Charcoal Shampoo: The Under-the-Radar Secret for Clean, Bouncy Hair

Updated 01/05/18

We already use charcoal to purify our skin, whiten our teeth, and abolish our hangovers, so what's stopping us from using it as a strategic clarifying treatment for our finicky scalps or day-five greasy strands? The answer: nothing. Since activated charcoal is able to soak up 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, it's a helpful tool to eradicate dirt, flakes, and oil from our scalp and hair. Thus, we decided to round up 10 of the best charcoal shampoos promising shine, bounce, and, yes, freshly cleansed strands.

Keep reading for our selection of the best charcoal shampoos, hands down.

Sort of Coal Shiro Activated Charcoal Shampoo $27

Handmade in Denmark (fancy, right?), Sort of Coal's activated charcoal shampoo is packed with char essence and oak vinegar to cleanse fine to normal hair types. 

Voodoo Black Bamboo Charcoal Shampoo Bar $14

Voodoo's charcoal shampoo bar imbues strands with bounce, shine, and superior health, in addition to enhancing the color of your tresses. If you're blonde, it'll help tone down brassiness, and if you have a darker shade, it'll look even richer. Ingredients include mystical fare like Tasmanian seaweed extract, bamboo charcoal, coconut, castor, and olive oils, plus a delightful dose of leatherwood beeswax and honey.

Franck Provost Deep Clean & Vitality Pure D-Tox Shampoo $10

Featuring vegetal black charcoal as one of the main ingredients, Franck Provost's detoxifying shampoo purifies the entire length of the hair fiber for weightless volume and super-healthy shine. 

Sexy Hair Style Sexy Hair Detox Shampoo $17

Infused with activated black charcoal (but pleasingly free of sulfates), Sexy Hair's detoxifying shampoo eliminates scalp woes (like impurities, flakes, and product residues) while simultaneously conditioning strands for healthier hair in the long run.

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo $9

Fortified with the clarifying likes of vinegar, charcoal, willow bark, rosemary, tea tree, and salicylic acid, Shea Moisture's deep-cleansing shampoo also keeps moisture levels renewed and balanced thanks to a luxe blend of oils and butters. This one is especially great for thick, coarse, and curly hair.

Hask Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo $8

Hask's charcoal shampoo not only comes in at less than $10—admirable—it's also chock-full of detoxifying ingredients that will revive drab, lackluster strands with long-lost body and movement. The company's signature rice starch formula includes a light dose of charcoal powder to banish oil, sweat, and, yep, even odor. 

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Drybar On the Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo $26

On par with the rest of Drybar's heavenly products, the brand's On the Rocks shampoo is filled with activated charcoal and vegetable proteins for stronger, silkier hair, and the sumptuous scent of ginger, mint, and sandalwood also happens to be hair-raisingly addictive.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo $42

Hydrating, soothing, and detoxifying, Briogeo's charcoal and coconut oil shampoo balances an expert blend of binchotan charcoal, panthenol, and coconut oil to fortify hair with moisture while simultaneously nixing product residue and buildup. And thanks to a touch of peppermint, tea tree, and spearmint oils, that cool, clean feeling will actually last.

Apotheke Charcoal Shampoo $24

Accented with lavender, cedarwood, and Spanish marjoram, you've never met a more gorgeously scented antidote for hair health (or a long day at work). Apotheke's shampoo also features a touch of charcoal to help purify tuckered tresses for ultimate detoxification.

Sort of Coal Kuro Charcoal Shampoo $27

Yes, we've come full circle. If you're having a touch of déjà vu, you're on the right track. In addition to its Shiro shampoo a couple of clicks back, Sort of Coal also offers Kuro charcoal shampoo, which is specifically formulated for normal to thick hair and strands with oily texture. Enriched with white charcoal powder and Korean red pine needles, your mane will look lustrous and healthy post-wash. 

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