Skincare is usually the primary association with clean beauty, but it’s just as important for haircare to be as chemical-free as possible. Aside from being in close contact with your skin, whether your scalp or the ends of hair that often rests on your face, your hair products are probably seeping into your body somehow, someway (as I chew on my hair). So, they shouldn’t contain total garbage. And that’s why I switched to a clean haircare routine.
Making the switch to a clean haircare routine is surprisingly easy. The straightest path to your dream hair can miss a laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients, especially when you consider how many natural items have great effects on hair (Cardi B swears by an avocado mask). Keep this in mind and don’t let the pretty packaging fool you. Let’s normalize reading and caring about what’s in our haircare, the same way we’ve gotten used to reading food labels.
Though I’m a stickler for what I consider the best out there/reasonable/good enough, I’m not exactly bathing in patchouli. Here are my everyday clean haircare products that I use to control my deceptively thin curls.
Alaffia Authentic Black Soap Shampoo: $9.99
Alaffia also makes kid-friendly products like bubble bath. Everything is safe and they have an impressive charity list. This gentle purifying shampoo is great for all hair types and a great way to dip your toe into clean haircare.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Mega Strength Set: $100
When I need a deep cleanse, I opt for Briogeo Scalp Revival, which contains 3% salicylic acid and is 92% naturally-derived.
Glammed Naturally Oil Hair Growth Moisturizing Conditioner: $35
This brand was everything for me when I was pregnant. I would dose myself in anything claiming to reduce frizz pre-pregnancy but being with child is definitely a wakeup call. You really don’t need all that stuff in your system. Glammed Naturally Oil is squeaky clean and really high quality.
(via Glammed Naturally Oil)
Bounce Curl Ayurvedic Deep Conditioner: $25
I slather on Bounce Curl’s Deep Conditioner and let it unravel my knots while delivering hydration.
(via Bounce Curl)
Fortify’d Naturals Hydrating Leave-In Conditioner: $15.99
My thirsty curls can’t get enough moisture. I love how clean Fortify’d is (anything from the brand is recommended) and I feel no guilt not rinsing it out.
(via Fortify’d Naturals)
Sky Organics Bouncy Curl Cream: $9.98
Let the record state that Sky Organics Bouncy Curl Cream is curl therapy in a jar. I’m so glad I added it to my clean haircare routine.
Vegamour Gro Hair Serum: $58
I’ve been rubbing this into my scalp and praying to the hair gods for a few months now. I’m happy to report that my edges seem more intact than when I started.
Naturalicious Spanish Almond Regrowth Oil: $27
Naturalicious’ sweet-smelling oil defines curls and is great for skin. And, a little happily goes a long way.
Joy Spring Conditioner Detangling Spray: $17.99
This is technically for my son, but it works so wonderfully and smells so amazing, sometimes I can’t help but mist my brush too.
(via Joy Spring)
LolaVie Perfecting Leave-In: $29
This clean hair brand created by none other than Jennifer Aniston is my favorite celebrity product ever. It leaves hair soft and curls defined without any of the unnecessary stuff.
LolaVie Glossing Detangler: $25
I spritz Jen’s detangler in my strands post-shower. It really complements the leave-in, and honestly these two products are all I use some days.
Soultanicals Sprung Coil Boosting Styling Gelly: $16
When I need a little extra definition, I opt for this clean gelly made with nettle, saw palmetto, and horsetail.
Conscious Coconut Oil: $18
I recommend coating yourself in this oil from head to toe. It’s organic, cold-pressed, and delivers mega-moisture.
(via Conscious Coconut)
Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener: $499.99
My new hack is to iron just the top layer of my mane and let the curls fall where they will underneath it, pretty much to fake like I spent the morning S-curling my hair. While not exactly a clean product, the Corrale styles with less heat, protecting hair better than conventional irons.
Another clean haircare product we love? THIS Vegamour shampoo!