The Best Shampoos for Long Hair
Long hair can be hard to maintain, but it is definitely worth it. Long hair can tangle and become damaged easily, as split ends are more likely if you don’t cut your hair regularly. Because of this, it is important to use the best shampoo possible. Whether your hair is curly, straight, or a mix between the two, you can still choose shampoos that can clean your long hair from the top to the bottom.
1. Blu Atlas Shampoo
Blu Atlas Shampoo is our number one pick of the best shampoos for long hair. Only the best natural ingredients are used, including vegan biotin and saw palmetto. This shampoo is a great all-rounder with a sleek, modern bottle that is suitable for all hair types. Blu Atlas Shampoo is a great option for men with longer hair, as it cleanses thoroughly and makes you feel extra fresh. Formulated with aloe vera and coconut-derived surfactants, it hydrates, nourishes, and locks in moisture that keeps your hair looking good for days.
Made in New York, Blu Atlas offers its shampoo in two great fragrances. If you are looking for something subtle with a slight coconut aroma, you should opt for the Classic Shampoo. But if you want something a little bit extra that is fruity and beachy, Blu Atlas’ apricot and coconut scented shampoo is perfect for the job. Both options are vegan, paraben free, phthalate free, sulfate-free, and synthetic fragrance-free and for an added bonus, Blu Atlas does not test on animals—this shampoo is 100% cruelty free.
For best results, Blu Atlas recommends that you take a small amount and lather it into your hair until it is bubbly and foamy. Rinse thoroughly, and repeat if you need to. We also recommend pairing this shampoo with Blu Atlas’s conditioner for maximum effect.
2. Herbal Essences Orange Blossom Volumizing Shampoo
Long hair can become dry and flat, so if you need an extra bit of oomph, then try this volumizing shampoo. We adore everything about this Herbal Essences shampoo, as it gives us the extra volume we need to ensure that our hair is salon ready. Herbal Essences has carefully chosen natural ingredients containing a mix of orange blossom, green tea, and silk extract. These ingredients work to lift your hair by rejuvenating each strand from the roots to the ends.
This shampoo is mineral-free and sulfate-free, and has been approved by dermatologists, so you know that your hair is getting what it deserves. Herbal Essences Orange Blossom Volumizing Shampoo receives bonus points for its captivating smell. The orange blossom scent gives off an aroma that is a mix of citrus and floral. While the floral scent is sweet, the orange fragrance cuts through it to provide a tangy but fresh smell.
3. Redken Extreme Length Shampoo with Biotin
Specifically, designed for long hair, Redken never ceases to disappoint us. Blended with biotin, this shampoo features Redken’s Length Care Complex, which promotes hair growth, while also ensuring that your hair is growing strong. After three months, you will notice an incredible difference in the strength and length of your hair.
With a new and contemporary look, this shampoo cleanses and hydrates your hair, leaving it feeling silky smooth. For maximum benefit, Redken recommends that you pair this shampoo with its Extreme Length Conditioner, and Extreme Length Leave-in Treatment. By combining these products, you can reduce breakage by 81%.
4. Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo
Pink on the outside and on the inside, Pureology has formulated a shampoo that suits all hair types. Created with wheat protein and eucalyptus leaf extract, these ingredients boost volume and encourage strong and healthy hair growth. By removing excess buildup from your roots, your hair will be uplifted and feel lightweight.
Pureology is animal friendly and 100% vegan. It is also great for color-treated hair, as Pureology uses its patented Antifade Complex. The scent of this shampoo is intoxicating, as the addition of wild rose creates a woody and citrusy aroma that is fresh and long-lasting.
5. Joico JOIFULL Volumizing Shampoo
Joico has carefully chosen ingredients for its JOIFULL Volumizing Shampoo that each offer individual benefits. Rice protein contains amino acids that will give thin, weak hair a full sensation and a noticeable boost while strengthening and thickening it. Bamboo extract is full of silica, which encourages hair to grow thicker and stronger while also adding volume.
Another unique aspect of this shampoo is that Joico uses Smartrelease technology, which provides continual release of these nourishing ingredients to the hair, shielding it from recurring harm brought on by regular styling and use. By instantly adding shine, this shampoo will do all the styling work for you.
6. Nexxus Sulfate-Free Curl Define Shampoo
Long hair is hard enough to maintain, let alone when you have curly hair too. Nexxus has created a shampoo that works for both, and we can’t get enough of it. The shampoo is sulfate- and silicone-free; it uses glycine and serine amino acids, which strengthen your cuticles, enabling your hair to remain healthy and continue to grow. Silk protein and marula oil are added, along with a ProteinFusion blend, for tight, defined curls and coils.
For best results, use Nexxus’ Ultra-8 Pre-Wash Treatment first, then massage this thick, foaming shampoo into your scalp. Rinse it out completely, and follow up withNexxus Curl Define Curly Hair Conditioner.
7. Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Revive Shampoo
Available in two convenient sizes, Giovanni’s 2chic Ultra-Revive shampoo is a solid choice on our list of the best shampoos for long hair. Use a tropical blend of pineapple, coconut, and the naturally hydrating properties of ginger root to purify and embellish your locks. These nutrient-rich ingredients, coupled with macadamia and aloe vera, aid in enhancing the natural brightness of your hair.
This shampoo is perfect for long hair, as it repairs damage and hydrates, ensuring that your hair can grow healthy and the ends don’t break due to excess damage. Ultra-Revive Shampoo is also an ideal choice for those who love to dye their hair, as it is color-safe. The scent has to be our favorite thing about this shampoo—the radiant tropical aroma is very inviting and brings a taste of summer wherever we go.
8. R+Co Bleu Ingenious Thickening Shampoo
This shampoo looks like it’s been picked up straight from a 5-star hotel, with an elegant shape, a shiny bottle, and a pop of bold purple, what’s not to love? Although this bottle is stylish, R+Co has not chosen looks over quality; the bottle and cap are made with 100% PCR, which is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic, made from recycled bottles and other plastics.
This shampoo is great for long hair, as it volumizes and protects against damage while leaving your hair clean and shiny. R+Co Bleu will donate a portion of every purchase to One Tree Planted, which plants trees around the country to support global reforestation efforts.
9. Nioxin Cleanser Shampoo System 1
Nioxin offers six types of cleanser shampoo that fight against hair loss and thinning. So whether you have chemically treated hair, natural hair, or color-treated hair, Nioxin will fit your hair needs. By focusing on hair thinning and loss, Nioxin combats breakage, which is the main cause of damage to long hair.
Made with peppermint oil, this shampoo cleanses your scalp while enhancing hair structure and reinforcing your hair. Nioxin has 30 years of experience in repairing thinning hair, and it’s one of the brands that we trust most to deliver results.
10. OGX Extra Strength Thick and Full + Biotin and Collagen Shampoo
This volume-boosting shampoo comes with an added layer of vitamins and proteins to help boost lifeless strands. It uses a strengthening, sulfate-free surfactant combination of restorative nutrients designed for thick, voluminous hair. Vitamin B7, often known as biotin, is essential for healthy skin, nails, and hair.
This mixture helps nourish hair for a rich, glossy look when combined with collagen. A color-safe hydrating shampoo made with this high quality ingredient combination that includes bamboo fiber extract and hydrolyzed wheat protein offers hair the nourishment it needs to look youthful and radiant. OGX’s Extra Volume Shampoo is a definite recommendation from us.
11. Marc Anthony Grow Long Super Fast Strength Shampoo
With a modern new look, there’s a lot to love about Marc Anthony’s Grow Long Super Fast Strength Shampoo. Take the time to look after your hair properly by giving it a thorough wash with Marc Anthony’s anti-breakage formula, featuring a mix of ginseng, vitamin E, and caffeine. These ingredients will maximize the benefit of your hair’s natural oils, leaving it soft and shiny.
The moisture-locking formula contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates; this product will leave you very satisfied. For best results, use Marc Anthony’s Grow Long Super Fast Strength Conditioner after rinsing.
12. Kerastase Bain Extentioniste Shampoo
Kérastase gets our seal of approval, as their bottles are made out of 95% recycled plastic and their Bain Extentioniste Shampoo is perfect for long hair. Formulated with creatine R, ceramides, and taurine, these ingredients encourage hair growth, stimulate the scalp, and protect your hair from harsh environments and chemicals.
Kérastase has a wide range of products that they have created to match perfectly with this shampoo. They recommend following with their Fondant Extentioniste CoConditioner, and once you are out of the shower, try one of these products for extra moisture and boost: Serum Therapiste Hair Serum, Serum Extentioniste Scalp and Hair Serum, or their Masque Extentioniste Hair Mask.
13. Mielle Pomegranate and Honey Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo
We all hate when our hair gets uncontrollably tangled, and it is more common when you have long hair. Mielle’s Pomegranate and Honey Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo detangles your locks, making it easier to brush and therefore preventing breakage and split ends. Designed for specifically type 4 hair (thick and curly), this shampoo uses a blend of natural ingredients, including honey and babassu oil, to keep your hair moisturized while stripping away dirt and unnecessary oils.
Mielle has also blended together a very sweet fragrance of pomegranate and honey. The aroma of honey is sweet and warm, while pomegranate is fruity and fresh. You will wish that this smell never fades.
14. Philip Kingsley Carabao Mango and Hibiscus Body Building Shampoo
Carabao, mango, and hibiscus are the main features of this captivating shampoo. The blend of mango and hibiscus creates a sweet, fruity sensation that leaves us wanting more. The fragrance is strong and long-lasting. This shampoo helps manage your hair by controlling and reducing frizz using copolymers.
Philip Kingsley’s formula also contains natural cellulose, which strengthens and volumizes each individual strand. The shampoo bottle is 100% recyclable, environmentally friendly, and the product itself is cruelty-free. Philip Kingsley has provided a step by step guide on how to use their products for the best effect. You can also match this shampoo with Philip Kingsley Conditioner.
15. Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Shampoo
This exfoliating shampoo eliminates residue that may block pores, and is enriched with Hair Preserve Blend to provide the ideal hair condition. It lessens damage when you use it as along with the Full Potential regimen. Bumble and Bumble is one of our favorite brands, as it transforms your hair from dull and boring to sleek and shiny.
This shampoo is suitable for all hair types and is cruelty free. You will see results within a month, and like us, you will be very pleased. This shampoo is compatible with Full Potential Shampoo and Full Potential Booster Spray.
16. Briogeo Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo
We love a shampoo made with natural ingredients that will transport you into a field of apple trees. The mix of matcha, apple, and lemon creates a juice for your hair. Briogeo Superfood Shampoo is the ideal addition to your wellness routine because it preserves and renews dry, dehydrated hair.
This SLS-free shampoo supports hair brightness with an added boost of moisture by harnessing the essential vitamins from fruits and vegetables. Along with the scent, we love that this shampoo suits all hair types, is color friendly, and helps chemically treated hair. Add the Be Gentle, Be Kind Kale + Apple Replenishing Superfood Conditioner to your routine for optimal results.
17. Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo
Malin + Goetz’s classic peppermint shampoo is one of the best all-rounders, as it is not only good for long hair, but for dry and damaged hair too. Formulated with peppermint oil extract, which contains amino acid-based cleansing agents, this shampoo helps to repair split ends by infiltrating deeply within the strands, restoring moisture from the inside out.
One of the pros of this shampoo is that you can use it daily. It does not contain harsh chemicals, the fragrance is not synthetic, and it is gentle on your scalp.
18. Nourish Beaute Vitamins Hair Growth Shampoo
The key to growing long hair is to start with a hair growth shampoo, and this one will not disappoint. Made with nourishing oils and vitamins, this shampoo is paraben-free, cruelty-free, dairy-free, and contains no drugs or hormones.
Nourish Beaute Vitamins Hair Growth Shampoo has been proven to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth. After using this shampoo, your hair will be luscious and shining. You can pair this shampoo with any one of Nourish Beaute’s hair masks that is suited to your hair type for best results.
19. Briogeo Superfoods Mango + Cherry Balancing Shampoo
We can’t get enough of Briogeo Superfood’s shampoo. Here’s another one that qualifies as one of the best shampoos for long hair. With papaya enzymes to help offset oily hair and antioxidant-rich fruits to nourish the hair and scalp, this Mango + Cherry Balancing Shampoo is a nutrient-rich, fruit juice-inspired blend that suits everyone.
This shampoo is vegan, cruelty-free and gluten free. For incredible results, add a small amount to rinsed hair and massage until the shampoo is lathered and foamy. Rinse and repeat if required. You can also try Briogeo Superfoods Mango and Cherry Balancing Conditioner.
20. Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo
Lemon and sage is a match made in heaven. This thickening shampoo is extremely versatile and has a refreshing tangy and herby scent. So if you want to move away from feminine scents to a more earthy, masculine fragrance, this shampoo is for you. It’s not just the smell that makes this shampoo so inviting; this volumizing shampoo thickens up thin strands, giving your hair a fresh, glossy, and vibrant appearance and feel.
Panthenol fortifies each hair while thickening ingredients help to increase the overall volume. Tea tree oil, tingling peppermint, calming sage, and energizing lemon will revitalize and restore your whole body. This shampoo works well for those with long hair, as it prevents split ends and strengthens hair cuticles.
21. Olaplex No. 4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo
Olaplex is known for its incredible formula that is Ph balanced and phosphate free. This shampoo strips away unwanted oils and dirt, leaving your hair feeling refreshed. Olaplex is committed to helping the planet by being environmentally friendly and reducing their carbon footprint.
Utilizing cutting-edge technology, No. 4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo reveals your hair’s healthiest state. This is just one reason we chose it as one of the best shampoos for long hair. We also fell in love with the color of this shampoo bottle; while usually Olaplex opts for a monochrome palette, this bottle features pastels that add a pop of color to the bathroom.
22. Maui Moisture Strength and Anti-Breakage Agave Shampoo
The color is not the only thing rich in this shampoo. It contains rich agave, alongside hibiscus and pineapple extract. This formula increases elasticity, makes strands more resistant to breaking, and is soft enough for even the most delicate hair fibers. Your hair is left with a naturally beautiful gloss and no tangles.
This shampoo has a sweet and tropical fragrance that smells like freshly cut pineapple. It is color-safe and sulfate-free. Maui Moisture has also created two other products that enhance the benefits of the Strength and Anti-Breage Agave Shampoo. Both the Strength and Anti-Breage Agave Conditioner and the Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Ultra Defining Gel are perfect to follow.
24. Vegamour GRO Revitalizing Shampoo
Your hair can never be too long, and now it can grow even longer with Gro Revitalizing Shampoo. Made with natural vegan ingredients like mung bean, curcumin, and red clover, this shampoo is created to help hair look longer, fuller, and stronger.
Within 90 days, you will see an amazing result that will feel like a new head of hair. This vegan shampoo contains no hormones or toxins, is great for color-treated hair, and is cruelty-free. With the citrusy, floral smell of bergamot, this sunny and amazing fragrance will awaken your senses.
25. Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color
Oribe never fails to turn shampoo into a luxury. This bottle screams class, luxury, and indulgence, and we would love to put it in all of our guest bathrooms. Oribe’s signature complex, made of watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower, helps to rehydrate hair while defending against oxidative stress, photoaging, and the loss of natural keratin.
While this complex is the main ingredient, the Shampoo for Beautiful Color contains other beneficial ingredients, including baobab tree extract, ginger root extract, and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. If you’re looking for something that protects and locks in color, then this one’s right for you.
How to keep long hair healthy
While the right shampoo is great at maintaining healthy long hair, there are many other things that you can do to ensure that your hair continues to be healthy.
Limit the use of heated styling tools
Heat can cause a lot of damage to your hair, as it strips away the moisture and causes severe damage to your cuticles, which will lead to split ends. We always recommend investing in a high quality heat protectant to avoid heat damage. It is also best to opt for natural ways to curl your hair, such as braiding, using hair rollers, or making a t-shirt halo. Another useful tip is to use the cool setting when blow-drying your hair. It may take a little longer, but it is definitely worth it to keep your long hair healthy.
Once a week, apply a hair mask or oil to your hair
Hair masks work to nourish and add hydration to your hair. There are many ways that they can be used; one way is to apply it to dry hair, then rinse it out in the shower. The other option is to add it to your usual shower routine after conditioner, then rinse after 5-10 minutes. Finally, some hair masks can be left in—apply it to wet hair, and let it dry. The good thing about hair masks is that you can make them at home with moisturizing ingredients, such as honey, mashed bananas, or avocados.
If you’re not a fan of hair masks, hair oils might be a good alternative. You can apply hair oil then massage it into your scalp or brush it through your hair. There are many benefits to using hair oil: it strengthens your hair, protects it from heat styling, adds moisture, reduces frizz, and finally, promotes hair growth. While many people believe that hair oils are only good for dry hair, they can also help with oily hair and combination hair.
Wash your hair properly
Washing your hair properly can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and feel of your hair. This starts with the right products. Choosing a shampoo based on your hair type is essential. Once you’re in the shower, though, it is important to only use a small amount of shampoo and conditioner.
Starting with shampoo, ensure that you properly massage the shampoo onto your scalp, as this is where most of the dirt and excess oils are stored. After a thorough massage, rinse fully. If product is left in your hair after you shower, it will be less effective and build up on your scalp, making your hair appear oily.
And don’t skip the conditioner. Apply conditioner to the lengths of your hair and leave it on for two to three minutes before rinsing. This will ensure that the moisture is locked into your hair.
Overwashing your hair can also be damaging, as it can strip the healthy oils from your hair, either causing it to dry out or overproduce oil. We recommend washing your hair every two to three days, but if daily washes are essential to your routine, make sure that you choose a shampoo that contains no harsh chemicals and that is suited for everyday use.
Trim your hair
Although it seems counterproductive to trim your hair when you want to grow it or maintain its length, it actually promotes hair growth. By trimming off split ends and damaged cuticles, your hair will not only be a lot healthier, but will also be able to put more energy into growing rather than fighting to repair itself. Getting a trim every six to eight weeks will give you the best results.
Use the right brush
Brushing your hair is a necessity that we cannot avoid, but choosing the right brush for the right occasion can make all the difference. When your hair is wet, it is best to use a comb. Otherwise, a natural fiber brush is great on long hair as it is gentle and reduces friction.