According to Grace Heffron, owner of Manely Curly Salon in Sola Salons, "Natural shampoos don't contain the harsh detergents that not only dry out the hair, but also can cause overproduction of oils." Since these formulas typically don't contain ingredients like sulfates, phthalates, parabens, or artificial fragrance, you might feel more at ease about watching them filter down your drain. Heffron tells BAZAAR.com that her favorite benefit of natural shampoo is "The lack of synthetic fragrances, which are not strictly monitored and can sometimes have negative side effects." In fact, she says, "Many of my clients have conveyed how much longer, thicker, and fuller their hair became after switching to natural products."
Keep in mind that natural shampoos may not provide the same sudsy and squeaky clean in-shower payoff you're used to with a regular shampoo, though some use natural ingredients, like coconut-based surfactants (chemicals that stabilize mixtures of oil and water), that make it easy to lather up. Whether you're looking to update your wash day staples or streamline the formulas in your go-to beauty products, we've rounded up a few of the best natural shampoos from top brands like Drunk Elephant, Miele, and more that are suitable for most hair types—from fine and thinning to coily and textured.
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Pomegranate and Honey Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo
Snapping up one of Drunk Elephant's coveted clean beauty products can quickly upgrade your rotation. Sephora shoppers are raving about this best-selling shampoo from the brand, with one satisfied customer writing, "I was honestly surprised by how much I like this shampoo and conditioner duo from DE. They make my hair shiny and clean, but not too clean that my hair shaft feels stripped."
Heffron says she uses this formula "on my clients in the salon. Not only are their shampoos and products non-toxic and high quality, but their company is also a beacon for creating a clean planet and sustainable beauty."
With over 1,600 customer reviews and nearly a five-star rating on Amazon, this top-rated softening shampoo is ideal for color-treated hair, and designed to extend the life of your highlights or root touch-up.
Infused with oils and strength-boosting proteins, this shampoo aims to improve softness and shine in even the driest hair. Plus, if you're looking to mentally transport to an island getaway, the shampoo also features a nose-pleasing tropical mango scent.
Speaking of added volume, this highly popular vegan shampoo from Love Beauty and Planet is made for fine hair types, and powered by a mix of coconut water and mimosa flower extract for ultimate hydration and body.