Monday, April 18, 2011

More Allergen-Free Haircare – California Baby

I recently shared my problem with haircare products that contain wheat, and the rash that resulted from my using them. (In case you need to catch up on that story – the punchline is, more and more hair and skincare products contain wheat, soy, and nuts.)

The first haircare products I tried were from the Gluten-Free Savonerie, and I have been very happy with them.

This week I tried the California Baby haircare products. I used the fragrance-free version for sensitive skin – and they are truly fragrance free, gluten-free, and free of the top eight allergens. They also contain no animal products.

The shampoo is very similar to what you think of in a baby shampoo. In using it I noticed that my hair does get tangled easily, so I don’t recommend using without the conditioner. The conditioner is thick. After using my hair was clean, but on the dry side, with flyaways (not a problem I usually have). If you go for this brand I recommend ordering a larger bottle of conditioner than shampoo.

What gluten-free or allergen-free shampoo and conditioner do you use?


Jennifer is Always Sick said...

I have noticed that there are a lot of haircare and body wash products that contain almond oil. This is good for people who aren't allergic, but I wonder if the products are produced on the same equipment and if they are required to claim that on the product packaging. Example - Tresemme, Head and Shoulders and Oil of Olay all have at least one product with almond oil, but others that don't contain it. Is it possible there is cross contamination that could cause an almond allergic individual to become seriously ill or cause skin conditions?

Colette said...

Jennifer is Always Sick -- Yes -- almond oil, as well as shea and other nuts are frequently used in haircare and body wash (as well as wheat and soy). The problem seems to be getting worse as manufacturers are avoiding parabens. You might actually do better with the chemical lines than the ones called "all natural." That said, the cross-contamination varies. You really have to check out each product. Not everyone who has a food allergy will have a skin reaction though, but if you/your daughter are prone to that I would avoid them.

Alisa Fleming said...

Hmm, I'm not sure off hand if they are wheat, soy, and nut-free (they are plant-based, so dairy- and egg-free), but I use and am happy with Shikai. I use their Everyday Shampoo and Color Reflect Detangler Spray. Both can be had for a good price online, and seem to work well for me.

Colette said...

Alisa, good suggestion. I checked the ingredients on the Shikai products -- the shower gels all contain oats, and some of the shampoos and conditioners contain soy protein and shea. There are some varieties that appear to be allergen-free. I'll have to try it!

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