Did you know that more than 60 percent of ingredients in your shampoo is absorbed into your skin? It’s true, and these chemicals interacting with your body can cause increased health risks. However, formulators have found innovative ways to use natural minerals, herbal extracts, and essential oils in place of harmful petroleum-based polymers, silicones, and synthetic chemicals that strip hair of its natural oils, and leave our locks increasingly dry and damaged over time. In particular, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is one ingredient to look out for; this is the harsh foaming agent that often leads to scalp irritation and dehydration and can be found in many mainstream shampoo and conditioners.
As a result, today there are hundreds of organic shampoos to choose from, many of which perform just as well, or even better than their toxin-laden counterparts. The best organic shampoos are ones that clean without stripping natural oils and leave behind benefits such as volume, hydration, and shine. And not only is organic shampoo better for your hair and scalp, it’s also better for the environment.
Take a look below the best natural shampoos you can use to have a healthy and beautiful locks.
Ideal for fine hair, the Klorane Shampoo with Flax Fiber (US $20; AED/SAR 73) cleanses tresses without weighing hair down. Organically farmed in the Southwest of France, the flax fiber species has been selected for its soluble fibers, which provide hair with a genuine and natural volumizing effect.
Those with textured hair should avoid shampoo with sulfates of any kind, as they serve to dry hair out even further. The Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co–Wash (US $20; AED/SAR 73) is without sulfates, parabens, and silicones. The cream-based cleanser does not lather—its hydrating cleansing agents effectively remove dirt and oil while deeply moisturizing. Comprised of 91 percent naturally derived ingredients, it effectively cleanses, conditions, nourishes, and detangles hair.
Revive your scalp with oat extract, peppermint, and tea tree essential oils—the perfect combination for those with a normal-to-oily scalp and dry–to-normal hair. Earth’s Nectar Mint Leaves & Tea Tree Shampoo (US $21; AED/SAR 79) features anti-microbial properties to gently cleanse without over-drying and a fresh mint aroma to calm the senses. A soothing blend of jojoba oil, aloe, and panthenol vitamin B leaves hair clean, smooth, and nourished.
Hair lacking luster and shine? The Reverie Nude Shampoo (US $38; AED/SAR 139) is a gentle, luxurious cleanser enriched with minimalist and healthy ingredients to hydrate and smooth for beautiful, shiny strands. Safe for color-treated hair and daily use, the formula restores vibrancy and softness using the finest organic ingredients including pink grapefruit, neroli, lemon myrtle, and patchouli.
Thick hair can be a blessing and a curse. The upside is that you never have to worry about volume but at-home blowouts are next to impossible. The Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo (US $22; AED/SAR 80) combines strengthening organic bamboo extract and smoothing organic kendi oil to achieve the ideal level of moisture needed to lay the foundation for healthier, frizz-free hair.
The Marula Intensive Repair Shampoo (US $28; AED/SAR 102) is a mild foaming shampoo infused with marula oil to rebuild and revive dry, damaged hair weakened by chemical processes, heat styling, and environmental exposure by gently restoring moisture. The high oleic acid found in marula oil allows it to penetrate deeper into the hair shaft, delivering antioxidants, omega fatty acids, and other nutrients.
Keep color bright, vibrant, and protected with the Phyto Phytocitrus Color Protect Radiance Shampoo (US $24; AED/SAR 88). The sulfate, paraben, and phthalate-free formula seals the cuticle for ultimate shine, while natural extracts lock in color intensity and remove dulling residues.
In a rush? The Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo (US $32; AED/SAR 117) adds volume and cleans and styles hair—all without water. The gluten-free, vegan formula is made with organic ingredients and state-of-the-art natural dry shampoo technology. It is aerosol-free and is packaged in a recyclable, eco-squeeze dispenser. Age-old, plant-based, and mineral ingredients work together to absorb oil, sweat, and dirt that accumulate throughout the day, leaving hair voluminous and refreshed, and with a light, clean scent.