Our 8 Favourite Shampoos of 2022

best shampoo of 2022 Editor's picks

Whether you’ve got straight, fine hair or big, fluffy curls, you’ve probably found yourself wondering, “What is the best shampoo for me?” With so many options, finding a formula that’s affordable and makes your hair look great can be a little overwhelming. Don’t worry—we’ve taken care of the guesswork in this guide with the best shampoo for your unique needs, from dry hair to oily scalps, colour-treated hair and more.

Our editor’s picks

Hair type: Frizzy and/or coarse

Key ingredients: Coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E deeply moisturize and help protect hair from damage.

Scent: Gardenia flowers

Sulfate-free: Yes

Size: 354 mL

  • The vegan formula is sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free.

  • Some users say it may not provide enough moisture for dry hair.

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Hair type: Dry, normal and fine

Key ingredients: A blend of six precious oils works to hydrate dry hair.

Scent: Warm and luxurious

Sulfate-free: No

Size: 385 mL

  • Formula nourishes without weighing hair down.

  • Not ideal for natural hair textures.

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Hair type: Oily, coarse and thick, normal, and fine and thin

Key ingredients: Tea tree extract, mint leaf extract and witch hazel work together to clarify hair without stripping moisture.

Scent: Tea tree oil and peppermint

Sulfate-free: Yes

Size: 385 mL

  • Clarifying formula leaves scalp feeling tingly.

  • May sting if it gets in eyes.

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Hair type: Curly and coily

Key ingredients: Oat peptide, yarrow extract and grapeseed oil work to make strands healthier and more manageable.

Scent: Powdery lavender

Sulfate-free: Yes

Size: 384 mL

  • Gently cleanses and nourishes hair.

  • Doesn’t lather up like regular shampoo.

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Hair type: Coarse and thick, curly, and straight

Key ingredients: Coconut milk, apricot oil, milk proteins and rice proteins work to hydrate hair.

Scent: Coconut

Sulfate-free: Yes

Size: 350 mL

  • Vegan, made-in-Canada formula.

  • Not ideal for fine hair.

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Hair type: Colour-treated

Key ingredients: Acai berry and citrus protein along with vitamins B3 and B6 help strengthen and protect colour-treated hair.

Scent: Berry

Sulfate-free: No

Size: 370 mL

  • Helps to keep colour-treated hair vibrant.

  • Not sulfate-free.

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Hair type: Fine and thin, straight, and oily

Key ingredients: Lavender oil and rosemary come together to nourish hair without weighing it down.

Scent: Lavender

Sulfate-free: No

Size: 355 mL

  • Gives hair more body.

  • May not be suitable for dry hair.

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Hair type: All

Key ingredients: Keratin works to help strengthen hair.

Scent: Coconut, jasmine and vanilla flower

Sulfate-free: Yes

Size: 200 mL

  • Refreshes roots without leaving behind residue.

  • May not be best option for brunettes.

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In this guide
Best shampoo overall
Monday Haircare Smooth Shampoo Monday Haircare Smooth Shampoo
  • Hair type: Frizzy and/or coarse

  • Key ingredients: Coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E deeply moisturize and help protect hair from damage.

  • Scent: Gardenia flowers

  • Sulfate-free: Yes

  • Size: 354 mL

This vegan shampoo from the ultra-buzzy Monday Haircare line is a great daily option for anyone battling frizz (and honestly, who isn’t?). Its nourishing ingredients, including coconut oil, make it an especially ideal go-to for thick, coarse and curly hair. Bonus: The signature pink bottle gives just about any shower a cute upgrade.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The vegan formula is sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free.

  • The African shea butter used by the brand is ethically-sourced through fair trade.

  • The formula seals hair’s cuticles, which is ideal for creating straight and smooth styles.

Cons
  • Some users say it may not provide enough moisture for dry hair.

  • The white lettering on the bottle can make it difficult to tell the shampoo and conditioner bottles apart.

The draw
This product keeps my hair frizz-free, doesn’t irritate my sensitive scalp and leaves my hair with a clean/fresh feeling all day.
-Erica, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
While trying to dispense the product, I found it very difficult, as you have to pump three or four times to get enough.
-Layne, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best shampoo for dry hair
L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Oil Shampoo L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Oil Shampoo L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Oil Shampoo L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Oil Shampoo L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Oil Shampoo L'Oréal Paris Hair Expertise Extraordinary Oil Shampoo
  • Hair type: Dry, normal and fine

  • Key ingredients: A blend of six precious oils works to hydrate dry hair.

  • Scent: Warm and luxurious

  • Sulfate-free: No

  • Size: 385 mL

When it comes to finding the best moisturizing shampoo, hydrating ingredients are key. This formula from trusted brand L’Oréal Paris combines six precious oils to nourish thirsty hair, making it shinier and softer without weighing down your ’do. The best part? The affordable price point. For an intense dose of moisture, follow it up with this once-a-week rinse-out treatment.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The brand promises that dry hair will feel hydrated after just one wash.

  • The formula is safe for colour-treated hair.

  • The oils in this shampoo hydrate without weighing hair down.

Cons
  • Some users point out this formula isn’t ideal for natural textures.

  • If you’re not a fan of warm, musky fragrances, this scent may not be for you.

The draw
This shampoo is the absolute best at nourishing and hydrating my dry, dyed, blow-dried, curly hair. The scent is also pleasant and not too overwhelming. I highly recommend it if you need some health added back in to your locks!
-Loana1, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
I would not recommend this product to people who are prone to having an oily scalp. The first two to three washes are great! But if I use it everyday, I think the oils make my hair even more greasy and it weighs down my hair.
-Vivian966, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best shampoo for oily hair
OGX Extra Strength + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo OGX Extra Strength + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo OGX Extra Strength + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo OGX Extra Strength + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo OGX Extra Strength + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo
  • Hair type: Oily, coarse and thick, normal, and fine and thin

  • Key ingredients: Tea tree extract, mint leaf extract and witch hazel work together to clarify hair without stripping moisture.

  • Scent: Tea tree oil and peppermint

  • Sulfate-free: Yes

  • Size: 385 mL

If you’re dealing with an oily scalp or greasy roots, you’ll want to go for a formula that clarifies but still keeps locks soft. Enter this shampoo from OGX: Made with soothing tea tree oil, mint and witch hazel, it deeply cleanses and removes buildup from the scalp while maintaining hair’s hydration.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The formula is free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

  • The eco-friendly bottle is made from post-consumer materials.

  • The peppermint gives the scalp a refreshing tingling sensation.

Cons
  • Some users say the formula can be a bit drying for sensitive scalps.

  • Some users say it stings if it accidentally gets in the eyes, so it may not be the best option for children.

The draw
Absolutely love this clarifying shampoo! I use it before my regular shampoo and it removes build-up and it smells so good and leaves your head feeling fresh!
-roaad2, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
The shape of the bottle is cute, however it can be difficult to hold onto when showering.
-NCGAL, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best shampoo for curly hair
Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo Hairitage Double down Conditioning Wash Shampoo
  • Hair type: Curly and coily

  • Key ingredients: Oat peptide, yarrow extract and grapeseed oil work to make strands healthier and more manageable.

  • Scent: Powdery lavender

  • Sulfate-free: Yes

  • Size: 384 mL

Calling all curly queens: A conditioning wash, a.k.a. a co-wash, can be a total gamechanger for your haircare routine. It looks and feels like a conditioner but acts like a shampoo, gently cleansing while nourishing hair. This shampoo is especially ideal for 2B to 4C curl types.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The vegan, cruelty-free formula is free from sulfates, phthalates, parabens, silicones and mineral oil.

  • It’s safe for colour-treated hair.

  • The formula gently cleanses and nourishes the scalp and hair.

Cons
  • Some users complain that the scent is a bit strong.

  • Some users find this formula doesn’t create a foamy lather like regular shampoo.

The draw
I have coarse, thick, 2A/2B hair and this is a godsend. My hair feels soft and moisturized in the shower rather than feeling squeaky like it did with my previous no-sulfate shampoo. Also, the packaging and scent is really good!
-Sprocket07, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
I love how the Double Down left my hair. It was so soft. But the fragrance was too much! I am super sensitive to fragrance and I guess I didn’t get a good enough whiff at the store.
-Megan, originally posted on HairitageByMindy.com
Best natural shampoo
Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo Live Clean Coconut Milk Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Hair type: Coarse and thick, curly, and straight

  • Key ingredients: Coconut milk, apricot oil, milk proteins and rice proteins work to hydrate hair.

  • Scent: Coconut

  • Sulfate-free: Yes

  • Size: 350 mL

A leading national personal care brand, Live Clean is known for bringing some of the best sulfate-free shampoos to the masses. This moisturizing formula is 98 per cent plant-derived, making it an excellent natural option. Enriched with vitamins E, C and B, it nourishes and strengthens locks to perfection.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The vegan, cruelty-free formula is made in Canada.

  • Natural ingredients like coconut milk and apricot oil mean you can feel good about using this shampoo while camping or at the cottage.

  • It smells like a tropical getaway.

Cons
  • Some users point out that this hydrating formula isn’t ideal for fine or thin hair.

  • Some users found they had to wash hair more often when using this shampoo.

The draw
I love how the coconut milk shampoo leaves your hair feeling nourished and clean! Paired with the matching conditioner, I’d pick it before most more expensive shampoos and conditioners!
-samanthaa279, originally posted on Influenster.com
The downside
The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing! However, as someone who constantly dyes my hair, I need something that has a little more to offer as far as repair and moisture are concerned.
-Megc1, originally posted on Live-Clean.com
Best shampoo for colour-treated hair
Garnier Fructis Color Shield Shampoo
  • Hair type: Colour-treated

  • Key ingredients: Acai berry and citrus protein along with vitamins B3 and B6 help strengthen and protect colour-treated hair.

  • Scent: Berry

  • Sulfate-free: No

  • Size: 370 mL

No matter the time of year, the sun is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to fading colour.[1] The UV filters in this shampoo provide protection against those rays to help your hue stay vibrant longer. It’s also formulated with fruit and plant-derived extracts plus conditioners for healthier, stronger locks.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The formula is paraben-free.

  • It provides up to eight weeks of colour vibrancy.

  • The acai berry acts as a natural colour protectant.

Cons
  • Some users complain that the cap isn’t very sturdy.

The draw
I have used the shampoo for over a week and my hair colour has had very minimal fading. This shampoo is a must-have for people who colour their hair a lot.
-ashleysheridan88, originally posted on GarnierUsa.com
The downside
The only con for me was sometimes the shampoo didn't work as well when I had a lot of product in my hair. I noticed that on those occasions, I had to shampoo twice to really get it clean. Otherwise, it was really good!
-Kellie807, originally posted on GarnierUsa.com
Best volumizing shampoo
Dove Thickening Ritual Lavender Shampoo Dove Thickening Ritual Lavender Shampoo Dove Thickening Ritual Lavender Shampoo Dove Thickening Ritual Lavender Shampoo
  • Hair type: Fine and thin, straight, and oily

  • Key ingredients: Lavender oil and rosemary come together to nourish hair without weighing it down.

  • Scent: Lavender

  • Sulfate-free: No

  • Size: 355 mL

If you’re looking for the best shampoo for fine hair, this affordable formula—inspired by the beauty rituals of French women—may become your new fave. It’s made with lavender and rosemary extracts, along with Dove’s nourishing technologies, to volumize hair. The result is fuller, healthier-looking locks.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You should notice more body after just one wash.

  • This shampoo is suitable for daily use.

  • The lavender scent smells like a French garden.

Cons
  • Some users find this formula doesn’t provide enough hydration for dry hair.

  • Some users complain that it causes some hair tangling.

The draw
I use this shampoo daily on my fine hair. It leaves it feeling clean, light, and full. I enjoy the lather that rinses cleanly and the scent is pleasing and relaxing. I highly recommend this product!
-member-d8133, originally posted on Influenster.com
The downside
It has nourished my hair very well and replenished it so it's nice and bouncy and soft, but I have not experienced any thickening quality.
-dkmedia, originally posted on Influenster.com
Best dry shampoo
Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo
  • Hair type: All

  • Key ingredients: Keratin works to help strengthen hair.

  • Scent: Coconut, jasmine and vanilla flower

  • Sulfate-free: Yes

  • Size: 200 mL

A favourite among beauty editors and hairstylists, Batiste is Canada’s top dry shampoo for a reason: This formula (ideal for second- and third-day hair) takes on oily roots while adding volume and texture. Tip: Shake the bottle really well before spraying it 12 inches from your roots, massage thoroughly and then brush.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The formula is talc-free, which means it won’t leave chalky residue behind.

  • You can skip a wash day (or two) without worrying about greasy-looking roots.

  • The bottle is the perfect size for tossing into a gym bag or backpack for a midday root refresh.

Cons
  • Some users find the scent can be a bit overwhelming.

  • People with brunette hair may find it a bit more difficult to blend this formula into roots.

The draw
This product allows me to go three to four days without washing [my hair]. It is not like other dry shampoos, it gives good volume and there is no residue left as long as you thoroughly blend it into your hair.
-medj12, originally posted on BatisteHair.com
The downside
It was ok, but with all my hair (thick, long and lots of it) I found it a little awkward to use. It is very powdery and when brushing my hair, a lot of it ended up on my carpet.
-ImhotepXIX, originally posted on Walmart.ca
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