Natural Shampoo Will Give You More Good Hair Days (Seriously)

Natural Shampoo Will Give You More Good Hair Days (Seriously) | Makeup DetoxIf you haven’t detoxed any beauty products yet, this is a great one to start with. Mainstream shampoo, aside from containing some nasties which we’ll get to, strips your hair and scalp. It leaves your hair frizzy, poufy and looking less than stellar. If you’ve had a few too many bad hair days lately, read on.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Did you know the main ingredient in shampoos, sodium lauryl sulfate is actually a foaming agent, not a cleanser? People associate foaming with cleansing so they add this chemical, but it’s not the active ingredient. True story.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is the same ingredient you’ll find in your carpet cleaners, your laundry detergent… is this what you want to put on your scalp? No.

It’s not the most toxic ingredient out there, but it’s an irritant and if you’re having dandruff or scalp itching, SLS is probably the culprit.

Sodium LaurETH Sulfate

You’ve also probably seen the ingredient sodium laurETH sulfate – so what’s the difference? Well SLethS was created as a gentler version of SLS. Sounds good right? Oh you know there’s a catch.

The manufacturing of sodium laurETH sulfate can cause a very toxic by-product chemical called 1,4-dioxane.

1,4-dioxane is a carcinogen and receives an impressive 8 on the Skin Deep database for toxicity (10 is the highest). There’s a simple processing step to remove this chemical, but – you guessed – most companies skip it. So 1,4-dioxane remains a contamination risk when you see sodium laureth sulfate on the label.

Other Nasties

As with any mainstream beauty products, especially water-based ones, we avoid ingredients ending in ‘paraben’. We should also avoid anything with ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’. For more on these ingredients you can sign up for my freebie in the sidebar.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, I would definitely avoid fragrance in your shampoo and see if that makes a difference. Many people have sensitivities.

My 3 Favorite Shampoos/Conditioners

Keep in mind my hair is thick and frizzy/poufy – these shampoos have different options for other hair types but I haven’t tried them, obviously.

Giovanni 2Chic Shampoo + Conditioner

Giovanni 2Chic Shampoo + Conditioner | Makeup DetoxPROS:
-Affordable, 8-10$
-Controls frizz well, no more same-day-as-shampooing poufiness
-Available in Canada (in Montreal go to Rachelle-Bery on St-Laurent and Villeneuve)
-Not the cleanest of ingredients (not too bad because the offenders are later on the ingredient list, which means they’re in lower concentration)
-Contains phenoxyethanol, a less toxic preservative than parabens adopted by many natural companies – it’s not the worst thing out there but it’s not great either

Original Moxie Shampoo + Conditioner

Original Moxie Shampoo + Conditioner | Makeup DetoxPROS:
-Best performing shampoo hands down – your hair will be smooth and look amazing
-They have lots of information and options for all races/hair types, learn more here
-My experience with their customer service was great – she answered all my questions in detail
-Not available in Canada  🙁
-A bit pricier (but worth it in my opinion)
-Also contains phenoxyethanol, like above

Acure Shampoo + Conditioner

Acure Shampoo + Conditioner | Makeup DetoxPROS:
-Affordable, about 10$
-The most natural of the bunch, receiving an impressively low score of 1 on the Skin Deep database
-Not available in Canada (you can probably get this on Amazon, iHerb or Vitacost but you may end up paying fees/duties)
-Out of the three, this one leaves my hair the poufiest but it’s not too bad

So those are my picks, did I miss any? What’s your favorite natural shampoo?

Non-toxic kisses,

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Michelle April 9, 2014

Hi Michele! First time commenting. 🙂
I have been using Bubble and Bee’s Organic Peppermint & Tea Tree Shampoo for the last couple weeks. Link to it here:

Previously I was using baking soda and water (for about a month), but then I read from a few sources that was bad. So I stopped doing that!

I only just began “detoxing” my hair the last couple months. Definitely the most difficult part of green beauty for me. Some days my hair is great, and others it is frizzy and/or stale smelling (the vinegar?). :/ Hopefully I will get it right soon! Looking forward to more of your hair posts for April. 🙂


Michele April 10, 2014

Hey Michelle, thanks for commenting! Fabulous name btw, heh heh.

I’ve tried other bubble bee products but not their shampoo, it looks good! They don’t ship to Canada though, which is a bummer.

I actually found the hair part was the easiest switch for me… maybe you just need to find the right solution. Good luck!


mangomadness April 11, 2014

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo is my favorite natural shampoo.


Michele April 16, 2014

Ooh, haven’t tried that, looks great!


Amanda April 21, 2014

I use Shikai Natural Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner (EWG rating 2 and 4, respectively). I would love to hear what other hair products you have had luck with! I am comfortable with my shampoo and conditioner for now, but haven’t had any luck with mousse, gel, hairspray, etc.

Just found your blog today and am really enjoying it!


Michele April 22, 2014

Fantastic Amanda! Thanks for commenting. Haven’t tried those ones. Yes the next post on hair products is coming shortly. 🙂