What Are the Best Shampoos for Natural Curly Hair?

The best shampoos for natural curly hair are gentle, don’t contain harmful ingredients, and cleanse without stopping hair of natural oils.

Due to the curly nature of natural hair, it’s harder for the natural oils emitted from the scalp to travel down the hair shaft.

With this challenge, it becomes important to use natural and organic shampoos that don’t strip natural hair.

20 best shampoos for curly and transitioning hair

6 Ingredients to Avoid in Shampoos

1. Alcohols

Just as it sounds, alcohols are very harsh and dry out the hair and scalp making it very hard to retain moisture.

If you see ingredients such as ethyl alcohol,  SD alcohol, etc, set it right back on the shelf and walk away.

2. Diethanolamine (DEA) & Triethanolamine (TEA)

These ingredients cause scalp irritation and aggravate scalp conditions such as dandruff. They are also known to cause allergic reactions.

3. Fragrance &  Parfum

This is usually a combination of many different types of chemicals, which may irritate the scalp and lead to conditions such as dandruff.

4. Parabens

This appears as methylparaben and propylparaben on ingredient lists. They irritate the scalp and cause itching and hormonal imbalance.

5. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

This is used for thickening shampoos but it also strips hair of moisture.

6. Sulfates

This is the reason shampoos are able to lather up so much. Unfortunately, they also strip the hair completely of all moisture and oils. Sulfates are usually labeled as SLS, SLES, or ALS.

Now that we got that out of the way, which shampoos are safe to use on natural hair then? I got you covered from my PJ days.

Additionally, as a recovered PJ, I’ve found staples that work well yet leave my hair so squeaky clean whenever I need to shampoo.

Top 20 Gentle Best Shampoos for Natural Hair

1. Alikay Naturals Black Soap Shampoo

Alikay Naturals Moisturizing Black Soap Shampoo

2. Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Shampoo

Jane Carter Solution - Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo

3. DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence Cleanser

DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence Zero Lather Ultra Moisturizing Milk Cleanser

4. Briogeo Rosarco Reparative Shampoo

Briogeo Rosarco Reparative Shampoo

5. Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Shampoo

Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Clear Shampoo

6. Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo

7. Honey Baby Naturals Honeychild Shampoo

Honey Baby Naturals Honeychild Moisture & Scalp Balance Gentle Shampoo

8. Green People Daily Aloe Shampoo

Green People Daily Aloe Shampoo

9. Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

10. Renpure Organics Argan Oil Shampoo

Renpure Organics Argan Oil Luxurious Shampoo

11. Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo

Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

12. Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

13. Coil Infusion™ Like New Gentle Clarifying Shampoo

Coil Infusion™ Like New Gentle Clarifying Shampoo

14. Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Shampoo

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo

15. NYC Curls The Curl Cleanser

NYC Curls The Curl Cleanser

16. Giovanni Smooth As Silk Moisture Shampoo

Giovanni Smooth As Silk Shampoo

17. Davines Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo

Davines Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo

18. U R Curly Soya Moisturizing Shampoo

U R Curly Soya Shampoo

19. Rene Furterer Karite Nourishing Shampoo

Rene Furterer Karite Intense Nourishing Shampoo

20. Yelani Moisture Blast Conditioning Shampoo

Yelani Moisture Blast Conditioning Shampoo

These shampoos have all the good things you want to be in your natural hair. Despite this, your hair may not like some or like some more than the others. That’s the beauty and versatility of natural hair. 

Do you have any best shampoo recommendations you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments section.

The next article will examine the best shampoos for clarifying hair without causing damage.

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6 thoughts on “What Are the Best Shampoos for Natural Curly Hair?”

  1. The deva curl shampoo works really good on my hair. I have type 4c hair and that shampoo melted my tangles away and doesn’t dry out my hair!❤️It!


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