The Best Gentle Shampoos for Every Hair Type

May 24, 2022
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal

No matter how often you wash your hair it’s important to use a gentle shampoo that doesn’t strip your strands of essential moisture, but still effectively cleanses your hair and scalp. If you’re someone with a sensitive scalp, you might also benefit from a gentle shampoo formula to avoid irritation.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of shampoo options out there. From formulas for damaged and color-treated hair to curls and more, the following gentle shampoos will leave your hair and scalp feeling clean, healthy and happy.

Gentle Shampoo for Dry Hair

If you’re struggling with dry hair and a dry scalp, the Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Sulfate Free Shampoo is for you. It’s a color-safe formula that contains aloe leaf juice for hydration, as well as sweet clover and rose extract for added shine. And the best part? It nourishes the hair without weighing it down or leaving it coated in residue.

Gentle Shampoo for Damaged Hair

Strengthen dry, damaged hair and prevent split ends from cropping up with the Garnier Whole Blends Repairing Shampoo Honey Treasures. It’s infused with honey, a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture to parched hair (and makes it smell incredible).

garnier whole blends repairing shampoo honey treasures

Gentle Shampoo for Dull Hair

If your hair is looking a little dull and lackluster, try the Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo, which has a mild formula that helps enhance shine. It’s formulated with amino acids to cleanse and retain moisture, coconut oil to nourish and soften and phyto-peptides to help condition and moisturize.

kiehl's amino acid shampoo

Gentle Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

When your hair is color-treated, using products that are gentle on color is a must. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Sulfate-Free Shampoo, which won’t strip your color or the necessary oils from your hair and scalp. It’s also sulfate-free, paraben-free and deeply replenishing for dry hair.

l'oreal paris everpure moisture sulfate free shampoo

Gentle Shampoo for Curly and Coily Hair

If you’re looking for a gentle shampoo for your curly or coily hair, give the Pattern Hydration Shampoo a try. This Black-owned moisturizing formula softly lathers to cleanse curly and coily hair types, while removing scalp buildup and dirt without stripping away moisture. It contains aloe vera leaf juice, coconut oil and honey to leave your hair feeling hydrated and looking healthy.

pattern hydration shampoo
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