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What’s your shampoo of choice, and why?

In an effort to post more, because why not, and to see if anyone has some interesting answers that may help other people, here’s a question for you:

What’s your shampoo of choice, and why?

Shampoo is something relatively universal, so I’m hoping to get some neat answers out of the lovely Tildes community.

And I just got out of the shower, so I thought this might make for a good topic.

37 comments

  1. [3]
    Diet_Coke
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    I haven't regularly used shampoo in probably almost 10 years. It started when I'd give myself buzz cuts and it just didn't seem like it made sense. I do a fade these days, so my hair is a little...

    I haven't regularly used shampoo in probably almost 10 years. It started when I'd give myself buzz cuts and it just didn't seem like it made sense. I do a fade these days, so my hair is a little longer but it's acclimated to not using shampoo. It is more oily, but not in a bad way - it still feels clean. It also stays the way I style it so I don't need product, just a little water sometimes to keep it down. I do use shampoo every once in awhile when it feels greasier, like if I go swimming but probably just a handful of times a year.

    I see a lot of products as ways to replace the body's natural functions and then other ones to deal with the side effects caused by those products. OTOH I recently started using facial soap and it has honestly made the skin on my face look smoother and with smaller pores. Probably nobody else on Earth would notice except for me though.

    13 votes
    1. [2]
      clem
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      I have recently (maybe close to a year ago?) stopped using shampoo regularly, and I see little reason to look back (other than that I seem to have a bit of dandruff). My hair (edit: I forgot to...

      I have recently (maybe close to a year ago?) stopped using shampoo regularly, and I see little reason to look back (other than that I seem to have a bit of dandruff). My hair (edit: I forgot to note that I'm a dude with fairly short, curly, thick hair) is a little oily, but like you say, not in a bad way--it's perfectly clean. I rinse and scrub it in the shower, but simply don't strip it of my natural oils. Maybe once a month I use this shampoo bar to scrub my hair, but I'm always a little disappointed afterward, as it makes my hair feel pretty dry for a while.

      1 vote
      1. Diet_Coke
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        Dandruff was an issue for me for a while too, I have found that giving it a really good towel dry helps. Basically if there's water in your hair, it pulls more moisture from your scalp as it...

        Dandruff was an issue for me for a while too, I have found that giving it a really good towel dry helps. Basically if there's water in your hair, it pulls more moisture from your scalp as it evaporates, and then you have the dry skin that turns into dandruff.

        3 votes
  2. [2]
    Sahasrahla
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    Something fruity and girly that leaves me clean and actually smelling good. I made the mistake of using some male-marketed shampoo once: it smelled like deodorant and had flecks of dirt (sorry,...

    Something fruity and girly that leaves me clean and actually smelling good. I made the mistake of using some male-marketed shampoo once: it smelled like deodorant and had flecks of dirt (sorry, "activated charcoal") in it. Never again.

    12 votes
    1. teaearlgraycold
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      Wow. I've seen charcoal in body wash as an exfoliant. But that makes no sense in a shampoo. You'd never get it all out.

      Wow. I've seen charcoal in body wash as an exfoliant. But that makes no sense in a shampoo. You'd never get it all out.

      5 votes
  3. [2]
    Loire
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    I don't use product in my hair anymore. No shampoo no conditioner, just heavy scrubbing with water and hands. Ever since I dropped product my hair has never been healthier. It's thick, it shines,...

    I don't use product in my hair anymore. No shampoo no conditioner, just heavy scrubbing with water and hands. Ever since I dropped product my hair has never been healthier. It's thick, it shines, it looks good, feels good and it sort of sits in place where I put it, with a bit of water and some adjustment through the day. I've never noticed it greasy or dirty in the three years I've been doing this.

    While this probably isn't feasible for those of you with long hair, if you have short hair, like I do, I'd suggest giving it a shot.

    7 votes
    1. Akir
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      Yes, this is what I'm doing too. I have a family history of baldness, and I noticed that shampooing actually makes it go away faster. It does eventually get overly oily, and in such cases I find...

      Yes, this is what I'm doing too. I have a family history of baldness, and I noticed that shampooing actually makes it go away faster.

      It does eventually get overly oily, and in such cases I find that a good quality liquid soap (Dr. Bronner's in this case) actually works better than most shampoo formulas do.

      5 votes
  4. [2]
    teaearlgraycold
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    After years of mistakenly using pyrithione zinc based anti-dandruff shampoos with limited success, I learned that the alternative, selenium sulfide, works perfectly for me. So I only use Selsun...

    After years of mistakenly using pyrithione zinc based anti-dandruff shampoos with limited success, I learned that the alternative, selenium sulfide, works perfectly for me. So I only use Selsun Blue (some of their products use pyrithione zinc, though). I do have to put up with the strong chemically smell. But I only need to use it twice per week.

    6 votes
    1. tumbzilla
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      I've found that the Body Shop's ginger shampoo works as well if not better than Head and Shoulders. Smells incredible, too

      I've found that the Body Shop's ginger shampoo works as well if not better than Head and Shoulders. Smells incredible, too

      1 vote
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    nutax
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    Tar shampoo for me. It does the job and I like the smell of it.

    Tar shampoo for me. It does the job and I like the smell of it.

    5 votes
    1. thejumpingbulldog
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      I was actually recommended it due to the flakiness of my scalp and it has done wonders. That, and having a buzz cut for a few years.

      I was actually recommended it due to the flakiness of my scalp and it has done wonders. That, and having a buzz cut for a few years.

      2 votes
  6. mrbig
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    I wash my hair with whatever I find in the bathroom, most frequently regular soap. I cut my own hair and keep it very short, so hair care is not a concern.

    I wash my hair with whatever I find in the bathroom, most frequently regular soap. I cut my own hair and keep it very short, so hair care is not a concern.

    4 votes
  7. minimaltyp0s
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    My main struggle is finding the word "shampoo" on one of the half dozen or so bottles my wife has in the shower. I use that one.

    My main struggle is finding the word "shampoo" on one of the half dozen or so bottles my wife has in the shower. I use that one.

    8 votes
  8. [2]
    Micycle_the_Bichael
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    Lush's "Honey I washed my hair" shampoo bar. Lush is a company that is very dedicated to the environment and ethical testing of products, most cleaning products are paying to ship truckloads of...

    Lush's "Honey I washed my hair" shampoo bar. Lush is a company that is very dedicated to the environment and ethical testing of products, most cleaning products are paying to ship truckloads of water across country which is super wasteful so I avoid that by getting a bar, minimal packaging (no plastic bottle, bar comes in a small brown paper bag, they are nearby my apartment so I don't have to order it online, and its really good for my hair. They have lots multiple different options for different hair/scalp issues. I share an $11 bar with my partner and a single bar lasted us a little over 6 months (bought the first one in June, the first one is still being used but I bought a second one because we are about to be traveling for the holidays so I want to be safe and not run out). OH! Added perk, since it is a bar there are no TSA limits :) its really great. I would 1000% suggest it.

    Edit: To mildly expand on this: I think Lush is such a great company. People really only think of them as a bath bomb company, but they make really great products. I also have a really good moisturizing and exfoliating all natural body wash bar from them. 10/10 their products are great.

    4 votes
    1. ibis
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      I second lush’s solid shampoos- they smell amazing and they last forever. Great value for money and no plastic waste ! They make liquid shampoos seem extremely inefficient by comparison - you are...

      I second lush’s solid shampoos- they smell amazing and they last forever. Great value for money and no plastic waste ! They make liquid shampoos seem extremely inefficient by comparison - you are mostly paying for water and plastic.

      I first got one for travel - liquid is always going to leak sooner or later. But I liked it so much I just kept on using it.

      I also got a solid massage bar - it is marketed as a massage oil kind of thing, but works well as a body moisturiser ! I use lushes solid soap bars as well - there is a big selection of amazing smelling soap to choose from.

      3 votes
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    cwagner
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    I (long- & curly-haired male) used to use Frizz Ease, but since I tried Renpure (US brand with fewer chemicals) I don’t think I can go back to sulfate-containing shampoos/conditioners. My hair...

    I (long- & curly-haired male) used to use Frizz Ease, but since I tried Renpure (US brand with fewer chemicals) I don’t think I can go back to sulfate-containing shampoos/conditioners. My hair feels thicker and I don’t have a dandruff problem any more :)

    4 votes
    1. patience_limited
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      Agreed - the Costco sulfate-free stuff was kind of a revelation. I've got fine, wavy hair that dulls and frizzles with any hint of chemical damage, so it's a big deal. Edit and note: There's...

      Agreed - the Costco sulfate-free stuff was kind of a revelation. I've got fine, wavy hair that dulls and frizzles with any hint of chemical damage, so it's a big deal.

      Edit and note: There's evidence that sulfate-containing products contribute to, or worsen, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, dandruff, and other skin conditions which can be aggravated by the drying effects of harsh detergents. I haven't had a serious episode of eczema since switching to sulfate-free shampoo, but that might be from regular immersion in chlorinated water, too.

      3 votes
  10. FishFingus
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    I just use shower gel everywhere - some mint and tea tree thing that's a cheap ALDI/LIDL alternative to that more expensive stuff that used to have little black beads in it. I don't know enough...

    I just use shower gel everywhere - some mint and tea tree thing that's a cheap ALDI/LIDL alternative to that more expensive stuff that used to have little black beads in it. I don't know enough about shampoo, or even how often to exfoliate, so I stay away from that pricey stuff.

    Maybe I'll start using it if it helps my freaking hair stay aesthetically pleasing and soft, though. But I honestly have enough trouble trying to style it.

    3 votes
  11. patience_limited
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    Kirkland Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo. Claims to be free of sulfates and parabens, doesn't contain phenethylamines, though the ingredient list is still somewhat longer than I'd...

    Kirkland Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo. Claims to be free of sulfates and parabens,
    doesn't contain phenethylamines, though the ingredient list is still somewhat longer than I'd like.

    It's Costco-cheap and keeps my hair shiny even though I'm swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool, is minimally perfumed, and doesn't make me itch.

    3 votes
  12. vakieh
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    I get overwhelmed by the shampoo aisle in the supermarket every time I need to buy it - thankfully as I only wash with shampoo every 3 days or so (hot water only the other 2) and have fairly short...

    I get overwhelmed by the shampoo aisle in the supermarket every time I need to buy it - thankfully as I only wash with shampoo every 3 days or so (hot water only the other 2) and have fairly short hair this only happens like 2-3 times a year.

    I am yet to notice a difference in the outcome regardless of what I buy, and frustratingly I can NEVER find the same bottle I bought the last time (I am a habit buying person) so I have tried quite a few.

    3 votes
  13. Leonidas
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    Since I started growing my hair out, I realized the "2-in-1" hair and body wash products marketed at guys just don't really cut it. I got a smallish bottle of OGX Tea Tree Mint shampoo and liked...

    Since I started growing my hair out, I realized the "2-in-1" hair and body wash products marketed at guys just don't really cut it. I got a smallish bottle of OGX Tea Tree Mint shampoo and liked it a lot, so I bought a big bottle of the store-brand version. Combined with a coconut milk conditioner from the same brand and anti-frizz oil I put in after showering, I've gotten a lot of compliments about my hair and I think it's much sleeker without being oily.

    3 votes
  14. jahnu
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    Very short hair. I find "Uncle Harry's Liquid Soap" (a hemp oil based Castille-type) is fine. Healthy hair and scalp, and I can just keep bathing without switching anything. Also good in a pinch...

    Very short hair. I find "Uncle Harry's Liquid Soap" (a hemp oil based Castille-type) is fine. Healthy hair and scalp, and I can just keep bathing without switching anything. Also good in a pinch for shaving.

    3 votes
  15. Don_Camillo
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    Started using a nice high quality olive oil soap for all my body. Best decision ever. Soft skin, nice hair and still VERY cheap in comparison to bottled products. Bonus, quasi no packaging.

    Started using a nice high quality olive oil soap for all my body. Best decision ever. Soft skin, nice hair and still VERY cheap in comparison to bottled products. Bonus, quasi no packaging.

    2 votes
  16. Icarus
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    I alternate shampoo My main choice is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner. I love the way it smells and makes my scalp tingle. The other basic option is Dr. Bronner's Tea tree...

    I alternate shampoo

    My main choice is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil shampoo and conditioner. I love the way it smells and makes my scalp tingle.

    The other basic option is Dr. Bronner's Tea tree pure-castile liquid soap. If I am lazy, this is a good body wash and shampoo. I use it on my hair, face, and body, and come out extremely clean. Its pretty drying so I use lotion for keep my skin hydrated afterwards.

    2 votes
  17. ThyMrMan
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    I use Aveeno Oat Milk Blend. Pretty good at keeping my hair soft and manageable. I've considered trying some dandruff shampoo to control some mild dandruff, but never really found one that works...

    I use Aveeno Oat Milk Blend. Pretty good at keeping my hair soft and manageable. I've considered trying some dandruff shampoo to control some mild dandruff, but never really found one that works super well.

    2 votes
  18. papasquat
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    I'm virtually bald, so I don't really bother. I usually keep my hair extremely short, and sometimes I use soap on my head, but usually I don't even do that.

    I'm virtually bald, so I don't really bother. I usually keep my hair extremely short, and sometimes I use soap on my head, but usually I don't even do that.

    2 votes
  19. bleem
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    none. water and soap. I shave my head though

    none. water and soap. I shave my head though

    2 votes
  20. JamesTeaKirk
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    I only use conditioner; I do an initial lather, scrub, and rinse to get any physical grossness out then just condition it normally. I have curly hair and every shampoo I've tried just dries my...

    I only use conditioner; I do an initial lather, scrub, and rinse to get any physical grossness out then just condition it normally. I have curly hair and every shampoo I've tried just dries my hair out and makes it frizzy. I buy Tresemme by the gallon from Amazon. I haven't done the math but it feels like I'm saving a stupid amount of money. The gallon costs around 20 bucks and it lasts me somewhere in the range of 6 months.

    2 votes
  21. Victoria
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    I'm a big fan of Soapbox Soap's shampoo and conditioner (I've only used the Charcoal purifying duo of shampoo and conditioner, but I absolutely love it). Besides the fact that I love the way the...

    I'm a big fan of Soapbox Soap's shampoo and conditioner (I've only used the Charcoal purifying duo of shampoo and conditioner, but I absolutely love it). Besides the fact that I love the way the products smell and leave my hair, for every product purchased the company donates a bar of soap to someone in need either in the US or internationally.

    2 votes
  22. Parliament
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    Free and Clear because it has no skin irritants.

    Free and Clear because it has no skin irritants.

    2 votes
  23. Weldawadyathink
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    I really liked mane and tail shampoo. Their conditioner isn't that impressive however. I haven't been that impressed with it recently, so I will be shopping around when my 1L bottles run out. I...

    I really liked mane and tail shampoo. Their conditioner isn't that impressive however. I haven't been that impressed with it recently, so I will be shopping around when my 1L bottles run out. I remember some tea tree shampoo that I had in the past that I want to find again.

    I always keep a bottle of Neutrogena T Gel for when my head feels itchy. A day or two of that (along with heavier than normal conditioner) fixes any problems for a good while.

    Ultra Swim shampoo is miraculous if you swim in chlorine and want your hair to feel like you don't. It is pricy, and, back when I was swimming, I just didn't care, but it really does work wonders.

    2 votes
  24. eve
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    On the very rare occasion I use shampoo I just use a vo5 cucumber something. But generally i shampoo infrequently or not at all. I cowash and condition my hair every other day during the week and...

    On the very rare occasion I use shampoo I just use a vo5 cucumber something. But generally i shampoo infrequently or not at all. I cowash and condition my hair every other day during the week and usually skip Friday and Saturday because I never do anything during the weekend lol. I have curly hair and it's generally been nicer and less crazy frizzy. There are a lot of really good and really expensive conditioners (and shampoos) for curly hair but I'm loathe to spend that much for a hair care product ╮(︶▽︶)╭

    2 votes
  25. Adys
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    That would be the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree "Special". My hairdresser uses it and it has kept my (mid-to-short) hair in great shape. On top of this, every time I use it, I feel like cold lava is...

    That would be the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree "Special". My hairdresser uses it and it has kept my (mid-to-short) hair in great shape. On top of this, every time I use it, I feel like cold lava is being poured directly on my head. I think that's what you call a hairgasm.

    It's fairly hard to find outside the US, but I can order the 1L bottles off amazon france.

    2 votes
  26. brews_hairy_cats
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    Head and Shoulders once every five days because I get dandruff. Shampoo more frequently and my hair feels dry and brittle. Once every five days works well. If more washing necessary in the...

    Head and Shoulders once every five days because I get dandruff. Shampoo more frequently and my hair feels dry and brittle. Once every five days works well. If more washing necessary in the interim, like hot sweaty days, I rinse my hair with water.

    2 votes
  27. reifyresonance
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    I use a sulfate free one with avocado and olive oil in it, because I like avocados. I'm pretty easily swayed by marketing.

    I use a sulfate free one with avocado and olive oil in it, because I like avocados. I'm pretty easily swayed by marketing.

    2 votes
  28. samueleyeam
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    I use this tea tree shampoo that I can't remember the brand of, and I'm at work so I can't check. I have dandruff problems and long hair for a guy. It works pretty well, but I only wash my hair 2...

    I use this tea tree shampoo that I can't remember the brand of, and I'm at work so I can't check. I have dandruff problems and long hair for a guy. It works pretty well, but I only wash my hair 2 times max a week, any more than that cause my dandruff to go on a rampage.

    1 vote
  29. cardigan
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    I don't wash my hair either.

    I don't wash my hair either.

    1 vote