Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) gives shampoos lather while parabens are preservatives that enable mainstream shampoos to last for long. Note that these two ingredients are very harmful to your hair.
Sulphate, for example, will strip your hair of its natural oil and moisture, leaving it dry. The constant exposure of sulphates to the scalp also leaves the scalp dry, thus increasing the chances of irritation. Additionally, sulphates cause irritation on the eyes and skin, especially to people suffering from rosacea that affects one in 10 people in the UK.
Also, it is not only your hair that is at risk here. According to research, parabens also have a role to play when it comes to breast cancer. Although the research is not fully backed, it is quite something to keep one away from harsh chemicals.
Organic shampoos are better options because the ingredients are from natural sources like plants, which are renewable, biodegradable, and not harmful to your hair, skin, and the planet. The ingredients in organic shampoos also give your hair a natural shine, moisture and nourishment.
Not many brands are true to their ingredients adverts. With some research, we have chosen the best sulphate free shampoos in the UK- from vegan shampoo to the best shampoo for coloured hair and dry scalp. And, if you are looking more, we also have a selection of the best shampoo bars that we love. If you like using conditioners after washing your hair, check our list of the best organic conditioners to keep your hair smooth and shiny.
Let’s dive in!
Best Organic Shampoos Guide for All Hair Types
Best Cost Per Use: Blue Jungle Shampoo Bar by Natural Wisdom Spa
Blue Jungle is the epitome of organic shampoo and a sustainable lifestyle for your hair. First, all ingredients are 100% natural, vegan, biodegradable, and eco-friendly. The indigo blue butterfly pea flower extracts present in this shampoo are rich in Phyto and antioxidants. These leave your hair nourished, conditioned and soft.
These extracts also give the shampoo bar its jungle blue colour. Also, it doubles as a body wash soap. With its balanced pH level, your hair and skin will have the extra care they deserve.
We love it because; it is an organic shampoo bar that doubles as a body wash soap. Its ingredients are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and plastic-free.
For Sensitive Scalp: Organic Ingredients Shampoo by Tree To Tub
While this shampoo is great for all hair types, it is an excellent vegan shampoo for anyone with an itchy scalp and sensitive skin. It checks all the boxes we look for in Eco products as all ingredients are natural and sustainably extracted.
It has Argan oil for moisturising and Aloe Vera for hydrating your hair. Soapberry is included to balance your hair’s pH level and soothe your scalp.
We love it because; all ingredients are natural, sustainably extracted and is cruelty-free. It is very tough but also extremely gentle on your hair and scalp.
For Colour-Treated Hair: NYK1 Salt & Sulphate Free Shampoo
Your coloured hair deserves nothing but the best shampoo that does not ruin your preferred look. NYK1’s shampoo will not only protect your hair’s natural oils but also preserve your favourite hair colour. It is sulphate and paraben-free shampoo that reduces irritation of the scalp and retails your hair’s keratin and bonds.
It is also ideal for your hair extensions. Regular shampoos destroy the coating on hair extensions that protect your natural hair. However, this shampoo’s composition is quite gentle on this coating thus keeping it intact and healthy.
We love it because; it is salt free, paraben free, and sulphate-free, and tough on dirt in the hair while still being gentle to your coloured hair and extension. Plus they are cruelty free & vegan friendly!
For Dark Hair: Organic Dry Shampoo by Remnant Beauty
On the days you do not have time to wash your hair, dry shampoo is your go-to solution. Remnant Hair UK offers the best dry shampoo. All its ingredients are natural, renewable and biodegradable. The ingredients include Pink Clay, kaolin clay, chaga mushroom powder and essential oils.
Pink clay helps in softening and cleanse hair while kaolin clay cleanses the scalp and helps improve blood circulation. Chaga Mushroom will keep your hair moisturised and strong.
We love it because: although there are no preservatives, it will last for long. The dry shampoo also comes in a glass jar that you can recycle.
For Dry and Damaged Hair: Argan Oil Shampoo by Ogx
The answer to your dry and damaged hair lies in the secret oils from Morocco, Argan oil. Ogx has found a way to infuse this old-age oil whose use spans for centuries into their natural shampoo, thus helping restore and strengthen your damaged hair.
The shampoo is sulphate and paraben-free, with a thick and smooth feel. It will leave your hair soft and shiny but stronger than ever.
We love it because; Not only is it paraben and sulphate-free, it has an additional natural ingredient, Argan oil from Morocco that repairs damaged hair.
For Curly Hair: Acure Mega Moisture Shampoo
Retain the curls in your hair and get a new flirty, spicy and sweet aroma on your hair, courtesy of Acure’s mega moisture shampoo. All the natural products have a role to play when it comes to giving your hair the best care. Together, it leaves your hair soft, shiny and curly as it was.
There is Argan oil in this shampoo, which helps to strengthen your hair follicles. There are no parabens, sulphate, petroleum, or mineral oils.
We love it because; while it has a cute and unique packaging, it is also 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It also has an alluring and sweet scent of pumpkin.
For Shiny Hair: Scent Free Organic Shampoo by Green People
Green People shampoo is one of the best shampoos for dry scalp in the UK. It is paraben and sulphate-free. But this does not compromise its effectiveness. It has pineapple extracts and organic aloe vera that remove flakes from your scalps. Another ingredient is green tea, which gives your hair that extra shine and strength.
It is a fragrance and scent-free shampoo, making it the best organic shampoo for anyone with allergic reactions.
We love it because; it is an SLS free, gluten free and silicone-free shampoo with no scent, ideal for anyone with allergic reactions from harsh fragrances.
For Dandruff: Spearmint & Meadowsweet Shampoo by John Masters
Is dandruff your nightmare? There are natural hair care products that will cater to your needs, as this natural shampoo from John Masters. It has all the detoxifying qualities needed to get rid of dandruff, all from natural oils like sunflower oil and eucalyptus oil.
With this, your scalp will not have any more irritation that comes with dandruff. Your hair will also be moisturised, fuller, soft and silky. This shampoo will leave your hair with a unique, sweet, spicy and refreshing scent of spearmint and meadowsweet.
We love it because; it has no harsh ingredients but is still effective on dandruff using its natural oils extracts. We also love its sweet and spicy scent.
For Dry, Colour-Treated Hair: Organic Argan Oil Shampoo by ArtNaturals
If you have dry, damaged and colour-treated hair, ArtNatural’s Argan oil shampoo is the answer to your hair problems. Argan oil is well known for its ability to restore damaged hair and enhance hair growth. It will also give your hair a shiny and smooth feel.
When combined with other natural ingredients like almond, peach, jojoba, and avocado oils, your hair will not only be restored but also moisturised, hydrated and strengthened.
We love it because; it has 100% natural ingredients like Argan, jojoba, peach and almond oils that strengthen your damaged hair and give it a shiny and soft feel.
For Unruly and Dry Hair: Natural Shampoo by Hairy Jane
We love nothing but getting you hand-made products in the UK. This sulphate-free shampoo from Hairy Jane is one of those products you need if you have unruly and dry hair.
It has organic aloe vera ingredients, which will give you shiny and oily hair. There are 3 different scents to choose from, Floral, Musk and Citrus. All these use natural ingredients.
You also have the option of getting your shampoo in a plastic-free refill bottle, thus helping reduce the number of plastics in the landfill.
We love it because; there are 3 different scents that use organic ingredients. You can also buy your shampoo in a plastic-free and refillable bottle
There is a spike in the usage of organic shampoos, as well as recommendations for the same. But are organic shampoos beer for your hair or is it just marketing-speak? To answer you, yes, organic shampoos are great for your hair. Here is why:
1- Doesn’t have synthetic and harsh chemicals – the plant-based ingredients are gentle on your hair, scalp and skin, unlike mainstream shampoos that have toxic SLS and parabens. These harsh chemicals have been linked to breast cancer and adverse effects on the endocrine system.
2- Have natural and essential nutrients that help repair and nourish and moisturise your hair and scalp, while still maintaining its natural protection ingredients.
3- Balances your scalp’s pH levels thus preventing hair loss through dandruff, bacteria and fungus. The best shampoos for this will have organic aloe vera or coconut milk since these have a low pH level.
It is hard to tell if a product is organic from the list of ingredients at the back. To make your shopping time easier, here are some of the ingredients to avoid and those to look for.
* Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) – strips hair of its natural oils and moisture and causes irritation on the scalp, leaving it dry.
* Propylene glycol – causes irritation on the scalp, which can lead to loss of hair.
* Ammonium lauryl sulphate – makes the hair more brittle and causes skin irritation, which can lead to hair loss.
* Siloxanes – causes disruption in our bodies endocrine levels, thus affecting the production of hormones and fertility levels.
* Olefin Sulphonate – it destroys the colour of your hair.
* Coconut oil – moisturizes dry hair and stimulates hair growth by enhancing the health of your scalp
Organic aloe vera – helps in repairing dead skin cells on one’s scalp, which reduces dandruff and enhances hair growth
* Jojoba oil – moisturizes the scalp, helps reduce dandruff and naturally moisturizes your hair. Fun fact: did you know that Jojoba oil gained fame in 1971 when it became an alternative to sperm oil? The use of sperm oil, from whales, almost led to the extinction of these beautiful animals.
* Olive oil – helps in reducing flakes that cause dandruff. It also reduces irritation on the scalp and moisturizes hair
* Castor oil – has omega-6 and ricinoleic acids, which enhance blood circulation on the scalp and hair growth
* Organic shea butter – it has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce irritation and redness on the scalp.
* Essential oils for fragrance – the fragrance is naturally-derived with no harsh chemicals, and also help in reducing irritation on the scalp and dandruff.
Although shopping for natural hair products is time-consuming, we believe the above list of the best 10 organic shampoos available in the UK will make your work easier. Whether you are looking for a shampoo that tackles your dandruff problems or one that does not irritate your scalp, you will not lack a choice that suits you.