Allure March 24, 2023

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16 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair for Softer, Smoother Strands

 

These shampoos are infused with moisture replenishers to keep frizz at bay.

Managing frizzy hair and pesky flyaways is no easy feat. Fortunately, the right shampoo or cleanser can make a world of difference. Just take it from San Diego-based hairstylist and Phenix Salon Suites founder Gina Rivera, who tells Allure, "Shampoo is definitely the first item needed to combat the frizzies." However, finding the best products for your frizzy hair can feel overwhelming — especially if you're unsure where to start.

According to Shelly Aguirre, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, frizzy hair is often dry, which is why it's essential to keep your hair moisturized. With this in mind, New York City-based hairstylist and colorist Paul Labrecque of Paul Labrecque Salon and Skincare Spa tells Allure that the best shampoos for frizzy hair are those that target dryness and contain "naturally moisturizing ingredients that will smooth the hair shaft but not overly weigh the hair down."

More specifically, you'll want to look for hair products that contain natural oils (such as argan and coconut, for example), shea butter, and aloe vera, all of which, per Labrecque, "help to smooth and tame frizz while gently hydrating and cleansing the hair." Conversely, every hair pro we spoke to advised steering clear of shampoos with sulfates, which can strip your strands of essential oils and dry 'em out (which, spoiler alert, is a big no-no when it comes to wrangling frizz.)

To help you find the best shampoo for frizzy hair, we've narrowed down the best options you can buy online. From beloved drugstore staples to splurge-worthy finds, here are some of our favorites for glossy, healthy hair.

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Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

To keep frizzy hair at bay, Labrecque reaches for Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. As its name suggests, this fan-favorite shampoo is formulated to help strengthen hair bonds and smooth hair. Put simply, "if hair bonds are reunited and built-up, the hair is less apt to break and be or become frizzy," Labrecque explains.

Redken Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo

According to Los Angeles-based hairstylist Bradley Leake, Redken's Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo is an excellent choice for all hair types (including color-treated hair) and textures. Per the stylist, the shampoo's gentle-yet-effective formula is ideal for tackling frizz. It also features babassu oil, which is renowned for its moisturizing properties.

SheaMoisture All Day Frizz Control Shampoo

At under $10 per 13-ounce bottle, SheaMoisture's Frizz Control Shampoo is a budget-savvy pick for curly and wavy hair, in particular. It's made with a blend of glycerin and shea butter, as well as softening papaya, conditioning elderflower, and hydrolyzed rice protein and aloe vera, both of which are known for their strengthening properties. Its sulfate-free formula is gentle enough for dry or damaged hair, as well.

Nécessaire The Shampoo

You know a product lives up to its claims when it's an Allure Best of Beauty winner. Our team fell hard for the conditioning benefits of Nécessaire's The Shampoo. As it gently cleanses the scalp of buildup and dead skin with plant-based surfactants, this formula provides a dose of hydrating hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and niacinamide to calm scalp irritation.

OGX Frizz-Free + Keratin Smoothing Oil Shampoo

Looking for a reliable drugstore find? OGX's Frizz-Free + Keratin Smoothing Oil Shampoo has you covered for less than $15. This affordable find combines the hair-smoothing benefits of keratin with moisturizing ingredients like argan oil and ceramides to tackle dryness and minimize your frizziest strands.

JVN Nurture Hydrating Shampoo

What's the not-so-secret ingredient that makes the JVN Nurture Hydrating Shampoo such an awesome frizz-reducer? Squalane, an emollient known for its ability to seal in moisture. Along with this intensive conditioning additive, this formula also contains aloe vera for further frizz-reducing moisture.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo

Just like its best-selling (and Allure Best of Beauty-winning) hair mask, the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Shampoo for Damaged Hair works overtime to restore smoothness and shine. Its nourishing blend of antioxidant-rich algae extract and conditioning rosehip oil seals moisture into dry hair to make frizz and flyaways a thing of the past.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo

The Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo features a sulfate- and paraben-free formula to combat frizz. Jojoba esters moisturize your hair, while the brand's proprietary "Amino Cleansing Complex" is specially formulated to gently cleanse — sans any stripping. While you're at it, follow up with the No Frizz Intense Moisture hair mask to enhance shine and seal the cuticle. Hello, gorgeous hair.

Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hydrating Shampoo

Fable & Mane's HoliRoots Hydrating Shampoo helps quench thirsty, frizzy hair, which is why New York City-based hairstylist and salon owner Nunzio Saviano recommends it. The formula hosts a blend of "moisturizing coconut and aloe vera" that work together to "gently cleanse the hair," he states. It's also free of silicones, parabens, and sulfates, which, per Saviano, "can rough up the hair cuticle and create frizz."

Mizani Press Agent Smoothing Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Leake is also a fan of the Mizani Press Agent Smoothing Sulfate-Free Shampoo for its frizz-fighting and smoothing properties. According to the brand, the moisturizing shampoo also helps prep the hair for heat styling (a.k.a. flatirons and straighteners). The shampoo is also infused with fatty acid-rich argan oil, which offers an extra dose of moisturization.

Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo

Rivera credits Pureology's Smooth Perfection Shampoo with — you guessed it — "smoothing the hair and making it feel softer, which also [makes] for easier manageability." The formula also features a slew of noteworthy ingredients such as camellia oil (which Rivera credits with smoothing and nourishing the hair) and shea butter, which, per the pro, "acts to soften the hair."

Oribe Shampoo for Moisture & Control

According to Rivera, the Oribe Shampoo for Moisture & Control is especially ideal for curly and kinky hair, thanks to its hydrating formula. It's also enriched with amino acids, which, per Rivera, "help the hair retain moisture while adding light shine." Plus, it's spiked with strengthening panthenol, which "hydrates and conditions to protect against breakage." The lovely scent, which features notes of bergamot, jasmine, and sandalwood, serves as an incredible added bonus.

Kérastase Paris Discipline Sulfate Free Smoothing Shampoo

"The Discipline line from Kerastase is specifically designed for an anti-frizz regimen," says Aguirre. With this in mind, the stylist especially loves the Kérastase Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo for its lightweight, sulfate-free formula, which is formulated to smooth individual strands without weighing them down — making it ideal for fine hair. Ingredient highlights include strengthening hydrolyzed wheat protein and hydration-boosting glycerin.

Alterna Haircare Caviar Smoothing Anti-Frizz Shampoo

Alterna Haircare's Caviar Smoothing Anti-Frizz Shampoo is formulated to fight frizz for up to 72 hours. Its innovative formula is packed with fatty acid- and vitamin-rich caviar extract, a blend of hydrating abyssinian oil, as well as antioxidant-loaded camellia and avocado oils. The result? Smooth, silky hair that lasts for literal days on end.

Garnier Whole Blends Frizz Control Nourishing Daily Shampoo

You don't need to shell out a ton of cash on a frizz-fighting shampoo. Enter Garnier's Whole Blends Frizz Control Nourishing Daily Shampoo, a drugstore staple that clocks in at under $7. The formula, which features a mix of coconut oil, cocoa butter, aloe, and glycerin, helps combat frizz for up to 24 hours, the brand claims.

Drybar Liquid Glass Smoothing Shampoo

Drybar's Liquid Glass Smoothing Shampoo leaves hair smooth, shiny, and, most importantly, frizz-free. The creamy formula — which is sulfate- and paraben-free — is packed with moisturizing murumuru butter and glycerin. You'll become instantly enamored by the shampoo's signature scent, which has notes of coconut, amber, and vanilla, but keep reusing this product for the "liquid hair"-like results.


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