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The 13 Best Shampoos For Daily Use

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Most people don’t need to wash their hair daily, but if you like to — maybe you swim or do an intense workout every morning, or have hair that gets oily quickly — you want to make sure you’re using the right shampoo. The best shampoos for daily use tend to be on the mild side, because if you’re washing your hair that frequently, you don’t need to give it a super-thorough clean. Mostly, though, the best shampoo for you will come down to your hair type. If you wash your hair daily because it’s fine and tends to get oily overnight, you don’t want to use a deeply nourishing shampoo that’ll leave your hair feeling heavy and weighed down within hours. And if you’re prone to dry hair (or a dry scalp), choose a hydrating formula that provides a light, gentle clean.

Wherever your hair falls on the spectrum — fine or thick; oily or dry; curly or straight — you’ll find 13 great shampoos to choose from ahead, all of which are suitable for daily use. Some address more specific concerns, like dandruff, color protection, and split ends, so by using this guide as a resource, it should be easy for you to find a truly perfect match. To start browsing, scroll on.

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In a hurry? These are the best shampoos for daily use:

  1. The Best For Most Hair Types: Davines DEDE Shampoo
  2. The Best For Post-Workout Hair: ACURE Daily Workout Watermelon Shampoo
  3. The Best For Fine, Limp Hair: L’Oréal EverPure Sulfate-Free Volume Shampoo
  4. The Best For Curly Hair: VERNON FRANÇOIS Shampoo For Curly Hair
  5. The Best For Color-Treated Hair: ColorProof SuperSheer Clean Shampoo
  6. The Best For Oily Scalps: teatree Special Shampoo
  7. The Best Shampoo Made With Botanicals: Ursa Major Go Easy Shampoo
  8. The Best Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner Set: L’Oréal Ever Creme Deep Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
  9. The Best Shampoo & Body Wash Combo: Weleda Calendula 2-in-1 Gentle Shampoo and Body Wash
  10. The Best 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner: Every Man Jack 1-in-1 Daily Shampoo + Conditioner
  11. The Best Scalp-Soothing & Exfoliating Shampoo: AROMATICA Rosemary Scalp Scaling Shampoo
  12. The Best Splurge-Worthy Shampoo: Oribe Signature Shampoo
  13. Editor’s Pick: A Budget-Friendly Shampoo & Conditioner Set That Adds Major Shine: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

1. The Best For Most Hair Types

Just like it says right on the bottle, Davines DEDE shampoo is a daily shampoo that was designed with all hair types in mind, though it’s especially ideal for people with hair that’s on the finer side. It’s a gel formula that works to leave hair feeling clean and looking shiny while simultaneously helping to promote a more balanced scalp. Made in Italy with ingredients like farm-sourced red celery extract and panthenol (aka vitamin B5), this is the perfect delicate shampoo for everyday hair washers.

Enthusiastic review: “I love this brand and was super excited when they released a shampoo for daily washing. I have thin oily hair that I wash almost every day. Most shampoos are too moisturizing or too drying but this one is perfect. A little goes a long way and it rinses out well. The scent is strong from the bottle but it doesn't linger too much on my hair and makes me think of fresh flowers and greenery.”

2. The Best For Post-Workout Hair

ACURE gets super specific with their Daily Workout watermelon shampoo, marketing it as a shampoo for use after hot yoga and other sweaty workouts. Of course, what that really means is that it’s a great shampoo for hair that gets sweaty or greasy in general, so whether you workout or not, it’ll help get rid of excess oil without being too harsh. In fact, like all ACURE products, it’s quite gentle, but it does a bang-up job at leaving hair feeling refreshed and clean. Bonus points for its fruity, citrus-y scent.

Enthusiastic review: “Their daily workout watermelon one smells amazing, it leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny and my scalp not greasy even after a day or so! I do workout everyday therefore I do shampoo everyday because if I don’t I get scalp/hairline breakouts but this solved it. I’ve been getting compliments on how healthy my hair looks and it’s completely because of this shampoo.”

3. The Best For Fine, Limp Hair

When it comes to affordable sulfate-free shampoos, you can’t do much better than L’Oréal’s EverPure line. The primary job of EverPure Volume is — you guessed it — to amp up volume, so it’s a great choice for anyone with fine, limp hair. Since this doesn’t contain any sulfates or other harsh salts, this is a safe choice for everyday use since it won’t leave your hair feeling totally dry or stripped.

Enthusiastic review: “Love this shampoo. I have very thin hair and it gives it the volume I need. It also does not weigh my hair down but gives it moisture at the same time.”

4. The Best For Curly Hair

A lot of shampoos for curly hair can be too heavy or rich for everyday use, but this one, created by celebrity hairstylist Vernon François, offers just the right amount of moisture to keep your curls feeling great without weighing them down. Free of both sulfates and silicones, this is formulated with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, and seaweed, but because it’s water-based, it’s a lot lighter-weight than other, similarly nourishing shampoos.

Enthusiastic review: “OMG.. I absolutely love this shampoo for my natural 3A curls. Most shampoos strip my hair of all the healthy oils leaving it dry and frizzy.. but not this one. My curls are moisturized, defined, bouncy, touchable and smell so yummy.”

5. The Best For Color-Treated Hair

While a lot of the shampoos on this list are safe for color-treated hair, ColorProof SuperSheer clean shampoo is loaded with antioxidants that actually work to preserve your color. It’s free of sulfates and salts, so it’s incredibly gentle, but it still offers superior cleansing and detangling benefits. It’ll also help make your hair shiny and soft, thanks to ingredients like blue lotus flower, shea butter, and jojoba oil, while other nutrient-rich ingredients aid in repairing and preventing damage.

Enthusiastic review: “I first tried this product, buying it through a stylist who has since retired. I need fragrance-free products and color my curly hair a little. Love love this product. It leaves my hair feeling clean and shiny without drying it out.”

6. The Best For Oily Scalps

If you have oily hair or a scalp that feels uncomfortably congested, a purifying shampoo is the way to go — but some purifying shampoos can be overly harsh, which is where this tea tree shampoo comes in. It’s a gentle shampoo that deep cleans and refreshes the scalp with tea tree and peppermint. Boasting a 4.7-star overall rating after 41,000 reviews, this formula should help with symptoms like itching or flaking as well.

Enthusiastic review: “I originally bought this on a whim after a hair stylist recommended it. I have super fine and super oily hair. Any product or volumizing shampoo weighs my hair down and just makes it oily faster. This leaves my scalp and hair feeling fresh and clean - all day! I use the conditioner very sparingly, but I like it as well.”

7. The Best Shampoo Made With Botanicals

Another great choice for daily use is Ursa Major’s Go Easy shampoo, which harnesses the powers of dozens of botanicals to give hair a gentle, non-stripping clean. Instead of sulfates, it uses coconut-derived surfactants to whip up into a satisfying lather, and it’s free of silicones, parabens, and animal-derived ingredients as well. The woodsy scent (courtesy of ginger, balsam, and fir) is an especially nice touch.

Enthusiastic review: “My daily go to shampoo. Pricey but cleans hair well without over drying, smells refreshing, gets the job done with cleaner ingredients than your box store brands.”

8. The Best Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner Set

To infuse your hair with a weightless dose of moisture every day, reach for L’Oréal’s Ever Creme shampoo and conditioner duo. The creamy, gentle formula does contain sulfates, in case those are something you prefer to avoid, but it’s balanced out by nourishing ingredients like apricot oil. Ideal for dry or brittle hair, this color-safe set will leave hair silky and smooth.

Enthusiastic review: “My hair gets very dry and I need a good conditioner to help it look healthy. This one from L'Oreal fits the bill. [...] My hair feels soft when it's wet, and when dry, it feels even better. It really helps control the frizz of my dry ends. My hair looks much healthier after daily conditioning with this product.”

9. The Best Shampoo & Body Wash Combo That’s Gentle Enough For Babies

Though technically designed for babies, anyone can use this two-in-one shampoo and body wash from Weleda. The hero ingredient in the tear-free formula is soothing calendula, which works to comfort both hair and skin, while sweet almond and sesame seed oils offer up even more nourishing benefits. What’s more, the formula has been certified natural by NATRUE and is free of sulfates, synthetic fragrance, and other ingredients that tend to irritate those with sensitive skin.

Enthusiastic review: “I LOVE this shampoo. [...] I even found it’s the best shampoo that I’ve found for my thin, easily greasy hair! It smells great, is a lovely cream that suds up nicely but it doesn’t strip hair at ALL. It makes it shiny, full, and clean. My thin hair, and my toddlers, look so great my husband even mentioned it after the first use. We also love the cream bath!”

10. The Best 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner That Low-Maintenance Types Will Love

Every Man Jack’s 2-in-1 daily shampoo and conditioner combines two products into one and features a warm, woodsy scent courtesy of sandalwood oil and amber. Aloe, shea butter, and wheat protein work to add strength and infuse strands with moisture.

Enthusiastic review: “It works to keep my hair in perfect shape. The aroma is understated.”

11. The Best Scalp-Soothing & Exfoliating Shampoo

If you deal with itching or flaking, this shampoo from AROMATICA is infused with salicylic acid to break down dead skin cells, along with rosemary essential oil to promote scalp healing. The non-medicated formula is safe for daily use, and works to clear up clogged pores and rebalance the scalp. Just as good, the bottle is made from 100% recycled materials.

Enthusiastic review: “I absolutely love this shampoo! [...] I have scalp psoriasis and my scalp feels so refreshed and hardly itches anymore. It’s also a bonus that it smells so good.”

12. The Best Splurge-Worthy Shampoo

Luxury beauty lovers, this one’s for you: Oribe’s Signature shampoo was designed for daily use and works nicely with most hair types, since it addresses pretty much every hair-related concern imaginable. Like all Oribe products, it uses the brand’s “signature complex” to protect your hair from external aggressors and features the iconic Côte d’Azur fragrance (so good you won’t even want to wear perfume). Various nutrient-rich ingredients — including antioxidants, humectants, and naturally derived cleansers — do everything else you’d want from a shampoo: impart moisture, enhance shine, soften, condition, detangle... In other words, it’s your one-step solution to hair that looks and feels amazing in both the short and long term.

Enthusiastic review: “Best shampoo ever. Amazing scent and left my super thick and long hair soft, silky and untangled”

13. Editor’s Pick: A Shampoo & Conditioner Set That Adds Major Shine

My colleague Amy Biggart is a notorious daily hair-washer (she also has the softest, silkiest hair out of anyone I know), so I knew I had to ask her what she uses every morning. To my surprise, she swears by the ultimate drugstore classic, Garnier Sleek & Shine. “My hair gets greasy without shampooing every day, so I love buying larger bottles of drugstore shampoos and conditioners that will last me a long time without being too expensive,” she told me over Slack. “I use this Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner set, which keeps my long, fine hair tangle-free, shiny, and feeling soft. I love the light, fruity scent, and that it's a vegan formula." Note that the shampoo does contain sulfates, so it may not be the best choice if you have color-treated, damaged, or chemically processed hair.

Enthusiastic review: “At it's price point it is by far the best product line out there to deal with my long, fine, wavy, frizzy & color treated hair. [...] The shampoo lathers up really well (a personal fav of mine, I love thick lather) and rinses clean leaving hair smooth feeling - not tangled or straw like at all, The conditioner goes on thick & smooth - don't need a whole lot to feel the silkiness.”

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