There is a lot of controversy around chemicals in shampoos.
Clever marketing can be misleading, by adding a few ingredients, the word “natural” or “organic” can be used; but unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth, the only way you can be assured you really are using what is stated on the bottle, is to become your own label detective.
Or turn your hand to creating your own formulas.
Best natural shampoo
Below is a list of some of the best natural shampoo ingredients, that really do get great results:
After towel drying your hair, Aloe Vera can be rubbed into the ends, it is an extremely moisturising ingredient that works well as a natural, mild hair gel.
It combs out easily, leaving the hair shaft smooth, without any residue build-up.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is an excellent ingredient for using as a natural hair rinse, as it helps to remove the build-up of shampoo from the hair shaft, it is suitable for all types of hair; it is also one of the best natural ingredients for detoxifying hair.
A remarkable oil that has a real affinity with the hair, penetrating deep down into the hair shaft, and won’t build up on the hair, leaving it luscious and moisturised.
Lecithin is the natural fatty acid found in eggs, it contains phospholipids that are known as one of the best natural shampoo ingredients for conditioning the hair, perfect for treating dull, dry, frizzy locks.
Today, most commercial products use soya lecithin. this ingredient I use in a number of my skincare formulas such as fortify barrier repair to help with the emulsification process, as it helps to bind oil and water together, for best results, mix the yolk with a little olive oil and warm water; this allows the yolk to penetrate the cuticle.
Leave for ten minutes, then rinse for a well-conditioned, glossy result.
Lemon and Rosemary Rinse
You can source fresh organic herbs and citrus fruits locally, they make a really useful cleansing rinse, which will help restore the natural balance of oil and colour in the hair.
Rosemary is a great herb for dark hair, and lemon helps to lift blonde highlights in the hair. This is a subject discussed in more detail in the article, “Natural Hair Colour Ideas“.
This oil has valuable hair and scalp benefits. Jojoba oil, along with coconut oil, is my go-to oil of choice for hair treatment.
It is one of the best natural shampoo ingredients, known as the “ultimate oil for hair”, helping to penetrate the scalp and hair shaft, loosening the build-up of stubborn cells and residue that many commercial products leave on the hair shaft over time.
It is a wonderful, nourishing oil that will rival any professional hair treatment.
Simply smear Jojoba oil on the hair from root to tip, cover in a towel and leave for an hour – or better still, leave on the hair as an overnight treatment. In the morning, simply wash out with shampoo to unveil blindingly glossy locks.