Let’s be honest, it can be REALLY difficult finding a natural shampoo that works well for your hair. I’ve probably tried dozens over the years. While I can confidently say I’ve found shampoos that already work really well for me, I’m always up for trying new ones! Plus I need to keep you guys in the loop, right? So there are three clean shampoos I’ve been testing over the past few months, and today I’ll be sharing my experience with you and how they’ve been performing.
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If you’re not familiar with purple shampoo, it’s literally shampoo with purple in it 💜 It’s for blonde or gray hair (natural or dyed/bleached) and helps tone down the yellow brassiness and keep the color fresh. There really are not many natural ones on the market! This brand is from Sweden but This Organic Girl carries it in her shop.
I don’t use purple shampoo every single wash, just here and there to help with my highlights. I was previously using Rahua Color Full Shampoo but now that I’ve tried Bruns, I prefer it! Bruns has a more vibrant violet color so I feel like it’s more effective. And the Rahua gardenia scent was really strong (almost too strong). Bruns smells really nice; like citrus and a woodsy pine forest combined.
It’s a plastic bottle and you just squeeze it to dispense. It has a good amount of lather to it, too. I like to leave it in my hair for 5-ish minutes while I shower to let the pigment sit before washing it out. My hair definitely seems bright and less brassy! It’s quite pricey for the amount of shampoo you get, but since I don’t use it as my primary shampoo, I can extend the use of it longer.
Of these three shampoos, this one makes my hair feel the cleanest and has the best lather. Oh, and it smells like candy. YUM. This one gets really foamy and seems to keep my hair the cleanest for a longer period of time (yay for less washing!). It definitely is super clarifying, purifying, and gives me extra volume.
I’m not sure what else to say other than it works really well and I am thoroughly enjoying it! This would probably be a good one to start with if you’re new to natural shampoos 💁♀️
So this one obviously wins for the most sustainable, zero-waste option (it’s named 552M because over 552 million plastic shampoo bottles ending up in landfills each year) ♻️ It comes in a cardboard box and then that’s it! I have been disappointed by shampoo bars in the past so I was nervous to try another one (they had always made my hair feel heavy and greasy). I’m happy to report that this one actually works and makes my thick hair feel clean. Woohoo! My husband has been using this one too.
It’s soap-free and smells like an orange creamsicle. Something that I find a little difficult with this one is that it takes longer to build up a lather. I rub it directly on wet hair and then work it in with my fingers. Eventually, I can get a decent lather with it, but usually by that time my arms are tired, ha! #ThickHairProblems 💆♀️
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this detangles though! Wow. Usually, with shampoo bars, they jumble up your hair and make it tangled. When I use this one, I can effortlessly comb my hair in the shower after washing. Amazing. It claims to be good for 60-80 washes but I feel like that’s a stretch. But I guess that depends on how you use it. And since it’s a bar, it breaks into pieces after a while which is a bit frustrating. So I try to stack the pieces together while they are wet so they stick together somewhat but it’s still kind of clunky. That’s the tradeoff for sustainable packaging, I guess! Overall, a nice shampoo option though.
Related post: “My 6-Step Organic, Low Maintenance Hair Care Routine”
Have you tried any of these shampoos? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below. You can also leave any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them. Here’s to clean hair, naturally!