2016’s Best Natural Hair Care Guide (for Gorgeous Locks Without the Tox!)

Natural Hair Care Guide

Natural skincare, makeup, even sunscreen has come leaps and bounds since its early days. Products can now be high performance and nontoxic. Natural hair care is the area that has most lagged behind, often leaving us underwhelmed with natural products that don’t perform.

Shampoos, conditioners, and styling products are part of every woman’s regular beauty routine. Even the most dedicated green gal has turned to conventional products to get the hair she deserves.

These mainstream items harbor a host of harmful ingredients that not only sap the life out of locks over time, but aren’t doing your overall health any good either (let alone the planet’s). Harsh surfactants used in shampoos are penetration enhancers, altering skin’s structure and allowing other chemicals to be more easily absorbed. Conditioners and styling products often contain silicones and synthetic emollients, which have been linked to skin and eye irritation, and respiratory issues.

Then there are the artificial colorants and fragrance ingredients found in most conventional hair care products. These nasties have been linked to minor issues, like allergic reaction and headache, and more serious problems, like respiratory distress and effects on the reproductive system.

Those days, though, are in the past. No more flat, waxy locks. The newest natural hair care products will live up to your dreams. Use healthy hair care, made safe with natural ingredients, that work. Here are our picks for 2016.

Best Natural Shampoos and Conditioners

Rare El’Ements Pure Shampoo

Rare El’Ements Pure Shampoo and Essential Conditioner: If you didn’t know this luxury hair care brand was nontoxic, you’d think it was your usual synthetic loaded products. It’s that good. The best news, it’s made with pure, natural ingredients and works like an absolute dream. Hair is soft, shiny, and smells terrific. Guess that’s why these products are favored by celeb stylists and luxury spas. Love it! $38 – $48

Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo and Conditioner: You’ve probably heard of this brand before. No natural hair care list is complete without including Yarok. Super pure, super gentle, super good. Stars and models flock to this line for lock care that is oh so simple, but works on even the most delicate tresses. These two products carry a fresh spiced citrus scent, and leave hair unbelievably soft and buoyant. $122

Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Hair & Body Shampoo

Sienna Naturals Moisturizing Hair & Body Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioner: An ultra gentle, lightly foaming cleanse for hair and body. A highly edited ingredient list means this product is super mild, perfect for the whole family. Follow up with the rich leave-in, made with simply baobab, coconut oils, and shea butter. $18 – $19

Acure Organics Stem Cell Shampoo

Acure Organics Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner: For high performance natural hair care that fits any budget, this is it. You can also pick these products up at Whole Foods Market, who happens to have its own new line of hair care. $9.99

Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo

Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is a must-have product for second day hair, adding volume to fine locks, and absorbing oil or too much styling product. To try out this cult beauty product, I did something I never do…went without shampooing after a run. A dusting of the dry shampoo applied to my post sweaty hair worked like a charm. No one was the wiser (wink). $10 – $30

Best Natural Styling and Treatment Products

Reverie MILK Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment

Reverie MILK Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment: Tame frizz, nourish, and protect strands with plant and essential oils. Smells great and a little dab will do ya. $42

Olie Biologique 100% Organic 23K Gold Argan Oil

Olie Biologique 100% Organic 23K Gold Argan Oil: You don’t hear much about anti-aging hair care. We love argan oil for skin, give hair a rich dose with this gold-infused oil. $46.50

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray: Who doesn’t love a sea salt product for creating the best beachy waves. Give this natural spray a shot for adding texture without drying hair. $24

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is an organic beauty expert who has been researching and writing on the subjects of natural beauty, health, and wellness for over 10 years. She specializes in sharing safe beauty products and her knowledge on healthy ingredients with her readers, and helping organic beauty brands and shop owners share their message and products with the world through her writing services.