For the longest time, every non-toxic-esque brand of shampoo and conditioner that we tried left us unsatisfied. They each lacked something... some didn't lather, others left a residue, and a few resulted in dry, brittle hair. (If you're clutching your beloved Pantene Pro-V while reading this, we get it.) Luckily, we persisted long enough to find a safe option that ensures the healthy, smooth, shiny luster you love. Here's the scoop.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
Conventional shampoos have ingredients that can irritate and dry your scalp, reduce the size of your hair follicles and even cause hair loss. What's more, harmful ingredients can be absorbed via the scalp, affecting your reproductive and neurological systems.
In addition to the most common offenders, Beautycounter's products are also free of methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (a possible neurotoxin), which are commonly-used preservatives that have been associated with allergic reactions. The shampoo is also free of conventional surfactants, which can irritate skin and are often contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a known carcinogen.
Do your homework and read your labels! (Here's how.) Or, buy your beauty products from a brand you know steers clear of toxic ingredients.
Avalon Organic's Clarifying Lemon Shampoo and Acure's Repairing Conditioner are wonderful non-toxic options. The shampoo lathers and provides a thorough clean feeling. The conditioner leaves hair silky, smooth and hydrated... but not heavy. They many not be from the same brand or collection, but they're a wonderful pair. The lemon scent of the shampoo is admittedly a bit strong, but not a bad way to start the day!
We also tried... Beautycounter's Daily Shampoo and Daily Conditioner are a great option, as well, but nearly twice the price. Nature's Gate Shampoo cleanses well but doesn't lather and the Conditioner wasn't hydrating enough.
- Less is more. Even with long, thick hair, only use a small dollop. It does the trick and saves product, money and rinse time.
- Add water. If at first you're not getting a good lather, add a bit more water.
- Skip a wash. Many sources recommend washing every other day at most to preserve hair's natural oils. We've found that the Beautycounter products allow us to go two or even three days between washings.
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