Top 26 Best Japanese Commercial Shampoos to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 26 Best Japanese Commercial Shampoos Available Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best commercial shampoo. We then chose the 26 most popular products and tested them for the following:

  1. Application
  2. Mildness
  3. Lather
  4. Hair Texture
  5. Cleansing Power

We consulted a specialist about ingredients–which would be the most effective, the mildest, the most hydrating? We also discussed the pros and cons of sulfates and amino acid shampoos and of silicone and silicone-free formulas. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese commercial shampoos available online.

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Top 26 Best Japanese Commerical Shampoos to Buy Online

We read the ingredients list, then ran the shampoos through tests to learn how mild they were. We frothed them with a hand mixer to see how they would lather. We washed bundles of hair and checked for texture. And we tried the shampoos out on samples of sebum to test for cleansing power.

Based on how they performed, we ranked the top 26 Japanese commercial shampoos available online.

※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

1. Honeycé Deep Moist Repair Shampoo (480 ml)

Honeycé Deep Moist Repair ShampooHoneycé Deep Moist Repair Shampoo

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Price: $8.93

For the General Shampoo Seeker: Offers a Deep Cleanse, but the Mild Ingredients Leave Hair Silky

Now, the only test Honeycé’s shampoo didn’t get a startling high score on was lather–and it’s not like it didn’t foam at all. It took some time, but as you massaged it in, it lathered into dense, springy bubbles. It also rinsed out readily.

The formula was mild. It was silicone-free but contained natural moisturizing ingredients, like honey and flower oils, which left hair hydrated. It was free of sulfates and synthetic dyes.

There was little to complain about. As long as you aren’t particularly picky–just in the market for something that will clean without damaging your hair–Honeycé’s a solid choice.

Japanese ハニーチェ ディープモイストリペア シャンプー Scent Floral Honey
Price per ml 2.0 yen Benefits Deep Moist Repair
Application 4.2 Mildness 4.8
Lather 3.5 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 4.8 Overall Score 4.3

2. Minon Medicated Hair Shampoo (Quasi-Drug, 450 ml)

Minon Medicated Hair Shampoo (Quasi-Drug)Minon Medicated Hair Shampoo (Quasi-Drug)

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Price: $12.23

Best for Dry, Sensitive Skin: Non-Irritating Formula Cleanses and Soothes Your Scalp

Minon’s produced by a pharmaceutical company. They cater to those with dry, sensitive skin–and this shampoo, in particular, is meant to fight itchiness and dandruff. It received a perfect score for its gentle ingredients.

This is an amino acid shampoo. While it’s gentle, it doesn’t lather too well. But the loose bubbles make for an quick rinse.

Japanese ミノン 薬用ヘアシャンプー Scent Faintly Floral
Price per ml 3.0 yen Benefits Moisture
Application 4.1 Mildness 5.0
Lather 3.0 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 4.0 Overall Score 4.1

3. Rêveur Fraicheur Moist Shampoo (340 ml)

Rêveur Fraicheur Moist ShampooRêveur Fraicheur Moist Shampoo

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Price: $9.72

Best for Hydrated, Silky Hair: Comes in an Airtight Pouch and is Replete with Moisturizing Oils

The refills come in a pouch–you just stick the nozzle in and pump away. The pouch itself is air-tight, which is meant to keep the shampoo fresher for longer.

It smelled sweet–almost like cheap perfume (and that’s why we gave it a low score for application). Still, it earned 4.0 points or higher on all our other tests. Texture, by the way, was amazing. We washed and dried the bundle of hair ten times, and from beginning to end, the sample felt like spun silk.

The formula is amino acid based and, while gentle, offered a deep cleanse. 1% is made up of oils, which work to hydrate your hair.

Japanese レヴール フレッシュール モイスト シャンプー Scent Fresh Flowers
Price per ml 3.1 yen Benefits
Application 2.7 Mildness 5.0
Lather 4.0 Hair Texture 5.0
Cleansing 4.9 Overall Score 4.1

4. Moist Diane Botanical Moist Shampoo (480 ml)

Diane Botanical Moist ShampooDiane Botanical Moist Shampoo

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Price: $13.00

Best for Those Who Like Botanical Extracts: Plant Oils Leave Hair Hydrated and Smooth

This is a botanical shampoo, gentle enough for the whole family. It’s filled with plant extracts and oils.

It was quite light and didn’t lather too well. At the same time, it was slimy and didn’t rinse out easily. Still, after a good long dousing with water, hair came out shiny and smooth, as if we’d used conditioner.

Japanese モイスト・ダイアン オイルシャンプー ボタニカル・モイスト Scent Fruity Jasmine
Price per ml 2.1 yen Benefits Moisture & Shine
Application 3.7 Mildness 4.8
Lather 3.0 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 4.7 Overall Score 4.0

5. Cow Brand Additive-Free Shampoo (Smooth, 500 ml)

Cow Brand Additive-Free ShampooCow Brand Additive-Free Shampoo

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Price: $6.35

Best if You’re Looking for a Mild Formula on a Budget: Leaves Hair Soft and Clean Too

Cow Brand’s known for their mild soaps, and this shampoo is no different. It’s additive-free and meant to nourish both your scalp and roots.

There was no silicone, but hair didn’t feel rough or too “squeaky clean” after use. The formula featured both amino acids and betains. While cleansing power was only a bit higher than average, it lathered into a mountain of plush foam.

And though most shampoos formulated for sensitive skin also seem to be priced for the rich, Cow Brand’s products are unfailingly available for a drugstore price.

Japanese カウブランド 無添加シャンプー さらさら Scent Unscented
Price per ml 1.4 yen Benefits Silky Hair
Application 3.2 Mildness 5.0
Lather 4.5 Hair Texture 3.0
Cleansing 3.8 Overall Score 4.0

6. Belluga Shampoo Amino Damage Care (400 ml)

Belluga Shampoo Amino Damage Care (400 ml)Belluga Shampoo Amino Damage Care (400 ml)

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Price: $17.87

Best if You’re Looking for a Typical Amino Acid Shampoo: Mild Ingredients and Lather

This is your typical amino acid shampoo. Ingredients are mild and cleansing power is retrained at best, which ensures the formula isn’t stripping. It lathered, but the foam wasn’t too thick or rich.

The fragrance was floral but very faint. Hair felt smooth but light after cleansing–not quite dry, but squeaky enough that you’d want to use a conditioner.

Japanese ベルーガ シャンプー アミノダメージケア Scent Bright Floral
Price per ml 4.9 yen Benefits Damage Repair & Moisture
Application 4.5 Mildness 4.2
Lather 3.0 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 3.7 Overall Score 4.0

7. SUPERFOOD LAB Biotin + P-Barrier Scalp Shampoo (480 ml)

SUPERFOOD LAB Scalp ShampooSUPERFOOD LAB Scalp Shampoo

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Price: $13.90

Best if You Believe in the Nourishing Power of Botanical Extracts: Designed to be Like a Supplement for Hair

SUPERFOOD LABS employs nano-particles to nourish the scalp as it gently cleanses. It contains an assortment of botanical extracts, curated for their nutritious properties (SUPERFOOD LABS also produces supplements).

The formula features amino acids and betains as surfactants. While it didn’t lather well, it rinsed away almost all the sebum on the glass slide. The scent was bright and refreshing, citrusy and flowery at the same time.

Japanese スーパーフードラボ ビオチン+ピー・バリア スカルプ シャンプー Scent Citrus & Ylang Ylang
Price per ml 3.2 yen Benefits
Application 3.5 Mildness 5.0
Lather 2.5 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 4.9 Overall Score 4.0

8. Dear Beauté HIMAWARI Volume & Repair Oil in Shampoo (500 ml)

Dear Beauté HIMAWARI Volume & Repair Oil in ShampooDear Beauté HIMAWARI Volume & Repair Oil in Shampoo

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Price: $8.27

Worth-Checking out: Sunflower-Centric Formula that Balances Power and Mildness

The formula features sunflower oil and other extracts, meant to repair and hydrate damaged hair. It also smooths out kinks and leaves your locks sleek and shiny.

While hair got a bit tangled after cleansing, resulting in a score of one for texture, as long as you give it a good combing, it’ll revert to a satiny texture. A few of our editors actually use this shampoo at home, and they swear you don’t even need conditioner.

We also appreciate that the ingredients were mild, but the cleansing power was there.

Japanese ディアボーテ オイルインシャンプー (ボリューム&リペア) Scent Fresh & Floral
Price per ml 1.8 yen Benefits Smooth & Elastic Hair
Application 4.0 Mildness 5.0
Lather 3.5 Hair Texture 1.0
Cleansing 4.8 Overall Score 3.9

9. Je L’aime Relax soft & moist Shampoo (500 ml)

Je L'aime Relax soft & moist ShampooJe L'aime Relax soft & moist Shampoo

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Price: $8.86

Worth Checking out: Gentle Formula Meant to Tame Frizzy, Kinky Hair

This shampoo’s said to tame even the roughest, kinkiest hair (keep in mind, however, that the target market is straight Asian hair). Nonetheless, it left our bundle of strands silky smooth–which is impressive, considering that the formula is silicone-free.

However, it did have the overly sweet smell of typical commerical shampoos. This is also amino acid-based, meaning you’ll have to take time to lather it up and rinse it out.

Japanese ジュレーム ソフト&モイスト シャンプー Scent Fruity Floral
Price per ml 1.9 yen Benefits Hydrated & Soft Hair
Application 3.4 Mildness 4.6
Lather 4.5 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 2.0 Overall Score 3.9

10. Salon Style BIOLISS Botanical Sleek Straight Shampoo (480 ml)

Salon Style BIOLISS Botanical Sleek Straight ShampooSalon Style BIOLISS Botanical Sleek Straight Shampoo

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Price: $6.78

Worth Checking Out: A Well-Balanced Shampoo that Smooths out Hair

This didn’t particularly excel at anything, but it didn’t do anything poorly either. If we could give a shampoo points for balance, Bioliss Botanical would come out on top.

This was also a silicone-free formula that managed to leave hair soft and smooth. There was a fruity fragrance with just a hint of herbs.

It lathered up quickly into a mountain of bubbles, but they were a bit rough and loose. Rinse well and make sure you check for any residue.

Japanese ビオリス ボタニカル シャンプー (スリークストレート) Scent Orange, Lime, Eucalyptus, Lavandin, & Star Anise Essential Oils
Price per ml 1.5 yen Benefits Smooths out Kinks
Application 3.8 Mildness 3.7
Lather 4.0 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 4.2 Overall Score 3.9

11. Atopia Moisturizing Scalp Shampoo (350 ml)

Atopia Moisturizing Scalp ShampooAtopia Moisturizing Scalp Shampoo

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Price: $6.73

Worth Checking out: Fragrance-Free Formula Designed for Babies

This is a foam shampoo formulated for babies–you can guess how mild it’s going to be.

The bubbles start to disappear as soon as you massage into hair, but that’s because the formula’s designed to stay on your scalp for as short a time as possible. No cleansing agents overstaying their welcome means low chances of skin irritation.

However, very little product comes out with a single pump (no wonder, as it’s made for baby heads). If you have long, thick hair, you’ll likely run out in no time.

Japanese アトピタ 保湿頭皮シャンプー Scent Unscented
Price per ml 2.1 yen Benefits Soothes Dry Skin
Application 2.7 Mildness 5.0
Lather 3.5 Hair Texture 4.0
Cleansing 4.0 Overall Score 3.8

12. LUX Go Active Hair to Heels Wash (150 ml)

LUX Go Active Hair to Heels WashLUX Go Active Hair to Heels Wash

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Price: $4.51

Worth Checking out: Intense Cleansing Power in a Tiny Bottle–the Perfect Beach or Gym Body Shampoo

This is really a gym item. You can use it for both your body and your hair, and it comes in a small 150 ml bottle.

Since it’s meant to cleanse your entire body of sweat (or seawater or chlorine from the pool), the formula was quite powerful. Hair wasn’t the silkiest after use, but we guess that’s to be expected from a full-body shampoo.

Japanese LUX アスレジャー ヘルシーシャイン 全身シャンプー Scent Rosemary
Price per ml 3.3 yen Benefits
Application 3.1 Mildness 4.0
Lather 4.5 Hair Texture 3.0
Cleansing 5.0 Overall Score 3.8

13. Remedy Shampoo (500 ml)

Remedy ShampooRemedy Shampoo

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Price: $20.29

Worth Checking out: Shampoo for Delicate Hair–Strikes a Balance Between Mild Ingredients and Cleansing Power

This shampoo’s marketed towards people with delicate or damaged hair. The surfactant used here is, like that used in many of the other shampoos on our list, amino acid.

It smelled largely of soap, with just the faintest scent of herbs.

Japanese レメディ シャンプー Scent Herbal
Price per ml 4.4 yen Benefits
Application 2.8 Mildness 4.8
Lather 3.5 Hair Texture 3.0
Cleansing 4.8 Overall Score 3.7

14. ARGELAN Chamomile Rosemary Scalp Shampoo (500 ml)

ARGELAN Chamomile Rosemary Scalp Shampoo (500 ml)RGELAN Chamomile Rosemary Scalp Shampoo

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Price: $14.94

Worth Checking out: A Gentle Organic Brand that Foams and Soothes

Aregelan’s an organic brand you’ll only find at the super drugstore, Matsumoto Kiyoshi.

Their shampoo felt amazing to use. The foam was thick and springy, like moss. It had a light botanical scent that smelled natural, like the plants had just been plucked from the branch.

Cleansing power was just a bit higher than average–still, we were satisfied, as the formula prides itself on being gentle above all else.

Japanese アルジェラン オーガニック スカルプ シャンプー Scent Citrus & Herbs
Price per ml 3.3 yen Benefits Smooth & Healthy Hair
Application 4.4 Mildness 4.0
Lather 3.5 Hair Texture 1.0
Cleansing 3.8 Overall Score 3.6

15. Ichikami Moisturizing Shampoo (480 ml)

Ichikami Moisturizing ShampooIchikami Moisturizing Shampoo

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Price: $5.43

Worth Checking out: Gentle is the Keyword–Non-Irritating Ingredients, Low Cleansing Power

This is another amino acid-based shampoo. It was extremely mild, but it did sacrifice some cleansing power. It also didn’t lather well. Still, it was so gentle that, on particularly oily and sweaty days, you could wash twice with little worry.

The formula was free of silicone and, unfortunately, didn’t have any good substitutes. Hair was a bit kinky and the comb got caught a few times after use.

Japanese いち髪 濃密W保湿ケア シャンプー Scent Apricot & Sakura
Price per ml 1.2 yen Benefits Silky Hair
Application 3.8 Mildness 5.0
Lather 3.5 Hair Texture 2.0
Cleansing 1.3 Overall Score 3.6

Products that Didn’t Make the Cut

And why they didn’t quite make it.

Balances (Relatively) Mild Ingredients and Cleansing Power, but Leaves Hair Unnecessarily Rough

Balances (Relatively) Mild Ingredients and Cleansing Power, but Leaves Hair Unnecessarily Rough

Curel’s Intensive Moisture Care Shampoo (16) was actually similar to our number 11 pick, Atopia. There was no smell to it, and ingredients were mild enough, though they earned only a score of 4.0, as opposed to Atopia’s 5.0. Cleansing power was graded at over a 4.0. However, unlike Atopia’s shampoo, Curel’s left hair a bit rough.

Aēsop’s Classic Shampoo (17) and Moist Diane’s Extra Straight Shampoo (18) were scented. Otherwise, they scored similarly to Curel’s Intensive Moisture Care on ingredients, cleansing power, and hair texture.

Powerful Cleanser but Unremarkable in Other Ways

Powerful Cleanser but Unremarkable in Other Ways

Tsubaki’s Moist Shampoo (19) earned average scores–around a 3.0–on all tests except for cleansing power, where it shone with a rating of 4.9.

Regenne’s Shampoo for Scalp Moisture (23) was similarly unremarkable. It earned a high score for cleansing and 3.0s on everything else–except for hair texture, for which it received only a single point.

Offers Mild Ingredients but Not Much of a Cleanse

Offers Mild Ingredients but Not Much of a Cleanse

Botanist’s Botanical Shampoo (20) featured only gentle ingredients, for which it received a perfect score. However, though it lathered well, it earned only a 1.5 for cleansing power. It got a flat 1.0 for hair texture as well.

Likewise, Essential’s Free & Easy Shampoo (25) earned 4.2 points for its mild ingredients. Cleansing was better than Botanical’s product, though not by much–it received a score of 2.8. Hair texture was likewise graded at a 1.0, as was lather.

Deep Cleans but May be a Bit Rough on Your Scalp and Hair

Deep Cleans but May be a Bit Rough on Your Scalp and Hair

On the other hand, MACHÉRIE’s Air Feel Shampoo (21) and SALA’s Shittori Sarasara Shampoo (22) both received near-perfect scores for cleansing. However, they had points docked for harsh ingredients, leaving them with little more than 2.0 points each. Hair texture was also graded at a 1.0 (MACHÉRIE) and 2.0 (SALA).

Ingredients are a Bit Harsh and Don’t Have Much to Offer in the Way of Cleansing Power Either

Ingredients are a Bit Harsh and Don't Have Much to Offer in the Way of Cleansing Power Either

LUX’s Botanical Pure Shampoo (24) and LUX’s Super Rich Shine Moisture Shampoo (26) both received only 2.8 points for cleansing. However, ingredients were a bit harsh and rated at a 2.0 or below. And while LUX’s Botanical Shampoo earned a 4.0 for hair texture, the original formula got only a 1.0. Everything else was more or less average.

How We Tested Our Products

We were looking for a good balance between cleansing power and mildness. We wanted shampoo that lathered well but left hair moisturized and smooth.

This is how we tested for those factors.

Test ①: Application

Application

This is a bit subjective, but we graded each product based on how good it felt to use.

We handed the shampoos over to a group of editors. This was after we had transferred all the products into plain containers, so our testers wouldn’t be mislead by clever packaging and branding.

Application

The editors graded each bottle on its scent, how easy it was to lather up and rinse out, and how easy it was to run your fingers through hair after application.

To make it a bit more objective, we didn’t ask editors to simply tell us whether they liked the scent or not. Instead, they were looking for authenticity–whether the shampoo really smelled like whatever it claimed to smell like.

Application

Out of the seven products that earned a score of 4.0 or higher, six were non-silicone shampoos that featured natural moisturizing ingredients.

Test ②: Mildness

Mildness

To check for harshness/mildness, we used something called the “protein denaturation test.” Denaturation, by the way, refers to the altering or destruction of protein structure through the introduction of an external stressor.

Mildness

We diluted the shampoo and added fixed amounts of each into separate cups of egg whites. We then mixed the liquids together gently, as to not cause any frothing. We left the solutions to sit for a set period of time. When we came back, we set each of the cups on a black sheet of paper.

Mildness

The more caustic the shampoo was, the more it caused the egg whites to cloud over. So, if you look at the picture above–the solution on the left side of the picture was extremely cloudy; therefore, the shampoo used was caustic and earned only a score of 1.0. On the other hand, the solution on the the right side was clear; therefore, the shampoo was mild and earned a score of 5.0

We also took a look at the ingredients list. For each additional ingredient (which wasn’t a surfactant) that could be considered unnecessarily harsh (like dyes), we subtracted half a point from the final “mildness” score.

Test ③: Lather

Test ③: Lather

Most shampoos don’t work well unless you can get them to foam up. So, we poured diluted shampoo into large plastic cups, ensuring we had the same proportion of shampoo and water across the board.

Lather

We then set a hand mixer to a fixed speed and beat the solutions for a certain (short) amount of time. We measured the amount of foam we were left with; taller foam meant a higher score.

Test ④: Hair Texture

Hair Texture

This refers to how the shampoo leaves your hair feeling after you’re done cleansing, rinsing, and drying off.

Hair Texture

We prepared 26 batches of long hair. We washed each with one of the shampoos and then blow-dried it, ten times.

The act of rubbing the shampoo in itself can be a form of stress; to account for that, we used a comb. That not only ensured we applied shampoo in the exact same way to each sample of hair, but also that product was distributed evenly throughout a single batch.

We also made sure to dry each sample at a set temperature (warm wind), with fixed speed settings.

Hair Texture

After the washing and drying, we ran each batch of hair through with a comb, ten times. Each time we ran the comb through, we used a machine to measure how much force it took; we then calculated the average and graded each product on a scale from 1.0 – 5.0–a higher score meant slicker hair and a better product.

Test ⑤: Cleansing Power

Cleansing Power

First, we diluted all the shampoos, making sure to keep the shampoo to water ratio consistent.

Cleansing Power

We then prepared artificial sebum by mixing together stearic acid and oleic acid (the main components of human sebum). We applied the mixture onto glass slides.

Cleansing Power

We then gently submerged each glass plate into the diluted samples of shampoo. The more sebum a shampoo could wash off, the higher the score it earned.

Tips on How to Choose Japanese Commercial Shampoo – Buying Guide

Here are four big things to look out for.

① How Much Cleansing Power Do You Actually Need?

You don’t have to read the entire ingredients list if you don’t want to. However, at least scan the first three rows–as these items will be present in the highest concentration.

Just keep in mind that products in Japan classified as “quasi-drugs”※1 don’t have to list all the ingredients that went into them, so they’re much harder to judge.

※1 医薬部外品: quasi-drugs (similar to OTC drugs in America)

The Most Powerful Surfactants: For a Quick, Thorough Cleanse, Consider Sulfates

The Most Powerful Surfactants: For a Quick, Thorough Cleanse, Consider Sulfates

Most commercial shampoo feature sulfates. They’re cheap, but they lather well and clean deep.

The thing about sulfates, though, is they can penetrate into the scalp and be so harsh, they end up doing more harm than good. They’re derived from alcohol as well, so you’d do well to avoid sulfates if you’re allergic or have sensitive skin.

You can use sulfates on sweaty days or when your hair really needs a good cleansing, but we recommend something more gentle for everyday use.

Look for These Ingredients

  • ラウレス硫酸Na: Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • ラウリル硫酸Na: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

The Gentler Cleansers: If You Have Dry or Sensitive Skin, Consider Amino Acids

The Gentle Cleansers: If You Have Dry or Sensitive Skin, Consider Amino Acids

If you have a dry scalp or sensitive skin, we recommend using amino acid shampoos. They’re far milder than most other surfactants though as a trade-off they don’t lather as well or clean as deep. And it’s important that you keep your scalp clean because build-up can lead to clogged pores, which in turn can contribute to acne or hair loss.

So when you cleanse with amino acid shampoos, take time to work up a good lather (or consider investing in a foaming net or sponge). Then massage thoroughly into your scalp and hair and take 4-5 minutes to rinse out.

Amino acid shampoos will feature ingredients that contain “cocoyl” or “lauroyl.”※2

Look for These Ingredients

-Don’t Lather Easily but are Especially Gentle-

  • ココイルグルタミン酸Na: Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • ココイルグルタミン酸TEA: TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate
  • ラウロイルグルタミン酸Na: Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate 

-Lather Relatively Easily-

  • ラウロイルアラニンNa: Sodium Lauroyl Alanine
  • ココイルメチルアラニンNa: Sodium Cocoyl Methyl Beta-Alanine
  • ココイルアラニンTEA: TEA-Cocoyl Alaninate 
  • ラウロイルサルコシンNa: Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
  • ココイルサルコシンNa: Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate

※2 「ココイル」「ラウロイル」: “cocoyl” and “lauroyl,” respectively

The Mildest of Them All: For Plush, Creamy, Gentle Foam, Try Betains

The Mildest of Them All: For Plush, Creamy, Gentle Foam, Try Betains

If you want the mildest shampoo possible for your scalp and hair, consider “betains.” They’re so gentle, they’re often used in infant shampoos; yet they lather into a dense, creamy foam.

However, betain shampoos are even weaker than amino acid shampoos. Make sure you rinse out your hair with warm water before applying–and if your hair doesn’t feel clean after the first round, then lather, rinse, and repeat.

Look for These Ingredients

  • ラウラミドプロピルベタイン: Lauramidopropyl Betaine
  • ココアン酢酸Na: Sodium Cocoan Acetate
  • コカミドプロピルベタイン: Cocamidopropyl Betaine

② The Pros and Cons of Silicone

Silicone shampoos aren’t always bad–here’s when they can and can’t help.

If You Need to Smooth Down Your Hair, Consider Taking Advantage of Silicone Shampoos

If You Need to Smooth Down Your Hair, Consider Taking Advantage of Silicone Shampoo

If you have damaged or frizzy hair, then consider getting a shampoo that contains silicone. Silicone coats each separate strand of hair, smoothing them over. The problem is when there’s too much residue left around your roots or on your scalp, but you can remedy this with a thorough rinse.

The ingredients listed below and anything that contains the roots “silica,” “silyl” “silane,” and “silox”※3 are silicones.

Look for These Ingredients

  • ジメチコン:Dimethicone
  • ジメチコノール: Dimethiconol

※3「シリカ」「シリル」「シラン」「シロキ」:  “silica,” “silyl” “silane,” and “silox,” respectively

If You Suffer from Heavy, Weighed Down Hair, Switch over to a Silicone-Free Formula

If You Suffer from Heavy, Weighed Down Hair, Switch over to a Silicone-Free Formula

On the other hand, if your hair feels weighed down and greasy or even if it’s just thin, then you may benefit from a non-silicone shampoo. Switching over from a silicone shampoo should give your hair a lift from the roots.

And you don’t need to give up silky texture either. Many silicone-free formulas will contain natural moisturizing ingredients like honey and sunflower seed oil, which will hydrate and smooth over your locks without plastering them against your head.

③ You Can Live without the Dyes

You Can Live without the Dyes

When scanning the ingredients list, you may sometimes notice that there’s colors※4, followed by numbers. These are tar-based dyes; they contain plenty of impurities and, if left to accumulate on your scalp, can cause damage.

In any case, you’re supposed to rinse off shampoos as soon as you finish cleansing, so dyes are completely unnecessary. If possible, try to avoid products that contain them.

We will, however, wave a green flag at shampoos that contain caramel. Yes, this is the same caramel made from heating sugar, and it’s a safe and natural ingredient.

※4 「赤」「青」「黄」「紫」「緑」「橙」: red, blue, yellow, purple, green, and orange, respectively

④ Don’t Discount Scent

Don't Discount Scent

As superficial as it may seem to use your nose to choose, lovely smells lingering in your hair can do wonders for mood. If you don’t like the artificial, saccharine perfume of artificial fragrances, you can always try formulas scented with natural essential oils. They aren’t as head-splitting.

If you’re one for sweet scents, try floral (rose is especially popular) and honey shampoos. If you like lighter, more netural scents, try herb, mint, and citrus shampoos.

Want to Learn How to Properly Wash Your Hair?

Want to Learn How to Properly Wash Your Hair?

The act of scrubbing can wear your hair and scalp down over time. But how is one supposed to get a thorough cleanse without scrubbing?

We interviewed a hair specialist and learned a few shampooing tips and tricks. We then compiled his advice into a how-to. Learn more below.

Summary

We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 26 most popular Japanese commercial shampoos, and tested them all.

There are almost as many types of shampoo on the market as there are hair types in the world. Think about your own–do you need extra cleansing power? Or something that won’t strip your hair? Do you like the feel of plush foam? Or something that will rinse out quickly?

The list of considerations go on and on, but it’s worth taking time to think. After all, you use shampoo regularly, so why not find the ideal product that will not only nourish your hair but lift your mood?

Original by Mai Okutomi; Translation by Jasmine Li

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