Finding one good cleanser is a challenge let alone finding four of
three four. I tried a number of cleansers and the three four best moisturizing shampoos for natural hair that I have used are HairVeda Creamy Hair Cleansing Rinse (formerly Amala Cream Rinse), Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture Shine Shampoo and Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo. Recently added to this list is Nexxus Therappe.
Best Moisturizing Shampoos for Natural Hair
Listed in order of cleansing power:
Nexxus Therappe | this shampoo made the list after this post was originally written. Although it’s a sulfate shampoo, it is super hydrating, offers amazing lather, removes buildup in one wash and never leaves my hair stripped. This is my main shampoo that I use on a weekly basis.
Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo | a lovely moisturizing shampoo that does not strip or cause tangles. It doesn’t, however, give me the option to detangle as I rinse out the shampoo. Bee Mine Botanical is an effective cleanser that is perfect for weekly shampooing to remove product from the hair.
Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture Shine Shampoo | one of the best, if not the best commercial shampoo available! It’s sulfate free and offers the best slip, hydration and detangling properties that I’ve experienced. My hair is consistently soft and manageable after each use. It’s the only shampoo where I can run a comb through my hair while rinsing out the shampoo. The amount of slip that it offers mimics a conditioner and is truly awesome. Because CON Argan lacks strong cleansing properties, I like using it when my hair has limited buildup. [Edited to Add: My new favorite shampoo for this category is Carol’s Daughter Monoi]
HairVeda Creamy Hair Cleansing Rinse | a conditioner cleanser that I often refer to as co-cleanser. Everything about it screams conditioner except it has cleansing properties that can remove small-scale product buildup. It does not lather but leaves your hair moisturized each and every time.