Micellar Shampoo: The Best Shampoo For Sensitive Scalp

Do you love micellar water to cleanse your skin? You’ll be happy to know that micellar shampoo exists to cleanse your hair as well. Micellar shampoos use micelles to wash your hair without stripping it of natural oils. It’s the ideal type of shampoo for sensitive hair and scalp, or for daily washing.

How Do Micellar Shampoos Work?

Micelles are molecules with two parts: an internal one that is attracted to grease, and an external one that has afinity for water. This difference in polarity is what makes them so effective as a cleanser for skin or hair.

The oil loving end attracts and encapsulates excess oil and oil-based products such as makeup. When used for skincare and applied using cotton pads, the water loving side follows the water base of the cleanser. When used as a micellar shampoo, micelles rinse away, dragging oil and dirt with them.

It’s like a magnet that attracts dirt and oil from your hair without stripping it off nutrients. If you bleach your hair or have a sensitive scalp, micellar shampoo is the most gentle way of washing your hair and prevent damage.

Bestselling Micellar Shampoos

Bestseller No. 1
Pantene Pro-V Blends Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner Bundle Pack, Cleansing Water and Moisturizing Milk, 10.1 FL OZ
  • Contains one 10.1 fluid ounce shampoo and one 10.1 fluid ounce conditioner
  • Pantene Pro-V Blends Micellar Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Water deeply purifies hair without stripping essential...
  • Pantene Pro-V Blends Micellar Conditioner Gentle Moisturizing Milk infuses hair with proteins & vitamins
Sale $1.67Bestseller No. 2
Herbal Essences Bio: Refresh Blue Ginger & micellar water Shampoo, 13.5 fl oz
  • Blue Ginger Shampoo refreshes hair to reveal its natural radiance
  • Crafted with bio:renew's blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp, Herbal Essences brings your hair...
  • Color-safe, pH-balanced with 0% parabens, gluten and colorants
Bestseller No. 3
Pantene Shampoo Micellar Gentle 10.1 Ounce Pump (300ml)
  • 1 Piece - 10.1 Ounce (300ml)
  • Gentle Enough For Everyday Use,
  • Gentle Cleansing Water,
Sale $3.21Bestseller No. 4
Redken Clean Maniac Micellar Clean Touch Shampoo, 10.1 Ounce
  • Gentle micellar shampoo excellent for all hair types
  • Easily remove dirt, unwanted oils, and product buildup from the hair
  • Sulfate free, color safe formula gentle enough for daily use
Bestseller No. 5

Why Is Micellar Shampoo The Best Shampoo For Sensitive Scalp?

The gentle cleaning action of micellar shampoo is less damaging to the scalp than conventional shampoos. Micellar shampoos are SLS free, cleaning hair without leaving a buildup of products that could irritate your scalp.

If you have a sensitive scalp, another thing to avoid is sodium chloride in shampoo. Yes, table salt in shampoo is a thing. Sodium chloride is used in shampoo as a thickener, particularly when used in combination with sodium lauryl sulfate. It is also drying and irritating to your scalp. Micellar shampoo that doesn’t include this ingredient is the perfect shampoo for sensitive scalp.

Micellar shampoo also works great as a very gentle clarifying shampoo. It cleanses the hair leaving it light and buildup free, without irritating sensitive scalps. They are very respectful with the scalp and hair, still offer an effective way to cleanse sensitive scalps and damaged hair.

If you have sensitive scalp, a micellar shampoo with as few ingredients as possible is less likely to trigger allergies or irritate. Keep in mind that most micellar shampoos have no conditioning ingredients or other treatment actives. So if your sensitive scalp has lead to dandruff, you may want to use a separate seborrhoea shampoo to treat it.

Does Micellar Shampoo Replace a Clarifying Shampoo?

If your hair is very dirty, oily or you use a lot of styling products, then micellar water shampoo may not be enough. Unlike a clarifying shampoo, micellar shampoos are more gentle and don’t dry the hair, but they are not as strong.

Some hair treatments and direct dye (rainbow hair) ask you to use a clarifying shampoo beforehand. If your hair is not very oily or you don’t have a build up of silicones a micellar shampoo may do the trick. But I’d be on the safer side and keep a bottle of clarifying shampoo handy to ensure the hair is squeaky clean.

Can You Use Micellar Shampoo Daily?

Technically you shouldn’t wash your hair more often than every couple of days. However, that is a luxury that you may not have. If you exercise or have a physically demanding work, or live in a very hot and humid climate, dry shampoo may not cut it. Or you may just love the feel of clean, freshly washed hair.

If you wash your hair daily, using micellar water shampoo can help preserve the health of your hair and scalp. It is less irritating than regular shampoo, and it doesn’t fade hair color like other shampoos do. Always look for a shampoo that is free from sulphates and parabens so it’s as gentle on your hair as possible. If you have a sensitive scalp, look for a micellar shampoo with hydrating actives to prevent it from drying out.

If you want to try micellar shampoo for yourself, we suggest also getting a conditioner that treats any specific hair concerns. This way you’ll be able to treat your hair after it has been throughly washed.

Here are our top micellar shampoos to try.

Best Luxury Micellar Shampoo

Kerastase Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire and Soin Fondamental Conditioner Duo
  • Silicone free, paraben free, sulfate-free
  • Lightweight consistency, Enhances softness and radiance

Gentle formula with a luxurious lather. This premium micellar shampoo from Kerastase delivers hair that is deeply cleansed yet not stripped. It’s sulphate and silicone free and suitable for colored hair, and has a lovely aromatic fragrance. You only need a quarter sized amount so the bottle lasts forever. It is designed to work wiht the matching conditioner, so for best results you may want to buy both. But it can also be used on its own.

Best Micellar Shampoo for Frequent Use

DOMUS OLEA - UNDICI - Micellar Shampoo for Fequent Use - For beautifully clean hair day-in and day-out - Suitable for all hair types & sensitive scalp - Alleviates itchiness & strengthens - 200 ml
  • Yumi Bio Shop Exclusive Product - A free Sample of one of our products with every shipment by Yumi Bio
  • For beautifully clean hair day-in and day-out. Suitable for all hair types & sensitive scalp - Alleviates...
  • A particularly mild shampoo created on the basis of micellar technology contains a low amount of delicate...

This micellar shampoo is suitable for sensitive scalp and can help with itchiness, due to its hydrating properties. The pH value is 4.8 which makes it very mild on your hair and scalp. It contains a very low amount of very delicate surfactants, and this protects the skin’s protective barrier. It is very mild, so not the best clarifying shampoo out there, but perfect for daily use or protecting sensitive scalps.

Best Drugstore Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner

Pantene Pro-V Blends Micellar Shampoo and Conditioner Bundle Pack, Cleansing Water and Moisturizing Milk, 10.1 FL OZ
  • Contains one 10.1 fluid ounce shampoo and one 10.1 fluid ounce conditioner
  • Pantene Pro-V Blends Micellar Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Water deeply purifies hair without stripping essential...
  • Pantene Pro-V Blends Micellar Conditioner Gentle Moisturizing Milk infuses hair with proteins & vitamins

This gentle micellar shampoo is free from parabens, dyes and silicones and suitable for all hair types. It also has a rich blend of nutrients, antioxidants and pro-vitamin B5 like other products in the Pantene Pro-V range. It is very gentle, so if you have fragile hair or are looking for a shampoo for sensitive scalp, this one is for you.

Best Color Safe Micellar Shampoo

Sale $3.21
Redken Clean Maniac Micellar Clean Touch Shampoo, 10.1 Ounce
  • Gentle micellar shampoo excellent for all hair types
  • Easily remove dirt, unwanted oils, and product buildup from the hair
  • Sulfate free, color safe formula gentle enough for daily use

Cleansing sulfate free, color safe micellar formula that is gentle enough for daily use. It strips away oil, dirt and impurities without damaging hair. And thanks to its odor neutralising technology it keeps hair smelling fresh and clean. It’s perfect for fine hair that lacks volume, and safe for use if you have rainbow hair.

Best Micellar Shampoo For Curly Hair

Sale $8.01
DevaCurl Buildup Buster 8oz
  • Micellar Water Cleansing Serum
  • 100% sulfate, paraben and silicone free
  • Great for all curl types

Looking for a micellar shampoo for curly hair? Look no further. The Devacurl buildup buster is 100% sulfate, paraben and silicone free. It is a cleansing serum, so not strictly a shampoo and it doesn’t lather. Those used to no-poo shampoos will know the feeling. It is designed to be applied to the scalp in sections, and massaged from the scalp to the ends of the hair. It contains Abyssinian seed oil and jojoba to hydrate, but it is still a cleansing product so should be only used once a week.

Best Clarifying Micellar Shampoo

Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Blue Ginger & Micellar Water Shampoo And Conditioner Set
  • Color safe shampoo and conditioner
  • o% paraben, gluten, colorants, ph balanced
  • Antioxidants + aloe + sea kelp

This new addition to the Herbal Essences bio:renew line is pumped full of antioxidants. The micellar based formulation gently cleanses hair while the antioxidants keep on working after you rinse it. It also has aloe vera and seaweed to give fine, thin hair more volume without weighting it down. It has a fresh ginger blossom, floral bouquets and clean musk fragrance that feels refreshing but doesn’t linger. This is one of the most clarifying micellar shampoos you’ll find, so perfect if your hair is on the oily side of things.

Paraben, silicone and colorants free. It also is gluten free, but I am unsure how that would affect shampoo. If somebody wants to shed some light on the topic please drop a comment, I am very curious!

Have you ever tried a micellar shampoo for sensitive scalp? Do you love or hate it? Let us know in the comments!

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