Hair is such a big symbol. Perhaps it shouldn’t be? We throw so much weight onto how we look and how, that in turn, makes us feel that we often gift our hair...
Ever tried to read the label on your bottle of shampoo? A Japanese Haiku might be easier to understand. Unfortunately, this is something that many beauty brands take advantage of. Sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens and Diethanolamine may not be terms you’re familiar with but they’re present in products that you use every day. It may surprise you to learn that they are also linked to allergies, infertility and even cancer. Not what you want from your shampoo now is it?
As part of our commitment to truly natural beauty we love to find products that use natural, gentle ingredients and promote the type of ‘clean’ living that actually does what it says on the tin. It’s important to note here, that these shampoos aren’t for everyone. They’re missing many of the chemicals you’ve probably become accustomed to which help to lather, cleanse and create delicious smells such as ‘Blueberry’ and ‘Midnight Kiss’. But they also won’t disrupt your hormones, irritate your skin or put anything into your body which is associated with cancer. And that’s good enough for us.
So if you want to give your hair a break from the nasties, here are our top 5 shampoos that won’t damage your hair or your body.
1. Michael Van Clarke, 3 More Inches Shampoo
Best for: Broken hair
Michael Van Clarke’s 3 More Inches range derives it’s key ingredients from natural cashmere proteins and amino acids, designed to repair damaged hair and prevent further breakage. This is great for the type of ‘hair rehab’ that dry, damaged and over styled hair often needs. For an extra hit of replenishing goodness, it can also be teamed with their pre-wash treatment. 3 More Inches is also silicone free, which is a synthetic compound used in most shampoos to coat the hair to make it smooth and shiny. Unfortunately, silicone is not water-soluble and so while it makes your hair look nice in the short term, the long-term effects cause hair to become heavy and frizzy. Luckily, 3 More Inches’ cashmere blend makes up for the lack of silicone, to help the hair look extra shiny while protecting it’s long term condition.
3 More Inches can be bought online or in most Space NK stores
2. John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary Shampoo
Best for: Boosting Normal Hair
John Masters Organics Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo contains 15 certified organic ingredients, including Lavender and Rosemary which are what leave the hair smelling so damn delicious. It also packs a punch of soy protein, which helps to strengthen the hair follicles to improve appearance and thickness. The brand is a favourite with many celebrities including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alicia Silverstone and if it’s good enough for Cher, it’s good enough for us.
Get it online at johnmasters.co.uk with free delivery to all addresses within the UK
Best for: Promoting Hair Growth
F.A.S.T, which stands for ‘Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy’ is a brand of shampoo and conditioner that contains natural herbs and essential amino acids which help contribute to faster hair growth. If you too, became a slave to to hair straighteners throughout the noughties, you’ll understand the struggle it is to promote dry and damaged hair to grow while keeping it looking healthy. F.A.S.T aims to combat this by feeding hair the essential nutrients it needs to make it stronger, healthier and also less prone to scalp conditions such as dandruff.
F.A.S.T is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Parabens and DEA and even provides this handy list of ingredients so you can tell exactly what it is you’re putting onto your hair – a sure fire way to know when a brand has nothing to hide.
F.A.S.T recommends that you use it everyday in order to benefit from up to 99% of an increase in hair growth but this is optional depending on your lifestyle and hair type.
Get the shampoo and conditioner set for £29.99 from Boots
4. Naked Brunette Radiance Shampoo
Best for: Brunettes
Naked is a brand that prides itself on a safe and natural approach to everyday products and considering it was founded by a Mum looking for products to use on her little ones, she should know. The Naked Brunette Radiance shampoo has received the best reviews out of all of Naked’s adult shampoos and for good reason – with elderberry, black tea and a shot of sage, it’s the perfect mix of natural ingredients and nutrients to replenish dark hair. It’s also free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate and petrochemicals so you can be confident that it’ll be kind to your locks. And the best part of all? It’s only £3.98.
Stock up now here
5. Burt Bees
Best for: Dull Hair
Burt’s Bees is one of our stable favourites, due to the lovely natural products it produces that look after everything from your hair to your lips. This Baobab Shampoo is no different. It contains Baobab oil and Cupuaçu butter, both of which are good sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidants for your hair. This helps to restore moisture to dry or damaged hair and get it back into a soft and manageable condition.
Get yours for £9.99 here
What’s your best natural haircare product? If there’s any we’ve missed please share in the comments below
Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.
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