We test eight of the best natural shampoos for readers
Ditch the chemicals with these eco-friendly hair products. By George Charalambou.
1. Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo: £7.95, Organic Surge
Those with dry or frizzy hair will love this shampoo. Almond and black pepper contrast nicely to give it a faint smell of spiced marzipan, while olive and grape extracts work to moisturise the hair. It lathers up just as well as shampoos with harsh sudsing agents and leaves hair softer and shinier than any other shampoos we tested. It comes with an Ecocert certification, making it 96% derived from organic ingredients - that's enough to make it our best buy.
2. Green People Daily Aloe Shampoo: £12, Green People
A shampoo for all hair types, this soothing concoction is perfect for those with sensitive skin, as well as psoriasis or eczema. It has a fresh aloe scent that revitalises you for the morning ahead, and lathers up incredibly well for a non-SLS based product. Most importantly it leaves your hair feeling brilliantly soft and looking remarkably shiny. Classified as organic by Ecocert.
3. Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo: £9.99, Planet Organic
Those of us with gluten allergies will find this very welcome. This wheat and gluten-free shampoo contains coconut oil which serves as an intense moisturiser for dry hair, although all types of hair fare perfectly well. It has a very pleasant coconut fragrance - quite floral and airy, and not at all overpowering as some others tend to be. Lathering up is no problem, and hair is left feeling silky soft. One of the best on our list.
4. Aveda Shampure Shampoo: £14, Aveda
This shampoo, suitable for all hair types, uses morikue protein from the Peruvian rainforest to clean and condition. It has a strong aloe and flower-based fragrance, and lathers up perfectly well - leaving hair feeling soft and strong. Although Aveda doesn't have independent certification per se, the brand says that 90% of its essential oils and 89% of its raw herbal ingredients are certifiably organic.
5. Faith in Nature Lavender and Geranium Shampoo: £4.22, Amazon
Vegans can rejoice, as here's an affordable shampoo. Whilst avoiding commonly used oils and chemicals derived from animals, this product also distinguishes itself by being cheaper than many on this list - but thankfully doesn't suffer at all from the lower price tag. It combines lavender and geranium as a base for its fragrance, with sweet undertones. Although it doesn't lather up particularly well, this every-hair shampoo softens and strengthens admirably. It also comes certified by Cruelty Free International.
6. The Seaweed Bath Co Volumizing Argan Shampoo, Lavender: £14.50, Amazon
This US-based company uses the natural detoxifying and moisturising properties of seaweed to create an effective volumising shampoo. It has a thick consistency, so make sure you shake well before use, but we found its lavender fragrance - with a hint of the sea - very appealing. It doesn't lather up quite so well as many of the others on this list, but has the desired effect of keeping your hair feeling shiny and smooth.
7. Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo: £4.59, Amazon
Lavender oil and quinoa protein (tasty) combined to create a wonderful product. The fragrance is floral, using lavender and aloe as a base, and lathers up a dream. Designed with normal to dry hair in mind, you'll be left with an agreeably smooth and moisturised mane. This shampoo boasts no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as well as being vegan and biodegradable. Certified as organic by NSF too.
8. Jason Smoothing Sea Kelp Shampoo: £6.30, Look Fantastic
Jason is a big player in the natural brand business, and this shampoo helps keep it there. Sea kelp, ginseng root and kukui nut oil help to moisturise frizzy hair, and results in a delightful floral, slightly nutty fragrance. A lack of harsh sudsing agents does nothing to prevent it lathering up, and it provides a decent soft finish for your hair. It's good value, too.