Monday, June 27, 2011

Still Searching for Allergen-Free and Gluten-Free Haircare Products

I have been on a quest to find the best gluten-free and allergen-free haircare products on the market. My food allergies tend to manifest in skin rashes (among other symptoms), and anything I use on my skin that contains food allergens can make me miserable for days.

I should begin this review by saying that I am fussy. My aging hair likes to be pampered, and I don’t want to have to work too hard in the shower after a workout at the gym. I should also remind you that I call it as I see it. I don’t feel the need to provide a positive review just because I got free product (which in this case, I did).

I was excited when the folks at Morrocco Method sent me a variety of samples of their shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to try. I was less excited after I tried them. On the plus side – they are gluten-free, allergen-free, and vegan. They are made of raw, natural, organic ingredients. They contain no phosphates or chemicals. They do contain a lot of clays, ingredients from the earth and sea.

The first thing I noticed was the color – most of the products are mustard yellow or brown. Okay, I could live with that. They have no noticeable smell as you use them (as some completely natural products do).

But (here it comes) they were difficult to use. I had a heck of time working the product into my hair. Likewise, it was difficult to rinse out. When all was said and done, my hair was left feeling very dry, and even after adding more leave-in conditioner, I was unable to get a comb through my hair.

The quest continues…

What allergen-free and gluten-free skincare or haircare products do you use? What should I try next?


Giuliana said...

Two words:

Desert Essence!!

Colette said...

Giuliana, I checked it out. Will definitely try it! Do you have a favorite?

Jenni @ Monday Morning Coffee said...


We use Dr. Bonners liquid castile soap mixed 50/50 with coconut milk (boil water and shredded coconut then strain through a cheesecloth) and use that on your roots, then use a vinegar rinse (I put white vinegar in a bottle with lavender and chamomile and let it sit, I've also used lemon & orange peel) on your ends (if you get the vinegar on your roots your hair will feel greasy) My hair is SUPER healthy and once your hair dries you can't smell the vinegar anymore, I'll be doing a blog on this soon with pictures. Hope this helps!!