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How to Choose an Organic Shampoo:
4 Tips on Natural Ingredients & Hair Benefits

Whether you’re a vegan or just don’t like the thought of putting harsh chemicals on your hair each day, organic shampoo can be just the solution you’ve been looking for. Typically, when the average consumer hears the word “organic” they think of homegrown foods, fruits and vegetables. However, there are many organic household and beauty products on the market today. Organic shampoo and other organic products allow consumers to feel comfortable knowing there are no harmful ingredients in what they’re using at home. Here are some tips on choosing an organic shampoo for your hair type.
  1. Look at an organic or natural food market - Visit your local health food store or national organic product chain stores. Stores like Whole Foods Market or your local co-op will likely have a wide selection of organic products. Traditional grocery, general merchandise and drug stores will not offer organic shampoo options. If you don’t have a local co-op or organic market in your area, search online for organic shampoo.

  2. Check the Ingredient Label - If you are looking specifically for organic shampoo to fit your hair type, be sure to look closely at the bottle. Whether your hair is dry, oily, curly, frizzy or color enriched, there will be a brand and organic shampoo formula for you. Read the ingredients and be sure everything is natural. The hair care shampoo should be free from synthetic fragrances, preservatives (including diazolidinyl urea), carcinogen precursors and artificial colors. Without these items, you can have hair and a scalp which shines with healthy sheen!

  3. Damaged Hair May Benefit from Organics - Organic shampoo can be great if you have hair damage from chemicals. Natural fragrances like lavender and jasmine are often used in these shampoos, which make the best choice for even a baby or someone who needs hypoallergenic products due to sensitive skin. Green tea ingredients often help those with dry hair, so look for it in the ingredients if you want more moisture in your hair. It’s also a great antioxidant. If you’re looking for a pesticide and chemical free way to treat dandruff, look for rosemary in the organic shampoo. White camellia oil and ginseng offer more moisture for dry hair, as well.

  4. Make Your Own Organic Shampoo - If you really want to go to the limit, you can always make your own organic shampoo using a recipe. However, homemade shampoos can be difficult to make and are often not as rich in vitamin power as those you can purchase from the shelves. Great companies like Avalon, Aveda and Burt’s Bees have organic shampoo lines, so you can still use your favorite brands even though you’re going green!

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