My Favorite Natural Non Toxic Hair Products
Natural Nontoxic Hair
When I first got interested in cleaning up my beauty products and switching over to more natural products I was concerned that I might have to sacrifice effectiveness and convenience. In order to make sure my shampoo was made from the only natural, good-for-me ingredients was I going to have to make it myself, and would I have to walk around with greasy or frizzy hair? Not so! It turns out you can be a little bit hippie without looking like one ;).
There are many different hair care options out there that claim to have natural ingredients, but if you truly are trying to limit potentially hazardous chemicals in your life (and in the world) then you have to look at the full list of ingredients on a product. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to decipher what all of those ingredients are and whether they are actually safe or potentially harmful.
Fortunately, we have the Environmental Working Group’s wonderful Skin Deep Cosmetics Database where you can enter in a product (they don’t have all products listed in their database, but they have many and continue to add more) and the database will give you a product summary based on the product’s ingredients, as well as an overall score from 0-10, with 0 being the lowest hazard. This is my go-to resource when researching new beauty products.
Once you find a natural product that you would like to try that has a low hazard rating, then you actually have to try it to see if you like it and see if it actually works to your expectations. This trial and error method can be a bit expensive, so, below I list my favorite natural hair care products that I have experimented with and have found to be the best for me:
My Favorite Natural Shampoo & Conditioner
Hands down my favorite shampoo are Acure Organics Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Shampoo. First of all, based on the ingredients, this shampoo gets an overall rating of “1” on the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which is very low for potentially hazardous ingredients. If you look at the ingredients on the bottle, they are naturally derived from plants and natural oils and they are organic. Next, this shampoo smells amazing.
The mint fragrance is refreshing and it feels like I’m getting my hair super clean when I lather up with it. Second, it really works to clear up my naturally oily hair. I find that my hair looks just as clean (and maybe cleaner) when I use this shampoo compared to when I used to use other commercial shampoos with synthetic chemicals in them. And finally, it’s not super pricey compared to some other natural, organic products out there.
Acure Mint Shampoo
I pair this shampoo with Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Conditioner. Since I have oily hair, a little bit of this conditioner goes a long way and I only put a little on the ends of my hair. This stuff smells great, too, like almond oil, and it makes my hair nice and soft and less tangled. The EWG database gives this an overall rating of “2,” which is still considered a low hazard.
My Favorite Natural Hairspray
Finding a non-toxic hairspray that actually works was a bit of a challenge. Almost all of the hairsprays I found that purported to be natural didn’t have great scores in the EWG database for one reason or another, but the best one I found that also works is Alba Botanica Medium Hold Hair Spray. It has a score of “3” in the EWG database, which is the lowest of the moderate hazard ratings.
I don’t love that it crosses over into the “moderate hazard” territory, but its score is much better than many others I researched and that I have used in the past. I really like that it holds my hairstyle, keeps down fly-aways, and it’s unscented, so I don’t have to worry about any synthetic or harmful fragrances in it, like in many other hairsprays.
My Favorite Natural Hair Gel
My hair is naturally wavy and frizzy, so when I wear my hair curly rather than straightening it, I like to use Kinky-Curly Original Curling Custard. It’s a hair gel that actually works on my curls to help define and hold them but it also keeps them soft and doesn’t make them crunchy. This gel also gets a score of a “3” on the EWG database, but once again, compared to many options out there for hair gel, this scores much better than most and it actually works.