It has been almost a year since our last Five Best shampoo roundup. I still feel that hair care has yet to make the same strides as skincare to provide effective, high quality products that do no evil. However, I am happy to say that we have made some great new finds to join Osmotics FNS and Nutra-Lift, which make it for the second year running.

Yarok Green With Envy Volume Shampoo ($31) A new find and a must for anyone that tends to get weighed down by hair products. Yarok is light and rinses out easily, and gives me just enough – all day! – volume (even when there is a heat advisory). There is absolutely nothing not to like in Yarok’s products. The preservatives are all essential oils such as sage and rosemary. Then there is plenty to love amongst the botanicals. You’ll recognize hair-loving herbals such as coltsfoot. This roadside weed is a powerful antioxidant, according to Korean research and a Chinese study of over 50 plants that isolated coltsfoot as one of the three most potent. Many chemicals can be found in coltsfoot, including four phenolic acids and six flavonoids. Itchy, troubled scalps will find relief from chickweed, which soothes inflamed skin diseases such as eczema and related dermatitis.

Nutra-Lift Shampoo ($23) with free shipping and one of our runaway bestsellers and repeat buys). I have bought this regularly in the last year and have found that it stops excessive hair loss as well as contributing to healthy, conditioned locks. There is a bevy of impressive plant extracts to go with the anti-aging ingredients that would look right at home in a serum. This shampoo cleanses while being gentle with my chemically colored hair and there is never the slightest scalp irritation (unusual for me). The base is aloe and there isn’t a silicone in sight. As always with Nutra-Lift, fabulous value for money.

FNS Revitalizing Shampoo ($24). The point of the FNS range by Osmotics is to help hair grow faster. FNS Revitalizing Shampoo is all about vitamins. Laminaria cloustonii is kelp and an antioxidant, as well as a source of vitamin E. There are several other vitamins including C and niacin, a member of the B family and associated with hair growth. Beta carotene from carrot is a precursor to vitamin E and A. Cucumber is a source of natural silica, essential for healthy hair. It works well with chemically treated hair. It has three ingredients – Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, and Oleth-10 – that can all potentially be contaminated and become carcinogenic. However, it is probably safe to assume that Osmotics sources these ingredients responsibly and I am certainly happy to use this shampoo.

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Nurture My Body Volumizing Shampoo ($24) I am pleased to say that Nurture My Body’s shampoo is such a hit that I bought myself a replacement, along with conditioner. Like Yarok, NMB features coltsfoot. Slippery elm (also found in  Nutra-Lift shampoo) may be playing the role normally given to silicones. It contains a substance called mucilage that is a natural lubricant. For that matter, mucilage is also found in the marshmallow plant. Comfrey is a NMB favorite and you’ll also find it in their facial cleansers. It can speed up the replacement of skin cells as well as providing some protection against the sun. It is also good see calendula here (pot marigold) as this is a source of lutein. According to a Harvard research team, it may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer and skin damage. There is also a great Moisturizing Shampoo ($22).

Aubrey Organics GPB Shampoo ($10.49). The GP in the name of this shampoo seems to stand for glycogen protein. Glycogen takes the form of granules in cells and forms an energy reserve that can be quickly mobilized to meet a sudden need for glucose. The anagen (growth phase) of the hair growth cycle is dependent on the proliferation rate of the hair producing cells. And they in turn depend on the nutrition and energy supply available. During the anagen phase, glycogen comes in huge quantity to ensure the intense energy needs of the follicle in active growth. I like the fact that the base of Aubrey’s shampoo is not water, but aloe vera. There are none of your usual surfactants.; the soapy stuff comes from quillaya bark.

Ingredients in Yarok

Purified water, Decyl Glucose, Lauryl Glucose, Coco Protein, Seaweed Extract, Organic Herbal Infusions of Coltsfoot, Chickweed, Nettles, Horsetail, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow Root, Comfrey Root, Calendula Blossoms, Chamomile Flowers & Oatstraw, Sea Buckthorn C02, Organic & Wildcrafted Essential Oils of Lavender, Cedar Atlas, Red Mandarin, Sweet Orange & Rosemary, Grapefruit Seed Extract

Ingredients in Nurture My Body

Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Infusion**, Symphytum Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract***, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Honey***, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil**, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**Purified Water, Decyl Polyglucose, Lauryl Polyglucose, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Infusion**, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Infusion**, Urtica Dioica (Nettles) Infusion**, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Infusion**, Symphytum Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Infusion**, Althaea Officinalas (Marshmallow Root) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Infusion**, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile Flowers) Infusion**, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Avena sativa (Oat) Extract***, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract, Honey***, Xanthan Gum, Cymbopogon Citratus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil**, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) CO2**

*Organic **Certified Organic ***Wildcrafted ****Biodynamic/Demeter Certified

Ingredients in Aubrey

Aloe Vera (Not from Concentrate, Pure Organic), Orange Pith Juice (Organic), Coconut Oi-Corn Oil Soap with Quillaya Bark (Saponin), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (Made from Organic, non-GMO Soybeans), Carrageenan, Shea Butter (Organic), Lactalbumin, Evening Primrose Oil (Organic), Jojoba Oil (Organic), Balsam Oil, Rosemary Oil (Organic), Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamin A, C, E)

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift

Aloe Vera gel, cocomide betaine, sea algae, bladderwrack, sea kelp, ascophyllum, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin C ester, soy liposomes, hyaluronic acid, di-panthenol, linoleic acid, astaxanthin. infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckthorn, charparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, jasmine, calendula, horse chestnut, slippery elm, elder flower, olive leaf, orange blossom, ylang ylang, fennel, bilberry, milk thistle, golden seal, turmeric, arnica, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, linden flower, gentian, white willow bark, mulberry, eyebright, grapefruit seed extract, peppermint, yarrow, coltsfoot, birch sap, Austrailian tea tree oil, witch hazel, natural mixed tocopherals ( Vit.E.) niacin, biotin, capsaicin, colloidal sulphur, colloidal minerals.

Ingredients in FNS

Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerine, Glycol Stearate And Stearamide Amp, Aloe Vera Gel,Oleth-10, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Algae Extract (Laminaria Cloustonii Extract), Wheat Amino Acid, Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avocado Extract, Carrot Extract, Cucumber Extract, Ginseng Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben