12 Shampoos That Will Help You Get the Big-Day Hair of Your Dreams
Eating well and using conditioning hair masks are part of any good pre-wedding haircare regimen, but what you're doing won't make all that much difference if you're not also using the right shampoo. After all, it's a product you're using at least every few days, and one that's delivering lackluster results will make it harder for the other steps you're taking to make a noticeable impact. Once you start using the right formula for your hair type, you'll notice that you're not just cleaning it—you're also strengthening and protecting your hair, too.
In turn, that may mean that you won't need to rely quite so heavily on heat tools and styling products to make it look great. (And less product buildup and heat styling mean less damage.) The best shampoos always equal gorgeous air-dried locks, which has he added benefit of cutting down on the amount of time you'll need to spend getting ready each morning. Better hair and more time in bed? If that's not a win-win, we don't know what is.
Since finding the shampoo that delivers the best results for your needs takes time, it's best to start experimenting early. Then, by the time your wedding day comes around, your hair will be in its best shape ever and you'll know exactly which one to reach for ahead your styling session—think of it like a makeup trial. To help inform your search, we did our own trial run and came up with a list of the best shampoos for every hair type, concern, and need. Who knows—you might love the effects of one shampoo so much that you'll want to let it air dry on your wedding day.
For Insane Volume
30,000 feet might be a bit of an exaggeration, but this shampoo does add insane volume and fullness. We don't need volumizing spray or anything else when we use this formula.
IGK 30,000 Feet, $25, igkhair.com
For a Perfect Blowout
For silky, swishy hair that gives you a blowout worthy of a teen drama series (we're thinking Gossip Girl or Riverdale) give this shampoo a go. We can't stop touching our soft hair when we use it.
R + Co Television Perfect Hair Shampoo, $30, dermstore.com
For Scalp Health
This product doesn't even come with a matching conditioner because you don't need one when you use it. It's gentle enough to use daily and contains vitamin C and zinc to strengthen the scalp and promote healthy hair.
Vitabrid C12 Scalp Shampoo, $32, barneys.com
For Color-Treated Hair
Between salon visits (and when you have an upcoming bridal event like a shower or bachelorette party), use this to keep your color looking as vibrant as ever.
Christophe Robin Color Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo, $38, net-a-porter.com
For Dry Hair
If your hair is feeling dry and dull, turn to your favorite fruits and vegetables. This vegan, gluten- and cruelty-free option will give your locks the hydration they need.
Briogeo "Be Kind, Be Gentle" Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo, $28, briogeo.com
For Gorgeous Curls
Vernon Francois, hairstylist to the curly-haired stars, knows a thing or two about creating naturally gorgeous locks. (He's worked with Lupita Nyong'o and Tracee Ellis Ross, to name a few.) Because he knows that all curls are not the same and require different ingredients and maintenance to make them look their best, his product line has a few shampoos for different curl types, from wavy and curly to tightly coiled, coarse, and textured hair.
Vernon Francois Curl Shampoo and Pure-Fro Shampoo, $30 each, net-a-porter.com
For Frizz-Free Locks
For a sleek blowout worthy of a Kardashian (no, really, their hairstylist Jen Atkin made this shampoo) turn to this product. It's hydrating and has the best floral-slash-musky scent.
Ouai Smooth Shampoo, $28, theouai.com
For Dry Hair
Dry, brittle locks will be transformed with this shampoo, which moisturizes from the inside out and gives you soft, silky hair in just one wash.
Kérastase Nutritive Shampoo for Severely Dry Hair, $30, sephora.com
For Stronger Hair
If you want stronger, glossier hair in time for your wedding, this luxe shampoo is the pick for you. Made with cypress, argan, and maracuja oils and extracts, you'll notice moisturized, healthier hair after each rinse.
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo, $49, oribe.com
When your hair needs a good deep cleaning from all of the product buildup (dry shampoo, hairspray, you know the drill) use this—it helps get all of the gunk out without stripping your hair.
Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo, $18, sephora.com
For Amazing Texture
Forgo the sea salt spray and just wash your hair with this shampoo, which creates textured, naturally gorgeous waves, sans styling. Bumble and bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo, $26, sephora.com.
For Growing Out Your Hair
If you are trying to grow out your hair for your wedding, use this daily—it helps prevent split ends and strengthens locks so you can get Rapunzel-esque length by the big day.
Kérastase Resistance Length Strengthening Shampoo, $33, sephora.com