There are lots of reasons to buy an organic conditioner! Learn why here
Most of us worry about what’s in our shampoo, especially after learning that harsh sulphates like sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) can hurt our hair, and even our health. But few of us consider the benefits of using a natural or organic hair conditioners.
And we should. Not only do hair conditioners often contain pig-and-cattle derived keratin as a strengthening agent (which is problematic for those who are vegan, Halal or Kosher) but there are also plenty of nasty chemicals in hair conditioners that are included in the products to keep our hair sleek and smooth. For example?
Some chemicals to watch for are:
Behentrimonium chloride: A suspected environmental toxin and human allergen
Amodimethicone: A form of silicon. Generally considered safe, and won’t harm your health. That being said, it can build up on the hair, ultimately leading to dryness
Parfum/Fragrance: Unless this is listed as being derived from natural oils it likely indicates a synthetic perfume, which can lead to skin and lung irritation and organ toxicity, and possibly even cancer
PEG-80/ Sorbitan Laurate: Can lead to allergies or organ toxicity
Parabens: Preservatives that have been linked to cancer
Quaternium 15: This releases formaldehyde and can cause cancer, irritation of skin and eyes, and organ toxicity
Linalool: Can lead to respiratory disturbances; not vegan friendly
Frankly, it’s hard to find a great organic conditioner
Even if you do find a good organic conditioner, quite honestly, they don’t often cut it. Some have a weird smell, or you need tons more product to get the same effect you would with a cheap chemical conditioner. Others just don’t seem to work to remove tangles and make hair soft at all. So, what can you do?
You could make your own: for example, it’s easy to whip up a hair mask rich in Vitamins A and B by blending one super ripe avocado with ½ cup mayonnaise or coconut milk. Apply to hair once a week; leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off. It doesn’t last forever, though – just about a week in the fridge. It takes longer to use than commercial conditioners. And of course, it’s kind of a pain to make, and smells pretty yuk.
For something a bit easier to use and sweeter smelling, we’ve tried and tested loads of organic conditioners for you. You may never know about the bad ones, because we refuse to list them here. But we can promise you: anything that is written about below is there because it works! (and remember: we never accept payment for making such lists).
Which one is best for you?
Our List of the Best Natural & Organic Conditioners
For us, this is the crème de la conditioners! John Masters has created a whole range of natural shampoos, conditioners and styling products that we love, not only because they’re all natural, but because they get the job done. Their Lavender and Avocado conditioner is meant to be used like a hair mask, but it’s perfect as an everyday conditioner for very dry or colour treated hair – especially in the winter, when static can be a problem.
Best for: All hair, especially long and thick Price: Around $30
Lavender, orange, rosemary and Ylang Ylang essential oils form the natural scent that underlies this amazing conditioner! It’s mainly based on aloe vera leaf juice, but the rest of the nourishing ingredients read like a shopping list for the seeds you’d want to plant in your garden: rosehips, flax, sage, chamomile and goldenseal, for example.
There are absolutely no chemicals in this formula, which detangles and softens hair beautifully.
Best for: Everyday use for normal to dry hair. Price: Around $59
Dyed hair can reveal brassy undertones over time – but this conditioner helps keep those hues at bay! It’s made from 96% natural ingredients, which include rice proteins and meadowfoam seed oil, which strengthens the hair and infuses it with plant based pigments that nourish and intensify brunette hair colours.
Best for: Those with dyed brunette hair Price: Around $60
We love the fact that Rahua’s natural shampoos and conditioners are produced in a sustainable partnership with the people of the Amazon, but we’re not going to lie: for some reason, you do need to apply more of this product than you would a mainstream commercial conditioner to get the same effect.
Nonetheless, the end result is softer, healthier hair in the long run, thanks to the selection of hair-strengthening ingredients in this, such as quinoa, lemongrass and green tea.
Best for: Those who prefer lighter conditioners Price: Around $30
Have you got lifeless, flyaway hair? Give it a boost with Original & Mineral’s ‘Fine Intellect’ conditioner! It’s enriched with plant-based goodness such as lilly pilly, a powerful plant that adds fullness and volume, as well as nettle extracts, sweet almond oil and vitamin E. All of these ingredients work together to promote healthy hair growth and leave your tresses deeply nourished and feeling super soft.
Bonus: there are some sun protecting ingredients in this formula, too!
Best for: Those who spend a lot of time in the sun Price: Around $29
his softening conditioner contains 38 flower and plant essences (yep, 38!) including cherry blossom extract, almond oil and organic shea butter to deeply condition and restore shine. The sweet, floral scent will last all day on your newly-bouncy locks, too.
Best for: Smoothing hair and enhancing shine Price: Around $20
If you choose your conditioners based on scent, you’ll like this brand! They normally use a blend of oils from grapefruit to peppermint to make their range smell sweetly refreshing, and all their formulae are packed with ingredients that are good for your hair, such as Vitamin B5, olive, jojoba, borage and sunflower oils.
This conditioner is also great if you are trying to help your hair grow: aloe vera prevents breakage and arginine, stimulates blood circulation. My fave may well be the Biotin + B Vitamin thickening conditioner – yes, I have thin hair, and this one really does plump up the hair shaft to give a thicker look.
Best for: Hair growth, nice scent Price: Around $20
Argan oil is known to be a highly moisturising, repairing conditioner for normal to dry, damaged, curly hair, and Acure knows it. So no surprise that the label packed in loads of that precious hair protector in as well as argan stem cells in this conditioner to help manage your locks and repair follicles. Free of all nasties, this also has loads of other natural ingredients like CoQ10, pumpkin seed oil and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It is a reasonably priced option for those seeking an all natural conditioner.
Best for: Deep conditioning Price: Around $10
100% Pure has become a trusted and well loved brand in the world of organic and natural beauty thanks to its great products, and this conditioner is no exception. This hydrating cream rinse moisturises, softens and detangles your hair, while soothing and treating your scalp to put an end to any dryness, itching and flaking.
It’s rich, but gentle enough for colour treated locks too. And like all 100% Pure products, this conditioner smells lovely, too – it’s got a slightly floral, rosy scent.
Best for: Those with dandruff Price: Around $19
Got dry hair? Your mane gets a big boost from this lightweight, silicone-free conditioner, which smooths and softens using the power of natural oils, like antioxidant olive leaf extracts and natural moisturisers from organically grown fruit oils, which both work to restore silkiness and manageability. This is fully vegan friendly, easy on the budget, and does actually leave your hair feeling silkier after the first wash.
Best for: Vegans with dry hair Price: Around $10
I love this organic conditioner! It smells amazeballs, thanks to its infusion of rosehip, argan, coconut and essential oils of rose, patchouli, neroli, chamomile and ylang ylang. This rich conditioner’s blend of certified organic ingredients deeply penetrates and protects your locks to create manageable, soft hair without any build-up. Suitable for all hair types, this also reduced my fly-away hair and frizz beautifully.
Best for: Gorgeous, luxurious packaging, great scent Price: Around $40 Find it: here.
Hair can become fragile and broken when coloured, so protect it with this 100% vegan silicone and paraben free conditioner by infuse My. colour. Enriched with neroli extract, tangerine butter and sunflower seed extract, this rich formula not only provides weightless hydration and nourishment but will detangle hair whilst boosting its shine and elasticity, preventing further breakage.
Best for: Protecting locks and giving them a boost Price: Around $20
Based on just three, all natural ingredients – those being papaya, olive oil and coconut oil – this plant-based hair treat offers super hydration for your hair – and a moisture fix for your skin, too! We love that it gives your hair some healthy shine, and it smells wonderfully tropical, too: kind of like a coconut/mango shake! Use it as a wash out conditioner on your hair, or rub it into your hands and elbows when they’re feeling rough.
Best for: Taking with you to the gym or on vacay – this is a 2 in 1 formula that reduces packing space Price: $12.99
14. Monat Detangler
This vegan, cruelty-free, plant based beauty detangler is sooo easy to use! Its lightweight formula just sprays in, and uses the power of rosa canina fruit extract, olive oil and camellia leaf extract to leave your mane touchably soft, smooth and well conditioned. It’s also a great product to use after swimming, or when your hair needs a refresh, but when you don’t have time for a wash: just spray in, and style!
Best for: Those on the go, or little kids whose hair tends to tangle. This product is super safe for wee ones! Price: $22
Of course, we haven’t tried every organic conditioner in the market, so if we’re missing a brand you know and love, share it in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!
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