Ordinary shampoo contains many harsh chemicals, which can be damaging to the hair and scalp. Organic shampoos are a better and safer option.
Organic shampoos are shampoos which are made from organic natural ingredients. Many people these days are getting aware of SLS-containing shampoos. So, they are looking for more greener and safer options. Organic hair products like shampoos contain natural elements, which are herbs and other ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dirt from the hair and help to restore a healthy sheen to the hair. Many times you will find shampoos paired with a conditioner to keep the hair nourished and shiny. Sometimes, you will find a 2 in 1 product having shampoo and conditioner, which also works pretty good.
They contain various ingredients like shikakai, which is also called fruit for hair and has been used for ages in India to clean hair. Many times the powder of this herb is also used for shampooing the hair. Other ingredients like hemp seed oil, vitamin B, C, D, and K are also used. Tea of calendula, tea of sage, rosemary etc., are also used. Many other ingredients like orange peel, coconut oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera, pineapple extract, rosemary oil, rose water, liquid castile soap, etc. are used to make organic shampoo.
When buying these shampoos there are certain things you need to keep in mind. First is to check if the shampoo product you are buying has the USDA seal. To be a certified organic product, the product must contain at least 95% of certified organic ingredients in it. A product which contains 70% organic ingredients must be labeled as ‘containing organic ingredients’. Checking the label properly will also help to buy the right product.
You also need to check out the ingredients which the shampoo contains. Certain ingredients are beneficial to a certain type of hair. For example, tea tree oil is a powerful antibiotic and helps to fight dandruff and other scalp conditions. Ingredients like rosemary give a nice bounce to the hair. Ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, eggs, and aloe vera are good for damaged, dry, and frizzy hair. So, check the label properly to find a product which suits your scalp and hair type.
Some of the best organic shampoo brands and products are –
• Hemp Nourishing Shampoo from Nature’s Gate which nourishes hair and adds body and shine
• Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo from Avalon which makes damaged hair soft and smooth
• Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Shampoo from Aubrey Organics which works best on over-processed hair
• Pure Detox Shampoo from Abba that is great for scalp which has heavy built up and impurities
You can also make your own shampoo which is free of any chemicals. However, this homemade shampoo recipe needs to be stored in refrigerator and should be used within a week or two. To make a nourishing shampoo for hair use this recipe. In a blender mix 3 tablespoons of castile soap, 3 drops of tea tree oil, 1 tablespoon rosewater, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, few petals of lavender, and half cup of hot water. Use all organic ingredients. Blend everything well and store it in an airtight bottle. Use the shampoo whenever washing your hair.
Organic shampoo is definitely better than chemical-containing ones. However, you need to take care while using it, as certain nut ingredients can be allergic to some people. So, if you have any nut allergies avoid any nut oil containing products.