What was the first thing you changed when trying more natural beauty products? For me, it was deodorant, and then shampoo, after hearing how bad SLS is. And now there are even more options to try, making it hard to choose between style, substance, and just how compatible the shampoo is with your hair!
Over the last few years I’ve tried quite a few different options – so much so that I go to a natural hairdresser for my haircuts. I’ve tried some really great shampoos, and this list highlights my favourites.
£6 for 325ml
One of my earliest discoveries, and still a favourite, is Avalon Organics’ Rosemary & Lavender Volumising Shampoo. This shampoo is a good bridge between the “purist” shampoos (in terms of ingredients) and traditional, foamy types, as it uses sodium coco-sulfate and other similar ingredients. Every time I use it, my hair is light, shiny, and will last a few days before I need my next wash too!
£11.90 for 110g
If you’re a fan of soap bars, look no further! Ethique’s Heali Kiwi Shampoo Bar* was one of my festival highlights this year, keeping my hair squeaky clean, while being able to box it up and put it in my rucksack when not in use. Another shampoo that mainly uses sodium coco-sulfate, it’s great for adding shine as well. Read my full review of Ethique’s Eco Beauty Bars here.
John Masters Organics
£17 for 237ml
For a really good, middle-weight shampoo, John Masters Organics Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo is perfect. I love receiving mini bottles in my Love Lula Subscription Box and saving them for my travels! The shampoo is syrupy both in texture and colour, and takes a little more work to wash out, but it’s worth it. Their Citrus & Neroli Detangler* is also a wonderful follow-on!
£16.50 for 250ml
Ogario London’s Revive & Shine Shampoo* is a personal favourite of mine because of its scent! It took me two washes before I realised it smells like cola bottles, and since then I’ve enjoyed each wash for its (probably not deliberately) fun flavour and good results for my hair. It always leaves my hair shiny and clean too, probably down to the sodium coco-sulfate akin to Avalon Organics shampoo.
£28 for 275ml
This is definitely the biggest splurge on the list! I’ve seen Rahua Shampoo* touted as the holy grail of organic hair care, but I’m still yet to really, truly fall in love with it. Looking past the golden elixir, I’ve found it to be a heavier shampoo that’s hard to foam up (as with most natural shampoos) and even harder to wash out. The reason that it remains on my best of list is its ingredients – it’s one of the only shampoos I’ve tried that uses aloe vera as a base, and it has green tea and rosemary extracts too. It makes a welcome difference from the usual sodium coco-sulfate or unsustainable palm oil options.