Ritual Shampoo and The Ritual Conditioner 

If you feel like your hair gets oily within 24 hours of washing it, avoid harsh shampoos that strip your hair and cause an overproduction of oil in the long run. Enter: Crown Affair's The Ritual Shampoo, described as “shampoo in its most ideal form”. Lightweight yet powerfully cleansing, it relies on gentle coconut-based ingredients to wash away dirt and grease.

Then there’s The Ritual Conditioner. Based on Crown Affair’s signature hair mask (but tweaked for more frequent use), it stars Tsubaki seed oil – specifically chosen for its ability to deliver just the right amount of moisture, without any heaviness or greasiness. Together, this ritual is so luxurious, you’ll actually start counting down to wash day.

The best shampoo and conditioner for thin hair

Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Volume Cleanse Shampoo and Cool Girl Volume Nourish Conditioner 

When it comes to boosting volume, we tend to reach for texturising sprays – but Hair by Sam McKnight is here to remind you that fuller-looking hair starts in the shower. The celebrity hairstylist knows a thing or two about effortless texture (after all, he was responsible for Kate Moss’ iconic tousled look in the ’90s).

The secret ingredient behind this power pair? Voluminis™ – a revolutionary active clinically proven to deliver up to 30 percent more volume from the very first wash. The shampoo strikes the perfect balance, deeply cleansing and soothing the scalp, while the conditioner delivers hydration and shine that won’t weigh you down.

The best shampoo and conditioner for damaged, colour-treated hair

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair!™ Rich Rice Shampoo Concentrate and Don't Despair, Repair!™ Super Moisture Conditioner 

Dry lengths after one too many rounds of bleach? Split ends popping up left, right and centre? Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask has been restoring damaged hair for over a decade – and now, the Don't Despair, Repair!™ Rich Rice Shampoo Concentrate offers you the same TLC in a shampoo.

This unique water-activated hair cleanser is infused with the optimal balance of rice protein and moisture to strengthen and protect your hair’s colour and texture, featuring a rich, concentrated formula that promises to never strip away much-needed natural oils. Pair it with its matching conditioner to wave goodbye to breakage and hello to smoother, shinier strands.

The best shampoo and conditioner for sensitive scalps

Nécessaire The Shampoo and The Conditioner

Healthy-looking hair begins at your scalp – and if yours is flaky, irritated or dry, you’ll want to take extra care when choosing a shampoo and conditioner. Luckily for you, Nécessaire has you covered with their soothing formulas that prove scalp care can be chic, too.

This duo is the epitome of skincare-infused haircare. Hyaluronic acid keeps your scalp and strands hydrated, while niacinamide and panthenol help to moisturise and protect your scalp’s barrier. Plant-derived ingredients like aloe vera and celery seed extract work to calm any itchiness, making these gentle enough to use daily.

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