Users weigh in on their favorite shampoos for type 3 hair.

Cleansers are equal to conditioners in importance. The job of a cleanser or shampoo is to rid hair of excess muck that builds up over the course of a day (or days, depending on how often you cleanse). Without a shampoo, conditioner wouldn’t do as good of a job conditioning hair, especially if it can’t get to the hair follicle due to excess dirt. And without proper conditioning, styling products would be pointless because your hair would be dry and frizzy!

Cleansing is highly important to the curly hair care process. Everyone has their own opinion on what the best of the best is, but a select few products make it to the top of the list. From specialized shampoos to the overall top picks for shampoo, you are sure to find the right product for your type 3 hair.

Top Picks for Specialized Shampoos

Everyone has their own reasons for choosing one shampoo over another. Like any hair care product, different shampoos have different purposes. For type 3 hair, there are several different kinds of shampoos including specialized shampoos.

      • Thick and Curly: Most of the time, type 3 hair means thick hair. For shampoo, one notable type 3 hair user pick is Tigi Bed Head Superstar Sulfate-Free Shampoo for Thick Massive Hair. This shampoo gets thick hair clear of dirt and grime, which makes it a great choice for a shampoo because it lessens the work and the amount of shampoo needed for cleansing your curls.
      • Curly and Oily: Several shampoos are top picks for those with oily hair including Nexxus Sleektress Sumptuous Smoothing Shampoo as well as a variety of different Pantene Pro-V shampoo products.
      • Dandruff Shampoo: Another choice shampoo for type 3 hair is one that has dandruff control. There are few different top picks for dandruff shampoo, including Head & Shoulders, Pantene Pro-V and Pert Plus Anti-Dandruff shampoo. The one that may be the best bet to rid hair of dandruff is Head & Shoulders, but many would choose Pantene Pro-V instead because they preferred the smell.

Overall Top Picks

Two brands that stand out above the rest for shampoos are the Garnier and Tigi Bed Head brands. Both offer general care for all kinds of hair, as well as a variety of different subcategorized products for curly hair. However, the one that tops the list is Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo. This is mostly because it’s not just a clarifying shampoo for the average person, but also contains a lot of nutrients that condition the hair in the process. Of course, if you have curly hair, you want to choose a shampoo that has conditioning properties. After all conditioning is one of the most important aspects for healthy, shiny hair.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to shampoos, there are many choices, even on a top picks list. But it all comes down to what’s right for you and your hair. If your scalp is a bit dry, try moisturizing shampoos. If you feel like you need something to curb the excess oil, Nexxus and Pantene Pro-V are excellent choices as well. Remember, it’s up to you to make the right choice for your hair.

What are your personal top shampoo and cleanser picks? 

Samantha Berley

I have 3a/3b curls but my hair is thin. I just have a lot of it, which is why people think it's thick. I used to use Pantene for curly hair-I used it for about 8 years until I heard all the bad things in it-plus, it wasn't doing much for my curls and was actually making them frizzy, something I've never esperienced before. The girl at Sally's told me about Ion Curl Solutions shampoo and conditioner and I've been using that for the past 2 years with no problem, along with Beyond The Zone curling creme and serum. I also don't have dandruff, never have. I've only ever had oily hair, and as I said Pantene was awful for me. Nexxus didn't do much either. Try Ion, it's about $6 for shampoo and conditioner!

I've used the Pantene line, both the Curly Moisturize, and the Curly Smooth line. While they worked OK, I've had even better results with Redken's Fresh Curls line. I have type 3B hair, that is W&W, only occasionally flat-ironed (once my stylist @ Bubbles explained to me the new flat irons vs the sorry piece of *&^% old one I had). Rarely highlighted. Fructis didn't do much for me although it's been over 5 yrs since I used anything other than their smoothing oil.