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Organic Hair Dye 2021 Guide: Does It Exist?

Organic Hair Dye 2021 Guide: Does It Exist?

I am answering the burning question, does organic hair dye exist?  As a hairstylist, hair color was the first thing that changed when I moved towards a greener lifestyle years ago.  Not that organic hair dyes are perfect, because they aren't.  But there are better options than the conventional hair dyes out there, especially if you're breathing in toxic fumes all day as a stylist.  I actually stopped doing hair for a bit until I found a safer option.  I didn't want to be around conventional color, and I definitely didn't want to be exposing others to chemicals.

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organic hair dye


You may be thinking that hair dye isn’t that big of a deal if you are only using it a handful of times per year. But I am here to say that it can’t be ignored when you consider the toxic ingredients in hair dye and the fact that


66-77 percent of women dye their hair (1)


Pretty crazy statistics! And when you consider that some (maybe even many) women might not know what they're putting on their heads along with the fact that the FDA doesn't regulate hair dye it definitely gets a little more scary. In fact, 


“the FDA cannot take action against a coal-tar hair dye on the basis that it is or contains a poisonous or deleterious ingredient that may make it harmful to consumers, as long as the label includes a special caution statement and the product comes with adequate directions for consumers to do a skin test before they dye their hair. PLUS, Coal-tar hair dyes, unlike color additives in general, do not need FDA approval. (FD&C Act, 601(e)).” (2)


YIKES! And this “coal-tar” hair ingredient I am talking about, well it’s in a lot of hair dyes…even some of your so-called natural hair dyes. You also need to know that hair dye that is “For Professional Use” isn’t required by the FDA to list the ingredients even.  That’s right, your hairstylist may not even know what is in that professional box of hair dye. So scary!  

But, I am here to provide everything you need to know when deciding if you want to dye your hair (or not) and what you would want to use if you are aiming for a less toxic hair dyeing experience.


What exactly is in hair dye that makes it so toxic?


Taking a closer look at hair dye means we need to look at the ingredients that make up your favorite color for your hair. Here are a few ingredients to consider when deciding if you want to continue using your current hair dye or not:

Arylamines (PPD)

This is one of the most dangerous chemicals found in hair dyes. It has been known to cause bladder cancer and to cause cancer in experimental animals. One of the most common names for it is p-phenylenediamine (PPD). You will even find it in natural hair dyes (although the percentage is a lot lower). It functions as the main coloring agent in hair dye and it helps the color to last through shampoos. 

While toxic alone, it gets even more toxic when paired with hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide is what's used in formulations with the PPD to get it to activate. It's interesting to me that the FDA has not approved for this chemical to be tested on the skin, yet it's nearly impossible to not get it on your skin if you're coloring your hair…crazy! Many stylists can end up with dermatitis because of constant exposure to PPD and those getting their hair dyed report eczema and dermatitis. Studies link it as a possible carcinogen. (3)



This is the most popular chemical people tend to hear about when faced with mainstream hair dyes. Ammonia is used in hair color to blast the cuticle and deposit the color.  Besides it being toxic, it's also really damaging to your hair.  Why do you think stylists are always pushing those conditioners like crazy?!  

There is plenty of research showing ammonia is a respiratory and asthma irritant (4). Plus it is just plain not good for the environment considering it is washed out of your hair and goes down the drain into our waterways. This is a big deal because it is known to be toxic to aquatic life even in low concentrations. (5) Besides inhaling the toxic fumes, once it is on a client's scalp it seeps into the pores, which is then carried into the bloodstream.  Bottom line-avoid it!



These are used in permanent hair dyes.  Besides getting headaches, getting dizzy and having allergic reactions, long term exposure can lead to female reproductive system damage and pregnancy loss.  (6)


Parabens, Resorcinol, lead acetate are a few other offenders.


*There's a slew more chemicals you can find in your hair dye –  actually there can be up to over 400 chemicals!



What is the best natural hair dye?


As both a consumer and a hair stylist, I have to say that the best professional natural hair dye is Oway. But there are 2 other brands I want to include in my list of better hair dye options if you are getting your hair dyed professionally. When I say professional, I mean these are only available to those licensed as a cosmetologist.

1. Oway

I have to say this line I've been the most impressed with.  I've only used them a handful of times –  unfortunately when I had my salon it wasn't available otherwise I would have definitely used it. First they're made in Italy. They're ammonia free and offer 89 colors which is a decent selection.  They actually have 6 legit natural ingredients in their hair color, which is rare to find.  They really push the words biodynamic, natural and organic.  Obviously, if you've been reading through this post you know that it's probably a marketing term, which it is.  But I am shocked how they do really have a high standard when it comes to being more eco-friendly all around.  You don't have to sit under heat to process the color or do a ton of steps to cover grays – which isn’t the case with all the brands I will mention.  If you're a stylist and reading this definitely use a scale, it's essential for good results with this color line.  I was impressed with how I didn't have to pack on the color with this line too – again, not the case with all the brands I will mention. Obviously, it's still not completely natural but I would say as far as being a stylist and having ease of use, consistent results and doesn't smell horrible, it's definitely a better option.


I wanted to also mention how much I loved Oway's Hbleach lightener!  It's the best lightener I've ever used.  It actually makes the hair feel better after using…I know crazy.  It's ammonia free and contains lavender essential oil and kukui butter.  It's so creamy.  If you're a stylist and you're wanting to try out Oway, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com.  You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products.  Also, if you're not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses Oway, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it.  You can also email them here.


2. Organic Color Systems (OCS)

This is the professional line I used at my salon.  They are made in the UK, which is great because they have higher standards than the U.S.  It is ammonia and resorcinol free.  This was one of the main reasons I went with the line at the time.  It was back in 2013 and this really was the only option when it came to natural hair dye from what I knew.  It still does have PPD in it but has the lowest amount needed in order for it to still be effective.  Instead of Ammonia in the product they use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine. They don't smell as bad, but as far as toxicity goes, are still up there with ammonia. Not really that much better in my mind.  They use Ethanolamine and Triethanolamine in combination with heat for the color to penetrate the hair shaft. You can read the full ingredient list here.  This line covers grey and gives beautiful results.  Your hair feels healthy and shiny.  The fading was no different than mainstream color.  I dare say it was actually better than traditional color.


The smell is more of an earthy smell, nothing unpleasant about it at all.  If you've smelled ammonia color then you know what I'm talking about.  They offer 64 colors that can be made permanent or semi-permanent depending on the developer and they offer two lightening powders.  The lightening powders are ammonia, bleach and dust free.   The line is vegan and some of their products do contain a wheat protein, however they claim that they are gluten free.  I would still ask them if you're sensitive to gluten in any way before applying this color just to be sure.  Some of their colors, as well as the lightening powders, have wheat protein in them.  


They also have a truly semi-permanent line that's called No Limits.  These dyes will wash out in 6-12 washes but don't contain PPD or PTD and you can use them in the convenience of your home.  They are sold as a retail product from the salon.  As I mentioned above, just because this line is “natural” and has the word “organic” in it does not mean it doesn't contain toxins.  When I used it, I still wore gloves.  Although it is better in some ways than standard hair dyes, it still is hair dye at the end of the day.  To find a stylist using OCS, please e-mail them at healthierhair@organiccoloursystems.com.



3. O&M-

O&M stands for Original Mineral.  I used it here and there in my salon.  It is newer and made in Australia. O&M is ammonia, resorcinol and PPD free.  But still contains a host of other toxic chemicals instead of PPD like p-aminophenol, 4-Chlororesorcinol, Toluene-2,5-Diamine Sulfate and 2, 4 Diaminophenoxyethanol hcl. Here is a full ingredient list.


The smell of O&M is more of a cleaning agent smell.  I'm not a fan to be honest.  It's not overly strong or burning like ammonia at all but it isn't as pleasant as OCS.  It does not require heat to penetrate the hair shaft like Organic Color Systems does, which I loved.  They also have a very creamy consistency.  The hair felt great after using the product.  They are a lot larger than OCS in terms of colors, they offer 99.  They come in a cream form for permanent and liquid for semi-permanent.  The results I got from using O&M were great.  It covered grey well.  The hair shined and lasted through shampoos also.  If you're a stylist and you're wanting to try out O&M, check out the website simplyorganicbeauty.com.  You will have to get accepted as a stylist in order to purchase products.  Also, if you're not a stylist but want to find a stylist that uses O&M, call their number (888)213-4744 and then push the number 4 to find a salon near you that uses it.  You can also email them here.



So, is organic hair dye any better than conventional hair dye?


I do think it’s better. But, have you looked on the back of your “organic” hair color at the ingredients?  Because there's definitely some serious artificial ingredients going on, meaning it’s anything but organic.


Below is a list of ingredients found in “natural” boxed hair dye.  They aren't pretty.  It would be different using it if it only had a couple toxic ingredients but when the list is this long, it makes you think twice before using it. They may remove some of the heavy offenders when it comes to conventional dye but they are far from safe.  If there is a score next to the ingredient list it's the score from EWG's Skin Deep DataBase.


  • PEG's(polyethylene glycols)- Petroleum based enhancers.  Usually contaminated with heavy metals, Ethylene oxide (used in World War 1 nerve gas) and 1,4 dioxane-(a carcinogen) and makes it easier for ingredients to absorb into your skin/scalp.  Not something you want in your products if there are a list of other toxic ingredients.  The EWG Skin Deep DataBase rates this as a 1 but that's not accurate.  They aren't looking at the whole makeup of the ingredient.  Some brands can try and remove these impurities but it would be hard to find that out.
  • Mineral Oil- Made from petroleum. Can be contaminated.  It can even be a possible carcinogen. (7)
  • Propylene Glycol- Very similar to (PEG's- polyethylene glycols), it also makes it easier for ingredients to penetrate the skin and can be a skin irritant.
  • Parfum/Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritant, and has been known as a neuro-toxin, hormone disruptor and an allergen.
  • p-Phenylenediamine- Score of 7- Allergies and immunotoxicity as well as cancer.
  • Ethanolamine- Score of 5-6, Allergies and Immunotoxicity
  • 4-Chlororesorcinol- Score of 6- Allergies, Immunotoxicity, and cancer.
  • 2-Methylresorcinol- Allergies and immunotoxicity.
  • 2-Amino-4-Hydroxyethylaminoanisole Sulfate- Score of 3 but it did have a reference for cancer.
  • m-Aminophenol- Score of 5, for allergies and immunotoxicity and cancer.
  • N-Phenyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate- Score of 7, allergies and immunotoxicity, cancer.


Despite this, I do think organic hair dye is better than conventional because you’re not using ammonia which blasts your hair and in the end damages your hair.  The integrity of the hair is preserved so much better and the hair is overall healthier when using organic hair dye or dye that doesn't use ammonia in it.  There are less overall potentially harmful ingredients in organic hair dye versus conventional hair dye as well.  Although not perfect, I think if you’re going to dye your hair organic hair dye is a better option.



Is organic hair dye bad for your hair?


I don’t think hair dye in general is good for your hair but organic hair dye is the best option and I wouldn’t say it’s bad for your hair.  It actually nourishes it so much more and has a much more gentle approach to getting the color in the hair cuticle compared to conventional hair dyes that blast your cuticle and leave hair feeling dry and brittle.  


What natural hair dyes can be done at home?


If you want to continue dyeing your hair yourself, then here are some of the natural boxed hair dye options, however just remember they are not completely natural.

Many of these boxed dye options are even available on Amazon! 


I will say that I was most impressed with Madison Reed's ingredient list.  Still totally not squeaky clean at all, but compared to the other boxed dyes it wasn't as crazy.  Madison Reed's are also PPD free, for those that are allergic or sensitive to PPD.  But know that doesn't mean the ingredient they use instead, para-toulenediamene sulfate, is non toxic.  It has its own set of side effects too.


I will list some hair dye alternatives below that are definitely safer. But these boxed options are for those that just don't want to spend that much time doing their hair every 6 weeks, or they have red hair, want highlights, etc. The alternatives to hair dyes just won’t be able to meet everyone's needs.


What are the best hair dye alternatives?


I have 3 options for natural hair dye alternatives for you to check out, although I do think Hairprint is the best option with just 8 food grade ingredients.


1. Hairprint 

This is the only completely safe color line available at the moment.  But I wouldn't really call it a hair color line.  It's a boxed dye you can use at home that doesn't work like you might think a conventional color would.  It uses 8 food-grade ingredients to dye the hair.  I've personally used it on my mom's hair several years ago.  Although it's completely safe it's also a lot of work.  It took us about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.  I fully recommend it if you're just wanting to cover your roots and you have brown to darker hair naturally, but it doesn't work well with someone who wants to cover their dark roots and have highlights, which was my mom.  It turns your hair to its original color.  So if you're a natural level 5 brown, that's what the color will look like when done.  In my experience it was even darker though.  It looks very opaque and not see through.  It faded on my mom but still was too harsh for her.  As you get older the rule of thumb with color is add warmth and go lighter.  Darker can make you look older and the skin more sallow.  Hairprint doesn't work for blondes, redheads or reddish hair.  You can buy it online here!


2. Henna

Henna is a plant and completely natural.  There are still henna dyes that contain small amounts of PPD, so make sure if you are using henna it's pure.  Typically henna will reveal a reddish brownish color but some companies have added in other plants with henna now to change the color.

Henna is really hard to work with. Once you put it on your hair, you really can't get it out.  It's permanent.  But a different permanent than conventional permanent dye.  I've tried stripping henna out before with bleach and what happens is it turns brassy and red.  The problem is once you put it on, you really can't do much else with your hair.  Nowadays you can achieve different colors using a variety of henna powders.  Check out Morocco Method for more info.


3. Mineral Fusion's Grey Root Concealer-

This is a great alternative to hair dye – a root concealer!  This isn't actually an all over color for your hair but for just your roots.  You use it when you are trying to hide those grey hairs.  It really does blend well and covers the grey!  It just washes out after shampooing.  You use it like you would mascara.  Now this isn't by any means completely natural.  It rates a 5 on the Think Dirty app.  However, this is definitely a better alternative to dyeing hair in my opinion.  You are giving yourself a lot less of a toxic load.  It is a lot better than mainstream root concealers too.  Plus, if it can help you stretch getting your hair dyed then it's worth it. Check it out here.



Conclusion: Does organic hair dye exist?


If you’re thinking truly organic in terms of no harmful chemicals then no- unless you’re talking about Hairprint.  Are there better options, absolutely. While terms like organic and natural are thrown around with hair dye, they shouldn’t be taken lightly.  I tell people it’s a good place to start when looking for a safer approach to hair dye but also can be a greenwashing term if you’re not careful. There are better options out there when it comes to dyeing your hair and that’s where you might see the organic hair dye label pop up.  A great place to start but not the only thing to consider when looking for a safer hair dye. 

Do you dye your hair? What’s your favorite natural hair dye?

If you like this post, checkout past posts:





  1. Saitta, P., Cook, C. E., Messina, J. L., Brancaccio, R., Wu, B. C., Grekin, S. K., & Holland, J. (2013, January). Is there a true concern regarding the use of hair dye and malignancy development?: A review of the epidemiological evidence relating personal hair dye use to the risk of malignancy. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543291/. 
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Top 7 Natural Hairspray Products: A 2021 Guide

Top 7 Natural Hairspray Products: A 2021 Guide

I am going to be honest, this was a hard one for me to switch over to.  Not that I didn't want to, but there just wasn't a lot of natural hair sprays out there that actually performed.  Being a hairstylist makes it even harder.  But, thankfully, natural hairsprays have come a long way in the past 10 years, and there are non toxic ones that work.  Can I get an amen?!  Now I will give a little disclaimer.  These by no means are going to feel like an aerosol hairspray…yeah, sorry.  But once you get used to these top brands, you will never look back!  Oh, and I am including my top texture sprays for you too:) 

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What are the dangers of using conventional hairspray?

I think it is no secret that conventional hairspray has some less than stellar ingredients in it. It is these ingredients that are able to hold a hairstyle so well that also come with unwanted side effects.

Aerosol hairspray was actually developed from technology created during World War II that was used for bug spray in the Asian jungles. (1

The general makeup of conventional hairspray is as follows:

  • Holding Agents: Polymers which are chain like molecules and the ‘glue’ that will ultimately hold your hairstyle in place (most commonly polyvinylpyrrolidine (PPV) or vinyl acetate is sometimes mixed with PPV (PVPVA) for extra hold in humid conditions)
  • Solvent: Typically alcohol or hydrocarbons (used to be chlorofluorocarbons aka CFC’s until it was discovered how harmful these CFC’s were to the atmosphere and ozone layer). It is the solvent that evaporates to allow the polymer to hold your hair in place.
  • Additives: This includes things like essential oils, fragrance, conditioning agents or silicone.
  • Propellants: (non-aerosol products don’t contain): This is what actually pushes the product out of the container. An example would be isobutane.


So some big hitters for toxic ingredients have been taken out of hairspray over the years thankfully. However below are just some of the ingredients that are still in conventional hairspray that come with unwanted side effects:


  • Fragrance: The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds. Yikes! And when we use a product with fragrance, we have no idea which of these materials are in it because they don’t have to disclose it! This makes it impossible to make an informed choice. Of these 3,059 ingredients, some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. (2)
  • Propellants: The same chemicals that are needed to create that lovely aerosol spray we all love are most often a chemical mix that includes Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).  Exposure to VOC’s can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination and nausea and potentially even worse! (3)
  • Parabens: Typically used as a preservative to prevent growth of unwanted microbes, these scary ingredients have been shown to have an effect on hormones in the body, potentially harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes and increase the risk of cancer (4)
  • Phthalates: An interesting fact: Adult women have higher levels of metabolites measured in urine than do men for those phthalates that are used in soaps, body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and similar personal care products. (5) So finding products without these are a must!  Especially considering the effect they have on our endocrine system (think hormones). (6) Fragrance can commonly contain phthalates, so that is important to know too! Since phthalates might not be listed in the ingredients, but they could still be in your hairspray!


Obviously the more you use a product, the more exposure you will have to the toxic ingredients it has.  If you are using conventional hairspray daily, that is going to increase your exposure and your toxic load. Plus, did you know breathing in chemicals is the fastest way to get it into your bloodstream…scary.  Yeah, sorry but that stuff is just downright toxic and we don't want to be anywhere near it.


What exactly is a natural hair spray?


First, a natural hair spray will use more of a pumping mechanism versus a pressurized mist, so you’re less likely to breathe them in. And while they may not have the same hold as an aerosol, they also won’t be having those negative effects on you or the environment.

And the best part about a natural hairspray besides the lack of nontoxic ingredients is that it can even contain ingredients that are good for your hair!  

Some of my favorite hair sprays contain things like herbal infusions that stimulate follicle circulation supporting continued hair growth and a healthy, nourished scalp. Or aloe, which research suggests (unfortunately no firm scientific link yet) that there is a positive correlation between this nourishing and hydrating ingredient and hair health. Or even essential oils that promote hair health.

And these are just a few examples! Ultimately, as always, check the ingredients in your beauty products to know what exactly you are using!


What are the best natural hairspray products?


DISCLAIMER:  My hair is thin and fine, so what works for mine may not be perfect for your hair.  However, I like each of these for different reasons and styles.

1. Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray  

The best natural hairspray I’ve found!  It’s in pump form, there’s no aerosol.  I love the smell!  It has a list of essential oils but the ones that stick out to me are the rosemary and lavender.  I love knowing exactly what I’m breathing in, no hidden fragrance!  Second, it doesn’t goop up when you spray.  And it actually has a mist feel.  Yeah, pretty cool.  Lastly, it just works.  With my hair being fine and thin, this product delivers hold throughout the day, volume, and doesn’t get crunchy…you know what I’m talking about.  It’s just good stuff.  I would recommend this for anyone transitioning from a mainstream hairspray. Get it here!









2. Intelligent Nutrients Hair Spray

It holds up, is free of toxic chemicals and smells earthy.  It doesn't leave my hair with a plastic feeling, but just a really great medium hold.  I love that it feels light on my hair and doesn't weigh it down at all.  The spray is more direct than the Josh Rosebrook hairspray, and not as mist-like.  The Josh Rosebrook has a bit more hold to it as well.  This is more of a medium hold spray and I would recommend it for those with natural wavy/curly hair.  It's going to provide that hold but with a little swing to it.  This hairspray would also be good for someone with thick/coarse hair that doesn't need a ton of hold. Get it here!








3. Evolvh Ultraflex Hair Spray

This is a lighter hair spray overall.  It's alcohol free and quick drying.  It helps to refresh your style but doesn't leave it feeling sticky or heavy.  It’s also easy to brush out and restyle if you want the next day. It keeps my hairstyle pretty well even after brushing it out the next day but doesn’t feel dirty. More so like it has some texture in it.  Initially it will feel a little more wet, but it doesn’t stay like that. Get it here!









4. John Masters Hair Spray

This hair spray is a great alternative to conventional spray.  It comes in a pump form, not an aerosol.  It is a bit more of a wet formula.  I find myself using it on my daughter's hair more because it's less expensive and I can save the Josh Rosebrook for my hair;)  It comes in an 8 oz. bottle and is $24 and the Josh Rosebrook comes in a 4 oz. bottle and is the same price.  A little more bang for your buck! Get it here!








5. Giovanni Hair Spray

I really like this formula.  I just wish it didn’t have fragrance in it.  I used to do wedding hair a lot years ago and I would bring this along because it works so well and is cleaner than an aerosol spray.  It holds up extremely well.  I love the pump applicator, it comes out great.  It not only has extremely good hold, but also adds some shine too.  It is easy to find and can be found at a lot of natural food stores.  The downside is it’s not as clean as the other hair sprays.  As I mentioned above, it has natural fragrance in it.  And, it definitely smells like there is fragrance in it, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, I would steer clear of this one.  It’s nice to have a better holding option however for special occasions! Get it here!








6. Innersense I Create Finish

This is a very lightweight hair spray and more nourishing and hydrating then any of the other sprays.  It’s a flexible hold.  Great for those who have drier hair, curly hair and just need a light hold with some added hydration.  For my fine, thin hair I found it didn’t provide enough holding power and was too hydrating.  I love the pump/mist on the bottle.  The hairspray comes out great. Get it here!








7. Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Hair Spray

This one is definitely the most budget friendly of all the hair sprays.  It is $9.99 for 8.2 oz.  It offers medium hold and some shine.  The sunflower and citrus scent isn’t overwhelming and dissipates fairly quickly.  I love using this on my kids too since it’s such a budget friendly option.  It feels a little sticky at first but then dries out and gives a nice flexible, medium hold.  And bonus, you can get it on Amazon!  If you look this up on EWG it will rank a 5, but it’s because of the essential oils, which unfortunately the computerized system of the EWG can’t take into account.  The only other ingredient it’s listing the 5 for is for Polysorbate 20, which ranks a 3 on the EWG for concerns of toxicity with 1,4 dioxane possibly being in the Polysorbate 20.  I’m ok with using it because it’s pretty small and I’m not directly applying it to my skin, but my hair.  Get it here!









What can be used instead of natural hair spray?


A firm hold isn’t always wanted when it comes to hairstyles, and that’s when I like to use more of a texture spray. Texture spray is meant to give more of an undone look. Thankfully, clean beauty brands offer some great choices when it comes to textures sprays too!  Here are my top 4 texture sprays!


1. Innersense I Create Waves Texture Spray

A lot of texture or salt sprays can weigh the hair down a bit.  Not this one.  It gives my hair some decent hold, almost like a subtle hair spray, and then it adds texture. Not a heavy texture that gets super crunchy.  This is an effortless texture that makes it feel like your hair just did it on it’s own.  I spray it in when it’s damp to add some texture and subtle wave and after styling my hair with a curling iron. Get it here!


2. Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray

I always love trying hair products that give hair some texture, while at the same time giving some hold and this product does just that.  It helps create more texture in my hair and make it more piecey looking.  Plus, it gives a great hold, without looking crispy.  The smell is so good too- takes you to the beach!  I even sprayed it in my hair without curling it and loved the texture it gave it. Get it here!  


3. Herbivore Coconut Sea Mist Hair Texturizer

This sea salt spray really lives up to its name. It gives hair that beachy vibe instantly.  I love using it after curling my hair.  It brings some definition and hold to my style and makes the curls look less perfect.  It comes in two scents- coconut and lavender. I'm partial to the coconut smell! Get it here!


4. Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Spray

It gives me the tousled beach waves and texture.  It smells divine too!  I get notes of geranium and palmarosa.  This one has a little less hold overall than the other salt sprays and feels more hydrating. Get it here!


And there you have it!  All my favorite natural hair sprays along with some top picks for natural texture sprays.  What is your favorite natural hairspray?

If you enjoyed this post, make sure to check out these past posts:




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  3. Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality (n.d.) United States Environmental Protection Agency.  Retrieved From: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality#Health_Effects  
  4. Stooiber, Tasha (Apr 9 2019).  What Are Parabens And Why Don’t They Belong In Cosmetics.  Environmental Working Group.  Retrieved from: https://www.ewg.org/what-are-parabens 
  5.  Phthalates Fact Sheet (Apr 5 2021).  Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html
  6. Grindler, N. M., Vanderlinden, L., Karthikraj, R., Kannan, K., Teal, S., Polotsky, A. J., Powell, T. L., Yang, I. V., & Jansson, T. (Apr 17 2018). Exposure to phthalate, an endocrine disrupting chemical, alters the first trimester placental methylome and transcriptome in women. Nature News. Retrieved from: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-24505-w


Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioners

Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioners

The best natural shampoo and conditioner's post is here! I have all the details on all my favorite natural shampoos and conditioners in clean beauty.  I’ve tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners in my day since going green and I’m here to share the best of the best!

If you're new here I want to emphasize a couple points.  There is a reason I advocate for clean products for SO many reasons but one of them is the total body burden.  Many product and ingredients have an accumulative affect on the body.  Basically, the more you use them, the more they add up in your body.  My goal is to arm you with healthier options that you can feel good about using daily so you're not taxing your body.  After all, it's the thing you do daily that adds up over time, not the product you use once in a while.  

Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product.

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One of the newest natural shampoos and conditioners I've discovered and love!

Since we know shampoo is one of those daily products, I think it's imperative that we have a look at what shampoo we're using.  Do the ingredients create a healthy environment for our bodies?  What does the research say about the ingredients?  We know from studies that as we reduce certain ingredients in our products, then you see them less and less in our bodies(source).  

The scalp is 4 times more absorbent than other parts of our body, it's important what we use when it comes to shampoo and conditioner.  A study even showed how massaging a certain oil with a medicine into the scalp was absorbed almost the same as an oral dose(Source)!  Definitely showing the power of the scalp to absorb ingredients. 

Before we dive into the best natural shampoo and conditioners, let's take a look at the ingredients you don't want to be lurking in your shampoo bottle.

What's In Your Shampoo?

Have you ever thought about what's in your conventional shampoo and conditioner?  Let's just say there are some heavy hitters when it comes to ingredients you're going to want to avoid putting near your scalp!  Allow me to explain.

Some Ingredients To Avoid In Your Shampoo and Conditioner: If you see a few of these you can know that there are probably other ingredients in it you shouldn't be using too.

  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone- This is used as a preservative. It can have a harmful affect of the lungs(Source), cause allergies(Source) and is a possible neurotoxin(Source)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate(SLS)- This is a surfactant and helps to create the suds that we come to love in shampoos. The main concern with it is that it's been shown to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, which has been classified as a carcinogen(Source).  1,4 dioxane is left behind because of the process of ethoxylation. Some companies have started to strip the sodium laureth sulfate from the shampoos but it's hard to tell which have.  You could definitely call them and ask, but make sure you have some documentation to back up their claims.  The more people are asking for transparency the more change will happen. SLS can also be a skin irritant to many people as well.  Especially if you suffer from eczema, rosacea, or sensitive skin in general.  Instead of SLS, companies will use decyl glucoside.  This is a type of sugar and doesn't contain any 1,4 dioxane. It's also a lot less harsh, so great for sensitive skin types.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate- Similar to sodium laureth sulfate in that it is also a surfactant.  It also can contain 1,4 dioxane and be irritating to the skin.  ALS can also form nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients. This nitrosamines has been found to cause cancer(Source). This can also occur when SLS is present too.
  • Fragrance- Can cause phototoxic reactions and can be photoallergic.  Skin irritants, reproductive damage and has been known as a neurotoxin(Source).
  • Methylisothiazolinone- Used as a preservative.  An allergen, causing skin burns, allergic reactions(Source).
  • Behentrimonium Chloride- Used as an emulsifier, conditioning agent, defrizzer, and preservative. Skin and eye irritant, can cause nerve damage, cancer risk and highly flammable(Source).  
  • Polysorbate 20- By itself polysorbate 20 is not harmful, however when it's used in cosmetics it's treated with ethylene oxide which then ethoxylates it and can contaminate it with 1,4 dioxane- a known carcinogen(Source). There have also been studies on polysorbate 20 showing reproductive issues and developmental issues(Source).
  • DMDM Hydantoin- It is used as an anti-microbial agent in products. It releases formaldehyde a known carcinogen(Source). Since most people know to avoid formaldehyde companies list their ingredients with dmdm hydantoin instead.  It can cause skin reactions, from burning to skin rashes, overall sensitivity. Also cancer. It can also cause irritation to the nose, eyes and throat. 
  • Propylene Glycol-PEG's of any kind- Has been found to be contaminated with 1, 4 dioxane, which is cancer causing.  Can cause acne, skin irritant. They have a penetrating affect to the formula.  This creates even more of a problem as other harmful ingredients are able to penetrate further into the skin(Source).
  • Cocamide Mea- A fatty acid made from coconut oil mixed with diethanalomine.  It creates a creamy formula and foaming agent.  It can cause allergic reactions in some and be a skin irritant. It can also form nitrosamines when mixed with other ingredients. This nitrosamines has been found to cause cancer(Source).
  • Parabens(not as prevalent as they used to be. This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl)- Used as a preservative. Hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor.  Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty(Source)
  • Quaternium-15- Used in products to avoid yeast, mold and bacteria. Skin and eye irritant, can cause respiratory issues, digestive tract and nervous system(Source). It also releases formaldehyde. 
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Give Your Hair Some Time To Adjust To Natural Shampoos

I get e-mails all the time from readers telling me that natural shampoos don’t work for them.  Now, I understand it definitely depends on the shampoo and conditioner you’re using, but it also could be a phase you’re hair is going through.  Hair can go through a detox period where it actually gets oilier before it gets better when transitioning to a natural shampoo and conditioner.  Mainstream products are full of such harsh ingredients that strip the hair every time you use them.  Your hair gets used to feeling “clean” you think, and so when you switch to a gentler shampoo and conditioner your hair freaks out.  It’s used to constantly being dried out everyday and used to overcompensating by producing more oil to nourish your hair again.  Give your hair 6-8 weeks to detox.  This means stop shampooing your hair everyday-yes this is not necessary and actually could cause more damage to your hair.  Shampoo every other day at the most and in between days if you get oily, just use a dry shampoo. This is my favorite natural dry shampoo.  You may notice your hair greasier than usual, but that is because your hair’s ph balance was out of balance from all the harsh chemicals you were putting on it everyday.  Give it some time…it will get better!

I always think a good clarifying treatment is in order every now and then too.  Sometimes when using natural shampoos the hair gets weighed down, no matter how great they are!  This gives it a nice boost, getting rid of any residue that’s been hanging on to your strands.  I do this whenever my hair is feeling drab.  The recipe is easy just 1 part apple cider vinegar to 1 part water (I usually use 1/2 cup of each but you may need more if you have thick or long hair). Mix it together and pour over head concentrating on using your other hand to rub it in your hair.  Let it sit on your hair for 10 minutes.  Then rinse off and apply conditioner as usual.  I've also added it to a squirt bottle and then just squirted it all over my head too. 

*Also I wanted to share that I'm a former hair stylist and so this best natural shampoo and conditioners list is legit!  I really took my time- over a year to create this post.  I wanted it to be a comprehensive list that anyone can find something.  

I wanted to offer a shampoo and conditioner for all of these categories:

  • Budget Friendly 
  • Fragrance Free(even essential oils)
  • Curly Hair 
  • Fine/Thin Hair 
  • Color Treated Hair 
  • Purple Shampoo
  • Black Hair

I hope you can find this best natural shampoo and conditioner's post helpful in finding your new favorite shampoo and conditioner!

Best Natural Shampoo and Conditioner's 

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Natural shampoo and conditioner have come a long way in the last 10 years!


Natural Black Hair Routine

As I was trying out natural shampoos and conditioners I realized I had a blind spot when it came to black hair.  I've had people ask me before what I would recommend as natural shampoos for black hair and I couldn't.  I didn't even know what natural hair products in general to recommend for black hair.  I wanted to enlist an expert.  Monique from Brown Skin Green Beauty was so gracious to share her expertise with my audience on her top picks for best natural shampoo and conditioners for black hair.  I learned so much from getting her expert tips on how to care for black hair.



Hi there! My name’s Monique, aka Brown Skin Green Beauty- Instagram @brownskingreenbeauty. I’m an advocate of clean beauty and wellness. My journey into the clean space began 13 years ago when I had a horrible reaction to conventional hair care products marketed to Black women. It was then; I learned most Black hair care products were laden with chemicals that were not ready for the natural hair movement and unsafe for my health. Super excited to learn more, I dove right into understanding how ingredients worked and made the necessary changes to take better control of my health and improve the health of my hair and skin. I created Brown Skin Green Beauty to share my experiences with safe alternative beauty products to inspire other women, especially Black women, to go beyond the bells and whistles and learn more about clean and nontoxic options for beauty.

Hair Routine

Since losing my hair two years ago, not only has my wash day been simplified, but the products I use are lightweight, oil-based, and more plant-based instead of the heavy cream products that once served my hair needs. 

The first step to my wash day is a pre-poo of coconut oil and aloe vera juice. I spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and work the coconut oil in my locks from base to end. This process helps to create a moisture barrier to keep my hair from drying out when shampooing. Next, I wash my hair with Nikki’s Naturals Black Soap Clarifying Shampoo. This liquid black soap gently clarifies without stripping my hair’s natural oil. My hair is left feeling very clean, soft, and moisturized.

To keep hair from overdrying, I wrap my wet hair in a cotton t-shirt to absorb most of the water. Once my locks feel damp, I oil my scalp with an oil mixture of Paparozier Castor Oil of Haiti, sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint, and rosemary. When styling, I spritz my hair with aloe vera juice and retwist with coconut oil to clean up my boxes and lock in moisture. At night, I wear a silky scarf to keep my hair lint-free. Every three days, I give my hair a light spritz of Al Wadi Rose Water and massage a light layer of avocado oil or coconut oil in my locs to keep them hydrated and well moisturized. On occasion, I’ll use Oyin Handmade Greg Juice for a moisture boost.

*Keep reading to see all the best natural shampoo and conditioners!


I tested out all of these as well as my sisters.  I wanted to get an idea with different hair types.  We tested the shampoos and conditioners together.  Here are my top picks for best natural shampoo and conditioners.

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Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- I’ve been testing it out and have been super impressed with the overall formula.  My hair feels so bouncy and clean.  And the clean feeling lasts for days!  I get so much volume from this shampoo and conditioner, plus it foams too!

Hair Type- Any hair type.  I've used it and I have fine, thin hair.  My sister has used it and she has thick, fine hair.  I have a friend who loves it and she has coarse thick curly hair. 

Scent- Smells citrusy.  I really smell grapefruit to be exact. 

Price- $26

Review- This is the shampoo I've been recommending for really any hair type.  It just gets the job done!  Especially great for someone who is used to mainstream shampoos and conditioners and wants one that is going to really get their hair clean. I can go multiple days between shampooing my hair with this shampoo. It was a no brainer for the best natural shampoo and conditioner's post! Get it here!

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Nurture My Body Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner 

Formula- It creates a gentle lather and helps to stimulate the scalp. It's gluten free, nut free, and cruelty free.

Hair Type- I would recommend for any hair type.  You might have to use a little more product if you have lots of thick hair to really get it in there but my sister with thicker hair than me loved it too.  

Scent- Fragrance free!  It doesn't smell like much at all. Great for even the most sensitive scalps. 

Price- $25

Review- I was really excited about this shampoo because it really hits all the marks for someone who may have a sensitive scalp and needs something that's gentle.  Although it is fragrance free, nut free and gluten free, it still cleans the hair so well!  My hair always feels clean and it definitely adds some volume like the name suggests.  This was a no brainer to add into the best natural shampoo and conditioners post.  Highly recommend!  Get it here.

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Innersense Organic Beauty Color Awakening Hairbath

Formula- It's a very creamy formula overall.  Best suited for those with dry, damaged or color treated hair that needs extra moisture. 

Hair Type- I would recommend for any hair type that is colored or is curly.  As I stated above it is very hydrating/  Great for those with curly or drier hair types.  

Scent- Smells good, but not overwhelming.  A fruity mango scent.

Price- $28

Review- This shampoo isn't for any hair type.  I will use it after I get my hair done for a couple days but after that if I continue to use it, my hair will become greasy and weighed down.  I've had a lot of curly haired gals love it who have drier hair.  Get it here!

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Ursa Major Go Easy Daily Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- It feels very refreshing on the scalp and hair.  

Hair Type- This would be great for any hair type, even men's hair.  One of my sister's has course thick hair and she didn't like it, but it's been hard to find anything for her hair!  It's not going to be as cleansing as the Evolvh but a nice in between.  

Scent- The scent is reminiscent of the outdoors.  More pine and fresh smelling. I love how it smells!

Price- $26

Review- This is such a good all around shampoo and conditioner.  It really makes my hair feel  clean and bouncy.  Not a heavy shampoo at all.  It still lathers a little too which I love.  The conditioner is light, yet my hair still feels hydrated. My husband also loves this shampoo too.  Get it here!

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Goop G. Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo

Formula- Comes in a jar!  So different than any other formula I've used.  It looks like a salt scrub you would use for the body but instead it's actually for your hair.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  It really gives a great lather and works so well at giving my hair that clean feeling.

Scent- It has a fresh smell of mint, rosemary and orange.

Price- $42- pricey but you don't need a lot!

Review- This is the one I was most surprised how much I loved.  I knew it was going to be in the best natural shampoo and conditioners post.I remember seeing this shampoo and thinking there is no way that would work.  Well, I was wrong!  After reading so many 5 star reviews I finally got my hands on some and wow was I so impressed!  It really cleans the hair so well.  I love how it produces a lather too.  It feels very invigorating on the scalp too. Highly recommend! Check it out here!

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Christina Moss Natural's Organic Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- Comes in a tube and a little goes a long way.  Suds up a little and gets my hair feeling clean.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  I used it and my fine, thin hair loved it and so did my sister with thick hair.  

Scent- It doesn't have a scent!  It is made for the most sensitive scalps.  

Price- $19.99- one of the more budget friendly picks.

Review- Love this shampoo and conditioner, knew it was going to go into the best natural shampoo and conditioner post!  It gets my hair clean and doesn't weigh it down.  My sister loved it as well.  Super impressed with the ingredients, no scent and lower price point compared to others too.  Especially great if you don't do scents or have a sensitive scalp. Get it here!

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Graydon Matcha Mint Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- Comes in a pump bottle which I love.  It's a creamy formula, but does suds up.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  It adds a little moisture but doesn't feel heavy.

Scent- Love the scent!  I'm a huge mint fan and this one hits the mint note hard.  Leaves your hair smelling fresh and your scalp feeling invigorated.

Price- $25

Review- This shampoo smells amazing! I love anything mint, so this is right up my alley. It really cleans my scalp and keeps it from feeling oily. My hair doesn’t feel weighed down either. It also comes in a pump which I love! Get it here!

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Rahua Classic Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- It gives you a slight suds but you have to use a good amount of product to get it sudsy. 

Hair Type- This is great for fine to thin hair types.  I've had people with thick coarse hair try it and they weren't a fan unless they had shorter hair.

Scent- It doesn't have much of a smell.  Just smells clean overall.

Price- $34

Review- This was the first natural shampoo I used that I actually liked and worked. It performs considerably well, and it’s filled with ingredients that will make you swoon! Things like Ungurahua oil, green tea, jojoba and lavender just to name a few. This is also safe for color treated hair.  You do have to use a considerable amount of product sometimes to get a decent lather- that would be the one drawback and the price is a little steep.  Get it here!

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True Botanical's Shampoo(I don't like the conditioner FYI, they reformulated and it's not good)

Formula- Love this shampoo!  It really suds up, gets your hair feeling so clean and bouncy- say goodbye to grease.

Hair Type- This is great for any hair type.  I love it for my fine/thin hair, my friend who has thick hair loves it- it's a crowd pleaser.

Scent- The scent is subtle and good.  It has a mix of ylang ylang, orange and lemon.

Price- $34

Review- This is one of my faves when it comes to natural shampoos!  It works so well at giving hair that deep clean and giving it body and lift. I wish they hadn't changed the conditioner.  The formula was so good, but now it doesn't hydrate the hair and feels like it's a lotion you can't get out. Just buy the shampoo and grab a different conditioner!  Get it here!

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Acure Curiously Clarifying Shampoo

Formula- This comes in a tube and does give a suds, but I do feel like you have to use a decent amount of product to get it sudsy.

Hair Type- I would only recommend this for fine, thin hair, or hair that is a little dry.  It does tend to weigh it down after several washes.  I wouldn't use any of the other Acure shampoos because they really don't give my hair the clean feeling.  My sister didn't like it at all and she has thick, fine hair.  

Scent- Smells good, has a lemongrass scent.

Price- $9.99- the cheapest natural shampoo.  

Review- I wanted to include a more budget friendly option, especially if you have kids that use shampoo and they're not as picky.  This is a decent option that gets the job done.  You might want to do an apple cider vinegar rinse every couple weeks just to get rid of any build up.  Get it here! 

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Everscents Organic Berry Blonde Purple Shampoo

Formula- This really suds up and performs well at getting your feeling very clean- almost too clean?  Kind of.

Hair Type- I would for anyone who has color treated hair- specifically highlights and wants to keep them bright and not brassy.  It brightened my highlighted ends and offered them a refresh overall. 

Scent- Smells very sweet- like grape candy.

Price- $15.90- that's for the smallest size which is 3.3 oz. Not very much.  Then you have to pay at least $20 for shipping to the U.S. since it's only available in Australia.  So it definitely can get pricey.

Review- I love the ingredients for the Berry Blonde Shampoo but I wish it was available in the U.S.  You could stock up when you purchase it to make it a little more feasible.  It does tend to get the hair really clean as I mentioned above, which I love but it can almost feel stripping if you used it all the time.  I think it works though because you usually don't want to be using a purple shampoo every shampoo- more like every two weeks to a month. Get it here.

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Rahua Colorfull Shampoo and Conditioner

Formula- This is a creamy texture overall.  It does suds up a bit.

Hair Type- I would for anyone who has color treated hair.  It helps to protect color treated hair while also nourishing it.

Scent- It has more of a gardenia flower scent to it.

Price- $38- this is definitely a pricey shampoo.

Review- This natural shampoo feels like a rich velvet lather on your head.  It does clean the hair well, but doesn't feel stripping at all.  I like to use this post getting my hair colored to really give it some extra nourishment.  It will help to keep your hair balanced if you're a consistent hair color gal.  Get it here!

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Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner

Formula- This is a great leave in conditioner and the only one I use!  You spray it all over, super convenient!

Hair Type- I would recommend for anyone wanting a little extra hydration, for those who get tangles easily in their hair, or for those who prefer a leave in conditioner opposed to a wash out conditioner.

Scent- It has a light scent of jasmine, and rosemary.  Not too heavy.

Price- $26

Review- I always have a bottle of this on hand.  Great for my girl's hair when it gets tangles in it.  Easy to brush out, doesn't feel too heavy for a leave in conditioner but lightweight.  Also great for spritzing on hair before going into chlorine water to help protect your hair.  Get it here!

That sums up the best natural shampoo and conditioners!  Did you find one you want to try?  What do you love?

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My Natural And Organic Hair Routine

My Natural And Organic Hair Routine

Sharing my natural and organic hair routine with you in my recent video!  Everything from what products I use in natural beauty, to how I curl my hair- it's all in my newest video.  I get asked all the time about what hair styling products I use, how I curl my hair, what I use before and after I curl, so I thought I would put it all in a video so you can see how I do it.  I hope it helps you when deciding what natural hair products to buy and use to create your desired hair style.  It can be hard to find products that work and fit your specific hair type but all the products I mention in the video are tried and true and really do perform so well!  Plus, some of them are great for the whole family.  

I also wanted to share what type of hair I have.  My hair type is fine and thin.  I’m all about adding body to my hair!  Give me the volume.  I also don’t like products that add a lot of weight to my hair.  I want something that will be weightless and provide lasting volume.  


Check out my full natural and organic hair routine here!


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Sharing the best natural and organic hair products on the blog.

Best Green Beauty Hair Styling Products

Best Green Beauty Hair Styling Products

Ok, so let's talk hair and dig deep into the Best Green Beauty Hair Styling Products!  It's really a shame I don't talk about it more- after all I am a cosmetologist!  I've had a love affair with hair since I can remember.  As a kid I was always playing dress up with my hair.  Then I became a teenager and it just escalated.  My senior year of high school they had this program where you could use your elective credit to go to cosmetology school- of course I signed up!  After I graduated high school I ended up graduating Cosmetology school two weeks later.  I've worked in salons, did hair all throughout college and even had my own place for a while.  I started off using conventional products of course because I didn't know any better but as soon as I learned the dangers of them I made the switch!

Although I don't do hair as a job anymore, I still do my family and close friends.  I also still notice people's hair right away and often want to get my hands on it…haha what can I say-some things never change!  I'm always down for a good makeover sesh with anyone that's willing. 🙂

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So enough chit chat let's get to the nitty gritty!  I've tried a ton of natural hair products and really wanted to show you guys how I achieve certain looks and how it is possible with clean products.  Yes, green products perform just as good as conventional ones- it might take a while to find them but eventually you do.  I also wanted to show you it's possible with any hair type.  I have 3 sisters-so that's 3 different heads of hair that I've worked with a lot besides my own.  And guess what?!  We all have different hair types…pretty crazy but true.  Let me break it down.

My Hair- Fine/Thin/Straight

1st Sister- Fine/Wavy/Frizzy/Thick

2nd Sister- Coarse/Wavy/Frizzy/Very Thick

3rd Sister- Fine/Straight/Very Thick

*Side note- You could say I got the shaft when it comes to good hair in my family! 😉

So I not only have tried product on myself but also on them.  Below you'll find different looks I created using all clean products and what worked for each sister.  First I'm going to highlight my favorite hair products and then I'll show you some looks! Also, I did an Instagram Live video the other week showing you how I curl my hair.  Here is the video below!

All Star Products/Tools:

Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray- Haven't found one that performs better than this.  It holds my hair, isn't sticky feeling, doesn't weigh it down but gives it lift and smells great! (Works on everyone) Get your Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray here!

Josh Rosebrook Lift- This volume spray is great for spritzing on hair before you blow dry for added volume and lift.  I love spraying at the roots and using my fingers to tousle it through my hair before blow drying.  My sister with coarse hair doesn't use this because she doesn't have any issues with volume but my other two sisters use it for volume at the roots since their hair is fine and tends to lay flat against the head.  It isn't going to give you as much grit in the roots like a mousse would but a nice lift.  Get your Lift spray here!

Josh Rosebrook Syling Cream- This such a good hair paste for adding definition after curling hair, and texture.  It also helps to calm my pesky hair fly aways at the top of my head from new mom regrowth- and all the moms said amen!  My hubs loves this too.  It gives his hair some hold but doesn't look crunchy or wet and smells good!  I love when a product works for both my husband and myself.  Get your Styling Cream here!

Innersense Inner Peace Whipped Creme Texturizer- Love this stuff!  It's really great for any hair type.  I use it on my hair after curling it to achieve a more messy, undone look and to give it a bit of hold.  It doesn't weigh my hair down at all.  I also love it for hair that is naturally wavy like my sisters.  It instantly enhances their waves and creates some definition and hold. Get your Whipped Creme Texturizer here! 

Innersense Harmonic Healing Oil- This oil is great for those with dry scalp.  One of my sisters tends to get a dry scalp, especially in the winter.  I gave her this to combat it.  Also, great for those with coarse hair that tends to frizz or if you're hair is damaged due to color.

Innersense I Create Lift Mousse- Love, love, love this mousse!  It creates lift, and volume in my lifeless hair.  I also love that it adds texture and some grit.  The volume lasts all day too!  I can't say enough about it.  I squirt a golf ball size amount in my hand and then rub it into hands and then hair.  Then I blow dry my hair for volume that lasts.  Snag your Innersense I Create Lift Mousse here!

Innersense Sweet Spirit Leave In- Conditioner- This is great for spraying on hair if you're going to be out in the sun and you want to protect your hair.  Also, great as a detangler for kids and anyone with really thick hair. Grab your Leave In Conditioner here!

Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control- This curl cream is great for applying to hair after you've towel dried it.  Apply it throughout and then use your fingers to scrunch as you blow dry or you can let it air dry.  It helps to define curls, eliminate frizz and give an overall smoothness to your hair.  If you have any frizz or wave to your hair this is a great option.  It's great as a heat protectant too because it has rice bran oil and oat kernel extract both great heat protectants. Grab your Quiet Calm Curl Control here!

Innersense Inner Reflection Finish Polish- This polish is a great way to add some shine and light hold to the hair.  With It comes in a solid gel in a jar.  I just scoop a dime size amount out and rub between my fingers and apply to my hair from mid shaft to the ends.  It helps to smooth my dry ends and make my color pop.  Great for those with curly dry hair too that need some extra moisture or those with coarse hair that needs some frizz control.  Get your Inner Reflection Finish Polish here.  

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Spray- This was my first green beauty sea salt spray and it was love at first spray!  It gives me the tousled beach waves and texture.  I love applying it after I have curled my hair for some definition.  It smells divine too!  I get notes of geranium and palmarosa.  This one has a little less hold than the Rahua salt spray if you're curious what the difference is. Get your Mermaid Sea Salt Spray here!

Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue Texture Paste- This paste has been a fun discovery as of late.  It really lives up to it's name.  It comes in a tube versus a jar like the Josh Rosebrook Styling Cream or the John Masters Hair Paste.  Great for a guy's hair too!  I use it to add definition and some hold to my hair.  It smells of citrus but nothing too strong.  The product is pretty cool because you can reactivate it again by getting your hair slightly damp.  Snag your Scalp Rescue Texture Paste here!

John Masters Hair Paste- This is another great hair paste.  My hubs and I both use this on our hair.  It offers some texture and definition but doesn't make your hair look wet or greasy.  I love putting a dime size amount in my hands and rubbing them together then applying it throughout my hair after curling for added texture.  It also helps calm down the post partum hair regrowth I've had from two daughters! The scent of the product isn't strong either.  Has a subtle citrus and bergamot smell.  Get your John Masters Hair Paste here!

John Masters Hair Spray- This hair spray is a great alternative to conventional spray.  It comes in a pump form, not an aerosol.  It is bit more wet of a formula than the Josh Rosebrook hair spray.  I find myself using it on my daughter's hair more because it's less expensive and save the Josh Rosebrook for my hair.  🙂 It comes in an 8 oz. bottle and is $24 and the Josh Rosebrook comes in a 4 oz. bottle and is the same price.  A little more bang for your buck!  Get the John Masters Hair Spray here!

Honest Beauty Heat Defense Spray- I've been searching for a good heat protectant spray for a long time and I finally found one!  This is a legit heat protectant spray.  I haven't been able to find one in green beauty until now.  I spray it on my hair when it's towel dried before I blow dry.  It doesn't make my hair feel crunchy or greasy either and protects hair up to 450!  Snag your Honest Heat Defense Spray here!

Honest Beauty Honestly Polished Dry Condition + Shine Serum- I haven't found a hair serum in green beauty that doesn't grease up my hair until I found this one.  It offers hydration but it feels weightless.  Especially great for those with frizzy hair or colored hair that has dried out ends(me).  It helps to add some weightless shine and moisture. I had just a few drops to my hands and rub them together then apply mid shaft down. Get your Dry Condition Serum here!

 Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray- This spray is all about those beach waves.  I always love trying hair products that give hair some texture, while at the same time giving some hold and this product does just that.  I curled my hair with a 1 inch curling iron and then combed the curls out and sprayed the spray all over, scrunching up as I sprayed.  It helped create more texture in my hair and made it more piecey looking.  Plus, it gives a great hold, without looking crispy.  The smell is so good too- takes you to the beach!  I even sprayed it in my hair without curling it and loved the texture it gave it.  A definite must have product for the summer but even year round!  It’s been on repeat in my hair routine.  Grab your Enchanted Island Salt Spray here! 

Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine Daily Moisture Mist- This mist is great for thick coarse hair.  It gets rid of frizz and replaces it with a shine.  You can use it on damp or dry hair. I really like this for my two sisters with wavy/frizzy hair.  It helps to calm the frizz and seal the hair cuticle so it looks smooth.  A great budget friendly pick too!

Dry Shampoos- I'm a mom and therefore I need my dry shampoo-like a kid needs their blankey!  Yeah, it's a must.  I did a whole post on all my favorites.  I have something for every budget and hair type-yes even you brunettes!  Obviously dry shampoo is a must for extending your hair style but it's also great for adding a little extra volume to any style.  I use it often even if my hair has just been washed.  It gives it just enough texture and volume.  Check out my list of fave dry shampoos here.

Conair Teasing Hair Brush So I'm picky about my teasing brush too.  I love a good teasing brush!  I tease my hair nearly everyday…and no I'm not in the 80's but this girl needs some volume at her roots!  A lot of people tease with a comb, but I find I get much more volume with a brush. It gives me lasting body all day.  Here's my fave brush.

Curling Iron/Flat Iron- I really like Babyliss tools BaBylissPRO Flat Iron.  I also like Hot Tools Spring Grip Iron 85 Watt 1/2″ Mini HTL1103 to curl my hair.  I recommend if you have shoulder length or shorter to stick with a Hot Tools 1181 Professional Spring Curling Iron, 1 Inch for thicker hair and 1/2 inch for thinner/finer hair.  The smaller the barrel the better your curl will stay- so good for fine haired gals.  Once you're done curling you can just use your fingers to comb through but if you use too large a barrel then you might not get enough hold in your curl.  I also have a one inch wand by GVP.

Shampoo/Conditioner- So I have another post dedicated to my fave shampoos and conditioners but if you're wanting to know-here they are.  True Botanicals takes the cake for a shampoo and conditioner that legit cleans your hair and makes it feel bouncy and fresh.  I also love Innersense Beauty Shampoo and Conditioner-they're great for color treated hair especially.  I'm also

So those are all the products and tools I use on a pretty consistent basis.  Below I have pics of styles I've created using these products.  Besides myself I also took some pics of two of my sisters with different styled looks.

Straight Hair-

Innersense I Create Lift Mousse on damp hair  and focused on roots, and Honest Heat Protectant Spray.  Blow dry after spritzing them on. I always blow dry my hair upside down for added volume. Then flat iron.  Next apply a little dry shampoo at the roots and tease at the crown just a tad. Then I'll finish the look with a touch of Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray.


















Beachy Waves with a Flat Iron-

(A little more messy than the curling iron look)

Innersense I Create Lift Mousse  on the roots and all over to add some texture.  Then Honest Heat Protectant Spray.  for heat protectant.  Blow dry my hair upside down and use a brush to brush it downwards as I'm blow drying for added volume.  Once done blow drying I use my teaser brush and tease the top section of my head for some added volume.  I also add some dry shampoo at this time too.  Then curl my hair leaving the ends out with a flat iron.  I'm always curling away from my face. Once done curling then I comb through the curls with my fingers so they look undone.  Then I spray in the Rahua Sea Salt Spray and use my hands to scrunch up with it all around.  Then I add a dime sized dollop of the Inner Peace Whipped Texturizer by Innersense Beauty.  And scrunch all around with it as well.  I also might take a few pieces here and there to define them a little more with the product.  Finally, I spritz with Josh Rosebrook Hair Spray.








Beachy Waves with a Curling Iron-

(A little more refined than the flat iron look)

Josh Rosebrook Lift spray on the roots and all over to add some texture.  Then Hamadi Organics Shea Spray for heat protectant.  Blow dry my hair upside down and use a brush to brush it downwards as I'm blow drying for added volume.  Once done blow drying I use my teaser brush and tease the top section of my head for some added volume.  I also add some dry shampoo at this time too.  Then curl my hair leaving the ends out with a curling iron. I'm always curling away from my face.  Once done curling then I comb through the curls with my fingers so they look undone.  Then I spray in the Herbivore Sea Salt spray and use my hands to scrunch up with it all around.  Then I add a dime sized dollop of the Inner Peace Whipped Texturizer by Innersense Beauty.  And scrunch all around with it as well.  I also might take a few pieces here and there to define them a little more with the product.  Finally I spritz with Josh Rosebrook hair spray.






 Straight hair on Sister #1 with Fine/Frizzy/Thick Hair-


Josh Rosebrook Lift Spray on Roots for added volume since she has fine hair-even though it's thick. Then used Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control from her mid shaft down to her ends for frizz control and heat protection.  I used a brush to lift the roots up throughout her hair as I blow dried.  Then once dry I spray on Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist.  It helps to calm frizz as well and give a shine.  Then I flat ironed in sections.  Once done I spritzed it with Josh Rosebrook hair spray lightly.













Beachy Waves(using a flat iron) on Sister #1 with Fine/Frizzy/Thick Hair-


Josh Rosebrook Lift Spray on Roots for added volume since she has fine hair-even though it's thick. Then used Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control from her mid shaft down to her ends for frizz control and heat protection. I used a brush to lift the roots up throughout her hair as I blow dried.  Then once dry I spray on Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine Daily Moisture Mist-.  It helps to calm frizz as well and give a shine. Then I took one inch sections of hair throughout and curled them away from her face with a flat iron.  Once done curling I used my fingers to comb through her hair and make the curls look more undone.  Then I sprayed in the Mermaid Sea Salt Spray by Captain Blankenship and used my hands to scrunch up with it all around.  Then I added a nickel sized dollop of the Inner Peace Whipped Texturizer by Innersense Beauty.  And scrunch all around with it as well.  I also might take a few pieces here and there to define them a little more with the product.  Finally, I spritz with Josh Rosebrook hair spray.




Straight hair on Sister #2 with Coarse/Wavy/Frizzy/Extra Thick Hair-


She already has a lot of volume naturally so I just use the Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control on from her mid shaft down to her ends for frizz control and heat protection. Then I use a brush and lift up and out as I'm blow drying.  Once finished I add in the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist.  It helps to calm frizz as well and give a shine.  Then I flat ironed in sections.  Once done I spray Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine Daily Moisture Mist- on it again just for added shine and because her hair is naturally frizzy and coarse.











Beachy Waves on Sister #2 with Coarse/Wavy/Frizzy/Extra Thick Hair-


She already has a lot of volume naturally so I just use the Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control on from her mid shaft down to her ends for frizz control and heat protection. Then I use a brush and lift up and out as I'm blow drying.  Once finished I add in the Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Hold & Shine Daily Moisture Mist-.  It helps to calm frizz as well and give a shine. Then I take sections and curl away from her face-making sure the ends are left out.  Once done I comb through the waves with my fingers.  Then I spray in the Mermaid Sea Salt Spray by Captain Blankenship and used my hands to scrunch up with it all around.  Then I add a nickel sized dollop of the Inner Peace Whipped Texturizer by Innersense Beauty.  And scrunch all around with it as well.  I also take a few pieces here and there to define them a little more with the product.  Finally, I spritz with Josh Rosebrook hair spray. (P.S. She has amazing hair-it's not fair!)

That sums up my hair diaries!  If you have any questions on products I used or what might work for your hair type-just ask!  I would love to help you figure it out!    What green beauty hair products are you loving??






Labor Day Sales

Labor Day Sales

Guys, I couldn't just keep all these sales to myself!  Discounts galore are happening this weekend in honor of Labor Day, and I don't want you to miss out.  Here's what's trending:

Spirit Beauty Lounge-

Sign up for their newsletter today and you'll receive a 20% off coupon for $100+ in you're e-mail for Labor Day.  They offer a ton of green beauty, from skincare, makeup, haircare and even baby-they've got you covered.  You can also get samples there as well!

Ecodiva Beauty-

They are offering free shipping this weekend through Monday night.  They offer green beauty galore and a ton of high end green beauty brands, but all in one place.  You can find everything from hair, skincare, and makeup too.  Oh and of course they give out samples!


They are offering 25% off through Labor Day with code: LABORDAY.  You get free shipping after $35 always with them as well, which is pretty awesome!  They literally have everything your little natural self could want.  From supplements, eco-water bottles, skincare and makeup.  Oh and a ton of baby stuff.  Go check them out!

The Detox Market-

Love this green beauty haven!  Through Labor Day they are offering $10 off $100, $30 off $200, and $60 off $300.  They have it all-seriously!  Trust me, $100 will go quick!

Ok you little green lovers, get to shopping!