What are the Different Types of Organic Hair Care Products?

Britt Archer
Britt Archer
A stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program will confirm if a hair care product is organic.
A stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program will confirm if a hair care product is organic.

Concern for the environment is not a new trend, but it is a movement that has gained more popularity as consumers have become increasingly aware of how the products they use every day impact their lives, their health and the ecosystems around them. As demand for eco-friendly products increases, companies are taking a marked step forward in creating products that are good for both humans and the earth. One area that has grown by leaps and bounds is organic hair care. There are some things consumers should keep in mind, however, as they set out to choose an organic hair care line.

Organic shampoo may help treat dry hair.
Organic shampoo may help treat dry hair.

Organic hair care products run the gamut from the basics--organic shampoo and organic conditioner--to more specialized styling products designed to remedy certain hair conditions, like dry hair or split ends. There are a variety of brands available, from big name newcomers like John Masters™ Organic Hair Care and Simply Organic™ hair care, to lesser known but long-established brands like Dr. Bronner's™. Organic hair care products come in a variety of price ranges, allowing even those on a budget to be environmentally conscious.

In the U.S., "certified organic" products cannot include genetically modified ingredients.
In the U.S., "certified organic" products cannot include genetically modified ingredients.

Not every consumer product labeled organic is truly so. One of the easiest ways to figure out whether a product is truly organic is to look at the ingredients list. If there are more chemicals than there are natural ingredients, it's safe to say that the product is not actually organic. It is also a good idea to look for outside verification that the product is organic, such as a stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program. There are also independent companies that provide listings of organic products, one of which is Green America, an organization formerly known as Co-op America.

Many hair salons are now using organic hair care products.
Many hair salons are now using organic hair care products.

Even with the help of such organizations, it can still be overwhelming when there are so many choices and so many ingredients to look for, and sometimes people need a little face-to-face advice. For this reason, many standard hair salons have opted to transform part or all of their facilities into organic hair care salons. The technicians at these facilities are trained to recognize organic products and advise consumers on the nuances of organic hair care, and they can help any individual looking for guidance in the world of organic hair care.

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    • A stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program will confirm if a hair care product is organic.
      A stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program will confirm if a hair care product is organic.
    • Organic shampoo may help treat dry hair.
      Organic shampoo may help treat dry hair.
    • In the U.S., "certified organic" products cannot include genetically modified ingredients.
      In the U.S., "certified organic" products cannot include genetically modified ingredients.
    • Many hair salons are now using organic hair care products.
      Many hair salons are now using organic hair care products.