Buyer’s Guide: Hair Care

Why not make every day a good hair day? Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your specific hair needs and you can count on terrific tresses. Natural and organic picks are kind to hair and scalp and free of harsh sulfates, artificial fragrance or preservatives.

Concern: Thin hair, slow hair growth

Look For: Thickening

Individual hair strands are infused with protein-rich nutrients that expand the hair cuticle and increase thickness. Saw palmetto and biotin are also good for slowing down hair loss.

What to try
Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Therapy Thickening Shampoo with quinoa protein and saw palmetto

Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner with soy protein

Intelligent Nutrients Pure Plenty Conditioner with saw palmetto and strengthening aloe vera

Concern: Flat hair, no body or bounce

Look For: Volumizing

Removing dirt and oils on hair strands helps promote weightlessness and fullness with naturally astringent botanicals like lemongrass oil. Add lift to hair roots and stimulate the scalp with willowbark and rosemary extracts.

What to try

Onesta Volumizing Shampoo with rosemary, lemongrass and willowbark

MOP Lemongrass Volume Conditioner

Andalou Naturals Lavender & Biotin Full Volume Conditioner

Concern: Dry, damaged or over-processed hair

Look For: Moisturizing or Repairing

Rich plant botanicals and keratin protein infuse open hair cuticles—caused by dryness or over-processing—with moisture and coat the hair shaft for shine and smoothness.

What to try

Verb Hydrating Shampoo with organic argan oil and keratin

Acure Hydrating Shampoo with argan oil and organic pumpkin seed oil

Desert Essence Organic Conditioner-Coconut with super hydrating coconut and sunflower oils and shea butter

Concern: Color-treated hair

Look For: Color Protect or Color Save

Prevent or slow down color fading and keep highlights bright with gentle cleansers that don’t strip color away. Clay and natural minerals gently cleanse while antioxidant-rich botanical oils keep hair hydrated and counteract oxidation that causes fading.

What to try

Mineral Fusion Lasting Color Shampoo with French clay and protective argan oil

Juice Organics Color Protect Shampoo with organic borage and rose hip oils

ShiKai Color Reflect Mist & Go Conditioner protects with color-extending sunflower extract

Concern: Frizz

Look For: Smoothing or Frizz Control

Rich botanical extracts and panthenol (vitamin B5) are easily absorbed into the hair cuticle to tame frizzies, prevent breakage and enhance shine.

What to try

Peter Lamas Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Smoothing Shampoo with barley extract and vitamin B5 smooths and strengthens hair

Acure Smooth + Manageable Conditioner with hydrating marula oil and cocoa seed butter

Giovanni 2chic Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum

Concern: Dull, lifeless hair

Look For: Clarifying

Remove product build-up with an astringent shampoo 2-3 times a month if you use lots of styling products or heavy conditioners. For curly hair, once a month works best. Look for naturally purifying botanicals like lemon, mint, tea tree or rosemary.

What to try

Theraneem Shampoo Scalp Therape features organic neem extract, peppermint, lemon balm and rosemary that gently revitalize hair

Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Shampoo with citrus extracts removes oils and build-up on hair strands

Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Brilliant Shine Shampoo

Concern: Sensitive scalps and baby’s or kids’ hair

Look For: Gentle or Baby’s/Children’s 

Sensitive baby scalps are often dry or chafed. Look for soothing botanicals like chamomile or calendula and itch-relieving oats.

What to try

Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Shampoo and Wash – Oatmilk & Calendula scores a #1 in safety by the Environmental Working Group

MOP Pear Gentle Shampoo won’t sting eyes and calms and moisturizes skin with chamomile and aloe

Concern: Dandruff

Look For: Dandruff or Itchy Scalp Relief  

Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-fungal, antibacterial solution for dandruff flakes. Salicylic acid is used to reduce itching.

What to try

Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Shampoo blends tea tree oil with calming lavender and geranium

Jason Dandruff Relief 2-in-1 Treatment Shampoo + Conditioner controls dandruff with pyrithione zinc, along with strengthening wheat protein and nourishing jojoba