Choose The Best Shampoos for 4C Hair and Our Curated Top Pick

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Best Shampoos for 4C Hair
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4c hair is notorious for being prone to dryness, so it’s no surprise that many are on a search for a shampoo that will not strip too much of those much needed natural oils our scalps produce. All natural hair types benefit from moisturizing shampoos, however some hair types require a rich hydrating formula more than others.

Tip #1 You May Have to Spend a Little More

Your typical cheapie shampoos are more than likely going to be way too drying for your hair. Most shampoos are created for oily hair issues, whereas your problem is the exact opposite.

Tip #2 Inspect the Ingredients List

As always pay attention to the quality of ingredients. Does the ingredients list cite natural sources that you can identify and know to be good for the health of your hair? Or is filled with a whole bunch of chemicals that you cannot even pronounce? All products will contain some form of a preservative as well as emulsifying components for safety and stability. However, the majority of what you see, and at the forefront of the list should be water followed by curl friendly ingredients.

Tip #3 Make Sure the Shampoo Has This in It!

Go with a shampoo that contains emollients like Shea Butter and a heavier oil like castor oil in its formula. You may find that a moisturizing formulation will be on the thicker side in consistency (the heavier products like the castor and Shea contribute to this).

Tip #4 Avoid Sulfates

Look out for (SLS) or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, what is known as sulfates they are very drying to hair. Virtually every hair product now a days is claiming to be SLS free because they know that is what the consumer is looking for. However, in many cases although they may not be using SLS they are using ingredients that have a similar composition to SLS.  Even though their claim of being SLS free is true, the results end up being the same if you use a formula with stripping ingredients.

Another factor that you should consider when you are looking for a moisturizing shampoo is foam and bubbles. Yes, most of us associate shampoo with foam and bubbles but did you know the ingredients that make the shampoo foam cause dryness? Which is why if you have not already you should try a no foam or lightly foaming shampoo. Learn more about No Foam SLS Free Shampoos and Why You Should Try Them.

With all that being said, here are some of the best shampoos for 4c hair that I recommend you should try :

In Summary:

  • Plan to spend anywhere from at least $8 -$10 for a good moisturizing shampoo
  • Look for rich natural ingredients in the first five ingredients
  • Make sure the shampoo is catered to the needs of dry hair types
  • Go sulfate free!

Read This Too:  What to Look For in a Moisturizing Shampoo

Any of your personal favorites on this list that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Choose The Best Shampoos for 4C Hair and Our Curated Top Pick”

  1. I hate to further cloud the 4c discourse, but in my experience, thick moisturizing shampoos aint it. even with 4c hair, i’ve found that shampoo needs to clean, and sulfates can actually help with that. i have been through many pricier moisturizing shampoos with meh results, and my current fave is peppermint castille soap diluted in a spraybottle. It really cleans my hair so that it can soak up whatever conditioners and leave ins i put.

  2. The absolute best shampoo I have used is African Black Soap. Yes you can mix it up with all kinds of oils but I just take the bar and rub it on my scalp and massage in to lather thoroughly. It cleans my hair and scalp thoroughly without it feeling stripped. I prepoo with coconut oil before hand. I’ve been using it on my hair and my mothers color treated dry itchy scalp for a year and it works wonderfully for both of us.

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