I can’t claim to have found Salon Naturals. This haircare brand, featuring mostly natural and organic ingredients, found me and offered some samples. Since I had never heard of the brand, I took a look at Curl Defining Shampoo ($16) and readily accepted. I haven’t tried it out yet, but thought it worth a heads up as it has been a while since we’ve found a haircare line worth writing home about.

I must admit that I like the idea of washing my hair in aloe juice – this is not your average water-based shampoo. Promising gloss and hydration, there is glycerin (vegetable derived) and shea butter. What I really like is that there are none of your usual surfactants and sudsers, the soapy stuff is provided by yucca, a spiky plant that is a natural saponifier.

The botanical extracts include horsetail (a source of silica), peppermint (helpful against dandruff and sometimes associated with hair growth, although I’ve not found research to back that up) and nettle (vitamins A and C and will also put your scalp on dandruff alert).

The preservatives are the gentle potassium sorbate and, a new one for me, Geogard Ultra, a preservative with the Ecocert stamp of approval for use in organic products. Unfortunately, Geogard Ultra is basically sodium benzoate, which becomes carcinogenic when it encounters vitamin C (fortunately there is none here) and a killer of DNA.


Aloe barbadensis 1 (aloe vera juice), Coco Glucoside 4, Vegetable Glycerin 2 (glycerin), Behentrimonium Methosulfate 2 (&) Cetearyl Alcohol 2 (BTMS), Carboxymethyl Cellulose 2 (cellulose gum), Shea Butter 2 (Butyrospermum Parkii), Pantothenic Acid 2 (pro vitamin B5), Geogard Ultra 4, Potassium Sorbate 2, Citrus Sinensis 1 (sweet orange essential oil), Mentha Piperita 3 (peppermint leaf extract), Yucca Schidigera Stem Extract 3 (yucca leaf extract), Equisetum Arvense 3 (horsetail leaf extract), Urtica Dioica 3 (nettle leaf extract), Melissa Officinalis 3 (Melissa leaf extract)

1Certified Organic 2Natural 3Botanical 4ECOCERT Certified