As the Editorial Director of Mane Addicts, I’ve had the privilege of trying my fair share of both traditional and clean hair products. However, since I made the switch to clean beauty about seven years ago — and even launched my own clean, algae-based skincare line MARA — I’ve converted 99% of my products (including household, body, hair, skin and makeup) to clean.
My definition of clean might be more rigorous than most, because I take a full circle approach when evaluating if a product is a fit for me: efficacy, quality INCI list, sustainable packaging, and safe-for-plant ingredients. While many can argue that parabens and silicones have gotten a bad rep for no reason, I beg to differ. Not only are these two prime examples of ingredients I would prefer not to use on my body (they’re honestly not hard to formulate out, either) — they bioaccumulate and magnify in our ecosystems once they’re rinsed down the drain, can harm wild life, and can end up in our food supply. Ick.
My passion for clean beauty started when I had the epiphany that I was a stickler for the foods I consumed, but had no idea what my largest organ (aka my skin) was absorbing via the products I used every single day. Many of the ingredients in my at-the-time favorite products I couldn’t even pronounce let alone understand what purpose they served in the formulas. So, my journey began and lucky for you, I’ve tried just about every clean hair product out there. Below, I’ve rounded up my favorites.
La Tierra Sagrada Shampoo: $36
Shampoo is always a hard sell for me because I only air dry, so it has to do some heavy lifting. This palo santo-scented shampoo is what dreams are made of and is gentle enough for my super sensitive scalp while effectively cleansing away all the grime.
Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner: $26
My hair is super dry and I am always in need of moisture, however hair oils can tend to weigh me down and make my hair look really oily. I love this hydrating leave in conditioner, it’s super lightweight and is infused with emollient oils and herbs.
Ranavat Mighty Majesty Fortifying Hair Serum: $70
If you like dual function products that smell nice and floral-y, this hair and body serum is most definitely for you. Infused with effervescent jasmine and superfood amla, this potent serum meets oil works wonders on dry ends, and even works for hair oiling to promote thickness and shine.
Rahua Hydration Conditioner: $36
As I said before, my hair is so dry. It’s always been this way, but ever since I dyed my hair it’s even drier so I am always looking for super hydrating conditioners to add much needed moisture — Rahua’s Hydration Conditioner is hands down the best. It leaves my hair soft, silky and full of moisture.
(via The Detox Market)
Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask: $36
I’m a sucker for a good hair mask and this one by Briogeo tops my list. It’s full of superfoods like avocado and kiwi and gives my hair a much needed pick me up.
Dae Prickly Pear Hair Oil: $36
I used to be hair oil obsessed and then I took a breather for awhile when I did a hair detox. I’ve recently been getting back into them and fell in love with this one by Dae that strengthens, softens and detangles.
Drunk Elephant Happi Scalp Scrub: $36
I sadly suffer from psorasis on my scalp which is a big bummer, it’s something I’ve dealt with my whole life. I have been loving the new onslaught of scalp-specific products that help exfoliate and soften dry scalps like mine. This one from Drunk Elephant is great, formulated with lactic and glycolic acids to to rapidly break down and dissolve dead skin cells.
Playa Soft Volume Powder: $24
I’ve tried to really par back on my dry shampoo usage, especially with the current pandemic because I’m never in a rush or seeing anyone, hah. However this Playa Soft Volume powder is great for de-greasing the hair line and adding a little volume, while leaving behind a dreamy rose scent.
BKind Bamboo Hairbrush: $22
BKind’s bamboo hairbrush is naturally antibacterial and has large wooden bristles that naturally condition hair and evenly distribute oils. It literally feels like a massage on your scalp, I absolutely love it.