Whether your hair is color treated or naturally black, finding a great shampoo is key for maintaining color and shine. Fortunately, there are many shampoos and conditioners available that are designed specifically for use on black hair. The following article outlines the best types of shampoo for protecting, enhancing and cleansing black hair.
If you have dyed black hair, it's important to use a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for color treated hair. This is especially important if your hair used to be quite a bit lighter (like a light brown or blonde shade). Shampoos and conditioners for color treated hair are much gentler than normal shampoos, and cleanse the hair without stripping. Try brands like L'Oreal Color Vive, Phyto Phytocitrus and Jason Color Treated Shampoo with Jojoba and Lemongrass.
An enhancing shampoo can be used whether you have natural or dyed black hair. These shampoos contain dark purple or blue pigments that gradually boost shine and color. Don't worry; they won't turn your hair blue or purple. These colors naturally reduce brassy tones in black and dark brown hair. The absolute best enhancing shampoo for black hair is Aveda's Black Malva. Infused with aloe and black tea, this product cleanses gently and gets rid of red or brassy tones. Be sure to wear gloves during application to avoid staining your hands. Use it once a week or every day depending on desired results.
One of the best things about black hair is its luxurious shine. Between styling products and environmental stress, however, black hair can become dull. When you're lacking shine, use a clarifying shampoo to combat buildup and give hair a fresh start. Use this product just once or twice a week to prevent your hair from becoming too dry. Great brands to try are Frederic Fekkai's Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo and John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Full Clarity Shampoo. Pair these with hydrating conditioners to maximize shine.