Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Quit You

Not too long ago I attempted to switch my family over to the 365 Lavender Blend Shampoo and Conditioner available at Whole Foods. Note: The picture below is actually of their body lotion, but it is the same packaging as the shampoo and conditioner.
Unfortunately, I can't make it work for me. You see, I have crazy amounts of very fine hair. As in, unlike other moms, I rued the day when my hair started to thicken due to pregnancy hormones and actually celebrated when it started to finally fall out at 4 months postpartum. As in, I have never had a hair dresser make it through blow drying my hair without needing to stop for a fact once they know me, they schedule extra time to get through my hair.

Anyway, all that hair needs something a bit stronger to actually clean it. No matter how many times I soap up in the shower with the 365 Lavender blend shampoo, my hair ends up not getting clean and is greasy and matted in the middle. Whereas, one soap up with a 'regular' shampoo (as I was able to try out again when I was using the sample size offerings at the hotel where I stayed in Las Vegas) actually cleans my hair.

So, now I don't really know what to do. I have enough of this stuff to last a lifetime thanks to the crazy large bottle. And I really, really, really want to use a natural product that is better for our environment. But I am finding out through my research (you know, on the internets which never lies) that it isn't necessarily the brand of product (which would great because than I could just find another earth friendly product) but rather the TYPE of product that is my issue. Apparently, there are quite a few people who will tell you that the non-natural products that are in 'normal' shampoos and conditioners really do work better.

So, does anyone else out there have crazy amounts of hair and use a natural shampoo and conditioner that doesn't cost an arm and a leg that they can recommend?



  1. No suggestions but I am dealing with the same thing. I switched to an organic sulfate-free shampoo to attempt to protect my freshly dyed hair and do something nice for the environment BUT every time I shower I find myself wishing I was using the Herbal Essences with the nice lather and great smell. Maybe someone will have a suggestion for me as well?

  2. I don't use shampoo at all (I have coarse dry curly hair, so friction and occasionally lemon juice work fine for me) but I do use Aveda everything else on my hair. natural, not planet-killing, works really really well (my friends with fine hair say the same).
    The thing about lathery shampoo is that it's just a chemical designed to lather (the same one that's in dishwashing soap)--hair doesn't actually get any cleaner with lather. I recommend Aveda Shampure.

    Another friend of mine has very fine hair (but not thick) and she uses shampoo bars from Lush. I don't know what they're made of, but they smell amazing! :-)

  3. I have massive amounts.... of extra thick, coarse hair. I get the same thing every time I get my hair cut... "your hair is SO gorgeous, but there is SO MUCH!"

    How frequently are you shampooing your hair? I can get away with every 2-3 days since it's coarse, but if you're an every-day shampooer because your hair is fine, try alternating days between a "normal" shampoo and the Whole Foods shampoo. To be honest, looking at ingredients of most "natural" shampoos.... most of them have something else in place of the sulfates that are just as bad (ability to read labels is one of the few perks of being a chemist). I know Aveda "natural" shampoos are not at all natural (more information here:, not sure about other brands off the top of my head.

  4. I only shampoo every three to four days anyway. That's always been the best solution to my hair issues. And I don't need my shampoo to lather up in order for me to feel like it is getting clean. I also know to check out the cosmetics database to check and see just how natural products are/aren't. What I don't know, is how to figure out which of the 'good' products will actually clean my hair without having to buy a sample of each of them.

  5. I use Alba shampoo and conditioner and its pretty good. When you're buying other kinds just look in the ingredients list and make sure there are no parabens. ex. propylparaben, methyl....
    good luck:)