The Best Shampoo for Asian Hair: Find Your New Holy Grail Product

Tip: Let your texture be your guide.

If you’re looking for the best shampoo for Asian hair it’s, therefore, best to take into account what your actual hair texture is (straight, wavy or curly), then go from there. Just as every other issue surrounding race and ethnicity is rarely cut and dry, considering a hair type as purely “Asian” isn’t really doing it a service.

Not only is this hair type more diverse than what people generally assume—as not all Asians come from an oriental background—it’s also inaccurate to lump all Asian hair into one hair type, as not all have straight, dark hair. Want more guidance? Check out our handy hair chart.

Typically, Asian tresses are straight, with very round and thick fibers and with a high level of black melanin.

That said, we set on a quest to find the best shampoo for Asian hair that fit your needs:

1. Suave Smooth Performer Shampoo

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Asian hair can be straight and thick, or thin and wavy/curly. Photo credit: Dvora

Asian hair that is thick and straight benefits the most from a smoothing shampoo. Not only does this help keep your tresses manageable and tangle-free, but they also provide a shine that really sets off against darker hair.

Suave Smooth Performer Shampoo, as one of the foundations of this product an Amino Acid complex that helps to strengthen the follicle, making it one of the best shampoos for Asian hair. It fights frizz, detangles knots, tames flyaways, and boosts shine.

Those with straight hair also need not worry about their locks going limp (as is oftentimes the case with this hair type, especially when over moisturized), as the formula is non-greasy, and when used in tandem with its conditioner, adds softness too.

Pair with Suave Smooth Performer Conditioner to get the most out of the ingredients.

2. TRESemmé Full Fiber Shampoo

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Maintain volumized hair with the proper shampoo and conditioner duo.

Another one of the best shampoos for Asian hair on the thinner, finer side is a volumizing shampoo. Look for a formula that smoothens as it infuses hair with bounce too, to still maintain that slip and shine. It’s important to find a duo that will give your hair body but also provide that soft shine for a healthy-looking finish.

We love the oomph we get from TRESemmé Full Fiber Volume Shampoo

and Conditioner. This duo is formulated to deliver lightweight hydration and also create grip for ultimate lift and body. Bonus: Its uplifting scent makes wash day something to definitely look forward to!

3. Dove Hair Therapy Breakage Remedy Strengthening Shampoo

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Repair damaged hair with the proper wash duo.

Finding a repairing shampoo that is gentle yet effective on damaged strands is always the ideal formula, for all hair types, Asian hair included. It is common for many Asian hair types to have oilier scalps because of the hot climates of the regions. Use a repairing shampoo that also focuses on your scalp health to help control that oil production.

Dove Hair Therapy Breakage Remedy Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner will help create healthy-looking strands and refresh your scalp after just the first use. We love that this duo nourishes at the hair’s cellular level, creating stronger and longer hair with 97% less breakage verse a non-conditioning shampoo system.

4. Suave Up the Volume Shampoo

Another volumizing solution we love, the Suave Up the Volume Shampoo and Conditioner uses an Amino Acid Complex to strengthen hair while simultaneously providing volume. This sulfate-free formula is quickly becoming a cult favorite.

5. Dove Hair Therapy Dry Scalp Care Moisturizing Shampoo

Those with sensitive scalps will love Dove Hair Therapy Dry Scalp Care Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This duo uses Vitamin B3 to moisturize and soften hair while reducing scalp dryness at the same time.

Those are our top shampoos for Asian hair. It’s important to remember that no one hair type fits an entire group of people. Everyone’s hair type is different, so it’s important to determine what your specific hair needs are when deciding on the best hair care routine for you. This is simply a quick guide to show you some of the best products to get your hair healthy and on-point!

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