I’ve been on a quest for quite awhile to find a shampoo that’s paraben-free, phthalate-free, sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate-free, artificial dye-free AND works and makes my hair look good. It’s a tall order and I’ve tried many. If you want to know more about why we should even care about what’s in our shampoo or what these ingredients are that I’m staying away from, the book No More Dirty Looks and their website would be a great resource to start with.
Back to the shampoos. Here are the ones that I’m reviewing today:
- J.R. Watkins Natural Apothecary Shampoo Aloe & Green Tea (found at Target)
- EO Everyday Shampoo & Conditioner French Lavender (found at Whole Foods)
- Alaffia Daily Hydrating Shampoo Shea & Coconut (found at Whole Foods, also found at other natural foods grocery stores)
J.R. Watkins Aloe & Green Tea: This shampoo has a nice, clean scent…not too girly, so my husband doesn’t mind using it too. It touts that it’s paraben-free, phthalate-free, SLS-free, propylene glycol-free, dye-free and pH balanced. Pluses: you don’t have to use very much to get a good wash, great scent and my hair feels clean but not stripped. When I bought it, I didn’t purchase the conditioner…and I think I’ll go back to get it… I find myself using this shampoo with another conditioner to help tame my hair a bit. (for your reference, I have long thick, wavy in some parts and straight in other parts hair). Overall, a good choice and I would buy again. Minuses: It does contain wheat, so not gluten-free and sodium benzoate.
EO Everyday Shampoo & Conditioner French Lavender: This shampoo/conditioner pair has a moderately strong lavender scent. While I really like the products, I might choose a different scent in the future. I do find that using the shampoo and conditioner together yields the best results…but after reading the No More Dirty Looks book, it gets you thinking…is the only reason I NEED a conditioner that my shampoo is stripping my hair? Anyway… I leave that to you to sort through yourself. EO touts that it’s paraben, polysorbate, disodium EDTA and sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate free…and as far as I can tell, though not labeled as such is gluten-free. I really like this one and it’s become my every-other-day (I don’t wash my hair every day) standby. Pluses: Great labeling – shows what each ingredient is doing for my hair: quinoa protein fortifies, gotu kola restores, etc., leaves hair less frizzy than other shampoos and easy to style/tame the next day. Minuses: somewhat girly lavender scent.
Alaffia Daily Hydrating Shampoo: You’ll have to forgive me that I don’t have as many details for this shampoo as we moved and the bottle didn’t move with us. Pluses: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about Alaffia and the work that they are doing in giving back to and building up communities in West and Central Africa and I invite you to learn about them as well. I absolutely love their body lotions and soaps, but found that this shampoo wasn’t for me. If you have dry hair, I think this would be an excellent choice, but I do not. Alaffia uses the best ingredients including Shea Butter which has healing, restoring benefits for our skin. Minuses: For me, I found the daily hydrating shampoo too hydrating. By the end of the day, I would have a greasy spot at the crown of my head (no joke!). Perhaps I was using too much product or maybe not the right one for my hair. While I really wanted to LOVE this shampoo, I think I’ll stick to their amazing lotions and soaps instead. Especially now that I live in a desert.