I am vain about my hair. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. It’s long and thick and pretty and when it looks good, I walk with a little bounce in my step. When I started switching my regular products for cruelty-free green options, finding a good shampoo and conditioner was a pretty high priority.
I expect a lot from my shampoos. I don’t style my hair at all, not even blow drying. I wash it, brush it and go. I also like to dye and/or bleach my hair, so I need a shampoo that will take care of style and give me some moisturizing love all at the same time. Because of this, I’ll only be talking about shampoo and conditioner. I have no frame of reference for styling products, so if you have any suggestions for people who do use product, please leave them in the comments.
Shampoo shopping really made me appreciate the power of marketing. In most stores, the organic* bath and beauty products are in their own separate section. I discovered pretty quickly that it is hard to walk by the regular aisle full of bright colors and promises of sleek, fragrant locks to go to the little section of organics. It’s like passing up a chance to go to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory so you can stay home and eat oatmeal, instead. Imagine my delight, then, when someone at Burt’s Bees noticed this and the Bee Man stepped up to fill the void with his new GÃ¼d line.
To give you an idea of where I started, I was using Aveeno shampoo and conditioner, which averages $6.50 a bottle in stores, $5.00 on Amazon. I have said before that my idea of an affordable change is paying less than a dollar more than what I was paying before. I know it’s not always going to be possible, but that is what I am shooting for. GÃ¼d’s Pearanormal Activity is $6.99** in stores, $6.26 on Amazon (though you have to pay for shipping). I f-ing love it. It smells good, it looks pretty and my hair feels fantastic. It is also cruelty-free and contains no parabens, pthalates or petrochemicals.
Other options in the $5-$10 range are:
- Regular Burt’s Bees
- Giovanni (but you have to shop around; it is almost $2 cheaper at the grocery stores than it is at Target – strange but true)
- Nature’s Gate (also cheaper at the grocery store)
- Avalon Organics
- Dr. Bronner’s casteel soap can be used on your hair, but it’s a little harsh
- LUSH solid shampoo
- Trader Joe’s (the cheapest of the bunch at under $5, but it dried my hair out, so I gave it to the kids)
- Great Clips store brand (I know it’s cruelty-free, but I’m not sure how “green” it is)
There are tons of options out there, but these are the ones that I found readily available within driving distance of my house. The first five were in pretty much every store I checked.*** The last three are store specific, but the stores are fairly easy to find, and/or their products are available online.
Like I said before, if you have any recommendations for hair-care products that you love, let us know about them in the comments. I always want to hear more.
*I’m going to use the blanket term “organic” because I’m lazy and I don’t want to write “eco-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free,” etc., every time. In this case, it’s one of those crappy words that advertisers have almost robbed of all meaning, but it’s gonna have to do.
**The GÃ¼d comes in a 12 oz. bottle and the Aveeno comes in a 10.5 oz. bottle, but the GÃ¼d is a little thinner, and I use a little bit more each time, so I am calling the volume difference a wash and sticking with a net price increase of $0.50.
***Target, Wal-Mart,” Kroger, Publix, Rite-Aid drug store. I am fortunate enough to live close to a crapload of shopping options. This is my way of using my awesome shopping powers for good.
” I know Wal-Mart is problematic, but there are a lot of people who don’t have many other options, and I don’t want to leave them out.