10 Best Shampoos Formulated for Asian Hair

by Goh Yee Huay and Melissa Chew
LIFESTYLE  |  March 05, 2018
  • How is Asian hair different?
    1 / 11 How is Asian hair different?

    Just as Asian skin types have their particular traits, Asian hair too has its own kind of needs.

    Broadly speaking, Asian hair strands are round and thick. Although it’s generally quite straight, the texture can vary from fine to coarse, soft to hard. Compared to Caucasian hair, it’s less dense but relatively stronger and more resistant to breakage. However, Asians tend to have oilier scalps, which is why daily washing is needed to prevent tresses from looking flat and greasy.

    “If the climate is really humid like Singapore, then it’s good to have a lighter shampoo for everyday use,” says Celia Tham, creative director of BLOC+ The Salon. “It also depends on whether you’re targeting the hair or the scalp. Scalp shampoos do more deep-cleansing and they also help to thicken fine hair, but they are usually a little more drying. Soothing scalp shampoos are gentler and more suitable for daily use.”

    “Coarse and dry hair should opt for more moisturising shampoos. If you feel that makes your hair too limp or greasy, balance it with a lighter conditioner,” advises Celia.

    Here, we highlight 10 shampoos that meet the needs of Asian locks.

    (Also Read: 6 Ways Stress is Damaging Your Hair)

    Main photo: 123rf.com. All other photos provided by the respective brands.

    A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworld.com.

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  • Great for damaged, over-processed hair
    2 / 11 Great for damaged, over-processed hair

    This strengthens damaged as well as coloured hair from the first wash. It contains goji, which gently cleanses fragile hair while strengthening and repairing it, as well as defending strands against damage and daily colour aggressors.

    After just a few days of using the shampoo and conditioner, you’ll notice less hair fall and a renewed smoothness to your strands. This super silky hair texture plus the refreshing scent with subtle herbal-floral notes will make you want to keep touching your hair all day.

    L’Oreal Paris Shampoo – EverPure (Repair & Defend), $15.50 for 250ml, available at Guardian and Watsons.

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  • Soothes sensitive, irritated scalps
    3 / 11 Soothes sensitive, irritated scalps

    This gentle shampoo cleanses hair and scalp without stripping or aggravating even sensitive scalps. It is enriched with natural proteins to gently yet thoroughly cleanse while providing nourishment to hair.

    Hair is left soft, smooth and scalp feels balanced and healthy.

    Himalaya Herbals Shampoo – Protein (Gentle Daily Care), $14.90 for 700ml, available at Guardian.

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  • Ideal for greasy scalps and dry ends
    4 / 11 Ideal for greasy scalps and dry ends

    Developed with some of Japan’s top hairstylists, this boasts a high level of hyaluronic acid and zero amount of silicone that can weigh hair down or worsen an oily scalp. Great for those with greasy roots and dry tips.

    Syoss Silicone-Free Moisture Shampoo, $18.60. Available in Watsons and Guardian stores

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  • Hydrates flat, fine hair
    5 / 11 Hydrates flat, fine hair

    This oil shampoo uses the power of eight nutrient-rich botanical oils – including argan, baobab and marula and mango seed – and not silicone to deliver intense shine and smoothness. Designed for those with flat, fine tresses, it removes product buildup, sebum and impurities to give you extra volume at the roots, while maintaining the natural moisture balance of hair and scalp.

    (Also Read: 7 Tips For Adding Volume And Thickness to Fine Hair)

    Moist Diane Volume & Scalp Scalp Shampoo, $16.90. Available in Guardian and Watsons stores, and selected supermarkets

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  • Strengthens brittle hair
    6 / 11 Strengthens brittle hair

    Given how much we Asians love perms and dyes, it’s no wonder our hair is in need of some serious TLC. That’s where this comes in. Formulated without silicon, parabens or petroleum-based surfactants, it treats frizzy, fragile and fried tresses with argan oil – known as Liquid Gold to the natives of the Moroccan desert due to its high nutrient content and immense moisturising properties that can counter even the region’s harsh, dry climate.

    Organist Morocco Argan Oil Repairing Shampoo, $14. Available in Watsons stores

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  • Best anti-pollution shampoo
    7 / 11 Best anti-pollution shampoo

    Combining the brand’s repair technology with anti-pollution benefits, this promises to keep dust and pollutants off your mane for up to 72-hours while strengthening hair’s inner structure so there’s less breakage. It contains no silicone, so it won’t weigh hair down or grease up the scalp.

    (Also Read: 5 Ways to Prevent Your Hair From Becoming Frizzy in Singapore’s Weather)

    Schwarzkopf Extra Care Purify & Protect Shampoo, $11.90. Available at Watsons and Guardian stores

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  • For a thorough, yet non-stripping cleanse
    8 / 11 For a thorough, yet non-stripping cleanse

    Though it contains French rose oil, this lightweight shampoo nourishes and conditions without leaving any greasy residue. Delivering all-day moisture and a gentle but effective cleanse, it removes dirt and excess sebum and seals damaged hair fibres to give you a beautifully smooth, glossy mane. Bonus marks for the lasting, feminine rose scent.

    L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil Eclat Imperial High Shine Shampoo, $16.90. Available in Guardian and Watsons stores, and selected supermarkets

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  • Smooths rough, dry strands
    9 / 11 Smooths rough, dry strands

    Made for rough, dry Asian hair, its moisturising-retaining ingredients like honey, aloe and pomegranate are said to fill and plump up hollowed hair shafts, delivering all-day hydration and maintaining a healthy shine.

    Asience Moisture Rich Shampoo, $14.90. Available in Watsons and Guardian stores

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  • Best for oily, flat and fine hair
    10 / 11 Best for oily, flat and fine hair

    What this coconut shell-derived deep-cleansing shampoo has: lemon and grapefruit oils, activated charcoal, hydrolysed soy protein and vitamin B5. What it doesn’t: sulphates, parabens, phthalates, alcohol and artificial colours. It removes build-up without stripping away moisture as well, and helps in boosting hair volume. Perfect for oily, flat and fine locks.

    Hask Charcoal with Citrus Oil Purifying Shampoo, $16.90. Available in Guardian stores

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  • Balances oily scalps & boosts volume
    11 / 11 Balances oily scalps & boosts volume

    Like all of the brand’s offerings, this shampoo designed for flat hair and oily scalp is enriched with camellia oil – known for its strong moisturising, antioxidant and hair-conditioning benefits. Here, it helps to soften and hydrate the scalp and locks while lending a loose, airy finish to the ends.

    (Also Read: What to Eat For Healthy Hair – Prevent Hair Loss!)

    Tsubaki Volume Touch Shampoo, $16.90. Available in Guardian and Watsons stores

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