The best shampoo for curls

A shampoo for curls is indispensable. Krul shampoos ensure a healthy and clean scalp. There are many different types and variants. How do you choose the best shampoo for your curls?

What is a curl shampoo?

A shampoo is basically a hair product that ensures that your scalp is cleaned. Most shampoos are available in a liquid form. In recent years, more and more shampoos can be found in a solid form: a curl shampoo bar

Curly shampoos are specially formulated by manufacturers. They often contain more moisturizing ingredients than 'normal' types of shampoos. 

What is a good shampoo for curls?

The ideal curl shampoo cleans your scalp well but does not 'strip your scalp'. Stripping actually means that the shampoo really removes everything from your scalp. Your scalp produces natural skin oil. Do you delete it again and again? Then your skin will produce extra oil and that often results in greasy hair or other complaints, such as itching and dandruff. So an ideal curl shampoo thus ensures a clean scalp, but does not wash everything away. 

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What should not be in a curl shampoo?

You don't want sulfates, silicones, mineral oils, wax and drying alcohol in your shampoo. All types of shampoo on our website are free of these ingredients. 

These ingredients can dry out, damage and make your curls frizzy. 

What types of curl shampoos are there?

Nowadays you have liquid shampoo but also shampoo bars. A shampoo bar is a product that cleans just like a liquid shampoo. But you get a shampoo bar in a solid shape, often round or square. You rub the shampoo bar between your hands, so you can apply the shampoo to your scalp. Both variants are a good shampoo. It is useful to find out for yourself what is the best shape for you.

Now you may be thinking, what are the differences between shampoos? In any case, we can divide them into the following categories: 

  1. Clarifying curl shampoos
  2. Mild shampoos 

NB! Because some product names can give you the impression that it is a clariyfying shampoo, when this is not the case. 

What is a clarifying shampoo?

A clarifying shampoo is a shampoo that contains a stronger cleanser. The strongest shampoos are those that contain sulfates. But, we avoid sulfates within the CG Method, so which one do you use? There are also clarifying CG shampoos. These are shampoos that officially do not contain sulphate but can clean in that way. Some curlies avoid these shampoos, but there are also a lot of curlies who benefit from such a shampoo. 

You can safely use a clarifying shampoo, but they are slightly more intense than the mild or extremely mild shampoo variants. For each shampoo we state in which category it falls and for which type of hair it is suitable. First of all, we make a distinction between the degree of cleaning. You have shampoos that clean more strongly, but also variants that are milder in nature.

When do you use a clarifying shampoo? You can do this for several reasons: 

  • When you quickly suffer from greasy hair
  • When your scalp doesn't feel clean 
  • You often swim 
  • Je quickly suffer from build-up. These are leftovers from products that remain on your hair. You often recognize this because your hair is dull, sagging, no longer has cast and if it takes a long time to dry. A cast occurs when a gel or mousse hardens on your hair. 
  • Because it feels wonderfully clean after washing

Ingredients you can recognize in clarifying shampoos:

  • Sodium Lauryl sulfate 
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin sulfonate
  • Disodium 2-sulfolaurate 

Tip when using a strong cleansing shampoo

We would like to give you a small note when using these shampoos. It is really important that you do not use the shampoo too often. Use it no more than 1 or 2 times every 2 weeks. It is best to have an (extremely) mild shampoo in addition to a clarifying shampoo. 

What is a mild shampoo?

A mild shampoo contains cleansers that are extra mild for your scalp. So they clean well, but slightly milder than the clarifying variants. The mild shampoos are our preference. Although you can very well alternate a mild and a clarifying shampoo. 

In addition to standard mild shampoos, there are also extremely mild shampoos. These are shampoos that are ideal for everyday use. They are perfect for curly hair as they do not dry out your hair. Do you suffer from a dry scalp? Then an extremely mild shampoo is for you! Note, do you use extremely mild shampoos? Then it is useful to use a clarifying shampoo or a final wash shampoo once every 2 weeks in addition to this shampoo. 

Ingredients you can recognize in standard/mild shampoos:

  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate

Ingredients you can recognize in extremely mild shampoos:

  • Coco-Betaine 
  • Cocoyl Methyl glucamide 
  • Cocoglucoside 
What do you use after a shampoo?

You always (!!) use a conditioner after washing your hair with a shampoo or shampoo bar. A conditioner protects your hair. Do not worry! He only puts a thin layer around the hair that does not weigh down your curls. You can of course also use a mask/deep conditioner instead of a conditioner. 

Anti dandruff shampoo for curls

Do you suffer from dandruff or a sensitive scalp? Then it can be useful to opt for a special anti-dandruff shampoo. A shampoo for sensitive skin contains ingredients that can immediately calm your scalp and ensure that complaints decrease. 

We have prepared special filters on our website, so that you can make the right choice: 

How do you choose the right curl shampoo?

You are now going to our collection, but how do you shop for the right shampoo? In any case, pay attention to the following points:

  1. Do you want a clarifying shampoo or a milder variant?
  2. Check if you have certain wishes, for example do you have a sensitive scalp and use the filters within our shop for this
  3. Does the shampoo suit your hair type?

5 tips for the best shampoo for curly hair

In the category of best shampoos for curly hair, we looked at the best-selling shampoos in our shop, an overall rating from the curly groups on Facebook.

1. Giovanni Cosmetics Smooth as Silk Shampoo 

Smooth as silk shampoo van Giovanni

When it comes to popular shampoo for curly hair, Giovanni Cosmetics is at the forefront of this. This one Giovanni Smooths As Silk Shampoo is aimed at damaged hair but, we think: also for dry hair. The shampoo is on the mild side and, in addition to cleansers, also contains caring ingredients. So your hair feels good after washing. Another plus, the price, because with a price of around 12.50 you have a product of top quality for a super price.

  • For all curl types and textures 
  • Mild CG Shampoo
  • protein free
  • 250ML
  • Price: 12.95 euros
  • Free from sulfates
  • No. good curl shampoo
2. Noughty Wave Hello Shampoo 
Noughty Wave Hello Shampoo

Also Noughty should not miss in this top 5. Also this one Wave Hello Shampoo is available for a good price of around 12 euros. It is suitable for all types of curls and is one of the milder shampoos for curly hair. 

  • In front of all curl types and textures
  • protein free
  • Mild CG Shampoo
  • 250ML
  • Price: 11.95 euros 
  • Free from sulfates
3. Holy Curls Shampoo
Shampoo vooraanzicht holy curls

When we talk about top quality shampoos, we end up with Holy Curls Shampoo. This shampoo is made from 100% natural ingredients and is packed with rich extracts. The price is higher than the 2 previous variants but, on the other hand, you can use it a lot longer because it is more concentrated. The environment has also been taken into account when producing this shampoo. It is mild and therefore comes under the heading: ECO haircare.  

  • In front of all curl types one texture
  • Contains protein
  • Natural shampoo
  • Mild cleanser
  • 300ML
  • Price: 25 euros
  • Free from sulfates
  • Natural products
  • Nice fragrance
  • 1 of our best brands
4. Curl Flo Green Tea & Organic Lemongrass Shampoo
Curl flo shampoo

The Curl Flo shampoo has a more cream-like structure than its predecessors. That makes it a little less foamy. But did you know that the amount of foam says nothing about the degree of cleaning? This is a feeling that the manufacturers like to give you because you are often used to it. This mild shampoo provides a clean feeling, without stripping it. Your hair feels soft and is suitable for all curl types. 

  • In front of all curl types and textures
  • This is a mild one CG Shampoo 
  • Natural shampoo
  • This shampoo is protein free
  • 300ML
  • Price: 19.95
  • Free from sulfates
  • Suitable for dry hair
5. Moistful Curl Sulfate Free Curl Enhancing Shampoo
Moistful Curl Sulfate Free Curl Enhancing Shampoo
And last but certainly not least, here we have the shampoo from Moistful Curl. This shampoo is extremely mild. That means you can use it daily without drying out your hair. This shampoo is very suitable for curly hair. It is useful if you use this shampoo, you regularly do a clarifying shampoo or final wash. This prevents product buildup.  
  • In front of all curl types and textures
  • protein free
  • Extremely Mild CG Shampoo
  • 473ML
  • Price: 11.95 euros
  • Free from sulfates
  • Also suitable for colored hair

Discover all curl shampoos 

And don't worry, you don't have to search our website yourself. We've already made it easier for you. Under the heading 'shampoos' on our site you can check the product properties which type of curl shampoo you would like to view. Would you prefer direct advice? then go to the tool: Find a shampoo.