Natural hair products, organic shampoo and all natural conditioners are search terms that have seen huge rises in popularity throughout the past year. With more and more people choosing to go “naked” when it comes to their list of haircare ingredients, we’re delving into the best natural hair products and what makes them so special.
What’s SLS and SLES?
Firstly, it’s important to understand the chemicals missing from natural hair products and why. The two main culprits are SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate). Known as the “foaming agents” in shampoos, they can also be mildly irritating to those with sensitive skin and scalps. The best natural hair products don’t contain these chemicals to minimise the potential risks of causing redness, itching and aggravation, so make sure you always choose shampoo and conditioner without them present.
Other chemicals can include parabens (helps to preserve hair products) and silicones, which is what makes hair feel silky soft. If you are worried about using any of these ingredients, then it’s always best to go natural.
6 of the best natural hair products
Kérastase Aura Botanica
Kérastase launched a capsule collection of Aura Botanica last year. A natural haircare range, the brand added more products to the range earlier this year to include shampoos and conditioners suitable for coloured hair.
Each product contains a blend of up to 98% natural ingredients and is free from the common chemical nasties like SLS and SLES. Instead, they contain nourishing argan oil and cleansing natural micelles to keep the hair light, clean and well moisturised.
As it’s so conditioning and contains ingredients like Samoan coconut oil, the range is also suitable for curly and afro hair types, with specific curl products such as Crème de Boucles and Lait de Soie.