The Top 5 Best Natural Shampoos

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Having beautiful hair is important to most of us, but with so many toxins in our environment, using name brands can add even more to the toxic “soup” that flows into our water supplies. Many of the chemicals used in traditional shampoos can be absorbed through the skin, adding to the toxic load our bodies carry and negatively impacting our health.

Natural shampoos are a much better option, with only natural ingredients to nourish the hair and scalp. There are many shampoos that claim to be “natural,” but without regulations specifying what that means on a label, many companies simply add a few herbs or extracts and claim to be a “natural shampoo.” Only a few brands actually use only natural ingredients with no nasty little surprises for the unwary, and this list includes the best of them.

Burt’s Bees Shampoos

Burt’s Bees makes many natural products, including many different shampoos for various types of hair. They make shampoo for damaged, color-treated hair; extra-moisturizing shampoo for dry hair; baby shampoo; volumizing shampoo; and even a shampoo to give your hair extra shine.

All of the Burt’s Bees shampoos are excellent choices, but my personal favorite is the Pomegranate and Soy “Very Volumizing” Shampoo. It has pomegranate oil, moringa seed extract and soy amino acids for extra lift; and leaves your hair soft and full. This shampoo also contains antioxidants from the pomegranate and moringa seed extract which help protect your hair and scalp from sun damage.

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Jason Natural Products

Jason Natural Products also makes several different shampoos for different needs, including a natural dandruff shampoo. This is an excellent choice for itchy, flaky scalp problems; and doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals like coal tar that so many name-brand dandruff shampoos do.

Jason Dandruff Relief uses all natural ingredients like rosemary, tea tree and neem oils; as well as colliodal sulfur and MSM to heal the scalp and eliminate flaking. These ingredients soothe and moisturize while they heal the dandruff and make it possible to wear dark colors again.

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Green People Natural Shampoos

Green People is another company that uses only safe, natural ingredients in their shampoos. One of the big complaints about natural shampoos is that they don’t lather well (although that really has nothing to do with how well a shampoo works, we’ve been “trained” to expect lots of lather by the chemical shampoos we’ve been using since childhood.) Green People has managed to solve that problem, with shampoo that lathers the way you expect it to. Their shampoos are also concentrated, so that it takes less for each use, saving you money. They also make a full range of shampoos for specific purposes, but one of the best is their Intensive Repair Shampoo.

The Intensive Repair Shampoo contains extracts from green tea, couch grass and pineapple; as well as aloe vera powder, B vitamins, and jojoba oil. It also containes a range of essential oils that are healing and strengthening. It fortifies the hair, replenishes the natural oils, and enhances shine while repairing the damage caused by chemical treatments, coloring, and blow drying.

Avalon Organic Shampoos

Avalon makes natural shampoos that gently clean the hair without stripping it to make it healthy, vibrant and shiny. Their range of shampoos covers any special needs your hair may have, but their Biotin B-Complex is especially good. It contains B-complex vitamins; and is specifically designed for fine, lifeless, or thinning hair. It also has rosemary, jojoba oil, saw palmetto and aloe to increase circulation in the scalp and stimulate the hair follicles; which is thought to reduce hair loss due to alopecia and encourage new growth. These ingredients also increase body and volume, which helps to disguise the thinning caused by alopecia.

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Aubrey Organic Shampoos

Aubrey Organics also makes a full range of shampoos for various hair types and special needs. The advantage to this brand is that they make a shampoo (as well as conditioner, scalp tonic and hair gel) tailored to men. It has a masculine scent, and contains many scalp-stimulating extracts, vitamins, and oils. This is the only shampoo I’ve found that contains ginseng, he shou wu, carrot root, horsetail, nettle and coltsfoot extracts, as well as grapefruit seed extract, and both rosemary and peppermint oils. The herbs are all recommended for balancing the male system in various ways, and both rosemary and peppermint oils are stimulating to the scalp and hair follicles, and may help slow or prevent hair loss.

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All of these companies provide excellent products; and any of their natural shampoos are a good, economical choice. I have chosen to focus on these specific shampoos because they each provide a particular benefit not normally associated with a natural product. Most of us think of natural shampoos as basic cleansers and don’t look for specialty shampoos among them. These are the best of the best; and will provide excellent results for you while preventing exposure to the harsh, toxic chemicals found in most name-brand products.


  1. I would just like to know why many of the producers of organic beauty products do not test their products on black hair. I understand that they come in many different textures etc but many of my friends do not use organic products because with black hair being so fragile, they would rather stick to the known than the unknown. When I have spoken to the people concerned there usually isn’t an answer, or a proper answer.Maybe we just don’t count or that we are not interested in using organic products.

    • Marya,

      I am a black woman with natural hair (11 years strong :-) and use organic products faithfully. These products may not be tested on black hair, but there are many blogs and YouTube videos of people like us with loose hair and locs that provide insight. It’s unfortunate, but true that we may not be included in the research testing. Maybe we should write the companies directly? Any rate, I love this post and would like to say I am a true fan of Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle line, but eager to try the Avalon products. Thanks =c)

  2. I also use the apple cider vinegar as a final rinse. I dilute it with boiled water and boil it up using the above herbs. I then use it as a final rinse after rinse my hair with cold water and pour it over with the mixture. Just watch out if you are doing it over a white bath, but it will wash away. After a while, your hair will be nice and glossy. It even works over black hair too!

  3. Has anyone tried any of these specifically? I have spent the last 8 months trying to find an SLS SLES and paba free shampoo I like. I’ve found that most of the “natural” shampoos I’ve come across don’t smell that great, and with the ones I have tried because I liked the smell, I find it gives my hair a bit of a tacky texture after I dry it instead of being nice and soft like when I use regular shampoos. Perhaps I could do the apple cider vinegar rinse to make my hair soft, but is that OK to use on hair daily?

    • Hi all!
      Okay, so I have to thank for this bit of information, WHICH HAS CHANGED MY LIFE!!! No joke.
      So guess what, ya’ll?? THE BEST, BEST, BEST all natural, “no-poo” shampoo/conditioner is… Baking soda as shampoo, and apple cider vinegar as a conditioner rinse. Simple as that. Technically, our hair needs nothing but a pure water rinse, but for those of us who LOOOOOOVE some awesomely clean, “my best hair EVER” days, use these products! You should have these products in your pantry already, anyhow! I’ve been using the “no-poo” shampoo for over a year now, after becoming increasingly frustrated with my shampoos and conditioners leaving my hair feeling like a heavy, saggy, mop of staticy mess! And I have to tell you, after using this combination (ONCE A WEEK!!! And rinse with water during the rest of the week.), it was like… my hair was the way it should be. If that makes sense. Because, you see, the baking soda is an alkaline, and the apple cider vinegar is an acid, and so the two of them together neutralize your hair, resoring it to IT’S PROPER STATE!!! IT’S AMAZING!!! I will never, ever, EVER use shampoo or conditioner again!!! I’m sold!!! And it’s SO CHEAP!!! For less than four dollars, you can get a HUGE jug of apple cider vinegar and a box of baking soda, staples which will last forever!! Well, almost…! Ohhhhh, and it feels soooooo good — the baking soda (which I mix as a pourable paste) works as an exfoliant, so it’s perfect to scrub away dandruff and buildup from previous products. And the a.c.v. kinda tingles slightly when I spray it on, and it’s just lovely. Smells like green apples.
      Anyhow, enough of my spiel. See for yourself! Or go check out, and look under “Fashion” and then at the bottom “Beauty and Cosmetics.” It’s called “No-Poo Shampoo,” for more information.

      Good Luck!!!

      P.S. ~
      Check our her homemade deodorant, too! I’ve made some, and LOOOOVE IT!!!! Best deodorant ever, not joking!

      • Sorry, correction tweek in my information.
        The article is actually called “All About ‘No-Poo.'” Close enough, but still. Correction warranted.

      • Natasha says:

        I agree with you! Normal shampoo’s and conditioners used to make my scalp itch and leave a residue afterwards. I washed my hair with a baking soda and water mix and used a.c.v. with water as a conditioner. The first time I did that, my husband was honestly playing with my hair for about 2 hrs just watching a movie. It was so soft and all the buildup went away. We are in the process of moving and my supply ran out so had to resort to normal shampoo and conditioner. All I can say is that I can’t wait to move into our new home because I’ll be filling my bottles up again! And it really is so cheap and it works great!!!

  4. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this here, but I make my own all natural shampoo… it may be helpful to some people reading this article.

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