Looking for the best shampoo for Black/African/ or Curly Hair?
Keracare Sulfate Free Shampoo
Amazon Price: $11.97
Don't get me wrong, if you were to only buy one product for your hair, the must buy product is hands down a deep conditioner (click here to see my favorite).
However, one must wash one's hair. Correct? So since it is inevitable that we must shampoo our manes. Here are my Top 2 Rules of Thumb when looking for the best shampoo for your hair type:
Make sure it's Moisturizing
Make sure it's Non-Stripping/Gentle
Before I go in-depth in detail with my two rules, it is first important to point out that women of African decent have natural spirals (or S shaped pattern) in our hair. Shocker, right?
Ok. Yes, that is common knowledge, but most people do not realize that this is the reason our hair is harder to stay moisturized than our naturally straight stranded sisters. Therefore, because of our "twists and turns" in our hair, it makes it more difficult for our natural oils produced from our scalp (called sebum) to penetrate down our entire hair shaft.
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The Best Shampoo for African hair hands down is definitely a Sulfate-Free Shampoo. What are sulfates you might ask. Well sulfates, which is short for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Lareth Sulfate (SLES), or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) which are found in most shampoos...oh and not to mention many household cleaner for your tile, bathroom, and kitchen.
No, I'm not joking. Go ahead, I'll let you go to your cabinets, take your shampoo bottle of the shelf, and read the back of the label. Go ahead, I dare you. It should be either the 2nd or 3rd ingredient, which means there is ALOT of it. Sulfates strip the hair of moisture which is extremely counterproductive to what your hair CRAVES.
Sulfate Free Shampoos are amazing because they do not strip our hair of the essential oils it needs. It also reduces frizziness (THAT'S A HUGE PLUS), reduces hair loss, scalp irritation, and color fading.
Ditch your other shampoos full of harsh chemicals and pick up a sulfate free shampoo. It will work wonders for your hair. You almost can never get enough moisture, so make sure you are buying an Ultra Moisturizing sulfate free Shampoo. It is the best shampoo for african hair by far.
My top pick for a sulfate-free shampoo hands down would be KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo. I have used this product for years and have yet to find anything in it's comparison, which I will not even attempt to create any type of shampoo product. Why mess with perfection?