12 Best Shampoos for Black Men's Hair

Updated August 2021

Thickening Shampoo

Jack Black True Volume

Editor's Pick

Aveda Damage Remedy Shampoo

Hypoallergenic

PURA D'OR Advanced

How We Found the Best Shampoos for Black Men

5 Experts Interviewed

26 Fragrances Tested

Top 12 Picks

Liam Carson

Liam Carson

Shampoo is one product we’re all guilty of overlooking. While you might spend time searching around for the perfect signature cologne, it’s likely that you don’t spend the same time researching shampoos. Most men pick up their shampoo at the grocery store and lift whatever is on offer. In reality, we should be paying as much attention to it as we do with other personal care products.

We’ve pulled together a list of 12 highly-effective natural products in search of the best shampoo for black men’s hair, good for hair growth and thickening Afro American hair. Whether you’re worried about hair loss, thinning hair, or how to treat your textured or curly hair, we’ve got at least one product on this list for you.

Summary List

Shampoos Ranked by Cologne Critic

Editor's Pick

Best Overall Shampoo for Black Men - Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo

Why we chose it

This Aveda product was chosen by our panel of experts as the best shampoo for black men’s hair for 2021. 

If you have a sensitive scalp, it has a gentle formulation. It contains quinoa protein which helps repair and strengthens damaged hair to help restructure your hair follicles. This shampoo leaves your hair feeling smooth and soft and is part of Aveda’s three-step restructuring system.

The formula contains babassu and coconut which help cleanse your hair without leaving it feeling dry. If you regularly use hot tools or chemical dyes on your hair, this shampoo is perfect for you. It is sulphate-free and works to repair your hair from the inside out. 

You can use this product on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your needs.

Thickening

Best for Thinning Hair - Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo

Our Take

This Jack Black shampoo is sulfate-free and will remove oils and dirt from your hair while leaving it looking and feeling thicker. It utilises the brand’s Expansion Technology which helps thicken your hair by improving the condition of your hair follicles to encourage regrowth.

‘True Volume Thickening Shampoo’ was named the number 1 men’s hair shampoo by the NPD Group in 2019. This product has a PureScience formula, meaning its vegan and contains certified organic ingredients which are dermatologist tested.

This is considered the best shampoo for thinning hair as it contains creatine, an amino acid which helps to add volume to your hair. It also has wheat protein which fortifies your hair strands to prevent breakage. Jack Black recommend that you follow this shampoo up with their ‘Nourishing Hair and Scalp Conditioner’.

Hypoallergenic

Best for Sensitive Scalp - PURA D'OR Advanced Therapy Shampoo

Our Take

The ‘Advanced Therapy Shampoo’ is a shampoo for hair loss with a clinically tested formula which reduces hair thinning and prevents fallout. It has a blend of 17 proprietary herbal ingredients and works to improve the thickness, shine, strength, and volume of your hair. This shampoo promises to reduce breakable in your hair while giving it a new lease on life by reviving dull looking hair.

The Pura D’or shampoo contains zinc pyrithione to help reduce scalp irritation and itching, making it ideal for those with a sensitive scalp. It has a thick consistency and a pleasant lemongrass scent that will awaken your senses when you jump into the shower. 

This shampoo is made in the brand’s South California facility and is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. It’s also free of sulfates, silicones, and parabens.

Read the comments on Amazon and you’ll understand why this product is so popular. The brand is so confident about the effectiveness of their product that they offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee. You will get a full refund if you don’t like it.

Brickell Men's Products Daily Strengthening Shampoo

Our Take

Brickell Men’s Products isn’t shy about naming this the best shampoo for thinning hair. This shampoo works to stimulate hair growth by strengthening your hair follicles and volumizing your hair. It gently cleanses your hair to give you a flake-free scalp and promises to give you instantly noticeable results.

This shampoo produces a rich lather and is full of naturally nourishing ingredients. The scent of this shampoo comes from the peppermint and tea tree oil. These ingredients help encourage hair growth while leaving a lasting scent in your hair. The hydrolysed wheat protein improves the thickness of your hair one strand at a time. The amino acids restore your hair’s natural shine and volume. Vitamin E works to stimulate your scalp and reduce hair loss.

The Brickell Men’s Products shampoo uses 97% natural ingredients, which are also 83% organic. They have designed it for everyday use, and it’s suitable for all hair types.

Tea Tree Special Shampoo, For All Hair Types

Our Take

The Paul Mitchell ‘Tea Tree Special Shampoo’ contains lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil. This shampoo invigorates your scalp and helps to remove impurities to leave your hair feeling and looking fresh.

This shampoo is suitable for all hair types. It contains the brand’s ‘Tingle Complex’, a unique blend of lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil, which create a tingling sensation on your scalp. The tea tree oil adds an aromatherapy experience to your daily shower. This product is vegan friendly and paraben-free.

If you want a shampoo that leaves your hair as clean as possible while giving it a lustrous finish, consider trying the ‘Tea Tree Special Shampoo’.

AMERICAN CREW 3-in-1 Shampoo

Our Take

Sometimes, we miss the alarm, and our morning shower has to be a quick two minutes. This 3-in-1 product acts as a shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. It contains sage leaf extract which adds a natural shine to your hair, and dimethicone which helps to detangle and condition your hair. The citric acid cleanses your hair to leave it looking fresh. If you’re always on the go and spend most of your time travelling, you’ll want to throw this shampoo into your cabin luggage.

Hydratherma Naturals Moisturizing Boosting Shampoo

Our Take

This product by Hydratherma Naturals can be considered the best shampoo for black men’s hair. It offers maximum hydration with a concentrated formula, making a little go a long way.

The ‘Moisturizing Boosting Shampoo’ uses natural extracts including algae, sea kelp, and seaweed which nourish your hair with omega-3 and omega-6 essential acids. This shampoo promises to moisturise your scalp, reduce dryness, dimmish the appearance of dandruff and regulates sebaceous production to keep your hair looking fresher for longer. It helps to detangle and soften your hair, making it easier to style when you’re out of the shower.

This shampoo is ideal for brittle or chemically treated hair. If you’re struggling to grow your hair and want to give it a little extra hydration, add this shampoo to your shopping list.

The formula contains babassu and coconut which help cleanse your hair without leaving it feeling dry. If you regularly use hot tools or chemical dyes on your hair, this shampoo is perfect for you. It is sulphate-free and works to repair your hair from the inside out. You can use this product on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your needs.

Baxter of California Daily Fortifying Shampoo for Men

Our Take

If you’re searching for the best shampoo for African American men, don’t overlook the ‘Daily Fortifying Shampoo’ by Baxter of California. It is rich in natural nutrients and is designed to repair and cleanse your scalp and hair. This shampoo promotes healthy hair growth and cleans your scalp without drying it out.

The Daily Fortifying Shampoo contains coconut extract which soothes your dry scalp. The wheat protein and vitamin E help to repair damaged hair follicles and cleanse your scalp. It has an invigorating mint scent that is perfect for your morning shower.

This shampoo is paraben-free and helps to make your hair manageable while maintaining its volume. You can use this shampoo in partnership with the brand’s Daily Fortifying Conditioner.

Krieger + Söhne Man Series

Our Take

The Krieger and Sohne shampoo is a contender for the best shampoo for thinning hair. This best-selling product is infused with tea tree oil to help tackle dandruff, hydrate your scalp, and prevent hair loss. It is a salon-quality shampoo and ideal for anyone who wants to invest in their hair without having to take regular trips to a professional hairstylist.

The ‘Man Series’ by Krieger and Sohne also has a conditioner, which they suggest using alongside this shampoo to relax, refresh, and recharge your hair. This shampoo is suitable for all hair types and is manufactured in the USA. It has a pleasant fragrance without overpowering your cologne.

Loma Hair Care Moisturizing Shampoo

Our Take

This shampoo by Loma promises to replenish and restore your hair and give it back its natural shine and silky feel. It is the best shampoo for African American men as it helps moisturize dry scalps while controlling frizz and preserving colour. This shampoo is suitable for all hair types, including dry and colour treated hair. It is sulphate and paraben-free and can double as a bubble bath.

The ‘Moisturizing Shampoo’ contains aloe vera gel which soothes your scalp. The jojoba seed oil gives your hair an instant boost of hydration. The avocado seed oil quenches dry hair, and the creatine strengthens your hair follicle’s internal structure. The formula also contains quinoa protein, which is rich in amino acids and helps repair your hair, while giving it a natural shine.

Our Take

The ArtNaturals shampoo instantly moisturises and nourishes your hair with argan oil and aloe vera. This product is sulfate and paraben-free and is vegan friendly, with organic ingredients that are ethically sourced.

 

This shampoo helps to moisturise and volumize your hair and is infused with keratin. Argan oil is known as ‘liquid gold’ as it is full of Omega 6 fatty acids and antioxidants, which keep your hair looking younger for longer. If anti-ageing is a concern, or if you have colour treated hair, you’ll want to give this shampoo a go!

Our Take

V76’s Hydrating Shampoo has a rich moisturising formula which relieves dry scalps while leaving your hair looking and feeling soft. It gives your hair an instant burst of hydration and contains sage leaf extract, which helps to strengthen your hair follicles. The vitamin E in the formula adds a shine to your hair, while the chamomile stimulates your scalp to encourage hair growth.

This shampoo includes almond butter which moisturizes your hair and improves its elasticity. It has a blue cedar fragrance with woody notes of moss, leather accords, and nutmeg.

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