Best Natural Shampoo and Vegan-Friendly Alternatives

Here are some of your best options.

With so many different non-toxic products on the market, finding the best natural shampoo for your hair can be a long process. If you’re the type that would rather take matters into your own hands, you can consider just creating your own natural shampoo. For years, women have used products like apple cider vinegar to cleanse their hair. Some have even used Castile soap to clarify hair too. Both are two of the best natural shampoo options out there.

What if you’re not just ready to transition cold turkey into natural products? You can ease your way in by using products that have natural ingredients or products that are vegan. Our guide below will help you choose the products that are best for you. Read on:

best natural shampoo: apple cider vinegar

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

As we stated above, many women have used this product on wash day. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a shampoo alternative and it’s budget-friendly. The acidity found in apple cider vinegar has the ability to balance the pH levels in your hair. However, if you are using apple cider vinegar alone, it may not be able to remove all the debris and build up from your hair. It’s best to use this how you see fit. Our recommendation would be to use apple cider vinegar as a rinse after conditioning your hair to help manage the pH levels if needed.

best natural shampoo: washing

2. Castile Soap as Natural Shampoo

This soap has many uses. This olive oil based great if you prefer a product that you can use from hair-to-toe. When using castile soap, be sure to dilute it before applying to your hair and skin. This soap lathers like a shampoo unlike using an apple cider vinegar mixture. You can make your own natural shampoo with castile soap by mixing it with an oil. If you have dry hair, you can mix it with an oil that provides moisture to your hair. Olive oil and coconut oils are great for creating a conditioning shampoo for dry hair types. After using this as a shampoo, be sure to follow up with a moisturizing conditioner or a deep conditioning masque like Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Masque to replenish moisture if you have super dry hair.

3. Vegan Shampoos

Not all vegan shampoos are entirely natural but this is a good place to start. One of our favorite vegan lines is the Love Beauty & Planet line. This brand has vegan shampoos that are infused with signature ethically sourced and natural ingredients. You can start with Love Beauty & Planet Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang Shampoo and Conditioner. This vegan formula nourishes, visibly repair your strands and helps reduce friction and damage.