In the last few years, hair stylists have begun to question our usage of modern shampoo, which has been the norm since the 1930s. Sure, it cleans, but it also strips our hair of natural oil, moisture, and color and thus, many of us use conditioner as well to restore the nutrients that shampoo strips away. Some stylists have begun to create alternative hair cleansers that are gentler, with fewer chemicals. These products tenderly wash hair without simultaneously removing its best components. Here are a few of our favorites:
Gluten Free and Vegan, Unwash hair products consist of bio-cleansing conditioner, anti-residue rinse, and hydrating masque. The bio-cleansing conditioner is a moisturizing, non-strip cleanser that replaces shampoo, locking in natural oil and color. It is also free of harsh sulfates and detergents found in most modern shampoos. To supplement this, the anti-residue rinse and hydrating masque can be used to clean and hydrate more intensely every so often, usually once per week and are also free of the harsh chemicals found in typical shampoos. The mild, but effective bio-cleansing conditioner leaves hair softer, more manageable, free of frizz, and overall, more vibrant and natural in one healthy step.
Malibu-based celebrity stylist Mitch Stone brings his own take on shampoo alternatives through his Lustre line of hair products inspired by his SoCal lifestyle. Also sulfate and paraben free, this shampoo alternative has a wonderful natural fragrance that combines pink grapefruit and jasmine. At the center of his Lustre products is VComps, a blend of carefully curated vitamins, minerals, and oils, combined in a luxurious papaya base. It gently cleans hair, while leaving healthy oils intact. Hair is left soft, clean, moisturized, and refreshed.
Founder and ex-president of Bumble and Bumble, Michael Gordon began a line of products named “Purely Perfect,” with the guiding belief that “less is more.” Gordon believes shampoo creates the need for products not actually needed, i.e. conditioner. Purely Perfect Hair Cleansing Crème is sulfate, paraben, and detergent free. Aloe vera and a blend of essential oils: Jojoba, Sunflower, and Peppermint take the place of detergent, leaving natural oils intact and hair shinier, less frizzy, richer in color, and moisturized. Conditioner, detangler, and masques are usually not necessary when using this product, resulting in a significantly less expensive hair routine.
A texturizer and invisible dry shampoo, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is an excellent alternative to dry shampoo. It absorbs oil at the roots without powdery residue and is made free of parabens or sodium chloride, containing UV protection. Oribe’s signature complex of watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts protects hair from the drying and damaging outside elements and kiwi and passion flower extracts deliver antioxidants. The result is a voluminous, sexy texture that will last an extra night or two.
This completely natural solution can be made at home. For long hair, use 2 tablespoons of baking soda and dissolve into 1 pint of water. Pour over your head and scrub into hair and rinse. Then, measure 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add water into a jar that measures one pint. Pour this over your head, and rinse almost immediately. For short hair, use only one cup of water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Because you are wetting your hair, be prepared to redo your blowout, though the results should be a healthier, shinier, softer style. Your hair gets less greasy and you can thus, go longer between washes, usually four to give days. Vinegar’s unpleasant scent is this DIY solution’s biggest downfall.