Long, dense, healthy, damage-free hair is definitely something to be proud of. Long hair has specific maintenance needs, and the longer it gets, the more work you have to put into making sure your locks are healthy and strong from root to tip. One way to achieve that is to look for the best shampoo and conditioner for your long hair. These days, the best hair care brands have come out with targeted ranges that work through the needs of long hair, one by one. These products can definitely help you take the guesswork out of long hair care, and target the main issues affecting your luscious locks.
If you’re here for the product tips, skip ahead to the next section; if you’d like to know a little more about these products, keep reading!
Do you need a different shampoo for long hair?
No, and also yes. No, because you can care for long hair using any shampoo and conditioner that works for you. Yes, because you may be in a position where you’ve got so many concerns to tackle that you’re overwhelmed by choice. The reality is that long hair has particular needs. We’re talking dryness, frizz, accumulated damage, breakage, split ends… you name it. If you add to this the fact that many people tend to have an oily scalp, then you are dealing with hair that has very different—sometimes even opposite—needs at the root and ends.
The products you see in the beauty aisles that mention long hair are therefore formulated with ingredients that can help you overcome a bunch of these specific needs at once. Instead of you having to pick a shampoo from one range, a conditioner from another, a leave-in serum from another, and so on, you can mix and match inside these product ranges. After all, the formulas are developed to play well with one other. If you like a simple routine and don’t want to spend hours looking for the right products, this type of targeted hair care range can help you find what you need. Let us show you some of our favorite hair care collections for long hair, and you’ll get to decide for yourself!
Our top 6 shampoo and conditioner duos for long hair
Most people can take care of their hair with a simple routine, using just a shampoo and conditioner duo. So, today we’re going to focus our recommendations on these two products. Just keep in mind that the ranges we’re about to highlight include many more products, and they’ve all got different benefits you can explore to your hearts’s content.
L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Pro Longer
To “fill in” thinning ends
The L’Oréal Professionnel Series Expert Pro Longer range exists specifically to care for long hair that suffers from thin, damaged ends. If your hair tends to lose thickness as you move down the hair strand, this L’Oréal Professionnel range is ideal for you. The products are enriched with Amino Acid and Filler-A100; as the Amino Acid brings strength to the hair fiber, the patented Filler-A100 molecule penetrates into the hair strand to thicken the ends from the inside out.
Studies have shown that, when used together, the Pro Longer shampoo and conditioner can reduce hair breakage by 94% and reduce split ends by 17%. Want more? Then, once a week, replace the conditioner with the L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Pro Longer Concentrate. Break the vial, apply the concentrate to the ends of your hair, and you will notice an immediate improvement. Try it!
Aussie SOS Save My Lengths!
To pamper long, damaged, and stressed hair
If your long locks are in desperate need of a TLC, look to this collection. The Aussie SOS Save My Lengths! range isn’t so much focused on thin and damaged ends, as much as it is focused on pampering your hair from root to tip. The formulas in this collection are rich in Australian superfruit extracts, such as wild peach (Santalum acuminatum), manuka leaf (Leptospermum scoparium), and macadamia nut (Macadamia ternifolia).
With a vegan formula and 94% natural ingredients, the Save My Lengths! shampoo will provide your hair with a gentle cleansing without stripping it of any more natural moisture and oils. Once you’ve washed your hair (with plenty of care!), go in with the conditioner; the luscious formula will not only nourish your strands, but also help you detangle them with ease. No more knots, and no more frizz; your hair will look brand new!
Schwarzkopf Mad about Lengths
To reduce breakage by 95%
This range from Schwarzkopf Professional, Mad about Lengths, does not actually include a shampoo + conditioner duo, but a cleansing cream + mask duo. Specially developed for the needs of long hair, this range features Aquarine Complex and Biotin, along with the exclusive Lengths Maximizing Tech, which helps you save the final inches of your hair and avoid that dreaded chop. (We’re all for a hair trim every few months, but we understand it’s pretty frustrating to have to give up a huge chunk of hair because of damage and split ends.)
The Root To Tip Cleanser, formulated without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), provides a double benefit on different areas of the hair. At the root, it stimulates the hair follicle in order to promote healthy, strong growth; along the lengths, it provides a gentle cleansing action and helps moisturize damaged, stressed strands. As for the Length Embracing Treatment mask, it’s all about nourishing and preventing damage. As this mask pampers the lengths and ends of your hair, it will help you reduce breakage by as much as 95%!
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Long Shampoo
To repair the hair with vegetable keratin
For fans of plant keratin, the Elvive Dream Long range offers a complete answer for the care of long hair with split ends. The key ingredients here are vegetable keratin (to help rebuild the hair from root to tip), a vitamin cocktail (to strengthen the hair), and castor oil (to nourish the lengths and provide them with a sleek, healthy shine).
Start your hair care routine with the shampoo, which will provide you with a gentle cleanse, and then complement it with the conditioner. In addition to nourishing the lengths and ends of your hair, the conditioner will offer an immediately smoothing, detangling effect, allowing you to comb through your hair right after showering, without breaking and without forming knots.
Schwarzkopf Gliss Long & Sublime Shampoo
To rebalance long hair with oily roots
When we talk about long hair, we’re usually talking about problems like dryness, frizz, dullness and loss of shine, split ends, all issues that tend to be solvable with lots of hydration and nutrition. The problem appears when, to these concerns, we add flat and oily roots, which don’t play all that well with rich hair care products. This is precisely where the Schwarzkopf Gliss Long & Sublime collection comes in.
Formulated for long hair with split ends and oily roots, these products combine micro-repair oils and peony essence to minimize oil from the roots and repair damage to long hair. The shampoo will do the heavy lifting in terms of purifying the roots and removing excess oil; then, the conditioner will envelop your hair in softness, protecting against further damage and allowing for quick and easy detangling.
Pantene Pro-V Miracles
To strengthen the hair from the inside
One of the greatest obstacles to maintaining long, healthy hair is breakage. That is precisely what the Pantene Pro-V Miracles Grow Strong shampoo and Strong & Long mask can help you solve. The key ingredients here are biotin, bamboo extract, and, of course, Pantene‘s exclusive Pro-V Nutrient Blend, which works to maintain the hair’s health and strength from the inside.
With the Grow Strong shampoo, you will be not only cleansing your hair in a gentle, yet effective way, but you will also be minimizing breakage and promoting stronger, healthier strands. If you combine the shampoo with the Strong & Long mask, these benefits will only grow greater: you will be nourishing your lengths and ends with this powerful cocktail of ingredients and, at the same time, preventing future damage, particularly during detangling, combing, and styling.
Now that you know some of the best shampoos and conditioners for long hair, you can decide how you will organize your hair care routine to take your long hair to its fullest potential. We hope you’ve found the best duo for your needs; it’s time to banish dryness, breakage, and split ends from your life for good!
Beauty Writer & Editor