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. 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. (Want more guidance? Check out our handy hair chart.)
We spoke to our resident R&D expert Leon van Gorkom to determine the characteristics of the hair type that people typically consider as Asian hair. According to Gorkom, Asian tresses are usually “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 our needs:
The Best Shampoo for Asian Hair
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, they also provide a shine that really sets off against darker hair. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo, as one of the foundations of the Marula oil-infused Keratin Smooth line, 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 overmoisturized), as the formula is non-greasy, and when used in tandem with its conditioner, adds softness too.
Another option 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. We love the oomph we get from TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo (yep, we flipped it and reversed it), which when used in tandem helps gently cleanse and remove excess weight from hair, while still leaving hair silky soft without the flatness. Bonus: Its uplifting scent makes wash day something to definitely look forward to!
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