Gluten often finds its way into haircare products that rely on ingredients like wheat protein to nourish strands. But more than ever before, gluten-free hair options abound. Scope out these latest hits.
1Surface Hair Health Art
In response to the growing contingent of consumers seeking gluten-free products, hair brand Surface has formulated their entire line of cleansing, conditioning and styling products to be gluten-free. Our favorite? The Theory Hair Spray that makes for humidity-resistant and shiny styles thanks to a formula rich in proteins and moisturizing botanicals.
Surface Hair Health Art haircare range, prices vary by salon, search for inquiries
2Yes To Carrots
Treat hair to a deep conditioning blend of keratin proteins and argan oil. Sea kelp extract stimulates hair growth and resilience with its nutrients rich in zinc, magnesium and iodine. After shampooing in the shower, massage about a quarter-sized squeeze into hair, with no need to rinse for best results.
Press snooze and skip washing your hair with the help of this dry shampoo. Corn flour and talc absorb oils, while lemon, grapefruit and lime infuse a fresh and fruity scent. Lightly sprinkle all over scalp and finger-comb out, or do a quick brush-through if your mane is thick and long.
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo, $12.95.
At first glance, the White Truffle Foundation compact may look like makeup, but it’s a concentrated smoothing balm infused with white truffle and pearl to lock shine, hydration and subtle sheen into strands. Carry and use the portable disk to tame frizz, split ends and static on the go. We find that a slick is handy on dry cuticles, too.
Power up! Super charged acai palm lavishes hair with omega-3’s, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. Black cumin seed conditions with linoleic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen increases strength and body—particularly in damaged and over-processed hair.
While this may be marketed to the boys, the deeply restorative formula is universal. Organic bamboo boosts hair strength with a complex structure of amino acids, sugars and minerals, while organic hemp seed oil intensely hydrates. Ingredients are eco-certified, fair trade and free of additives like parabens, phthalates and mineral oil. And you can use it as body wash, too. Score.
A brand that prides itself on using completely non-toxic ingredients in 100 percent of its formulas, Ava Anderson’s shampoo still provides lots of lather with a mild cleanse of organic aloe vera juice and essential oils of orange, lemon and pomegranate, while the conditioner hydrates with organic coconut oil. A styling cream fights frizz and fly-aways with lemon, peppermint, horsetail, honey and mix of vitamin B5. Sounds tasty enough to eat.
Ava Anderson Shampoo and Non-Toxic Styling Cream ($17.95 each), Deep Conditioning Treatment ($22.95).
If your color is looking dull, here’s an instant way to add shine and eliminate brassiness. Using a small amount of pigment, Rita Hazan’s Foaming Color Gloss Collection deposits a gloss that refreshes locks and color. After shampooing, work a handful of the foam through locks, leave for at least three minutes, and rinse out. The lightweight formula can be used as often as you’d like, and contains no ammonia, sulfates or parabens.
Rita Hazan Foaming Color Gloss Collection, $26 each.
9The Seaweed Bath Co.
If your goal is to gently cleanse without stripping natural oils, The Seaweed Bath Co. hair range fits the bill. Argan oil-based shampoos and conditioners combine with seaweed extract and Vitamin E to moisturize the scalp while washing. Choose from lavender, citrus, eucalyptus & peppermint or fragrance-free scents.
The Seaweed Bath Co. Wildly Natural Argan Shampoo and Conditioner, $16.89 each.
For damaged tresses in need of some TLC, try this leave-in moisturizing spray featuring keratin and silk extracts to repair damage and temporarily seal split ends. Spray on damp hair to condition, or spritz as a finishing touch on dry hair to add manageability and softness.