Having a beautiful mane is not just genetics–it also needs good care and nurture. No, you can’t just skip cleaning it or wash it every single day, either. Your mother was right when she said oiling regularly is the key to long and healthy hair. However, keeping hair clean also needs quality products, products that understand your hair type and work accordingly, so as to give you the best hair of your life. Here are 15 of the world’s best shampoo brands, perfect for any hair type:
Kerastase, a French brand created in 1964, has long been considered a frontrunner when it comes to high-end luxury haircare products by experts and regular users alike. It is a sub-brand falling under the L’Oreal group of cosmetics and beauty. After it’s initial distribution cycle in France, it gradually expanded to the rest of the European continent after it gained popularity among its users, and also had multiple recommendations under its wing. It established a firm hold in the Japanese haircare and beauty market in the year 1990, after the success of which it made its leap into the consumer-rich North American market in 1999.
Established in the year 1930 by Emanuel Stolaroff, Neutrogena is a subsidiary of the American corporate giant Johnson & Johnson (yes, the same one that makes baby powders). It’s well known for its wide range of products including skincare products (which are all dermatologically tested for efficacy) as well as cosmetics. Its primary consumer base consists of countries such as South Korea, India, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, etc.
13. Herbal Essences
Herbal Essences is a brand with multiple variants under its belt designed to nourish your hair in whichever way you need. It offers damage control, frizz control, hydrating, smoothing, strengthening as well as volumizing through a shampoo and conditioner range suited for every hair type. A sub-brand of Clairol, which is a subsidiary of another giant Procter & Gamble, its consumer base is mainly based in the United States and the United Kingdom, amongst many other countries.
Produced in the United States, this shampoo brand, established in 1937, originally started out as a line of hair tonics. After gaining popularity, it expanded to the creation of other hair care products, such as the shampoo and conditioner. Helene Curtis Industries Inc. bought the over the company during the 1970s, and consequently introduced other personal care products to the line as well. After being taken over by corporate giant Unilever in the 1990s, its marketing audience changed to one as a value-brand over other contemporary high-end products at the time. Lotions, soaps, deodorants, etc. are also manufactured by Suave, whose major consumer base is the United States, Argentina, Canada and Mexico.
Garnier is a pretty famous brand all over the world, as well as here in India. Another brand under the L’Oreal Group, Garnier started out in 1904, and was called Laboratoires Garnier back then. It was officially presided over by the L’Oreal Group in the 1970s. It not only produces shampoo and conditioners suited for not just hair type, but even the country you’re in, and the climate you live in. Thoughtful, huh? It also has a skincare line as well as a hair-colour line.
Created in 1947 by the Hoffman LaRoche company in Switzerland, Pantene gets its name from panthenol, the main ingredient used in its products, creating their unique pro vitamin complex formula. Surprisingly, this shampoo was initially marketed as a health product! It was then taken over in the year 1985 by Procter & Gamble. The shampoo was in its heyday in the 1990s, topping the charts in over 80 countries.
A subsidiary of pharma giant Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno was founded in 1945 by Rydelle Laboratories. The name Aveeno comes from the scientific name for the common oat, Avena Sativa, since the primary ingredient used in Aveeno products are colloidal oats. Aveeno also offers skin treatments for issues such as eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, sunburn and hives.
Nexxus is a creation of multi-cultural beauty and skincare brand Alberto-Culver founded by Blaine Culver in 1955 and then, in collaboration with the house chemist Alberto, resulting in the eponym. Nexxus is known for its volumizing formulae for thin and brittle hair, an international favourite of people with the said hair type.
7. Paul Mitchell
Founded in 1980 by Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria. The company’s initial headquarters were in the glamorous Beverly Hills in California, but eventually moved to Century City in the same state. The brand is also famous for its worldwide beauty schools specializing in hair care and hair styling.
A best-seller in countries such as our very own India, Bangladesh, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, a major chunk of Middle Eastern countries as well as Latin American, Sunsilk was founded in the year 1954 in the United Kingdom. It is owned by Unilever today and is its leading shampoo brand. Fun fact: depending on what part of the world you’re in, Sunsilk is also known as Seda, Elidor, or Sedal.
Redken was founded in the year 1960 by hair/chemist and actress/model duo Jheri Redding and Paula Kent respectively, thus the name, “Red-Ken.” Revolutionaries in the professional salon business and pioneers of the “Scientific Approach to Beauty” stream, Redken introduced the concept of protein reconditioning and the development of newer, better protein-based products, a concept which they later patented.
Pioneers in eco-friendly and natural hair care, Giovanni was founded in 1978 by hairstylist Arthur Guidotti in Beverly Hills, California. Today, it is the number 1 hair care line in the natural hair products industry in the United States. The company and its natural products came to be after founder Guidotti’s hands began reacting to the chemicals after years and years of exposure to hair products (since he was a hairstylist by profession), causing him to explore naturally sourced ingredients to be used in his products, eventually leading him to launch his own range of hair care products.
3. Aubrey Organics
Another leader in natural and organic hair, body and skin care, Aubrey Organics was founded in 1967 by Aubrey Hampton, after he mixed eucalyptus leaf, ground ginger, and peppermint into a coconut oil base in order to create a bath oil to help fight harsh New York winters. Forty years later Aubrey Organics became one of the leading retailers, with products being sold in more than 4500 stores all over the world. In 1994, Aubrey Organics became the first personal care company to be a certified organic processor by Quality Assurance International in San Diego, California. All of the natural ingredients that go into making its products are organically and ethically sourced, fairtrade ingredients.
2. Lush Solid Shampoo
Lush Cosmetics was founded in 1991 by trichologist (a person who deals with the dermatology of the hair and scalp) Mark Constantine and Liz Weir, a beauty therapist. They met in Poole, Dorset in England in a hair and beauty salon and eventually started branching out and selling their own brand of natural hair and beauty products. Lush is known for its quirky and exciting products such as the solid shampoo–you literally break off a piece of the solid shampoo, lather it on wet hair and wash your hair as you regularly do. It is also known for its protective and hydrating ingredients along with delicious and yummy scents.
1. Briogeo Hair Care
“Brio” in Italian means full of life, vivacious whereas “geo” in Latin means of the earth or of nature. Thus, Briogeo Hair Care was founded by Nancy Twine, in West Virginia. She developed an interest in hair care after her grandmother made lotions, hair, body and skin care products using ingredients grown in their own backyard. After a larger demand for hair care products began to storm in, Twine developed Briogeo Natural Hair Care with an underlying belief that natural is always better, and that one does not have to sacrifice or change anything in one’s lifestyle to achieve beautiful and healthy tresses.
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