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Vegan and Vegetarian Shampoo for Oily Hair

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Some of the best shampoos for oily hair typically do not include harsh ingredients that can strip hair of its natural protective oils.  Some of the most common ingredients in non-vegan and vegetarian shampoos include ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, ammonium lauryl ether sulfate (ammonium laureth sulfate), cocamide (MEA or TEA) – a foaming agent, glycol distearate (wax, non-vegan), table salt, cellulose – a thickener, animal glycerin (non-vegan, non vegetarian, not cruelty free) and preservatives.

Two of the most common preservatives found in non-vegan and non-vegetarian shampoos include DMDM hydantion and imidazolidinyl urea.  These preservatives help prevent fungus and bacteria, but at the same time, these preservatives release formaldehyde onto the hair to kill germs.  Sodium benzoate is also used as a preservative in shampoos.  It kills yeasts, bacteria and fungi.  Citric acid and sodium citrate (a buffering agent) are used in shampoo as well.

Shampoos may contain a number of other chemicals and harsh ingredients as well.  The most common ingredients to avoid when searching for vegan and vegetarian shampoo for oily hair include:

-Alkyl Benzene Sulfonate
-Alkyl Sodium Sulfate
-Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
-Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
-Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate
-Magnesium Sulfate
-Selenium Sulfide (in dandruff shampoos)
-Sodium C12-15 Alkyl Sulfate
-Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
-Sodium Dodecyl Sulfonate
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
-Sodium Thiosulfate
-Sulfur (in dandruff shampoos)
-TEA Lauryl Sulfate

The best vegan and vegetarian shampoos for oily hair contain all natural ingredients, and:

– Are PH balanced
– Contain NO perfume, lanolin, dyes, formaldehyde, or parabens
– Are recommended by dermatologists because they are gentle, yet effective

Vegan and vegetarian shampoos for oil hair typically contain fruit and vegetable extracts, essential oils, herbs, vitamins and minerals.  Just a few common ingredients found in vegan and vegetarian shampoos include:  aloe vera, black elderberry flower, shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut, grape, apple, comfrey, elder flower, avocado, lemongrass, rosehip, bark, sage, lavender, nettle, kelp, hemp seed oil, chamomile, peppermint, fennel seed, rosemary, ginger, raspberry leaf, tea tree oil, burdock root, olive leaf and pro-vitamin B5.

These are just a few ingredients contained in many vegan and vegetarian shampoos.  It is important to note that these ingredients may also be used in shampoos that contain many of the harsh ingredients mentioned in this article.  The best thing to do is to read the labels, or try to shop for your shampoo at stores such as Whole Foods, Mother’s Market or any other health food store.  Keep an eye out for the following cruelty free, vegan/vegetarian brands and shampoos for oily hair:

-Beauty Without Cruelty
-Chagrin Valley
-Desert Essence Organics
-Gear Head
-Jason Natural Cosmetics
-Max Green Alchemy
-Nature’s Style
-Nature’s Gate
-America Crew Tea Tree Shampoo
-Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo
-Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
-Knotty Boy Dreadlock Shampoo
-Rusk Sensories Purify Cucurbita and Tea Tree

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