8 Clean Haircare Shampoos to Try (& 3 That Didn’t Work for Me)

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8 Clean Haircare Shampoos to Try (& 3 That Didn't Work for Me)

8 Clean Haircare Shampoos to Try (& 3 That Didn’t Work for Me)

Recently, I’ve been on a mission to experience more non-toxic, clean hair care products. Several of these brands I was able to try this year as a 2021 Clean Beauty Awards Judge (woop woop! What a treat.) In this post, I go through each one and share my thoughts on the formulas overall. At the end, I’ll mention my favorites. In addition, I’ll give you some honorable mentions to look into!

Keep in mind, I did a double shampoo with each of these. A double shampoo simply means doing two separate shampooing mini-sessions. In other words, I shampoo once with a small amount, rinse, and then repeat. Furthermore, I don’t necessarily use more product overall when I do this. It’s more of a small/medium amount twice versus a large amount once. I’ve found that for me, doing it in two separate layers works well. The first shampoo is the formula making contact with the grease, sebum & build up on the scalp and help breaking it down. Then, the second shampoo session allows the restorative ingredients in the shampoo formula to make closer contact with the hair & scalp.

Top 4 Picks

evolvh ultrashine shampoo 8 Clean Haircare Shampoos to Try (& 3 That Didn't Work for Me)

Evolvh Ultra Shine Moisture Shampoo

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 15% off

About:

Increases shine & elasticity while transforming texture to smooth and youthful softness, and improving hair health. This beloved and best selling shampoo normalizes hair – adapts to what you need most. A custom blend of nourishing antioxidants, plus amino and fatty acids that work from within. Color safe.

Thoughts:

You know when you don’t have to try to like a new shampoo? You just like it right away and it just syncs up really effortlessly with your hair? That’s Evolvh. This product delivers the shine through how nicely it cleans. It’s a gentle but effective clean, helps lift my roots and leaves my mane purified without being in desperate need for conditioner. I usually will use a bit of their UltraShine Conditioner to detangle my ends before stepping out of the shower. Smells like apricot + passionflower, to me. Mmmm.

One thing I would change:

More Evolvh products in my bathroom! Looking forward to trying their InstaVolume Cleansing Treatment & Elixir, next.

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Sootsoap Shampoo

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 10% off

About:

Sootsoap harnesses the power of Binchotan White Charcoal and other natural ingredients to draw out harmful chemicals, pollutants and impurities from the skin and hair for a deep, natural, detoxifying clean. Naturally-derived. Cruelty free.

Thoughts:

I’m a clay & charcoal superfan. Any time they are in the products I’m using, they have historically become my favorite. From my experience with my own skin & body, the cleaner (on a toxic level) I am, the healthier I am. After using this shampoo, my hair felt really good. An impurities-be-gone kind of clean, rather than a you-took-all-my-belongings kind of squeaky clean.

If I could change anything:

A pump would be my preference for the bottle, maybe with the optional snap-shut lid for traveling. Also, would love a natural scent; maybe spruce.

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Everist Waterless Shampoo Concentrate

About:

Knowing that most shampoos are more than 70% water, and packed in single-use plastic, Everist had a better idea. They have introduced first waterless shampoo concentrate. A 100% plant-based paste-textured concentrate that is activated by the water in your shower. Free from: parabens, sulfates, silicones, dyes, synthetic fragrances & preservatives. Color-safe, proudly vegan & cruelty-free.

Thoughts:

Since this such a pivot from traditional shampoo formulas, it would have been understandable for me to have low expectations for Everist. But, I somehow had a good feeling about this product. Thankfully, they fully delivered on that feeling. This toothpaste tube of shampoo is rad for so many reasons: a little goes a long way, it nourishes and cleans at the same time, and is easy to travel with. It’s truly a unique product. Moreover, the formula being as good at the concept is pretty cool.

If I could change anything:

I’d love a forest-y or vanilla-y scented shampoo concentrate.

desert essence red raspberry shampoo

Desert Essence Shampoo

About:

Shine-enhancing shampoo formulated with Organic Red Raspberry Leaf, Bilberry and Maca Root. Gently cleanses, infusing hair with radiant shine and a sweetly refreshing Raspberry scent. Certified to NSF Organic Standard.

Thoughts:

This shampoo has been in our shower for many years now. My husband and I both have long hair and it’s one of the shower mainstays because of how great a product it is. Organic ingredients & cleans without stripping. Leaves hair smelling incredible & nourished. I follow up with their raspberry conditioner, of which the detangling power is unreal.

If I could change anything:

More scents! (even though they already have a bunch!). I will be continuously excited to try new scents that Desert Essence releases. Another favorite is the Coconut.

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4 Honorable Mentions:

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Calia Natural Purifying Shampoo

About:

Made with Spanish Rosemary and Clary Sage, Calia’s newest shampoo offers the added benefits of Rosemary, known for its growth stimulating properties. Use on hair that is normal to oily, or for treating an oily scalp without harmful chemicals. Great for anyone looking to nourish hair naturally. No sulfates. 100% vegan.

Thoughts:

Calia is a brand that came highly recommended to me. I was excited to finally experience their products. This is a really reliable shampoo, it does exactly what it says it does, packs clean & organic ingredients and helps rebalance my normal to oily scalp. In a way, it’s pretty straightforward. In other words, it’s a clear formula with clean ingredients. I’d recommend it to someone that isn’t interested in fancy frills, just goodness for your hair. I do really love their Intensive Conditioner for a deep moisture quench.

If I could change anything:

I found myself wanting an elevated scent n this formula (in addition to the benefits of the clary sage & rosemary oils) to wake up my scalp. Perhaps, a minty essential oil to invigorate the roots.

candor shampoo hair care cbd

Candor CBD Shampoo

Code FEELMOREGOODER for 15% off

About:

Sulfate free, phthalate free, paraben free, artificial fragrance free shampoo infused with cannabidiol (CBD). Safe for color-treated hair. Scent: water blossom.

Thoughts:

I love the creamy texture of this formula. It leaves my hair clean but not stripped. The CBD ingredient with regular use helps me prevent flakiness & an irritated scalp. That is key because sometimes when a shampoo performs well, I get dry skin visible on my scalp a few days later; that wasn’t the case with Candor. Also, the conditioner that pairs up to this shampoo provides so much slip & has great detangling power. Important to note: CBD is trending and can be thrown into products to take advantage of that buzz word. However, Candor has thoughtfully chosen this as an ingredient to mitigate any scalp irritation; I love that. I also see this product as likely being enjoyed & benefit-reaping by several different hair types.

If I could change anything:

I enjoyed the light natural fragrance but would love more of it.

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lowens shampoo is betta

Lowen’s Shampoo is Betta

About:

Lowen’s vegan hydrating shampoo is sulfate free, coconut based, cruelty free & good for sensitive skin. Extremely light- yet incredibly effective. This shampoo helps to replenish using unrefined, cold-pressed, locally-sourced: hemp seed oil.

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed the overall experience of this shampoo. The scent is incredible; it’s such a pleasant minty aroma. I’ve used peppermint essential oil in scalp masks before to help with irritation and for an invigoratingly clean sensation. I love that it’s the scent they chose for their formula. In this case, it’s peppermint & rosemary essential oils that provide the scent. Sidenote: rosemary is a great essential oil to stimulate hair growth.

If I could change anything:

I’d love a pump bottle for this product.

odele smoothing shampoo

Odele Smoothing Shampoo

About:

Sulfate free, 100% natural fragrance, color safe, not rested on animals. Women owned & operated. Straight to wavy, fine to medium. Not recommended for oil-prone scalps.

Thoughts:

I’ve had the privilege to try Odele Beauty’s Smoothing Set (also contains a conditioner & leave-in conditioner), as one The Good Face Project’s Expert Panel. Overall, this shampoo cleaned my hair well & I liked the creamy consistency of the shampoo. Also, the accompanying products detangled like bosses. This shampoo one I would pick for daily washings. If I were to go multiple days in between washing, I’d opt for a different formula, as this product is not recommended for oily scalps. If left unwashed for a few days (+ my normal sweating/exercise), I definitely fall into the oil-prone scalp category. For washings in line with my regular washing schedule, their Volumizing Set, which is suggested for oily scalps.

If I could change anything:

I see a pattern here, I’m always wanting more scent! This scent is mellow, but I would be down for some invigorating essential oils to ramp up the zesty effect.

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3 Shampoos that Didn’t Work for Me:

masami mekabu shampoo bottle haircare

Masami Mekabu Shampoo

Thoughts:

Although I really loved the scent of this formula, I found that it left a gunky, grippy feeling on my hair. This is likely due to the fact that this blend contains several oils that are meant to be hydrating for hair. Since my hair runs oily, I simply think this formula would be more suitable for someone with a dry scalp and/or dry hair.

The texture of the formula was nice & thick, so if this did work for you, this bottle would likely last you longer than you think.

upfront cosmetics purple shampoo bar enightening blonde brassy tones blond

Up Front Cosmetics Shampoo Bar

Thoughts:

The most obvious reason this bar didn’t stand out for me is that I don’t have blonde hair. However, I would totally recommend this bar to blondes that have been on the search for a “purple shampoo,” which can help mitigate any brassy tones in your hair color.

I found the lemongrass scent to be pretty intense, and lemongrass isn’t my favorite scent in general. If you’re like me, you may enjoy their other bars more. A few of the others have scents like tucuma orange & rosemary mint.

aromatica quinoa protein recharge shampoo haircare

Aromatica Quinoa Protein Shampoo

About:

This shampoo was one I figured I would love most after a glance at the label. But, the protein in this formula felt like it was too heavy for my hair. My hair tends to be oily and needing a boost at the root level. However, it’s a good product, just not for my hair type. I see Aromatica’s Quinoa Recharge being a good pick for someone with damaged hair that’s really focusing on rebuilding a healthy head of hair.

When trying so many different shampoos, it seems like a natural process for me to love some more than others. Keep in mind, there are many variables at play here. My preferences (i.e. scent related), my washing frequency and my hair type are all big reasons why I liked or didn’t like the products I tried. I hope you found this breakdown helpful. Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions! Have you tried any of these shampoos? Let me know below!

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