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17 Best Shampoos for Damaged Hair and Breakage in 2022

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you highlight your hair at home or get it dyed at the salon, blow-dry it regularly, love to create waves and curls with hot rollers or a curling iron, or even just detangle or brush it too aggressively, your hair is probably damaged as hell. And unless you’re planning to chop all your hair off and start fresh, your only hope of getting your hair healthy and strong again is with the right products—starting with a damage-repairing shampoo. So to help you find the right one for your hair type and texture, I’ve rounded up the 17 best shampoos for damaged hair that’ll take your frayed, straw-like hair and give it epic softness and shine. Here’s a sneak peek at all the options:

Our top picks for the best shampoos for damaged hair of 2022:

Keep scrolling for the full list of the best shampoos for damaged hair, plus the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for a new shampoo.

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Best Overall Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

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Best Clarifying Shampoo for Damaged Hair

K18 Peptide Prep Detox Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged, Thinning Hair

Virtue Flourish Shampoo for Thinning Hair

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Best Gentle Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hydrating Shampoo

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Best Hydrating Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Amika Hydro Rush Intense Moisture Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged, Color-Treated Hair

Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo

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Best Dandruff Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Head & Shoulders Supreme Nourish & Smooth Shampoo

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Best Organic Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Mielle Rosemary Mint Strengthening Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged, Frizz-Prone Hair

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Wash

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Best Shampoo for Damaged Type 4 Curls

Pattern Hydration Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged Blonde Hair

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged, Natural Hair

Adwoa Beauty Baomint Moisturizing Shampoo

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Best Drugstore Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Honey & Vitamin B Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged Waves and Curls

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo

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Best All-Natural Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Rahua Hydration Shampoo

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Best Shampoo for Damaged Fine Hair

Verb Ghost Shampoo

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What is the best shampoo for damaged hair?

The best shampoos for damaged hair contain ingredients like keratin, biotin, amino acids, and peptides to help repair broken hair bonds and mend breakage (though, sorry, nothing can magically fix split ends except for a trim). And because dry, brittle hair is more susceptible to breakage, a good shampoo for damaged hair should also contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin along with moisturizing oils and butters, like jojoba oil, argan oil, and shea butter.

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How to choose a shampoo for damaged hair:

Skip the sulfates.

Sulfates (you’ll see them as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate on an ingredient list) are a type of harsh surfactant that can strip your hair of its natural oils, which leads to dryness and breakage. Their also notorious for dulling your hair and causing premature color fading, so avoid them in your shampoo when you can.

Keep your hair type in mind.

Damage can happen to all hair types and textures, from fine and straight to thick and coily, so be sure to choose a shampoo that’s labeled as “strengthening” or “repairing” and also suited for your hair type. As a rule, creamy, moisturizing shampoos will be better for thicker hair types or natural hair and clear, lightweight shampoos will be better for finer, thinner hair textures.

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Why trust Cosmopolitan?

Lauren Balsamo is deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan with nine years of experience researching, writing, and editing hair stories that range from the best best detanglers to the best blue shampoos for brunettes. She’s an authority in all hair categories but is an expert when it comes to shampoos for damaged hair. She regularly tests and analyzes shampoos for damaged hair for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top stylists and trichologists to assess new formulas and brands.

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