Natural hair care can be one of the trickiest switches to make when moving toward non-toxic, natural beauty products. Finding a natural, non-toxic shampoo and conditioner that works for you can be a tedious process, because there are so many to try, and companies are starting to greenwash their products which misleads people to think a product is non-toxic when it is not. Looking for a natural shampoo and conditioner is hard, because everyone has different natural hair care needs, including volumizing, cleansing, moisturizing, great scents, sustainable hair care, or salon quality without a compromise on ingredients.
Hair is all so different, and many of us have scalps that can be pretty picky about what makes them happy. I have been using natural shampoos for almost 4 years now, and my hair is very healthy. I have tried many, many shampoos, “no-poo”, apple cider vinegar and baking soda, coconut milk and aloe vera, castile soap, and much more! For me, sticking to an actual shampoo and conditioner has been the best for my hair, so I’ve made a list of some of the products that have worked well for me!
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Phillip Adam is a family run company led by a professional hair stylist with 50 + years in the industry. Their star product, and the product that I’ve tried, is the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner combo. Apple cider vinegar, the newest darling of the natural hair care world, is the high performing ingredient in these products. I found the combo to be excellent for salon quality results!
My hair was soft, healthy, and wonderfully clean. If you’re looking for a shampoo and conditioner most similar to something you’d receive in a salon without all the harmful ingredients, the ACV Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for you! Phillip Adam shampoo and conditioner work for both natural and color treated hair.
Phillip Adam products are gluten, SLS, paraben, phthalate, GMO, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrance, phenoxyethanol, sulfates, and cruelty free. I’ve had in depth discussions with those at Phillip Adam about their ingredient list, and I was impressed with their attention to quality sourcing, proper use of ingredients in safe amounts, and willingness to be honest and open about their products and ingredient list. I enjoyed these products quite a bit and I was disappointed when the bottles were empty! You can find the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner HERE.
Although I was gifted a sample of the shampoo and conditioner in exchange for a review, these views and thoughts are 100% my own!
Simple and Sweet: Shea Moisture
Shea Moisture is a well loved company known for their simple ingredient lists and commitment to natural. I’ve enjoyed using the Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and the Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. Shea moisture shampoo and conditioner have some of simplest ingredient lists I’ve ever seen so there are no questions about the non-toxic quality of the products. I like them quite a bit for day to day use, but if you’re transitioning to natural shampoos these products might be a big change for your hair.
However, they are an excellent choice if you’re looking for clean, simple, natural shampoo and conditioner.
Looking for shampoo and conditioner for that special guy in your life that is both natural, non-toxic, and man approved? Look no further than the hair care products of Whiskey, Ink, and Lace. I purchased the Viking hair set for my husband, and it quickly became a treat for him to wash his hair with these awesome products.
All the products have very manly names (like Viking, Lumberjack, and Pirate) and very manly descriptions such as this one: oakmoss, blended with pine and leather, and a hint of citrus. Sounds great right? These products are person as a gift for that special guy, and he will smell so good! But, the best part is the shampoo and conditioner are made without triclosan, sulfates, formaldehyde, salicylates, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, perfumes, dyes or caustics.
The Most Eco-Friendly: Shampoo Bars and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
If you’re looking for extremely simple, non-toxic, and waste free shampoo and conditioner options, a shampoo bar might be the best choice for you! There are many options of natural shampoo bars that are specially formulated to be moisturizing for hair care use. I always followed my shampoo bars with an apple cider vinegar rinse, diluted down to about one third apple cider vinegar to two thirds water with rosemary and lavender essential oils.
This is a great option for simplicity and sustainability, but tread carefully. I found the shampoo bars were still too harsh for my scalp, and after about a month I ended up with an itchy scalp. However, everyone is different, so if this is something you’d be interesting in trying it’s worth a shot! Here’s the brand of shampoo bar I used:
Just Good Ol’ Shampoo and Conditioner: Avalon Organics
Avalon Organics shampoo and conditioner is a great combo if you’re looking for a standard shampoo and conditioner that does a good job and uses clean ingredients. They are EWG verified, and paraben, synthetic fragrance, sulfate, phenoxyethanol, phthalate and GMO free.
I prefer the Nourishing Lavender series, but they also carry tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, and lemon depending on your particular hair needs.
There are many, many more shampoos and conditioners out there to try, but I hope this list helps narrow down your search for a natural, non-toxic hair care option that focuses on your particular hair needs and goals!
Lather, Rinse, Repeat.