I recently wrote a post explaining some of the questionable additives that are often found in shampoos. Of course, this made me wonder what might be lurking in some of my favorite shampoos. I was surprised to find that many salon-quality cleansers do contain some of these ingredients. In fact, it was difficult to find any that didn’t have at least one or two.
However, it’s important to note that not all of these ingredients are harmful to your health. For example, sulfates are detergents that can be too harsh for some people with damaged or colored hair, but might be appropriate for others, like those who have oily hair. Silicones and waxes can build up on hair but can be removed with a periodic clarifying treatment.
If you are concerned about questionable additives, you may need to turn to the aisles of your favorite health food store. Look for products that are 100% natural and check the label for any questionable additives. Unfortunately, I’ve tried many of these shampoos and I personally feel that many of them sacrifice performance, leaving my long hair feeling dry and tangled.
This list is comprised of shampoos that I, as a hairstylist and colorist, would recommend. Many offer alternatives to chemical additives and are formulated with higher quality ingredients. I’ve included highly-rated all-natural choices as well as a couple of treatment shampoos that address buildup and dandruff naturally. For me, these options balance the potential questionable effects of some additives without compromising performance. With that caveat, here is my list of the best shampoos for healthy hair and scalp.