Best Chemical Free Shampoos
Not only are more women (and men) embracing their natural hair, but they are also ensuring that natural products are the only thing that touch their fabulous locks! Our bodies are not always well-oiled machinery, they’re more like individual ecosystems. Our skin and hair are gently balanced environments and they need to be cared for as such. So why do we avoid chemicals when it comes to what we put in our mouths, but not when it comes to what we put in our hair? If you’re looking to care for your hair without damaging your health in the long run, or if you’re concerned about how your hair products affect the general environment, then a chemical free shampoo is a must-have for your shower.
Here are our five favorite chemical free shampoos, as well as a couple of DIY options for those crafty readers out there!
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Soap Nut Shampoo
Soap nuts, or soap berries, are fruit from an array of trees from the lychee family. The flesh of these fruits are a natural soap, and have been used throughout the ages to clean skin, hair, and just about anything else. Using soap nuts is a great natural, chemical free alternative to synthesized soaps. If you’re wanting to try washing your hair with soap nuts, but you’re not into the idea of rubbing dried fruit into your scalp, try Tree to Tub’s Soapberry for Hair shampoo in peppermint. It’s gentle on the skin; so great for those with dermatitis, eczema, or dandruff, and it’s completely vegan – and eco – friendly.
A chemical free soap is also incredibly beneficial to the environment. Make sure you watch the video to see how this soap berry turns into a natural soap like magic! The video was from their Kickstarter page and they are already completely funded. All that is left to do is try out this inspiring chemical free shampoo for yourself!
Ayurveda is an ancient form of medicine hailing from India. It involves the use of natural plants and spices to beautify and reinvigorate skin and hair. If you’re wanting to make use of this ancient form of medicine, then why not try an Ayurvedic shampoo? If you’re suffering from hair breakage or hair loss, then a chemical free shampoo such as Om Botanical’s Ayurvedic will help to keep your hair flowing and strong. The nutrients and extracts in this shampoo will nourish hair follicles, and give a much-needed jump start to your scalp’s skin cell regeneration, encouraging hair regrowth, and protecting against dandruff and breakage.
Caffeine isn’t just a stimulant on a groggy morning, it’s also a stimulant for hair growth and cell regeneration! That makes caffeine the perfect ingredient for a chemical free shampoo. TruePure’s Caffeine Shampoo pairs caffeine with red clover, a natural anti-inflammatory, and niacin which can encourage blood flow to the scalp and follicles. The end result is a shampoo that reinvigorates the scalp, improves hair elasticity (preventing split ends, and breakages), and is easy on both your skin and the environment. For those of you worried about the acidity of caffeine, the shampoo uses aloe vera as a base, ensuring a non-greasy, but fully moisturizing, gentle finish to your wash.
Argan Oil Shampoo
We’ve talked about the myriad benefits of argan oil for hair before, so it’s no wonder why we recommend an argan oil based formula as a powerful chemical free shampoo. Argan oil is incredibly nourishing, and moisturizing, making it the perfect shampoo for those of you fighting the frizz, or attempting to repair hair damaged by dyes, heat, or excessive styling. Premium’s Argan Oil Shampoo also includes oils from peaches, jojoba, avocados, camelia and almonds – making its formula both a cure, and a preventative, for dry, damaged hair. If you’re not sold on this (admittedly delicious sounding) recipe, Premium is so confident about its product’s benefits that it offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
If you’ve ever taken a script of antibiotics, then a doctor or friend may have recommended you take probiotics to introduce helpful bacteria back into your gut. Similarly, probiotic ingredients help stimulate cell growth at your scalp when used in a shampoo; ensuring strong, glossy hair growth. Ongaro’s Probiotic Shampoo uses probiotic technology, coupled with ingredients such as apple stem cells, and peptides, to promote healthy hair, and an even healthier scalp. Suitable for all hair types, from dry to oily, this chemical free shampoo will clean your hair without stripping it of its color, or natural oils. If you’re wanting to keep your hair clean, without sacrificing sheen or manageability, then this is the shampoo for you!
DIY Natural, Chemical Free Shampoos
If you’re wanting to save your skin, hair and the environment – without reaching for your wallet – why not try making your own natural shampoo at home? After all, shampoos generally comprise of just two key ingredients: an emulsifier (soap), and an oil or other moisturizing gel/cream. DIY shampoos are not only cost-saving, but also a lot of fun! When you have total control of what goes into your shampoo, you can design a recipe that works just for you.
Dry, and frizzy hair? Use coconut oil or argan oil as a base ingredient. (See our favorite oils for hair here!)
Love to smell like roses or lavender? Use your favorite scented, natural essential oil. Want a shampoo so eco-friendly you can use it to bathe in a river or lake? Use soap nuts as a natural, biodegradable emulsifying ingredient. If you need further inspiration, check out these two DIY shampoo recipes which are totally natural, and totally easy to make!
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DIY Homemade Natural Shampoo With African Black Soap
Why Choose a Chemical Free Shampoo?
When you choose chemical free shampoo over their chemical laden counterparts, you’re not only looking after yourself, you’re also looking after the environment and the animals within it. Chemical free shampoos are often not tested on animals and don’t affect critters when they’ve washed away into bodies of water. For those of us with sensitive skin, or damaged hair, chemical free shampoos are far more gentle, and therefore safer to use than shampoos with parabens and other harsh chemicals. When choosing, or making, your chemical free shampoo, read the ingredients and ensure that it’s petrolatum, paraben, and sulfate free.
Do yourself, and the planet, a favor; replace your shampoo with a chemical free alternative. You’ll be rewarded with a healthier, less polluted head of hair, and a less polluted world! Learn more about how to find the perfect shampoo for you!