We often worry about the skincare and cleansers we use on our face and body, checking ingredients and testing them extensively. Unfortunately, we tend to forget to look into some of the things that we use on a daily basis, like shampoos!
Most shampoos that aren’t organic tend to use ingredients that can potentially irritate the scalp, cause some form of hair loss or contain carcinogens. The key culprit? The ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, along with other ingredients like Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol and Olefin Sulfonate, can dry out and damage the hair and skin, causing early hair loss and scalp damage for some people.
Fret not, because I’ve found some sulfate and paraben-free alternatives for you!
1. Avalon Organics Shampoo
The shampoos from Avalon Organics use ingredients like lavender oils, sage, rosemary, quinoa protein and Vitamin E to build strong roots and hair.
They have an entire range of shampoos for different hair and scalp types, so if you’re encountering brittle hair or facing scalp irritations, there’s a separate shampoo for each one of these issues.
2. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthening Shampoo
Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo is all about making hair thicker and stronger. It is sulfate-free, and works to restore brittle over treated, coloured or heat-styled hair to its natural lustre.
3. Yves Rocher Nutri-Repair Treatment Shampoo
This shampoo boasts 96% natural ingredients, and is paraben, silicone and colourant free. It is also sulfate-free, and is formulated to help people with dry or curly hair. The company says that regular usage of this shampoo will make your hair softer and more supple.
4. A’kin Rice Aminos & Wheat Protein Shampoo
Boasting Rice Amino Acids, Wheat Proteins and six botanical cleansers, A’kin’s Shampoo aims to deliver intense hydration to dry hair. This shampoo is meant to restore dry, damaged hair and is completely free from parabens, sulphates, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils and artificial colours.
5. Christophe Robin Clarifying Shampoo with Camomile and Cornflower Progressive Lightening Treatment
If you’ve got highlights in your hair and want to keep them vibrant, then this should be your organic shampoo of choice. The chamomile and sunflower in this shampoo work together to brighten hair, boost highlights and lighten hair in a progressive manner.
6. Hans De Fuko Natural Shampoo
Hans De Fuko promises no parabens and no sulphates. While it is one of the very few brands that are marketed to men, the ingredients are no slouch and can be used by women to good effect as well.
The Hans De Fuko Natural Shampoo is made up of 16 natural ingredients and over 10 amino acids which aim to revitalise scalps and keep hair strong and healthy. The packaging is compact and hardy, so it’s perfect if you’re travelling,
7. Onira Organics The Natural Shampoo
Onira Organics is a premium organic brand that has been popular with the organic-obsessed crowd for a while now. Their Natural Shampoo has a signature Tahitian Ginger Extract that is combined with Wheat Proteins and Calendula Flower Extract to help strengthen hair strands. It also has Pracaxi Oil, which helps smooth out hair and reduce tangling.
Onira Organics The Natural Shampoo is available at Net-a-porter (shipping fees apply).
8. Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo Compact For Dark Hair
This is something less mainstream for sure: a luxurious organic-based dry shampoo for women with dark hair. All you need to do is grab the bottle, spray it into your hair and start massaging it into your scalp.
This dry shampoo will immediately start to refresh your hair and volumise it as you go about your daily business. Its organic ingredients will work to balance out oil production and keep your scalp fresh through the day.
Tabitha James Kraan Dry Shampoo Compact For Dark Hair is available at LoveLula (shipping fees apply).
9. Dr. Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo
This shampoo uses bioactive Aloe Vera as a key ingredient. This means that it is high in polysaccharides, which help to nourish the scalp and hair roots. Combined with other bioactive natural ingredients in the shampoo, the mixture coats and penetrates hair fibres easily and help to strengthen hair to leave it smoother and less prone to breakage.
Dr. Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo is available at Holland and Barrett (shipping fees apply).
10. Coconut Revolution Original Coconut Shampoo
This shampoo focuses on the use of cold-pressed, first-pressed coconut oil, famed for its hydrating properties. As you use this shampoo, it cleans and hydrates hair at one go. This shampoo’s natural ingredients makes it suitable for all hair types and daily use.
Coconut Revolution Original Coconut Shampoo is available at Glovida.
11. John Masters Organics shampoos
Plenty of people know the John Masters brand, but not many are aware that they also have an organic shampoo line that’s fully based on natural ingredients. The shampoos are fortified with soy, rice & oat proteins to ensure hair stays strong and shiny. The best part is that they’re Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free!
John Masters Organics shampoos are available at Lazada.
12. Original & Mineral Maintain The Mane Shampoo
Original & Mineral Shampoos comes in very cool, sleek packaging that screams, “Buy me!” – and buy them you should!
After all, their range of shampoos don’t contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and are chockful of awesome natural ingredients like Banksia flower, which are rich in antioxidants and amino acids. Their shampoos even incorporate UV-inhibitors to protect your coloured hair from sun damage!