When it comes to our hair, there are certain commandments that the beauty world expects us to abide by. One: Thou shalt not damage strands with too much color. Two: Thou shalt not go out in the sun sans wide-brimmed hat for protection. And three: Thou shalt never become overly dependent on heat styling tools. Welp. While we’ve promised ourselves time and time again that we’ll turn over a new leaf, grow out our highlights, and shun our favorite flatiron, roughly one to two months in, we start to feel personally victimized by our offensive, lackluster roots or our unmanageable frizz post-shower.
Thus, with our tail between our legs, we book an appointment with a colorist, ditch the hat, and dig out our beloved blow-dryer. Oh, and we turn to a few of our most trusted products—namely, a super-moisturizing shampoo—to help reverse current and prevent future damage. After experimenting with plenty of formulas and dosages over the years, we’ve rounded up an editor-approved list of the best of the best—aka our favorite strand-saving prescriptions for color-, sun-, and heat-ravaged locks. Keep reading to discover the moisturizing shampoos that we can’t get enough of.
Infused with six (yes, six) ultra-light oils, this editor-favorite is known for leaving strands smooth and tangle-free post-wash.
Yes, technically this shampoo is labeled as "volumizing," but it's one of the only products that's ever been able to give my limp strands the appropriate dose of shine, body, and moisture. Rose water and baobab extracts repair and nourish while simultaneously keeping my light blond highlights super vibrant.
Got frizz? This one's for you. With a luxurious foaming formula that's creamy and gentle on strands, this is one of the best shampoos to keep your hair moisturized and prepped for styling.
After an overdose of heat or color, this reparative shampoo coaxes parched strands back to their original, perfectly moisturized state.
According to our resident wellness editor, Victoria Hoff, this is the best—and only—shampoo she'll use. (And, BTW, her hair is drop-dead gorgeous.) Not only is it great for boosting moisture, but it's also amazing for preserving color.
Exotic bamboo and penetrating amino acids revive damaged and brittle hair into a soft and manageable state. Plus, it smells divine.
When it comes to affordability, our editors say this is the best shampoo for moisture and repair. Infused with keratin and luscious argan oil, this gentle formula expertly cleanses hair. In fact, our precious strands have never looked so good for under $10.
Not only is this hydrating shampoo a convenient two-in-one formula, it also does wonders for virtually every type of hair. Our editor with fine, curly, prone-to-breakage locks recommended it, but it works its magic just as effectively on straight and wavy textures.
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