If you haven’t made the switch to a clean and green hair care regime, this is the time. Trading your old shampoo for a plant-based formula made with natural and organic ingredients is a good place to start; read on to find out why.

The obvious reasons for making the switch to a shampoo made from natural and organic ingredients has to do both with your personal health, and the health of this planet. We all know that conventional beauty products – shampoo being no exception – often contain some truly weird and sometimes even toxic stuff that is definitely not needed for the product to do its actual job, which is to cleanse the hair and scalp. The natural formulas do this, while also adding some lovely nourishment that enhances the hair’s natural properties.

Know this: If you’re switching to a natural shampoo for the first time, it might take a few weeks before the hair has detoxed and regained its natural balance. This is due to the fact that the powerful sulfates (the lathering cleansing agents often referred to as SLS) in conventional shampoo strip the hair of its much-needed natural oils, which can irritate and dry out the skin and hair follicles. So when transitioning, you may experience that the hair feels a bit greasier than usual; but hang in there – it’s all worth it.  

Here follows more great hair hacks: The first is to not wash your hair so often – you’ve probably heard this a million times by now – and people are taking pride in keeping the score almost ridiculously low. However, if you’re down to two times a week, freshening up with some dry shampoo in between, we’d say you’re doing pretty good.

The second it to double douche. As natural shampoos without sulfates doesn’t lather as much, many work best if you wash the hair twice (the lather gets going the second time); and you normally only need a very small amount of product each time. It’s really a small effort to get great results.

The third is to care for the scalp. It seems like everybody is talking about the life-changing effects of scalp scrubs and scalp massages, which are said to stimulate hair growth, improve hair quality, and simply increase general wellbeing (hello, endorphins). Natural beauty mogul Maria Åkerberg confirmed this in an interview with Make it last, saying: “The key to healthy and beautiful hair is to take well care of your scalp. It is important to exfoliate the scalp and use a nutritional spray that provides moisture and nutrients.” Or at least a good shampoo and conditioner.   

‘Cause yes, a shampoo is only one half of a duo, and the products below (except for the bar, perhaps) come with a matching do-good conditioner. There are usually also different formulas available depending on your hair type and needs, so browse around and read up to find your perfect fit.

And, a final reminder (as if you didn’t already know): Turn off the water when lathering up. That’s an order.


Shop the Natural Shampoos

1. Classic Shampoo, Rahua.
Rahua’s Classic Shampoo is formulated with sustainably sourced ingredients, like their trademark omega-9 rich Rahua oil, and naturally scented with Palo Santo oil. It’s a concentrated, rich and restorative shampoo said to keep scalp in balance.

2. Shampoo For Normal Hair With Lavender & Rosemary, John Masters Organics.
A natural, sulfate-free shampoo made with 70% or more organic content. The formula offers a rich, creamy lather thanks to the naturally derived surfactants, and is infused with French lavender, which soothes and hydrates, and rosemary oil that purifies and adds shine.

3. Harmonic Coco Shampoo, Bruns.
A mild, handmade shampoo with natural ingredients that smells of cardamom and coconut. The organic guar flour gives the hair volume, and organic jojoba oil protects the scalp. Great for normal or fine hair. Always apply and rinse two times.   

4. Superfood Shine Shampoo, Evolve/Content Beauty.
An award-winning shampoo made from sugar and coconut, which gently cleanses the scalp without stipping it of its natural oils. The vegan-friendly formula has 98.5% natural and 70% organic ingredients, and is handcrafted in small batches in Hertfordshire, England. The bottle is recycled and recyclable.

5. Lavender Coconut Milk Shampoo Bar, Meow Meow Tweet/Goop.
This moisturizing shampoo bar gently cleanses the hair and scalp. It’s made with hemp seed oil and coconut milk, which is said to leave the hair soft and silky. And, you can use it as a super-hydrating body soap too. Also: No plastic!

6. Shampoo, Reverie/Naturligt Snygg.
A mild shampoo made by hand in California from active botanical ingredients and a mix of 12 essential oils. Contains no sulfates, silicones or parabens. The biodegradable formula is said to moisturize, nourish and repair scalp and hair, and enhance its shine. Fits all hair types.

7. Nettle Shampoo, Maria Åkerberg.
A mild and nourishing shampoo with nettles and coltsfoot that stimulates hair growth, and guar flour to make the hair easy to comb. The formula gets its mildly cleansing effects from coconut and corn. It doesn’t dry out the hair or scalp, but enhances the hair’s natural luster, softness and volume.

8. Balance Shampoo, Josh Rosebrook.
This shampoo is made with rich natural plant oils and herbal actives that softens, adds shine and treats the scalp, and stimulates follicle circulation. The formula is a combination of aloe vera, gentle natural cleansers and advanced herbal infusions. For all hair types, and normal to oily scalp.

9. Aloe Mint Volume Shampoo, Less is More/Content Beauty.
A sulfate-free volume shampoo made with natural and certified organic ingredients like aloe vera, horsetail extract and forest honey, scented with peppermint, rosemary, palmarosa and atlas cedar. It gives volume to fine to “normal” hair and has a refreshing and clarifying effect on oily scalps.


Also read: Easy Solutions for a Zero-Plastic Bath and Beauty Routine

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