Finding the perfect hair care products can feel like winning the lottery. These sustainable, clean, and oh-so-effective natural hair care products are musts for healthy, shiny, happy hair.
The quest for perfect hair can seem fruitless. From the coloring, curling, drying, and everything in between, it can feel impossible to ever achieve the hair we want. Add to that the shampoos and hair products that can strip our locks of precious oils, dry out our scalps, and lead to split ends. Whether you’re an overwasher, an underwasher, or somewhere in between, your hair washing habits could be adding to the problems.
We’re not promising miracles, and healing your hair can be a process, but just like you want your beauty products clean and natural, with the right natural hair care products, anything is possible. At the very least, these picks shouldn’t make your situation worse. Check out our favorite sustainable and clean hair care products for locks that deserve the very best.
What are natural hair care products?
There are no regulations defining the term ‘natural’. It’s a tough concept to qualify because, like the late comedian George Carlin pointed out, everything is natural. But what it implies, and what it can often mean, is better-for-you and better-for-the-planet. Often, natural hair care is compliant with Clean at Sephora standards, or contains certified organic or Fair Trade ingredients. Bonus if the products are vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainably packaged.
These brands tick most, if not all of the boxes for dreamy, effective, natural hair care.
1. dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
If you’re not washing your hair with apple cider vinegar, are you even washing your hair? Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is the shine-maker. It cleans, balances the scalp, and keeps your color intact. There’s science to back this up. Credit the acidity in ACV. Dry, brittle, and (ahem) frizzy hair, is generally more alkaline. The acidity of ACV helps to lower the pH and promote balance. Because it’s also microbial, it can keep the scalp healthier, too. And because vinegar is all-natural, it’s safer for your body and the planet. The dpHUE ACV shampoo is free of all nasties like parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, and is made with all vegan ingredients.
2. Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment
Don’t let the name fool you. There’s no dairy here, just sustainable, natural plant oils that tame frizz, promote moisture, and lock in the shine. Suitable for all hair types, it’s infused with 16 essential oils for a fresh scent everyone will love. Reverie’s products are handcrafted in California is small batches made from wild harvested, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Use throughout the day to keep your shine.
3. Bread Beauty Supply Scalp-Serum: Cooling Greens Exfoliating Scalp Treatment
From vegan hair care brand Bread Beauty Supply comes this must-have for healthy hair. After all, healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, and this scalp serum aims to bring new life to your head. It’s a revelation; cooling mint soothes, reduces itching, exfoliates thanks to lactic acid, and it’s easy to use. Just squeeze a few drops onto your scalp and massage through with fingers for a scalp refresh. Plus, this formula is free from added fragrance, just pure peppermint goodness for your healthiest scalp ever. It’s a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up if you need a little refresh. The recyclable bottles look adorable too.
4. Kitsch Coconut Oil Deep Moisturizing Conditioner Bar
Bar shampoo is one of the hottest beauty trends in recent years. But bar conditioners are going to be hot, too, just like this coconut oil moisturizing bar from Kitsch. Ditch the plastic bottles but not the healthy hair with this oil-rich and emollient conditioning bar. A single bar is estimated to last through 100 washes, which will save at last two bottles of liquid shampoo or conditioner. Simple to use and shower space saver, you’ll never go back after you make the sustainable switch to bar conditioner.
This is no ordinary hair care. Nuele’s hydrating hair mask and oil help you prioritize a healthy scalp, which is critical to shiny, happy hair. Founded by women fed up with the chemicals in the hair care industry (there are lots!), Nuele is made from ingredients you can pronounce—and in all likelihood, could probably eat. While we don’t recommend that, we do think you should slather it on your hair and enjoy the results.
6. R+Co Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo has been a girl’s best friend for years now. If you’re still a “wash my hair every day” kinda gal, that is all about to change with the right dry shampoo. This one from R+Co is lightweight so as to not overly weigh down hair and leaves no white residue. The formula is equipped with Vitamin E to hydrate the hair while Pro-Vitamin B5 adds that extra body and volume we all need and want.
7. SunBum Purple Shampoo
Do you hate brassiness in your color-treated hair? A killer purple shampoo can reduce trips to the salons. As long as you’re good with the slightly grown-out look. This affordable purple shampoo from cruelty-free brand SunBum is a lifesaver. With Blue Spirulina, Violet extracts, and banana, it gently cleanses and tones hair, while helping it stay soft and hydrated.