Natural shampoo that is gently moisturizing shampoo is best for African-American hair. Look for shampoos free from harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, alcohol and parabens.
Harsh chemicals strip the natural oils from hair and leave it dry. Because African-American hair is naturally dry and brittle, it is best to use products that include ingredients, such as shea butter, glycerin or argan oil. Another option is to use a shampoo alternative. This can be done with substituting baking soda for shampoo or by using conditioner instead of shampoo. Either of these methods work to cleanse the scalp without removing the hair's natural oils.