What Should the Best Eco-friendly Shampoos Contain?

You can use different ingredients depending on what you're specifically looking for in your shampoo. However, they should all be totally natural.
What Should the Best Eco-friendly Shampoos Contain?

Last update: 27 February, 2019

To effectively care for your hair, it’s always a good idea to choose a shampoo and other hair products made with 100% natural ingredients.

While you can now find a whole gamut of hair treatments out there, most are made with harsh chemicals.

That’s why it’s good to start trying more eco-friendly options. These should be without detergents, colorants, or other artificial compounds.

Among the many options, you can find a wide variety of herbal shampoos that deep clean your hair and help treat many common problems.

Since a lot of people don’t know what kind of ingredients these shampoos should contain, we’ll take a look at the best ones.

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Nettle is a plant that is commonly used in treatments for hair growth. It prevents the hormone testosterone from being turned into dihydrotestosterone (an aromatase inhibitor), which is related to hair loss.

You can use it on your hair in the form of a tea or with essential oils. You can find these sold in herbal stores.

As a result, you’ll be keeping your hair:

  • Strong
  • Voluminous
  • Free of problems like dandruff
  • Free of excessive hair loss

Want to know more? See: The Benefits of Nettle for Your Hair



This herb is one of the most popular ones on the list of natural remedies for fighting hair loss.

It improves the circulation in your scalp and nourishes hair follicles, resulting in healthy growth.

Rosemary is advisable for:



Mint essential oil has been used since ancient times to balance the pH of the scalp and prevent hair loss.

Overall, it helps:

  • Stimulate hair follicles
  • Regulates oil production in order to promote growth

In addition, if you include it in “green” shampoos, you’ll get a nutrition boost while improving circulation and strengthening your roots.

Aloe vera

aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is very rich in nutrients that strengthen and improve your scalp health.

It contains a good amount of water and antioxidants, which prevent dryness. In addition, it also regulates the acidic-alkaline balance of your hair.

This prevents:

  • Dandruff
  • Excessive oil
  • Excessive hair loss

The gel opens up blocked pores on your scalp. This is key to getting your hair to grow without any problems.

Common horsetail


Common horsetail contains a significant amount of silica, an essential mineral for preventing breakage and hair thinning.

Horsetail extracts are used to make different products for your nails, bones, and hair.

Overall, it fights:

  • Hair loss
  • Dandruff
  • Other common hair problems


a few avocados

Avocados are more and more popular in the cosmetic industry.

They contain:

  • Essential fatty acids
  • Proteins
  • Vitamins A
  • Vitamin E

These nutrients give conditioning, nourishing power for your hair. Applying the pulp or essential oil to your hair will make it look great, especially if it has been damaged and gets dry easily.

As if that weren’t enough, it seals up split ends and regulates the pH of your scalp to maintain the volume of your hair.



You can use the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of thyme to prevent the growth of fungus that causes dandruff.

The herb:

  • Naturally tones your scalp
  • Regulates oil production
  • Prevents infection

How can I make an eco-friendly shampoo for all hair types?

eco-friendly shampoo

Now that we’ve shared the benefits of the best ingredients for an eco-friendly shampoo, we’d like to present a simple recipe you can use to make one at home without spending too much money.

It works for all hair types since it doesn’t interfere with pH and it is also great for strengthening your hair.


  • 1 handful of rosemary
  • 1 handful of thyme
  • A bunch of fresh nettle ends
  • 7 tablespoons of grated bar soap (70 g)
  • 1 1/2 liters of water


  • First, pour the water into a pot and boil.
  • Then, once boiling, add the nettle, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Cover and let simmer for 25 minutes.
  • After this time, strain the herbs out and add the grated soap.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon until the soap is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat, let cool, and store in a jar.
  • Use like your usual shampoo.

Try an eco-friendly shampoo and see that you can have beautiful hair without risking side effects or harming the environment.

Above all, you’ll love it!

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