Five Best Shampoos and Conditioners

Five Best Shampoos

I look for much more from a shampoo than mere dirt and grease removal. I want a shampoo that is part of my anti-aging arsenal helping to restore my hair to health and vitality, with volume and reduced shedding. I want natural ingredients and potent actives. The quest over the past couple of years has paid off with enough recommendations for Five Best shampoos that keep hair young and strong.

Mukti Botanique Shampoo (16oz/$43). This natural shampoo by Australian company Mukti is a favorite with the Truth In Aging community. Many of the ingredients are known to help healthy hair growth. Bladderwrack is a seaweed that has a high amount of vitamin C and something called alginic acid, a very good source of vitamin B12, a lack of which can result in hair shedding and dullness. Ginkgo is also associated with hair growth, as well as being a potent antioxidant and horsetail is a great natural source of silica. Also worth a shout-out is antioxidant red clover. This shampoo foams up a treat (due to cocobetaine) leaves my hair feeling clean and soft. Deservedly a Five Best shampoo winner for two years running.  Read my full review of Mukti Botanique Shampoo.

Josh Rosebrook Shampoo ($30). Josh Rosebrook formulates with care and uses Black African soap as a mild surfactant in his shampoo. It doesn’t make much of a lather, but then you are avoiding harsh surfactants and highly processed palm oil. Therefore your hair is not being stripped of its natural oils. Hempseed oil, rich in fatty acids, features prominently. I also like the oils of grape seed, apricot and evening primrose. And the herbal extracts include botanicals that are noted for the contribution to healthy hair (horsetail and burdock for example) and scalp (rosemary and sage). Read my full review of Josh Rosebrook Shampoo.

Hair Vitality Shampoo by Truth In Aging ($35) We forumulated this shampoo to augment Hair Vitality Complex, our serum for healthy hair growth. Hair Vitality Shampoo is a gentle cleansing treatment that significantly reduces hair shedding. With regular use, I now notice very little hair in the shower drain after washing. These actives include caffeine, which some studies have shown to reduce hair loss. I particularly like the addition of ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant; it has been given a boost in that department by rosemary. There is also beta sitosterol, which has been seen to have a positive effect on male baldness. Aspen bark extract cas salicylic, which helps exfoliate the scalp and keep the follicles free of gunk. Read more on why I created Hair Vitality Shampoo and read Kim's review of Hair Vitality Shampoo

Yarok Feed Your Volume Shampoo ($12-$50). 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, slippery elm and marshmallow. Soothing for unhappy scalps, this shampoo also imparts a subtle sheen, Read my review of Yarok Feed Your Volume and Valerie’s review.

ReLuma Shampoo (8oz/$65). ReLuma's shampoo is a simple but potent formula based on stem cells, listed at the top of the ingredients as human conditioned media. Stem cells signal to cells and can activate dormant follicles. ReLuma’s shampoo complements its hair growth serum and it certainly seems to reduce hair shedding and may be promoting hair growth as well. If you are serious about thinning hair then consider this investment. Read my full review on ReLuma Shampoo.

Five Best Conditioners 

Best Hair ConditionersHair conditioners need to address anti-aging with the rigor of a serum. After all, our hair ages as well. Keeping away from harsh chemicals makes a huge difference, so do natural actives with a track record of improving the strength of hair. My Five Best conditioners go well beyond the “shine” and “manageable” claims of your average hair care product. They will help restore your crowning glory to its former glory. Here are my Five Best conditioners.

Get Creamed Body Naked Decadence Conditioner ($20). GCB’s Conditioner will detangle the most challenging hair. It strengthens with wheat proteins and vitamin B5. Ingredients that are associated with healthy hair include hemp seed oil, sage, nettle and ginkgo biloba leaf extract. Our tester said: “this conditioner somehow seems to define my waves, balance out my dry and greasy spots, and my hair remains fairly untangled and full of volume throughout my day”. Read the full review of Get Creamed Body Naked Decadence Conditioner.

Hair Vitality Conditioner by Truth In Aging ($44). My hairdresser says that my hair is now that of a younger woman. Even the gray hairs are less course, he noted. I put this down to Hair Vitality Conditioner (and the shampoo). Actives were chosen to help strengthen hair and reduce shedding. There’s caffeine, emu oil and carrot seed, which is rich in vitamin A, E and beta carotene, can encourage hair growth as well as repair and prevent split ends. Silcone-free conditioning and shine is provided by macadamia nut oil, which is lightweight and stable, and 22% of it is omega 7, a fatty acid. Read more on how we created Hair Vitality Conditioner. The testimonials for Hair Vitality Conditioner are great, for example read reviews by Kim and Terri.

Mukti Botanical Conditioner ($36). Mukti’s conditioner nourishes with avocado, macadamia and safflower oils. As well as imparting fatty acids, they seem to condition without weighing the hair down. And one of the biggest surprises is that my wavy hair has been relatively frizz free, even when I washed my hair during a thunderstorm. Read my full review of Mukti Botanique Conditioner.

Osmotics FNS Revitalizing Conditioner ($26).  A favorite for such a long time that it almost qualifies as a classic. The Osmotics FNS range, which includes a serum, was developed with cancer doctors to help speed up the hair growth of chemo patients. It has also been formulated to give the hair lift for instant gratification. This 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. Good for hair with highlights or chemical coloring. Read my full review of Osmotics FNS Revitalizing Conditioner.

Josh Rosebrook Conditioner ($30). Living up to Josh Rosebrook’s high standards when it comes to natural ingredients, this conditioner has a nourishing base of aloe gel and shea butter, rounded out with a few oils, including meadowfoam that ensure shiny healthy hair. Josh Rosebrook's signature botanicals are noted for the contribution to healthy hair (horsetail and burdock for example) and scalp (rosemary and sage). Plant derived B vitamins may contribute to hair growth. Results are tangle and frizz free with a good shine and no additional weight. Read my full review of Josh Rosebrook Conditioner.

*For ingredients, please refer to individual reviews/product pages.

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