It’s like a beauty rite of passage: Standing in the haircare aisle at the drugstore, trying to decide which shampoo and conditioner to pluck off the shelf. (It’s almost as difficult as picking out a birthday card.) Most women want a shampoo that is moisturizing and hydrating, according to GH’s survey of 1,400+ women.
Dry hair is often due to “chemical damage from permanent coloring or relaxants, mechanical damage from grooming, and heat damage from hot tools like curling and flat irons,” all of which can affect the structure of your hair fibers, says Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. Your hormones, age, and ethnicity can also be factors.
How we test hydrating shampoos
GH Beauty Lab scientists test shampoos for dry hair both on consumers and in the Lab using technical instruments. First, the GH beauty editorial team scans the market for hydrating and moisturizing shampoos for dry hair, which are then label-masked by Lab scientists and distributed to testers across the country to use in their hair routine at home and provide feedback on their cleansing and conditioning performance, how well they soften and hydrate hair, their weight on strands, and ease of use, including dispensing, lathering, rinsing, scent, and irritation.
The shampoos are also evaluated in the Lab using a swatch-wash station, where precise doses of each formula are dispensed and cleansing ability is measured, along with conditioning ability using the Instron machine, which calculates combing force through wet hair. Last, all the data points (over 5,000 in the GH Beauty Lab’s most recent test) are tallied to find the winners. The top-tested shampoos ahead were developed alongside conditioners that are meant to get you the best moisturization and hydration possible.
Here are some Brands, which fits the best for your hairs:
- Bio:Renew Hydrate Coconut Milk Shampoo
- Garnier Whole Blends Replenishing Shampoo
- Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo
- KÉRASTASE Bain Magistral Shampoo for Very Dry Hair
- PANTENE Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo