By Chin­we of Hair and Health

When it comes to sham­poos, it can be tough search­ing for one that is both cleans­ing and non-strip­ping.  Many nat­u­rals suc­cess­ful­ly turn to “sul­fate-free” sham­poos but some find such options to be just as dry­ing or not as cleans­ing as sul­fate ones.  Still oth­ers exper­i­ment with co-wash­ing but dis­like the even­tu­al buildup or try sham­poo bars but are just not fans.  If you are one of these nat­u­rals, the search for a mois­tur­iz­ing, cleans­ing sham­poo – espe­cial­ly for those with parched hair – has just been made eas­i­er.  Here are four rec­om­mend­ed options for you:

1. Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

WHAT’S IN IT: Elu­cence Mois­ture Ben­e­fits Sham­poo com­bines a few cleans­ing agents  — sodi­um myreth sul­fate (gen­tler than SLS and SLES), olefin sul­fonate, and cocami­do­propyl betaine (gen­tler than sul­fates) – into a very effec­tive cleans­ing for­mu­la that is not harsh. It also con­tains con­di­tion­ing aids, such as polyquater­ni­um-10 (cation­ic) and pan­thenol (lubri­cant), as well as sev­er­al extracts (includ­ing peach, anise, and irish moss) among oth­er ingre­di­ents.

WHY ELUCENCE: This is one mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poo that many ladies (even those with dry, chem­i­cal­ly treat­ed hair) love.  The com­bi­na­tion of ingre­di­ents makes for an effec­tive cleans­ing sham­poo that is mild (but also has a good lath­er for those who desire one).  The prod­uct is not dry­ing, leav­ing the hair feel­ing mois­tur­ized and non-stripped.  You can get your hands on this sham­poo for a rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive cost.

WHERE TO FIND: Oth­er online stores.  Local dis­trib­u­tors or salons.

2. Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo

WHAT’S IN IT: Among its top ingre­di­ents, Crème of Nature Argan Oil Sham­poo con­tains a com­bi­na­tion of gen­tle cleans­ing and con­di­tion­ing com­po­nents, includ­ing water (sol­vent), tride­ceth-7 car­boxylic acid (cleans­ing), decyl glu­co­side (cleans­ing agent), gly­col stearate (emul­si­fy­ing, con­di­tion­ing), polyquater­ni­um-10 (con­di­tion­ing), and arga­nia spin­osa ker­nel oil (argan oil, con­di­tion­ing).

WHY CREME OF NATURE: A num­ber of nat­u­rals rave about this prod­uct for cleans­ing the hair while leav­ing it extra mois­tur­ized, soft, and man­age­able.  It also has a good amount of slip (sim­i­lar to a con­di­tion­er) and is real­ly inex­pen­sive.

WHERE TO FIND: Local drug stores or beau­ty sup­ply stores.

3. Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner

WHAT’S IN IT: The Curl Junkie Dai­ly Fix Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er con­tains water (sol­vent); the con­di­tion­ing com­bi­na­tion of cetyl alco­hol (fat­ty alco­hol), cetearyl alco­hol (fat­ty alco­hol), and behent­ri­mo­ni­um metho­sul­fate (detan­gling); cetri­mo­ni­um chlo­ride (detan­gling, anti­sep­tic); and cocami­do­propyl betaine (mild cleans­ing agent).

WHY CURL JUNKIE: Though this prod­uct is a con­di­tion­er (not a sham­poo), it is for­mu­lat­ed to be cleans­ing as well, hence the term “cleans­ing con­di­tion­er”. This Curl Junkie option is gen­tle enough for dai­ly use, if nec­es­sary. It is also ide­al for co-wash­ers who want a bit more cleans­ing.

WHERE TO FIND:, (US and pos­si­bly oth­er coun­tries). (UK). (more expen­sive here).

4. Homemade Quick Fix: Shampoo Mixed with A Moisturizing Conditioner

WHAT’S IN IT: This home­made quick fix to trans­form a harsh, strip­ping sham­poo into a gen­tle, mois­tur­iz­ing one con­sists of 50% sham­poo and 50% of your favorite con­di­tion­er. Anoth­er alter­na­tive is to per­form a pre-sham­poo treat­ment (i.e., pre-poo) to reduce the dry­ing effects of your sham­poo.

WHY HOMEMADE: This option is prob­a­bly the cheap­est (and most con­ve­nient if you can­not obtain the pre­vi­ous sham­poo rec­om­men­da­tions).  It allows you to ”fix” seem­ing­ly unus­able sham­poos from your prod­uct junkie days.

What are your favorite mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poos for dry hair?


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My favorite is the Creme of Nature mois­ture and shine sham­poo since 2014 after my bc

Dalila M. Lujan

The sham­poo Pro Nat­u­rals makes the best in my opin­ion ;)


Pro Nat­u­rals makes the best in my opin­ion


Sigh, still search­ing for a good sham­poo. Gio­van­ni Smooth as Silk preps my hair nice­ly for styling, but it caus­es too many tan­gles in my hair. Crème of Nature seems like a good place to start on this list. At least it’s on the ground.


Any sul­fate free sham­poo should do the trick. Sul­fates dry out your hair and can cause irri­ta­tion so that might be your prob­lem. Always check the ingre­di­ent list for them. Try to get argan oil sham­poos, I read that argan oil is the best oil for keep­ing hair soft and shiny. Look online for Pro Natural’s argan oil sham­poo. They have a con­di­tion­er too (sil­i­cone free, also impor­tant)


Ouidad Curl Recov­ery — Ultra Nour­ish­ing Cleans­ing Oil is real­ly great but not cheap!

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Keep on work­ing, great job!|


Shea mois­ture reten­tion sham­poo is the best sham­poo for me, non strip­pin and nat­ur­al ingre­di­ents, its the best!


These are great but Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo would have been a great addi­tion.


Love, love, love Trad­er Joe’s Tea Tree Tin­gle Sham­poo!


I get great results with argan oil prod­ucts from WOC ( I have only been able to find WOC prod­ucts online. I wish they sold in stores because I have found noth­ing that com­pares to their results.


My sta­ple is the creme of nature sul­fate free! LOVE IT! It works a lot like the old creme of nature sham­poo I used 2 use back in the day when I wasn’t nat­ur­al and could care less abt sul­fates! It has a lot of slip& helps with the tan­gles. I liked shea mois­ture but it didn’t seem to win me over and it was almost TWICE the cost of creme of nature unless I fould it on BOGO Sale at wal­greens. Didn’t seem worth it but its a good back­up to have in a pinch!


Cha­grin Val­ley Babas­su Marsh­mal­low sham­poo bar and the But­ter con­di­tion­er bar are hands down the most mois­tur­iz­ing for me. I fol­low with TRE­Semme Nour­ish­ing Mois­ture con­di­tion­er. It works so well for me.


when my saclp is clean, my hair reg­u­lates itself. I like Trad­er joe’s Tea Tree Tin­gle sham­poo

Dee M

I LOVE Chan­tu!


L’Oreal Ever­Creme Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er. Love that stuff!


I bought it last week, I can not wait to try it! I bought the sul­fate free sham­poo and it did an amaz­ing job!


@Joan B You get the poo bar at I rec­om­mend the cocove­da.

Joan B. in S. C.

Fri­day is pay­check and I now know where I’ll be. Thanks, @Evelyn!


I like V05 Straw­ber­ries & Cream and also Cream of Nature Sham­poo


Eclark6 an bglh style icon has new pics and video up of her hair. It’s freak­ing gor­geous.

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I love Shea Mois­ture Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo! I’ve been using it for over a year (or two..?). I dilute it and focus it on the scalp (via an appli­ca­tor bot­tle). It gets my scalp clean with­out dry­ing my hair out.


Dit­to! Shea Mois­ture Reten­tion has been my keep­er for over a year. My hair did not feel stripped when using it for just 1 sham­poo. Now, i only focus on using it to cleanse my scalp and have found that I only need to use sham­poo every 3 weeks. Biggest change for me in help­ing to main­tain mois­ture is also apply­ing con­di­tion­er to my hair strands pri­or to any cleans­ing. When not using sham­poo, I focus on mas­sag­ing my scalp and rins­ing my hair and scalp with warm water for about 15 min­utes total time.


i’m always con­fused when mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poos have pro­tein in them. Will I ever escape pro­tein in prod­ucts?! My good­ness



Hi lulu! Depend­ing on the pro­tein, it is my under­stand­ing that adding one can help fill in gaps in the hair shaft and make for less tan­gling as well as less break­age dur­ing the sham­poo process. I hope that helps.


Elu­cence Mois­ture Ben­e­fits Sham­poo is not expen­sive. It’s $5 for a 10 ounce bot­tle and only is expen­sive if you wish to pur­chase the liter bot­tle which is about $20. I am using Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts and since I have only used it twice I won’t reveiw it for six months to see how it real­ly does hair mois­ture and growth.


Which of these would you rec­om­mend for per­sons with locs? oh, and seb­hor­e­ic der­mati­tis?

I am in Love with the Shea Mois­ture reten­tion line and the curl line ( the pink label and yel­lowe labels) And for the der­mati­tis coconut oil. I do use a brief course of steoids if i have a bad flare ( my flare ups are always diet relat­ed) like cor­ti­sone. But mmy reg­u­lar regimine in to part my hair and mas­sage the area until all flakes come up . Next mas­sage in coc­nut oil and then make a part about half an inch away and repeat. I do this before i sham­poo. so 1–2 times a week and usu­al­ly… Read more »

I have not tried any sham­poos on this list. I always get excel­lent results with SM mois­ture reten­tion sham­poo as well as the oth­er prod­ucts that I use from that line.




I use the SM Raw Shea Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo. I didn’t know about the law­suit so I’m gonna check that out. It has worked best for me but I’m also on the broke col­lege stu­dent bud­get. If I could find some­thing that worked bet­ter and wasn’t sup­per expen­sive I’d use it.


I love the Creme of nature sham­poo! My hair is always left feel­ing so soft. The first time I used it I had to check that I didn’t acci­den­tal­ly use con­di­tion­er. Even then, it soft­ens my hair quick­er than con­di­tion­er which I need to leave on for a while for the same effect.


Elas­ta qp creme con­di­tion­ing sham­poo. all day, every day. if i start rav­ing about it, i’ll nev­er stop so lets just say i had giv­en up on sham­poo com­plete­ly before i tried this one. it foams eas­i­ly, and actu­al­ly mois­turis­es my hair as opposed to strip­ping it. it leaves your hair clean, but not squeak­ing. and its sul­phate free as a bonus. I can­not rec­om­mend it enough. even if you’ve found your sta­ple you can afford to try it as its only 2 quid (guise £2 !!!)


I used this sham­poo and raved about it for years! I got bored and tried oth­er sham­poos. The results were not close to com­pa­ra­ble with the Creme con­di­tion­ing sham­poo. I end­ed up going back to it. I always tell folks don’t let price fool you. Elas­ta Creme sham­poo out­shines a lot of expen­sive sham­poos


+1 love the stuff. But the new for­mu­la doesn’t smell as nice as the old one. Still a great inex­pen­sive gen­tle sham­poo.

Sally R

I love Motions Nat­u­ral­ly You Mois­tur­iz­ing Cleanser. It’s not sul­fate free (but I only sham­poo once every three to four wash­es, and only wash once a week), but it real­ly leaves my hair feel­ing soft and not stripped like oth­er sham­poos I’ve tried, includ­ing the Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea. I do still want to try the Shea Mois­ture Curl and Shine Sham­poo though…


I love Aubrey’s Hon­ey­suck­le Rose Con­di­ton­er as a co-wash. The Shea Mois­ture line is my sec­ond favorite.


One of my favorites is Dr. Bron­ners Pep­per­mint Castille Soap. It leaves my hair soft and with the pep­per­mint you get the bonus–TINGLE!
(Love the Almond too!)


I am HOOKED on the sham­poo bars through Hen­na Sooq. I have tried high end and low end sham­poos, and I feel that all of them stripped my 4a/b hair. Even the Shea Mois­ture sham­poo (yellow/tan) line was dry­ing.

The sham­poo bars thor­ough­ly cleanse my scalp and leave my hair mois­tur­ized. I always fol­low up with an ACV rinse. The result is shiny hair that detan­gles eas­i­ly. I don’t think I will ever go back to tra­di­tion­al sham­poo!

Joan B. in S. C.

@Landry, what sham­poo bars are you using? I’m inter­est­ed in try­ing. Where do you shop for them?

Jo Somebody

Try Bobeam bars! Either on Etsy or Curl­mart… not sure if they’re sold else­where too.


Real­ly appre­ci­ate this arti­cle.


I can vouch for the first two. I would also add Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo as well as Cha­grin Val­ley Soap Bar and Oyin Hand­made Grand Poo Bar.


Creme of Nature Argan Oil sham­poo is my STAPLE!!


Just curious…how come Shea Mois­ture mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poo isn’t includ­ed in this list? Is it not as good as these oth­ers?

Hi Ash­ley! In all hon­esty, I was con­flict­ed with whether to put it on the list. I ulti­mate­ly decid­ed against it for two rea­sons: 1. Last year, a law­suit was brought against them (which includ­ed the Shea Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo) for mis­la­bel­ing. I did not feel com­fort­able includ­ing a prod­uct with this kind of his­to­ry on the list. You can find one ref­er­ence to this law­suit here on BGLH and oth­er sites. 2. In com­pil­ing this list, I peruse what nat­u­rals say on the hair care boards as well as reviews on online stores. Shea Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo did not appear… Read more »

Excel­lent feed­back! I appre­ci­ate the poster tak­ing the time to explain!


Thank you, that does explain it! I’m going to have to look up that law­suit for myself, though. I hope that the mis­la­bel­ing has been changed by now.


Shea Moisture’s mis­la­bel­ing has been changed–They’ve tak­en the word “organ­ic” off of their labels. Their prod­ucts are nat­ur­al and fea­ture **some** organ­ic ingre­di­ents. The word “organ­ic” is reg­u­lat­ed.


Hi, man­go­mad­ness. The sham­poo con­tain­ing all nat­ur­al ingre­di­ents is debat­able. Check out this arti­cle about their pos­si­ble miss­ing ingre­di­ents:


Elas­ta QP Creme Con­di­tion­ing Shamp­po is a amaz­ing and so cheap.


good ques­tion


I use the curl & shine one (pink­ish line). It’s the only sham­poo I’ve tried so far that didn’t tor­ture my hair. I think I’m gonna try the first one on this post though.


+1 I love the curl n shine SM sham­poo!!


Anoth­er vote for the Curl and Shine Sham­poo. I switch between this, the Dai­ly fix and Bobeam shap­moo bars (Cheris Hibis­cus) depend­ing on need.


Shea Mois­ture Mois­ture Reten­tion sham­poo (tan/yellow label) is my sham­poo when I use one because it doesn’t total­ly dry my hair but I find myself using my bak­ing soda solu­tion to no-poo “wash” my hair.