Best shampoos for 4c hair

Hey girl hey, I’m back with somewhat of a product review.

Because my post on best gels for 4c hair keeps getting a lot of attention, I realized that I am not alone in my constant search to find out what products are good for 4c hair.

I mean we can all agree that 4c hair care is a part-time job. Once you start taking your natural hair journey seriously, you quickly realize how many things you didn’t know. 

Especially what products are good for 4c natural hair? 

And it’s no different when it comes to shampoo for 4c hair. I mean depending on whether you have low porosity or high porosity hair things may look completely different. And who in the hell knew that you should always use sulfate-free shampoo for 4c hair? Well, I did not! 

Which is one of the many reasons why my 4c hair wasn’t growing for so long

Thank God I know better now and have been able to grow my 4c hair longer and faster than ever after my big chop last year.

To help you on your hair natural hair journey, I researched 10 different natural hair shampoos to give you ladies the lowdown on the best shampoos for 4c hair.

Is shampoo bad for 4C hair?

As always let’s look at some of the most common myths we have in the black community about shampoo. As I mentioned in a previous post, washing your hair is not bad. However, using too much shampoo is. 

Shampoo should be used to cleanse and clarify your hair and scalp from dirt and product buildup. It also can be used to deep clean your hair and to make sure that your scalp isn’t clogged by too much oil and debris. 

That’s why using shampoo, in general, is not bad. However, you do not need to use shampoo every time you wash your hair.

How many times a week should you wash 4C hair?

A good rule of thumb is that should wash your 4c hair with shampoo every other week. Because 4c hair does not create as much oil daily as other hair types, there is no need to shampoo-wash your hair weekly, or more. 

If you find that your hair dries out quickly, then the best thing to do is to use the L.O.C. method to add moisture to your hair.

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What is the best shampoo for 4c hair?

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

The first shampoo for 4c hair that I looked at is Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. I have heard so many good things about it, that I just had to include it on this list. 

Considering that it is sulfate-free, it is a very deep cleaning shampoo. And thanks to a blend of certified organic botanicals such as peppermint and tea tree you can feel a nice tingling sensation. 

The ingredients work together nicely to moisturize and clarify your hair while simultaneously alleviating dry scalp. And even though it is pretty thick, it spreads out easily. And on top of that, your hair will be smelling like fresh peppermint. 

Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo

4c hair shampoo number two is the Kinky Curly Come Clean Natural Moisturizing Shampoo. This shampoo removes every natural hair girl’s biggest enemy – hard-water minerals. 

Yes, this shampoo helps to get rid of calcium and magnesium on your hair and scalp, which prevents hard-water buildup on your hair. That way your hair gets the proper moisture it needs from your conditioning products.

The shampoo is of course sulfate-free. In addition, it is infused with mandarin orange extract and sea kelp. So, it smells good and is gentle enough for consistent use.

Cantu Sulfate free cleansing cream 

As y’all know I am probably the only person in the world that still enjoys Cantu products and I stand by it. In contrast to most other black hair products, Cantu has a whole line of shampoos and conditioners that do not contain castor oil, which I’m allergic to. 

That’s why I had to include my personal favorite shampoo for 4c hair, the Cantu Sulfate-free cleansing cream.

This shampoo deep cleans and removes even heavy product build-up such as 4c hair gels from your scalp. Lucky for me it uses Shea butter to gently clean, moisturize, and prevent breakage which is great for natural and relaxed hair.

It’s served me well on my 4c hair journey and helped promote healthy growth.

OYIN Honey Wash Hydrating Shampoo

Do you have dry or highly textured hair? Then this is the best 4c hair shampoo for you. The OYIN Honey Wash Hydrating Shampoo includes superfood extracts that will soften & nourish your natural hair while you cleanse and increase moisture and hydration. 

It has a non-drying formula with antioxidants and scalp-toning ingredients that will clean your hair thoroughly and nourish it too.

Plus it has a very sweet scent thanks to the honey which will leave your hair smelling wonderful.

Girl + Hair Super Moisturizing and Restorative Sulfate-Free Shampoo

Girl + Hair is one of those brands that I didn’t know about before. But once I started doing my research I found out from friends and influencers that their products are very thought after. 

The Girl + Hair Super Moisturizing and Restorative Sulfate-Free Shampoo deeply cleanse your 4c hair without stripping it of its nutrients. It has a flash-foam system which reduces friction and therefore reduces the time you need to detangle your hair.

This 4c hair shampoo includes Shea Butter, Tea Tree Oil & Neem oil which helps treat and prevent a dry and itchy scalp. And thanks to an easy-use applicator tip on the bottle you get right to the scalp when washing your hair.

tgin Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

Now, most of the shampoos that I chose as best shampoos for 4c hair include great ingredients and avoid the bad ones. However, the tgin Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner Duo can be called the superfood of 4c hair shampoos.

It’s a shampoo and conditioner for 4c hair in one that is infused with Pro-Vitamin B5 and aloe vera. Both ingredients reduce breakage and increase moisture so that your natural hair can stay healthy, soft, and moisturized. 

Even though it does not contain harsh detergents it cleanses your hair effectively without stripping it of its natural oils.

Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo

I’ll be honest with you, Dove is one of those brands that I do not connect to black hair. So, when I kept hearing about their shampoo I was skeptical. But I wanted to include it in this list of best shampoos for 4c hair nonetheless as it may be easier for some of you to get in local stores. 

The Dove Amplified Textures Hydrating Cleanse Shampoo has been created with textured hair in mind. The hydrating cleanse formula gently removes product build-up and gives your hair the nourishment and care it needs.

This sulfate-free shampoo is great for coils, curls, and wavy hair and also has a subtle floral scent that makes wash day a little more enjoyable.

Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse 

The OG’s among you will know about this brand and product. The Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing rinse is a staple in the natural hair community. 

This 4c hair shampoo is not just free of sulfates, parabens, and harmful chemical additives, but also infused with sweet ginger root and lemon extracts.

Its natural formula provides an enlivening, aromatic cleansing experience that relieves any dry scalp. 

I could go on and on about how amazing this shampoo is, but honestly, you should check for yourself. Read these Amazon reviews to find out why The Camille Rose Naturals Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse is the best shampoo for 4c hair growth.

Design Essentials Honey Creme Moisture Retention Shampoo

Another clarifying shampoo for 4c hair that is worth the try is the Design Essentials Honey Creme Moisture Retention Shampoo

This shampoo cleanses and restores moisture, leaving your natural hair extremely soft, manageable, and beautifully hydrated.

Its gentle, non-stripping formula quickly softens, detangles, and smoothes the hair cuticles thereby increasing manageability and promoting healthy hair growth. 

This shampoo is great for any hair type, including natural waves and coils, relaxed strands, or color-treated hair.

Cream of Nature Argan Oil Apple Cider Vinegar

Last but not least on our list of best shampoos for 4c hair, we have the Cream of Nature Argan Oil Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo

If you are looking for a unique deep cleanser that is perfect for removing weekly product build-up without stripping your 4c hair of its moisture, then this is your best bet.

Thanks to the Argan Oil, every rinse with this shampoo will make strands smoother, softer, and shinier. In addition, it doubles as a great dandruff shampoo for 4c hair, as it gets all the build-up off your head and protects your hair’s natural pH balance. 

The design of the bottle makes application easy and unlike other clarifying shampoos, it has a beautiful smell to it.

Have you ever used any of the shampoos for 4c hair mentioned above. Please share your feedback and recommendations below.

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