The Best Natural Shampoos for the Healthiest, Shiniest Strands of Your Life

Yes, they actually work

Updated 09/11/18

Photo by Lacie Hansen

Lustrous locks are just the thing to complement your sparkling smile and so-in-love glow on your wedding day. But the key to shiny, healthy hair isn't in an ingredients list a mile long. In fact, chemical-laden shampoos can actually be the culprit that causes frizz and dullness, as sulfates and other ingredients strip hair of the moisture it desperately needs to be smooth and glossy. Cue natural shampoos and organic cleansing formulas.

With pure, often plant-based ingredients, natural shampoos have everything you need (and nothing you don't) to cleanse your hair without harmful chemicals or stripping it of necessary oils. The result? The healthiest, shiniest strands of your life.

Luckily, holistic haircare is now mainstream and making the switch to a natural shampoo has never been easier. “With people becoming more sensitive to what they are eating, the awareness of what we use topically is shifting too,” explains Stefani Padilla, founder of La Tierra Sagrada.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best natural shampoos for each hair type. Find yours below!

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For Normal Hair: La Tierra Sagrada Shampoo

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Crafted to gently cleanse the scalp and strands, this plant-based formula lathers into a light foam that removes daily build-up, nourishes, and imparts tons of sheen.

SHOP NOW: La Tierra Sagrada, $36

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For Color-Treated Hair: Rahua Color Full Shampoo

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Whether you're trying highlights or regularly dye your 'do, the fact is that color-treated hair has different needs. This plant-based shampoo feeds hair with vital nutrients and morete oils, preserving that gorgeous, just-left-the-salon tone.

Rahua

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For Curly Hair: SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo

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Specifically designed for curly hair, this drugstore buy—infused with coconut, silk protein, and neem oil—delivers on its promise to detangle, define, and leave locks beautifully bouncy.

SHOP NOW: Target, $7.99

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For Damaged Hair: Reverie Shampoo

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Damaged locks need a little extra TLC. This fortifying elixir repairs with a combination of amino acids and panthenol, so you can say buh-bye to brittle tresses!

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $38

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For Fine Hair: Avalon Organics Volumizing Rosemary Shampoo

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Do you have baby-fine or limp locks? Either way, this volume-booster is the solution. The secret is a blend of organic rosemary essential oil, quinoa protein, and vitamin E.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $23 for 2-pack

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For Oily Hair: Earth's Nectar Mint Leaves & Tea Tree Shampoo

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Made with over 70-percent organic ingredients (including oat extract, vitamin B, and tea tree essential oil), this clarifying formula deep cleans without stripping and balances hair's chemistry—all with a refreshing minty aroma.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $22

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For Dull Hair: Playa Every Day Shampoo

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When shine is the goal, Playa is the answer. Capryl glucoside (a gentle coconut-derived cleanser) removes impurities while imparting vibrancy. Bonus: The beachy scent turns shower time into a vacation.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $32

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For Dry Hair: Acure Argan Oil & Pumpkin Mega Moisture Shampoo

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Thirsty tresses, let us introduce you to this mega-moisturizing shampoo that’s packed with replenishing pumpkin seed and argan oils plus aloe leaf juice, açai extract, and vitamin E.

SHOP NOW: Target, $9.99

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