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All Natural Shampoo for Eczema

all natural shampooThe best all natural shampoo is "No Shampoo." Next to that option, it is a shampoo without sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

Sooner or later, there comes a time when a commercial shampoo just doesn't cut it. If you could go 2, 3 days without washing your hair previously, you might find the need to wash your hair more often because your scalp eczema doesn't seem to get better, or is relieved only temporarily.

The Dangers of SLES and SLS

While commercial shampoos, such as T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, works well for many people, they contain SLES and SLS, the chemicals that help shampoos "foam up." While they are not carcinogenic (cancer-causing) as previously believed [1], according to Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, there is strong evidence of skin and eye irritations occurring with products containing SLS and SLES.

For people without eczema, they may be fine using products containing those chemicals because shampoos only touch their hair for a few seconds to minutes before they can wash them off. But people with eczema, already susceptible to itchiness, should avoid irritants whenever possible.

The best way to do that is to seek out an all natural shampoo.

The "No Poo" Movement

all natural shampooFortunately, unlike many products claiming to be "all natural" and costing us a ton of money, all you have to do for an all natural shampoo is to just give up the shampoo altogether. This is humorously referred to as the "No Poo" Movement.

While purely anecdotal, people who have forgone shampooing (and conditioning) altogether report the following benefits:

  • Less or no irritation of the scalp that existed previously
  • Silkier hair
  • No frizz or dryness

If you think about it, the process of shampooing and conditioning is sort of a madness. You shampoo to remove the oil buildup from your scalp, and you condition it so it adds the oil back in.

When you rinse and repeat this process, is it too far-fetched to think that maybe the scalp tries to over-compensate by producing more oil and irritation because you keep washing it off? That's one of the principles of ditching the shampoo altogether.

So if you decide to try this no shampoo thing, all you have to do is just not use it, right?

Although that could work, I think a lot of people feel the need for a "transition" period - their hair felt icky and didn't feel like it was completely clean when they didn't use the shampoo. Some reported that their scalp actually itched more for about 2 weeks.

The remedy for riding out that discomfort was using vinegar and baking soda. Make a paste (1 teaspoon each) out of vinegar and baking soda, mixed with water, and massage it onto the scalp. You can adjust the amount of vinegar and baking soda depending on how dry or oily your scalp feels. You can use this "alternative" all natural shampoo method until slowly transitioning into not using any shampoo altogether.

Buy Shampoos Without SLES or SLS

If this whole idea grosses you out, there are always shampoos without SLES or SLS, such as the Jason Natural brand. These shampoos, which can be found on online stores like Mother Nature, contain no such chemicals and they are also not terribly expensive (all under $10 for 16 oz.).


Whether you make your own, buy one without the irritants, or ditch one altogether, there is always a kind of an all natural shampoo available for people suffering from scalp eczema.



[1] Internet Hoaxes: Public Regulation and Private Remedies (

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