Gentle is in the eye of the beholder, so when looking for the best gentle shampoos, first you have to start with your hair and skin type, and then determine the desired benefits you're hoping to get from your shampoo, suggests Procter & Gamble principal scientist Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, who spoke to Elite Dailyfor this article. For example, Dr. Wilkerson says, “Someone who has fragile or dry hair may want a shampoo that provides moisturization and nourishment. Gentle for them would not be a clarifying shampoo, as they are looking for products to help nourish versus deep cleanse. For someone with color-treated hair, products that promise to protect their color are their priority." That said, for people who are looking to rid their scalp of product buildup and give their hair a deep clean, mild clarifying shampoos do exist — as do gentle color-protecting shampoos. Finally, Dr. Wilkerson adds that those with sensitive skin may want to choose fragrance-free products, as fragrance is a common known allergen.
Below, you'll find seven of the best mild shampoos for every hair concern — whether you're dealing with dandruff, scalp sensitivities, product buildup, or something else entirely.
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