Finding the right shampoo is never an easy feat, whether its for natural hair or extensions. You’ll want to find the right formula that works with your texture, scalp, and desired outcome. While it’s impossible to say what the absolute best shampoo is for all hair extensions, there are a few things you should look for when looking for the ideal shampoo for your needs.
First of all, moisture is key. Just like your real hair, human hair extensions need to be hydrated regularly. This will keep the cuticle smooth and reduce frizz. When looking for a moisturizing shampoo, look for ingredients like argan oil, coconut milk, shea butter, and avocado oil, among others. These are some of the top moisturizing elements commonly found in shampoos and conditioners today.
Next, there are things you should avoid in a shampoo, namely, sulfates. Sulfates have typically been used in everything from shampoo to soap to toothpaste and give these items their “sudsing” capabilities. All those bubbles that let us know something is clean? Sulfates. The downside is that these chemicals can leave a sticky residue on the hair, weighing it down and making it dull. Sulfate-free shampoo will encourage moisture and shine.
Finally, if your extensions are colored, a color-protecting shampoo is a good option for you. They are often very hydrating and also include certain proteins and amino ions that create a protective layer over the hair shaft to seal in the color. This has the added benefit of strengthening each strand and keeping in moisture.