8 Non-Toxic Shampoos that Won’t Destroy Your Hair

Highly chemical-laden hair and body products are pervasive at your local drugstore, grocery or beauty salon. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a stylist who uses natural products.

Most conventional hair care products contain many if not all of these harmful chemicals:

  • sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
  • fragrance (synthetic perfumes)
  • cocamidopropyl betaine
  • triclosan
  • polysorbates
  • polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • phenoxyethanol
  • dimethicone
  • behentrimonium chloride

These ingredients are not only harmful for you but also the environment. Everything gets washed down the drain, enters the public water system and may eventually return to the environment in some form.

Fortunately, the market is changing. People like you are seeking alternatives to these dangerous products, and companies are listening.

8 Non-Toxic Shampoos that Won't Destroy Your Hair

8 Non-Toxic Shampoos

It’s hard to find tons of perfect products, but most companies are getting pretty dang close. Here’s a list of non-toxic shampoos at varying price points.

1. Acure, $6.50 for a 12-ounce bottle

Acure provides various forms of shampoo and conditioner for all hair types at an affordable price. It’s vegan and free of: sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, DEA, formaldehyde, petrolatum and paraffin. The products contain extracts of various fruits and flowers as well as CoQ10 and argan oil.

2. Ethnique, $16 for a 3.88-ounce bar

If you have crazy frizzy hair and most natural shampoos only make it worse, then you’ll love this shampoo bar. It’s made of Samoan coconut oil and coconut butter. And it’s pH balanced. It’s free of plastic and palm oil. It’s also vegan and sustainable. It comes in a compostable outer wrapper made of cornstarch and bamboo.

3. Tree to Tub, $17 for an 8.5-ounce bottle

This dermatologist recommended brand is free from sulfates, SLS, parabens, silicone, DEA/MEA, gluten and artificial fragrance. It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, cruelty-free, vegan, fair trade and sustainable. And it contains botanicals like argan, aloe vera, chamomile and olive leaves. All scents come from essential oils, but unscented is available too.

4. Aubrey Organics, $12 for an 11-ounce bottle

This gentle shampoo is unscented and protein-infused for people with sensitive scalps. It protects your hair while managing your frizz and is safe for color-treated hair. It’s free of gluten, sulfates and phthalates while being cruelty-free and vegan. It contains extracts from green and black tea, coconut oil, vitamin E and C, lemon and chia seed among many others.

5. EO Pure Performance, $20 for a 32-ounce bottle

EO is an all-around quality brand boasting USDA certification. The products are non-GMO, cruelty-free and gluten-free. This shampoos blend of protein complex of quinoa and keratin protect and strengthen your hair. While vitamin E and vitamin B antioxidants help to retain moisture. Scented with essential oils like lavender, you’ll be relaxed and well cared for with this product.

6. Avalon Organics, $12 for a 14-ounce bottle

Avalon Organics has been on the market awhile providing quality products free for GMOs, parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates or sulfates. Their products aren’t tested on animals and are NSF/ANSI certified, meaning they contains natural and organic ingredients.

7. Intelligent Ingredients, $79 for a 32-ounce bottle

This plant-powered shampoo provides a non-toxic and refreshing shampoo that removes build-up in your hair. It contains certified organic emollients from pracaxi which is rich in oleic, linoleic and behenic to condition your hair. It contains antioxidants from black cumin, cranberry, red grape, red raspberry and pumpkin. To top it off, it’s scented with essential oils from peppermint, spearmint, chamomile, vanilla and others.

8. 100% Pure, $33 for a 13-ounce bottle

100% Pure boasts an impressive, non-toxic ingredient list. It contains the likes of aloe vera, kelp, rose hydrosol, neem, honeysuckle, peppermint, thyme, oregano, burdock root and more. It’s completely vegan and free of all harmful chemicals, and it’s gentle for all hair types and color treated hair. No artificial fragrances are used.

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Ellie L
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Jacob S3 months ago

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Clint B
Clint B3 months ago

I use Rye Flour. Short hair-- 1 tablespoon ,add little water to make a paste. Easy peasy. Once a week I use Apple Cider vinegar with water for a rinse afterwards. It is cheap as chips, package free as I fill up my glass jar from Bin Inn & animal friendly. Win Win.

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Chad Anderson4 months ago

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Glennis W4 months ago

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