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Best shampoos available in India in 2018 [by price]

Shampoos are one of the basic hair care essentials. Though their main ingredients have remained mostly unchanged for the best part of last decade, things have really taken a turn for the better (or worse) since 2010. Penetration of electronic media-including television and internet has reached an all-time high and more people are taking time to research the things they are using. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) has thus been given a stern way out and ayurvedic, herbal and in general, shampoos matching hair density and type are what are in high demand now.

Ok, when I said ‘or worse’, what I meant was the sheer number of shampoos available in the market. Manufacturers have released a shampoo for every possible hair class and its really getting out of hand. It’s hard to find one that suits your hair and even harder to go through all the varieties just to get the right one. Thankfully, that’s why we are here!

Here’s a list of best shampoos available in India- categorised based on their price. It must be noted that all the shampoos might not work for everyone. However, these are the ones suggested by our user to work well with a larger proportion of people.

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Best budget shampoos- priced under Rs. 500/-

Best shampoos in India under Rs. 500

While buying Shampoos on a budget, always make sure to check the ingredients. Chemicals such as SLS and Parabens are very common and while your hair might look good at the moment, they usually do more harm than good in the long run. Nonetheless, these compounds are necessary if you want a low priced shampoo, with obvious exceptions though.

WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo

This is one of bestselling shampoos on Amazon. It is devoid of SLS, and surfactants are mostly mild and natural. It might not lather or foam as much as the suphate shampoos, but has a smooth and better-lasting effect on the hair.

Khadi Herbal Henaa Tulsi Extra Conditioning Shampoo

Khadi natural cleansing products have been gaining lot of attention in recent years. They are SLS and Paraben-free,  and best of all, are cheaper in comparison to other herbal products.

The Khadi Henna-Tulsi, as per popular reviews, has a smooth and fizz-free effect on hair. It is also claimed to reduce hair fall.

Himalaya Herbals Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo

This is one of the more affordable options available in the market today and is thus very popular. The shampoo is free of SLS and Parabens but contain slightly milder chemicals like ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS).

The Himalaya Anti-hair fall shampoo lathers well and is reported by many to reduce hair fall (though slowly). It might not be good for dry hair though.

Indulekha Bringha Anti Hair Fall Shampoo

This is a natural shampoo enriched by the essence of Bringhraj plant- known in Ayurveda as Kesha raj or king of hair. It also contains other natural ingredients like Neem, Tulsi and Shikakai. Since chemicals are kept to bare minimum, this is also one of the safest shampoos in this budget space.

The Indulekha Bringha shampoo has no added colours or fragrances. It is reduces hairfall to an extend and promotes hair health and natural goodness.

Shampoos with SLS– L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Advanced Repairing Shampoo, Dove Intense Repair Shampoo, TRESemme Smooth & Shine Shampoo are some of the best and most affordable options in the segment. They do contain SLS though.

These shampoos produce a rich foamy lather and are less time-consuming to use. When used properly, many users have reported to have received intended effects.

Shampoo Price Buy Now at discount
WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo Rs. 499/- Rs. 398/- Amazon / Flipkart
Khadi Herbal Henaa Tulsi Extra Conditioning Shampoo (210ml) Rs. 210/- Rs. 199/- Amazon / Flipkart
Himalaya Herbals Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo (200ml) Rs. 150/- Rs. 125/- Amazon / Flipkart
Indulekha Bringha Anti Hair Fall Shampoo (200ml) Rs. 234/- Rs. 210/- Amazon / Flipkart
L’Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Advanced Repairing Shampoo (360ml) Rs. 265/- Rs. 224/- Amazon
Dove Intense Repair Shampoo (340 ml) Rs.210/- Rs. 185/- Amazon / Flipkart
TRESemme Smooth & Shine Shampoo Rs. 360/- Rs. 262/- Amazon / Flipkart (190ml)


Best premium-quality shampoos- Rs. 500/- to Rs. 1000/-

Best quality shampoo above Rs. 500

Tired of using sub-par shampoos? Have bad quality hair? Or just want to try something new, here are some of the best premium quality shampoos available in the Indian market today.

OGX Anti-breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo:  This is an SLS-free shampoo made with light chemicals and Keratin oil. It primarily defends against split ends, breakage and fly-a-ways by making hair stronger. Hair will be smooth and silky after use.

Sebamed Everyday Shampoo – This is a light SLS-free shampoo. It is made of mild ingredients that do not strip hair off natural oils or irritate scalp.

The Sebamed Everyday shampoo is great for oily scalps and is reported by many to reduce scalp irritation and dandruff. It is transparent with a good smell, and leave hair smooth and silky.

Matrix Biolage Fibrestrong Shampoo: This shampoo is free of parabens but contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate. It is recommended by many stylists for stronger, smoother hair, and works best for normal and dry scalps.

Though most people have reported reduction in hair fall after using this shampoo, some have had an acceleration of the condition. So try out a smaller or sample pack before going for a full-sized one.

Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturising Shampoo: This is a highly-rated moisturising shampoo for normal and thick hair. It works well with chemically straightened hair too.

This shampoo provides a smooth and shiny texture by repairing dry, dull and damaged hair. However, it is not suited for oily hair types and contains SLS.

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hair Activator Shampoo: Another highly recommended shampoo, the Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hair Activator helps in reducing hairfall and frizz, as well as in improving overall texture. Works best for oily hair but make sure to use a serum/conditioner to keep hair from going dry.

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Shampoo Price Buy now at discount
OGX Anti-breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo (385 ml)  Rs. 725 /- Flipkart / Amazon
Sebamed Everyday Shampoo (200 ml)  Rs. 580 Rs. 520 /-  Amazon / Flipkart
Matrix Biolage Fiber strong Shampoo (400ml)  Rs. 625 Rs. 545/-  Flipkart
Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturising Shampoo (250 ml)  Rs. 575 Rs. 458/-  Amazon / Flipkart
Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hair Activator Shampoo (250 ml)  Rs. 840 Rs. 588/-  Amazon / Flipkart


Best professional-quality shampoos- Above Rs. 1000/-

Best professional shampoo above Rs. 1000

If you are well-to-do, most stylists and salons will recommend professional-grade shampoos to improve hair thickness and strength. They are usually priced upwards of Rs. 1000 and should be the number one choice for people who have really bad hair quality.

Here are some of the shampoos recommended and used by professionals:

De Fabulous Reviver Hair Repair Treatment – This shampoo is an intense repair solution for chemically treated, porous and over stressed hair. It provides a smooth and silky texture, and generally leaves hair stronger.

De Fabulous Reviver Hair Repair Treatment is free of SLS.

Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo:  This is another sulphate-free renewing shampoo that is used for damaged and dull hair. It has anti-dandruff and deep-conditioning properties.

The shampoo renews hair moisture and helps strengthen root tips. It has a good natural fragrance to boot.

StBotanica Moroccan Argan Hair Shampoo: This rejuvenating shampoo is completely free of harsh chemicals like SLS, parabens, sulfates, silicon and even artificial colours. Instead, it has more than 90% natural ingredients such as Argan extracts, Almond Oil, Silk Protein, Clary Sage, Rosemary Oil, Jasmine Oil, Jojoba Oil, Ginkgo Biloba and green Tea.

StBotanica Moroccan Argan Hair Shampoo is perfect for dry hair and helps to bring back natural sheen. It also promotes hair growth and thickness, and even balances hair and scrap oil pH.

Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Complete Nutrition Shampoo: This is salon-recommended hair shampoo for dry and sensitised hair. It was even named the “Best Shampoo for Dry Hair” by Instyle magazine in their May 2017 edition.

Evethough the shampoo contains SLS, a combination of Iris Rhizome Extracts, Gluco-Active 2, Glucose, Protein and Lipid blends helps in rejuvenation of dry hair and imparts smoothening.

Vichy Dercos Anti-Dandruff Treatment Shampoo:  Vichy is a premium brand of cosmetic products owned by L’Oréal. They are one of the biggest names in skincare in Europe and has wide portfolio of awesome products including LiftActiv, Neovadiol, Normaderm and Dercos.

The Vichy Dercos anti-dandruff shampoo has a fresh and light formula with peppermint leaf fragrance. It not only reduces dandruff but promotes cellular repair of scalps (with Cohesyl) and prevents them from reappearing.

Shampoo Price Buy now at discount
De Fabulous Reviver Hair Repair Treatment  Rs. 1400 Rs. 1320/- Amazon
Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo (250 ml)  Rs. 1050 Rs. 800/-  Amazon / Flipkart
StBotanica Moroccan Argan Hair Shampoo (300 ml)  Rs. 999 Rs. 849/-  Amazon / Flipkart
Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Complete Nutrition Shampoo  Rs. 2650/-  Amazon / Flipkart
Vichy Dercos Anti-Dandruff Treatment Shampoo (200 ml)  Rs. 3079/-  Amazon

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