Depending on which shampoo you use, it can be hard to maneuver through the hundreds of brands to find a natural, budget-friendly and sulfate-free shampoo that actually works. This post (in which the idea was practically handed to me – thank you Bhavika!) has a list of shampoos that are budget-friendly and sulfate-free and a few natural shampoos and cleansers as well.
For the past 2 years or so, I have been experimenting with natural alternatives to store-bought beauty products and cleaning supplies. Everything has been a smooth transition so far and every natural remedy and recipe has worked amazingly well, except a natural shampoo that actually works! That is the one item that I still can’t commit to leaving behind. My hair is naturally oily so anytime I stop using shampoo, I immediately get greasy hair. (Although I know the transition is supposed to be messy, I really should just stick with it!) I do try to keep the cost down though, by only shampooing every other day and trying to sneak in baking soda and apple cider vinegar when I can.
Below is a list of both store bought and natural ideas for saving money when it comes to cleansing your hair.
Live Clean Shampoo $6.97 per 350ml – The first one I decided to start with is the one I use, mainly because it is relatively budget-friendly (range for about $5.97-$8.97, depending on where you go – compared to 100% Pure that’s about $23) for being a natural and animal friendly company. Plus all their shampoos are sulfate-free.
Kiss My Face $7.97 – $16.97 per 325ml – 532ml – Natural shampoos that are all sulfate-free. This company is also eco-friendly!
Lush $9.95 – $29.95 per 330ml – I was reluctant to include this brand in this list, mainly because they aren’t that budget-friendly, but also because a lot of their shampoos aren’t sulfate-free (though there are some that are). This company also uses natural ingredients.
Organix $7.99 per 385ml – All shampoos are sulfate-free and the company does not test on animals. This brand also promotes natural ingredients and is pretty cheap.
Trader Joes $3.99 per 473ml – Although I don’t believe you can get this in Canada, it is available online and depending on shipping, can be fairly cheap. Natural ingredients and sulfate-free.
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Apple Cider Vinegar This ingredient seems like a random substance to douse your hair in, but apple cider vinegar can do wonders for the hair and really help to moisturise. Mix 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar + 1 cup of water, pour onto hair and rinse. If you have greasy roots, try to use mostly on ends. Or only use a few times a week. (Although best used with the baking soda cleanser below as a “conditioner”, you could still use the above ratio for regular cleansing.)
Baking Soda Cleanser – Mix baking soda with water (about 1 tbsp. baking soda + 1 cup of water) and massage into scalp and rinse for clean and shiny hair. This recipe will make your hair feel surprisingly clean. *You may need to tweak this recipe for the perfect balance.
Coconut Milk & Castile Soap – Mix the 2 ingredients together (1/4 coconut milk + 1/3 cup castile soap) and massage into scalp and hair in shower and rinse. View full recipe here (this recipe has other ingredients, but I like keeping things relatively simple).
There are going to be many other brands and recipes but these are the brands or recipes that I’ve tried or have high reviews.
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