Clean Head, Clean World

January 6, 2009

Some people say that you should switch between a few different shampoos to help maintain the effectiveness of the product. Well I don't know if that's true or not, but luckily I like to use more than one shampoo anyway. In fact, I'm not even that picky when it comes to shampoos. Conditioners are a different story (for a different blog entry). But with shampoos, I'll use my own, my husbands or even the Weleda Calendula Baby Wash & Shampoo or Erbaviva Baby Shampoo that I keep around for the kids.

That said I do have a few favorites. And they have to be organic. I don't want to put any lauryl sulfates or other chemical ingredients in my hair. Even if I rinse it away I don't know how much stays with me. Plus as all of the suds swirl down the drain the chemicals get transported into our water. Which is bad news for the environment.

The Dr.Hauschka Macadamia & Orange Shampoo is a great find (and one of the more inexpensive organic options). Perfect for normal hair that's not too dry or too oily, it helps maintain balance by gently cleansing and nurturing.  The clear bottle highlights the gorgeous orange formula that's full of 100% certified ingredients including nurturing Macadamia nut oil, invigorating Orange and Blood Orange essential oils and extracts of Neem and Rosemary to strengthen.

Another one I like to use is the Living Nature Nourishing Shampoo. It's better suited for dry or damaged hair, and may weigh down oily hair types. But for me, it's perfect. It's formulated with Kumerahou from New Zealand to help lather and Wheatgerm oil and Kelp to add shine and moisture. It's a great option if you use heated styling tools a lot or color your hair.

For times I really need to rush my morning shower there's the Intelligent Nutrients Total Body Cleanser. I can apply it from head to toe (literally) because the USDA certified organic formula works as a great shampoo (not for chemically-treated hair) and a body wash. The unique ingredients are 100% certified organic and include a who's who list of some of the most nourishing natural plant oils including Sesame, Jojoba, Coconut and Shea. It also helps strengthen and protect with the brand's signature Intellimune Seed Oil Complex, which combines five antioxidant-rich super seed oils (Black Cumin, Pumpkin, Red Grape, Red Raspberry and Cranberry to be exact.) However, if you have color-treated hair you shouldn't use this one. Instead try the Intelligent Nutrients Organic Hair Cleanser.

I have really healthy looking hair, which I think is part a natural blessing and part because I take care of myself. I believe that if you eat healthy, drink lots of water and make sure you're getting plenty of the nutrients, you need your hair will reflect that. But it's always nice to know that I'm washing my hair with really pure products. All of these shampoos are both effective and natural. The best part (beyond silky healthy hair) is that you won't be contributing to adding toxins to the water supply.