I have been a little obsessive lately about my Shampoo. My regulars may know that I have a sensitive scalp so I avoid any Shampoo with SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sufate) and Parabens. It’s actually not easy AT ALL to find truly Paraben free stuff on the high street. A quick whip around in Boots didn’t reveal much, apart from Naked shampoo, which I loved for a week then hated because it started to make my itch.
So after many bottles of the stuff here is a preliminary list of 5 shampoos that I recommend, that omit SLS and Parabens, and that work well.*
*SLS free shampoo tends to be a little harder to lather – I don’t have an issue with this but zero lather does make it a tad difficult. It can also make hair knottier – some of the shampoos I have tried leave me looking like Worzel Gummidge.
I have been trying new shampoos, one after the other so have left out the ones which fulfill the above critera but also don’t leave me looking like a scarecrow.
1. Tara Smith
I reviewed the range here – and an excellent range it is too.
Huge plus: The price. Probably the most affordable range of SLS/Paraben free shampoos and conditioners you will find and you can buy it from Tesco!
I have tried a few of their shampoos; clove, scalp therapy, be curly – all are lovely but quite expensive. Nevertheless, you can’t beat them for a bit of luxury.
Review is here - it totally surpassed my expectations. A little hard to get hold of as the brand isn’t mainstream yet but it is a gorgeous range.
4. Optima Australian Tea Tree * full review coming up
There are quite a few Australian Tea Tree type companies – I found this Shampoo once in Holland and Barretts (a UK health food store chain). For less than £5 this rather tingly, refreshing shampoo does a great job and is nasty chemical free.
5. Dead Sea Natural Mineral Shampoo *full review coming up
Excuse the naff packaging, and you have an excellent, deep cleansing shampoo here with a gorgeous, detergent free ingredients list. Impressively, it contains just a mix of olive, palm and coconut oils (and of course minerals from the Dead Sea). This one really cleanses and feels gentle too – costs around £7. You can buy this at Boots.
That’s my Top 5 SLS/Paraben free shampoo & conditioner ranges for now.
Be aware that just because a shampoo says its organic or natural doesn’t mean that it is – believe me, I have been duped. Always check the ingredients list! If SLS is there, it is generally near the top of the list. (If you want to know what is so awful about SLS (have you been listening to me?!) then go here.)
If anyone wants to add to this list of haircare, please do!