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Five Best shampoos updated December 2009

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair
December 14, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

It has barely been six months since our first Five Best shampoos, but it is already woefully out of date. That's actually a good thing because it means that we've had lots of good finds. In fact, I was hard pushed to narrow it down to only five (we should be able to create future Five Bests on shampoo sub-categories such as shampoos that thicken hair). The new Five Best brings you Nutra-Lift ($22) and FNS ($24), Tropical RainMax Green Alchemy and Komenuka.


Highly commendeds that didn't quite make Five Best, were BeeceuticalsLatherNutra-Lift Goat Milk ($18), and Suki.


Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Shampoo


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, turmericarnica, 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 shampoo


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


Ingredients in Tropical Rain


Distilled water, sage, rosemary, nettles, wheat germ soap, horsetail, essential oils of neroli, cinnamon and coconut.


Ingredients in Komenuka


Water, coconut oil derivatives, glycol amide stearate, ginseng, rice bran, rice germ oil, swertia, wheat, seaweed, aloe, BG, alcohol, polyglyceryl, PEG-150, fragrance.


Ingredients in Max Green:


Purified Water, Aqueous Herbal Extract (Glycyrrhiza Glabra* (licorice) Root, Tussilago Farfara+ (coltsfoot) Leaf, Achillea Millefolium* (yarrow), Salix Alba+ (willow), Tabebuia Impetiginosa+ (pau díarco), Arctium Lappa* (burdock) Root, Berberis Aquifolium (mahonia), Calendula Officinalis* (calendula), Equisetum Arvense* (horsetail), Urtica Dioica* (nettles)), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate (coconut derived surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine (coconut derived surfactant), Sucrose Cocoate (sugar/coconut emulsifier), Coco-Betaine (coconut derived surfactant), Leptospermum Petersonii (lemon tea tree), Melaleuca Alternifolia* (tea tree), Lavandula Angustifolia* (lavender), Pelargonium Capitatum* (geranium), Rosemarinus Officinalis* (rosemary), Oryzanol (rice extract), Hydrolysed Soy Protein (hair strengthener), Glycerine (vegetable source), Panthenol (pro vitamin B5), Sodium Chloride (solar sea salt), Macadamia* Ternifolia (macadamia) Seed Oil, Parfum (fragrance of plant origin), Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C ester), Aloe Barbadensis* (aloe vera) Leaf, Mixed Tocopherols (plant derived GMO-free vitamin E).
* Organic + Wildcrafted

  • January 14, 2010

    by Junko

    Jaysie, 3 of the 5 are in my shower now & I'd suggest Max Green. I'm totally with you on texture. Yes to Carrots makes my hair too soft. Max Green, both shampoo & conditioner is what I find (so far) to be most reliable/consistent no matter what kind of a hair day I'm having.

  • January 14, 2010

    by Jaysie

    I used Komenuka about 10 years ago and it made my tinted blonde hair so soft I couldn't do a thing with it. I think *texture* (mine is fine) is the biggest factor in how hair products work. For example, I have yet to find a no-sulphate shampoo that doesn't make my hair frizzy and, as I age, things are getting worse! It's a good thing I have a neighbor with one daughter and two daughters-in-law because I'm able to recycle all my castoffs. Now I'm wondering which of the other 4 winners I should try. :)

  • January 9, 2010

    by Marje

    I tried the FNS but it didn't do much for my hair. I do shampoo daily so maybe that's the problem. Definitely time to try the Tropical Rain. John Masters..Lindsay, what type of hair do you have and do you shampoo daily?

  • December 21, 2009

    by Lindsay

    John Masters Zinc & Sage and Honey & Hibiscus shampoos are my all-time favorites. They makes my hair grow quicker (my once limp locks are noticeably fuller) and my highlights last forever since I started using his line.

  • December 14, 2009

    by Junko

    Thanks Marta am always happy when you update any of the best five lists * How could anyone not love the purity, simplicity of the Tropical Rain ingredients? Sometimes I fall in love more with the ingredients than the product I think! You have to use the Nutra-Lift because you just know (from it's ingredients) that it's good for you (same rational for I take a multivitamin). Max's a wonderful shampoo!

  • December 14, 2009

    by marta

    The comments function has been fixed - and there was I wondering why there was so little interest in Infuse. Thanks so much!

  • December 14, 2009

    by aerwin

    Thanks! Can you please fix the comments on Infuse because I really really really want to try it!

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