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Best Natural Shampoos & Conditioners – An LPN Special

I’m pretty sure I have been testing for this post since last summer. I kid you not. I sent out a tweet about a year ago and was bombarded with products and companies claiming to have the best in haircare. I tried a great many products – some samples and some full bottles. Well loves, I think it’s safe to say, I have found the best of the best in natural haircare and FINALLY will be sharing the results of my treasure hunt with you.

I will start out by noting that I have long, straight, thick and relatively dry hair. So, keep in mind what works for me, may not work for you. BUT I have made notes throughout the post which can help different hair types find what might work best for them.

How did I select the best?

As usual, I base my reviews and selections on a series of factors:

  1. Purity of ingredients (no synthetic crap, obviously)
  2. How my hair “behaved” & looked after washing/drying
  3. How long I could go between washes
  4. How clean my hair felt after drying
  5. Ethical company (i.e. they source their ingredients fairly and, as always, no animals were tested upon)
  6. Overall scent, lather and “shower experience” (maybe I should create a shower experience factor…)

The Best Natural Shampoo & Conditioners

Now there wasn’t just one – but rather a series of products that, while had their differences, were all equally as effective and wonderful. As a result, I’ve separated them into categories instead of a numerical “list”.

Best Overall Natural Shampoo & Conditioner: Acure Moroccan Argan Stem Cell for Dry/Damaged/Curly Hair

best natural shampoo & conditionerAcure Organics knocks it out of the park with this shampoo & conditioner set. This one is a saviour for babes battling dry locks and any type of frizz.  The Shampoo & Conditioner receive rankings of 1 and 2 respectively on EWG’s Cosmetics’ Database, meaning ingredients are clean and green. Acure’s products are FREE of gluten, sulfates, parabens, phthalates and cruelty, they are also vegan friendly. Further, all the ingredients are fair trade certified.

I felt with Acure’s shampoo & conditioner my hair was lighter (never, ever weighed down), and silky. The argan oil, argan stem cells plus the sea buckthorn oil were brilliant for shine and softness. I always, always, always had good hair days while I was using Acure. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this product. Oh wait, it is also SUPER affordable. At just about $9 / bottle, you can’t go wrong. Seriously. Love.

Some extra thoughts: 

The lather was excellent (lots of coconut-based foam) and it smelled like almonds. It was lightweight and washed out easily, but the conditioner stayed in enough to keep the hair silky and shiny. I could go several days between washes; in fact, I went the longest in between washes using Acure’s products (4 days – yes, seriously).

*If you have oily hair or are looking for volume, you can also check out their volumizing & daily shampoos/conditioners.

Where to Buy

US & Canada: You can shop Acure Organics shampoo & conditioner on iHerb – use my code MEP206 on your first order and get $5 – $10 off :)

Shop for $8.62 USD on iHerb.

Best Natural Shampoo & Conditioner for Normal Hair: Rahua Classic Shampoo & Conditioner

best natural shampoo & conditioner


Rahua does organic hair products like no one else. The combo of ingredients, scent and luxe packaging makes me swoon. Both the shampoo & conditioner score low 2’s on the EWG Cosmetics database, and that certainly does not stop them from leaving you with some of the best hair days you’ve ever had. The coconut & shea butter keep things silky and soft, but also help to remove dirt and grime.

The organic shampoo leaves you with light and clean hair and the scents from both products are light and pretty – even for the most scent-sensitive beaut. It comes from the palo santo (“hollywood”) so it doubles as an aromatherapy treatment.

My hair isn’t coloured, but this product is specifically recommended for colour treated hair, so those loves that like to treat their hair with some colour will likely find these dynamic duo perfect.

Some extra thoughts:

It lathers like salon products, smells delicate and the conditioner works wonders. I might dare say Rahua’s conditioner might be the best (from a long dry hair point of view).  My hair behaved well with Rahua products, feeling light and clean. I could go about ~2 days between washes.

Where to Buy:

USA: $32 USD Eco Diva Beauty
Canada: $36 CAD Eco Diva Beauty
Europe: £27.00 Love Lula

Best Natural Lightweight Shampoo & Conditioner for Thin & Fine Hair: John Masters Organics Shampoo & Conditioner

best natural shampoo & conditioner


While my hair is thick, I wanted to try something lighter out, as I know a lot of gals deal with thinner hair. Trust me, the grass is always greener, babe. :)

The shampoo & detangler both receive 3’s on EWG’s Cosmetics Database, they’re a little higher mainly based on the essential oils contained which can have some allergic tendencies. That being said, they are clean and have no artificial junk. The Evening Primrose Shampoo was lovely in terms of scent (ylang ylang lovers, be ready to fall head over heels) and gentle cleansing. It is good for daily cleansing and for colour-treated hair.

The Citrus & Neroli Detangler was perfect for thinner hair since it is very lightweight. It did not weigh my hair down, and left my hair feeling clean and really manageable after drying. The scent is delicate (and as the name would suggest, “citrusy”) while the texture was creamy and lightweight.

Where to Buy
World Wide: £16.00 each (get them tax free if you’re from overseas) Conditioner  Love Lula / Shampoo Love Lula

Best Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner: Calia Organic Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

best natural shampoo conditioner

I first found out about this brand from one of my favourite natural wellness Vloggers, HolisticHabits. Check out her YouTube channel if you are into great rawfood recipes, natural healing and of course, natural beauty. My fellow Canadian green beauty posted on this brand, and raved. I had to try it out and see for myself before I finished of my ultimate shampoo  & conditioner reviews. Calia Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner was the last shampoo/conditioner duo that I tried for this post, and I owe beautiful Sarah a big thanks for the “heads up”.

Calia’s products are probably one of the purest I’ve tried, and have to admit, my hair was left feeling voluminous after trailing out Calia. If you have hair on the limp or flat side, but still dry, this is your perfect match. It will lift your roots and leave each strand feeling thicker thanks to the added silica, so it’s great for gals with hair on the thinner side.

Some extra thoughts:

Calia is free of sulfates, DEA, sodium chloride (not an easy one to avoid, even in the natural space), propylene glycol and is vegan friendly. The shampoo’s lather is great, and its scent is a base of lavender and bergamot – light, pure and herby. The conditioner has many of the same essential oils, but are a little stronger. Any earthy babe will love the scents.

The conditioner is especially great for dry hair as it is thick and can be used a little longer as a terrific leave-in conditioner.

Where to Buy:

Canada / USA: $10.99 CAD Calia Online Shop Conditioner / Shampoo

Best Natural Dry Shampoo: Skinny Skinny Dry Shampoo

Best natural dry shampoo

No shampoo & conditioner post would be complete without a dry shampoo winner. Skinny Skinny keeps it pure, pure, pure with their ingredients leaving nothing to the imagination (Organic =*Cornstarch*, brown rice powder*, white clay, horsetail powder*, baking soda, orris root powder* & essential oils)

I used the rose & black pepper and the grapefruit cardamon in between washes (usually on days 2 or 3). It soaked up excess oil and left a light earthy scent that was not invasive. They were perfect for quick fixes on days I was running late too – adding a little extra volume, while making sure everything looked clean. I preferred the grapefruit & cardamon scent, especially for summer days.

To use:

Simply dust some of the powder onto sections of your hair at the roots. Then, flip your head upside down and brush into your roots with your fingers back and forth (as if you were fluffing your hair up at the roots).  The powder, while white, disappears after some finger tousling so it’s OK for any hair colour.

Where to Buy:

Shop online for $32 USD for a 4 oz container which lasts ~4 months.
Find it on the Skinny Skinny online shop: Rose & Black Pepper / Grapefruit & Cardamon. You can also shop travel size for $9 USD.

Well gorgeous gals, hope you have a beautiful weekend full of even more beautiful hair.

Love, love, love from Oslo


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  • Integrity Botanicals

    Great reviews! I’ve never heard of or tried Calia. Acure’s haircare is great and so affordable. I’m a big fan of Rahua’s shampoos and conditioners and skinnyskinny’s dry shampoos. I also love a couple of skinnyskinny’s soap bars as shampoo! The Rosemary-Mint and Neem with Tea Tree & Lavender work great if you have a dry or itchy scalp. I get psoriasis flair ups and this really helps soothe my scalp. The bars also lather really well and don’t strip your hair. Another great dry shampoo I recently tried that works great and smells wonderful is the newly launched Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo powder from One Love Organics. It has the same fresh and clean Gardenia scent as the body serum. – Terri

  • Jana

    Loved this post, great reviews! Acure duo is my favourite!<3 xx

  • GirlMeetsReal

    What a brilliant post, loved this. I am defiantly going to try the Acure shampoo and conditioner.x

  • Tania

    Such a great, helpful post! I definitely want to try the Rahua products and had never seen the dry shampoo from that brand before, but would love to try them out :) x

  • Georgia

    I’ve tried Acure shampoo and conditioner for dry hair snd I liked them a lot.

  • Dominique Lily

    Great post! I am always on the lookout for better and more natural hair care ! Thanks for your post!

    Domi x

  • Steve

    Has anyone heard about a company called Mission Essentials? They have great products! Their website is if you are interested

  • @EC0diva

    I am so happy that you are up to blogging again. I really enjoy your posts and loved this one! The John Masters citrus and nerolindetangler is my absolute fave, but I may have to try out some of the other products you mentioned. Thanks for another great post!

  • guiltlessreading

    Thank so much for this comprehensive post! I’m going to go through this list and see if I can find them in-store.

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      So glad you enjoyed! :) xx

  • Lea

    Thanks for your interesting reviews! I get my natural shampoos from a Dutch webshop. They have all kinds of organic natural skin products. Named Keep up the good writing!

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      Thanks :) x

  • Jonathan and Kaycie

    Great and very interesting review. Thank you again!

  • Jenny

    I heard such great things about the acure line! thanks for such an informative review, can’t wait to try it out. Trader joe’s tea trea tingle shampoo and conditioner is also amazing :) giovanni is good too

  • Niki

    What’s wrong with sodium chloride (aka salt)?

    • Stephanie

      salt causes dehydration. so it would dry out your hair

  • Momof3curlygirls

    Thanks for the very informative post. I’ve never heard of some of these, so I’ll have to give the new brands atry. No matter what shampoo I decide to use (I switch up depending on what my hair needs at the time), I always pre-treat my hair with an oil or homemade hair mask, using shea butter as a key Igredient. I’ll mix it with maybe avocado or banana or whatever I have in the fridge. I use Adwi Organics Organic Raw Unrefined Shea Butter from They sell all of their products through which is convenient especially if you have Amazon Prime.

  • Ashley

    Yes!! Thank you for posting! I’m working on (and blogging about) living a more natural life and it has been quite a journey! I’ve been struggling to find shampoos and other personal care products, so I’m so glad I found your blog! Keep up the good work!


  • Stephanie

    I have been using the acure set since you posted this and I absolutely love it for my thick and somewhat wavy hair. It has been so difficult to find a natural shampoo that works well. Thank you soo much! (:

  • jt

    Thank you, I came to your site today specifically looking for this post! I’ve been waiting since last summer too :)

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      Yay :) xx

  • Opas Soap

    Great post! I have tried John Masters before, did not do wonders for my hair. Giovanni dried out my curls. Haven’t tried these other but will look into them. There’s so many chemicals in shampoo and conditioner these days that I started making my own. If anyone is looking for high quality, something non-toxic and still made in the USA. You may want to try

  • Organically You

    Such a great post, you can tell you did your research! The next time I need to buy more shampoo, I’m coming back here :)

  • Jason Chan

    Such informative post. I liked the reviews on not just 1 but 3 products as it gives variety for your audience, and a well-described product plus where-to-buy is great! Thank you!

  • Nicole C

    I absolutely love Acure and use it daily!

    Nicole @masonjarsalads

  • Jonathan & Kaycie

    We like these shampoos thanks for the review!

  • M Dandon

    Purity of ingredients is a great criteria that should be used by anyone who wants to go organic. Remember that not all shampoo that claims they are organic are 100% organic.

    You can also look for the USDA organic seal to be sure of the purity of a product.

  • sksydnor

    Acure has completely changed my outlook on natural shampoos and conditioner! Thank you so much for suggesting it!

  • Lida

    Sad to see Healthy Skin for a Happy Life isn’t on the list! It’s the best, most natural shampoo I’ve ever used – and it smells amazing!

  • Emmas

    Very interesting. Lovely!!! For more go to shop

  • Hamza

    Very nice post….
    Good shampoos i will use these it was really great.
    Elixir Cosmeceuticals
    sprengte blodkar Stavanger

  • no-nonsense

    This is crap.” xxx is free of sodium chloride, a hard one to avoid.” Any one with slight knowledge would know that sodium chloride is table salt, an ingredient which is harmless and essential to human beings.

    • macybaby

      Girl no one is saying its harmful to humans, it’s just not all that great for hair!

    • Edith D Thurman

      There is a reason that women with really healthy hair do not use salt sprays! Salt dries your hair out like crazy! Have you ever been in the ocean and had it take two to three days to get your hair back to normal! Salt is good for some things just not your hair!

    • bob seget

      It must be really hard to be that fucking stupid.

  • SheilaI

    I prefer Pro Naturals

  • BartD

    Argan Oil Shampoo has been the best for my budget and hair color.

  • Thomas Palmer

    Acure for women only? Or can men use?

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      Men and women can use the product

  • jills7

    Pro Naturals is my preference! <3

  • Kelly

    I have been looking for a review like this FOREVER. Thank you!!!

  • izzy

    Even though i would love to buy some of those, i am so keen on scents. Either very feminine scents ylang ylang, rose, lavender, my favorite scents are vanilla and coconut though. Ive had a very hard time finding that though. Calias shampoo sounds good but i don’t really like herby scents. John masters shampoo but i have thick hair and wash my hair once a week so thats not a good match. Acure sounds amazing but i don’t know about the scent.. Any advise?

  • messibarca

    I use Kiss My Face big body shampoo it’s natural also, and i have long hair and it works great on me it leaves my hair looking shiny and strong would recommend of course not every shampoo works on everybody.

  • LisaBeth

    I have fine, wavy (2b/2c) hair with a scalp that tends to get dry. I started using the Made from Earth Peppermint Conditioner about a month ago, and my hair looks better than it’s ever looked: shiny and healthy with well-defined curls. The best part is that it’s been great for my scalp too! No flakes, dryness, or itching.

  • Aaron Smith

    I want a good shampoo that gives me the best result in my hair loss so I think I’ll use this product. if my hair loss was in control that time I am very shampoo to prevent hair loss

  • Courtney R Evans

    Calia is way to expensive for the size you get IMO. Plus paying for shipping ect. In the end it’s way to expensive for non locals

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      Yes, the shipping is tough. I spoke with them about that and they are working on finding a more affordable shipping provider.

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  • Kloe Kariki

    I have hair down to the middle of my back and have cut down to washing every other day. I use the Somaluxe Exotic Conditioner from just below my neckline and down through the ends. It rinses out nicely and I can comb through my hair nicely (I use a wide tooth comb and the “wetbrush”). I love that it has argan oil already in it, so I dont have to spend so much money buying an extra argan oil!

  • angie sam

    I’ve switched to all natural shampoos, because the sulphates and other chemicals have been making my scalp itchy. However all of the “organic/earth friendly” products I’ve tried left me hair either dry, unclean or a complete tangled mess. After doing some research. the Somaluxe Shampoo (Clarify & Restore) came highly recommended for being hair friendly. I had my Somaluxe products within a few days of ordering them – it shampoo rinsed clean leaving my hair soft and nourished. I followed up with the conditioner. Both Somaluxe products left my hair looking and feeling healthier. Great! Natural ingredients that really work.

  • meena

    Great post ! nice product
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  • Rebecca

    I LOVE your site! I’ve been using certified organic shampoo and conditioner for a while now (Miessence) and it has totally changed my hair forever.

  • Sarah Boxer

    For awhile now I’ve wanted to switch to an all natural shampoo, because the sulphates and other chemicals have been making my scalp itchy. However all of the “organic/earth friendly” products I’ve tried left me hair either dry, unclean or a complete tangled mess. After doing some research The Somaluxe Clarifying Shampoo came highly recommended for being earth and hair friendly. The shampoo rinsed clean leaving my hair soft and nourished. I followed up with the Somaluxe Conditioner. Both products left my hair looking and feeling healthier. Great! Natural ingredients that really work. They really are an outstanding value.

  • Jessica

    This list is a amazing! I had never heard of these before, now that I know I shall give them a try! The one I love and that I have been using ever since the first time I bought it online, is hairwise natural shampoo, they have natural shampoos for all kinds of hair and are amazing, check them out

  • paul133

    The absolute best and surprising natural SHampoo is actually MUD! Well sort of. It is Moroccan Rhassoul clay. Been used for centuries as it cleans and softens hair so ideal if you are having to use relax creams. THere is a nice article about it on website below. They dont sell it but they did have some free samples before. Sure you could get it on online. Moroccan Rhassoul Clay. Read up on it first as there are a few steps and things you need to do after shampooing. Regards Paul

  • Jessica Coughlin

    You were paid to list these items, were you not? Otherwise, how can you list which are best for thin hair, normal. etc. You can only have one type of hair…

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      No, I was not paid. I have thick hair.

  • alexandra

    Mainly on iherb I came because of hair loss. Many experienced funds, but settled on these below I took a few powerful tools for yourself, mothers and girlfriends . All agreed on the following:
    To use need if you experience a problem or loss of dullness and General lethargy hair, to prevention is not necessary. Suitable for men and women, rubbed into the scalp at night. Of course all individually, but my hair oils not completely. Need to wash after means no.
    The tool is strong, the composition is brilliant, all inclusive, didn’t miss anything.
    Ekstrak burdock Conducted a experiment that lasts a month. Hair waved astounding leap in length. This is one plus. And second – they are wonderful to just become stronger and stop falling.
    For 20 minutes before washing under the hood I did twice a week.
    Long experience with the system against hair loss the Andal, because all the time something distracted. But finally, I got a General final impression, and it is positive.
    Thus, the system is the Andal against hair loss. This is a shampoo, serum and air conditioning. Use all three tools together regularly for about a month.
    The overall result on the problem hair has become stronger to stay in their places-the hair follicles are less to split, definitely grow faster, become thicker a little something visually. In General, I liked it. You can try like this mini version, all three tools.
    Nubian Heritage has expanded its collections of tools for hair and while they’re only encouraging. Joined for a reason. In particular I’m very addicted to strengthens the hair mask, which gives me very decent results in strengthening. Less hair is lost when combing and seemingly more sturdy and plump, split ends disappear. I recommend to try. Only use need not atlanova, and according to instructions, then the results faster and more noticeable: after bathing hair under a shower cap for 45 minutes. Then rinse ,you the mask into the roots before bathing and keep for half an hour, greatly increased growth.
    there is one thing that strengthens fine hair and does not contain unnecessary, it’s all entirely vegetable. The hair stops falling out after about a week of use already, it becomes visible to the eye, can pull. Another promise that gray will creep up later. Theoretically it is possible with this herb, but in practice I results of experiment no, sorry. That’s about the strengthening of the guarantee, about the gray hairs will not say.
    about hair strengthening – garlic and mullein.
    The ingredients are awesome. So I want to recommend a wonderful oil to strengthen hair (half an hour before washing the roots under a hat). The results observed from the third application, enough for 2-3 months, depending on frequency of polyvac.
    Positioned as the tool drops into the ears, by the way, for its intended purpose I do not recommend. And for hair this oil drink, where else and put St. John’s wort, which affects the hair Shine, just a delight.
    Bathed once a month, my hair became very beautiful and healthy.
    What I watched myself change.I left a hint of dandruff and flaking. Hair ceased to be heterogeneous is fatter at the roots, drier at ends.
    Less grjaznjatsja, increases the time between pominkami.
    To the touch very silky, and as if became more.
    Very economical packaging. Goes a long way.
    Jason Natural, Scalp Normalizing Shampoo, Tea Tree
    Tea tree does not smell, fragrance make the smell neutral.
    Here are all of my regular purchases and tests

  • Texas John

    I know I’m a guy [and according to one school of thought, which I do not subscribe to, I shouldn’t’ be commenting on such things ;-) ] but these products are just fab on my hair, and tick all the right boxes for me… 100% vegan, sulfate free, paraben free, eco-friendly, the finest organic products,, super concentrated, chemical and water free, safe for you and the environment and airline carry-on approved, love them ;-)

  • Dalila M. Lujan

    Pro Naturals makes the best in my opinion ;)

  • Mary Ware

    The best I have ever used are the GKhair moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. It did wonders on my dry, brittle and dull hair that were prone to break and fall so easily. It have saved my life. Perfect for adding volume to your hair, moisture, shine and glow. Pretty amazing. Love it. :)

  • museviews

    Thanks for the report.

  • Vijay Tatineni

    You can very well try this trusted Hair/Body shampoo w/Conditioner:

  • Nora Anderson

    I tried rahua but it’s a bit expensive for the price. It only comes in 9.3 fl. oz and it doesn’t smell that good. I switched to Tree to Tub, because I get more for about the same price. Plus their shampoo cleans and moisturizes at the same time, so you don’t need to waste money on conditioner. You should consider Tree to tub products for your next list, but thanks for the info, really, I used your series of factors for selecting Treeto Tub. Their website is for all of those who are interested.

    • Living Pretty Naturally

      It is a bit pricey – defintely try the Acure for a more affordable option and Caalia! xx Thanks for the link to Treeto Tub!

  • Nora Anderson

    Great suggestions, I haven’t tried any of them because I am just starting to change to natural shampoo and I can tell you that I have tried a new organic shampoo I saw on kickstarter made from a fruit called soapberry. What I love the most is that I don’t even have to use conditioner. I really recommended, you should check it out on, but definitely will try some of the products you suggested to pick the best shampoo in the natural and organic market.

  • Anstasija

    Thank you for the article! I like it but I think Acure is a bit overrated. Please see the Q&A on Amazon reviews on that size of shampoo:


    On EWG Skin Deep, the review expressed concerns about some of your ingredients. Could you address the concerns?


    My concern is about the potassium sorbate, which is a known human skin toxicant and is absorbed into the bloodstream as well. My other concern is the tocopheryl acetate. Tocopherol (vitamin E) is generally recognized as safe, but this form–tocopheryl acetate–is often contaminated with hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a … see more My concern is about the potassium sorbate, which is a known human skin toxicant and is absorbed into the bloodstream as well. My other concern is the tocopheryl acetate. Tocopherol (vitamin E) is generally recognized as safe, but this form–tocopheryl acetate–is often contaminated with hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a 9 on EWG Skin Deep’s safety rating system due to its contribution to organ system toxicity. The plant extracts used in the shampoo are 100% safe and healthy. But these two aforementioned ingredients are enough to make me limit its use. Hope this answer was helpful. see less
    By Lindsay M. on November 25, 2014


  • Katie

    Has anyone tried the Calia set?

  • Nora Anderson

    This list is wonderful! I’m really tempted to try out the Rahua products! Another line of products I’ve been using that’s all natural, organic and use really gentle ingredients is Tree to Tub ( It feels really luxurious and it’s even helped bring my hair back to life!

  • Toni Marie

    I love Monat haircare products they are salon quality but nontoxic they have a great list of no’s. After being diagnosed with breast cancer I tried everything! But my hair was feeling gross I finally found Monat which also had 3rd party clinical studies proving regrowth and follicle strength which I really needed, my hair honestly had never felt so healthy and thick too! You can check it out here or want to try it contact me for more info