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How Do I Choose the Best Organic Baby Shampoo?

By Rhonda Rivera
Updated May 21, 2024
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To choose the best organic baby shampoo, looking for products that lather well or make promises not regulated by your local government is not needed. Conditioning and repairing claims are not always true, particularly in the case of repairing. This is because hair is not alive like your skin or other organs, so it does not have the ability to be reconstructed by shampoo or conditioners. In addition, remember that paying a lot of money for a product does not guarantee satisfaction. Another thing to keep in mind is how much product must be washed out of the hair, if any.

Disregard how well an organic baby shampoo lathers. The amount of lather produced has little to do with the product’s ability to clean your hair. In fact, the lathering agents are sometimes added specifically because people equate lather with cleanliness. It is best not to fall into this line of thinking. Rather, focus on aspects of a shampoo that have a direct effect on cleaning.

To choose the best organic baby shampoo, it's best to disregard words like “conditioning”, “repairing,” and “softening” because most governments do not regulate the use of such words when it comes to beauty products. This means that a beauty product company could theoretically say a product conditions and softens a baby’s hair when, in reality, it does not. A better way to choose a baby shampoo is to look at the ingredients on the product’s label, which is one thing that is often regulated.

Keep in mind that a high price does not guarantee a good product. Sometimes inexpensive products work just as well as pricey ones. All that matters is the ingredients included, which might be the same in both expensive and inexpensive. Price is often determined by the popularity of a product; for example, a product might be endorsed by celebrities or well-advertised on television. Such products are usually more expensive than brands that are not so heavily marketed.

An organic baby shampoo is a very mild shampoo in comparison to adult shampoos. Its cleaning agents produce little lather and are usually designed not to sting a baby’s eyes. The downside to an organic baby shampoo, however, is that it is so gentle that it might not be able to remove common hair products. Therefore, if using the product on adult hair or baby hair with product in it, you may need to use a different shampoo to completely clean the hair.

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Discussion Comments

By KoiwiGal — On Feb 06, 2012

@pastanaga - I would do a spot check for any new shampoo or conditioner product I'm using on my baby, actually. Even if the product is organic and you are sure it doesn't have any harmful chemicals, your baby can still have an allergy to it.

Just to be overly cautious, I'd do a spot check every time they change the formula as well. I just know my aunt had a terrible allergic reaction to a shampoo when she was a kid and it took her a while to get over it.

By pastanaga — On Feb 05, 2012

I think I would just make my own organic baby shampoo. It's not all that difficult to make a gentle shampoo from natural products and you don't have to worry about chemicals and things like that.

Of course, most gentle soap formulas use castile soap as a base, so you need to find a good place to source that, or you'll be making your own soap which means messing around with lye. Most people don't have the time or skill to do that, as lye can be quite dangerous.

But, castile soap is made from olive oil and is considered very safe and gentle.

If you are making your own shampoo, you should do a spot check on your baby's skin before using it. Just put a small amount on his or her arm and wait for 48 hours to make sure there is no reaction.

By Mor — On Feb 04, 2012

I'm not sure you should be using hair products on your baby's hair in the first place. I can imagine, maybe if it is a very special occasion, but generally a baby has such lovely, smooth and healthy hair, it doesn't need any product, and aside from being kept clean and tidy who is going to judge them on how their hair looks?

Hair products for adults should definitely not be used on a baby. They might be too harsh for their skin or might get into their eyes.

All you really need to do is use a simple, organic baby shampoo that will gently wash their hair. Time enough for fancy hair styles later in life.

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