Smooth locks start in the shower.
If you don’t own a smoothing shampoo, you’re missing out on its benefits (think soft, shiny and frizz-free locks!). This is definitely something we’re all after and you might not realize this, but it can actually be achieved by using a smoothing shampoo. You might be thinking: ‘Why do I need this type of shampoo if I can just use an oil or some serum that can provide me with similar benefits?’ To be honest, the way you want your hair to behave begins during your wash and care routine, so it’s best to start there. If on the other hand, you’ve used your share of smoothing shampoos and none of them gave you the hair you wanted, that’s another story. It could be one of two things (or both actually): A) You haven’t found the best smoothing shampoo for your hair type. And B) You’re using the shampoo the wrong way. Read on as we explain more about how a smoothing shampoo should be used as well as some of the budget-friendly options available.
Best Smoothing Shampoo: The Proper Way to Use It and Some of Our Top Picks
As long as you know how to properly shampoo your hair you’re on the right track. However, when you’re using a smoothing shampoo there’s an extra step. After applying the shampoo to your roots and working up a lather as the shampoo travels down towards the ends of your hair, it’s best to allow the shampoo to sit on your hair for 1-3 minutes before rinsing it out. Why? This helps the formula do the work it needs to on your hair. If you rinse to soon, you won’t experience the benefits. Now let’s get into some of our favorite smoothing shampoos below:
This happens to be one of my personal favorites for my thick, naturally curly hair, especially during the humid summer months! Thanks to this shampoo, I can get my curly styles to withstand the weather that often comes with frizz. The formula, infused with keratin, gently cleanses, leaving your hair smooth and manageable. Bonus: The lower sulfates makes it suitable to use on color-treated hair.
If you love products that are infused with natural ingredients that are beneficial for hair, this may be the best smoothing shampoo for you. The formula is made with 100% natural avocado and olive oil, which are known for their rich emollients. Use this on your hair for a gentle cleanse that will result in smooth, frizz-free hair.
Have you ever heard of dry hair being smooth? We haven’t either! Even dry hairstyles, like desert drifter looks from the runway, are smooth. If you’re looking for a hydrating shampoo for your dry hair that also leaves your hair smooth, opt for this shampoo by TRESemmé. This formula delivers intense moisturization, calming frizz and flyaways–without weighing your hair down.
Looking for more shampoo recommendations? Here are the best shampoos to try for dry hair.