We recently rated the best and worst hemp soap and body wash brands. Now, we’re talking about the other main component of your natural hemp shower routine: shampoo and conditioner!
In this article, we’re going to talk about why hemp seed oil is good for your hair, whether or not it can get you high, and other common questions. Then we’ll give you our best, okay, and worst hemp shampoo and conditioner brands.
Let’s get to it.
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What Are the Benefits of Hemp Shampoo and Conditioner?
What does hemp oil in shampoo actually do? Let’s look at a few of the benefits:
It Can Help With Dandruff
As we discussed in the article about hemp body wash, the essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) in hemp oil have great anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe and repair a dry, flaky scalp, therefore reducing dandruff.
It Can Help Thicken Hair & Promote Hair Growth
Not only can those essential omega fatty acids help with hair loss, but hemp oil also contains a natural source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to prevent hair loss as well as improve scalp circulation, stimulate the capillaries, and increase blood flow—all of which encourage hair regrowth.
It Can Moisturize and Strengthen Hair
In addition to the beneficial fatty acids and vitamin E, hemp seed oil contains several other minerals and phytonutrients, including:
- linoleic acid
- and others
These nutrients all come with their own benefits. Together, they can help your hair follicles more readily absorb moisture as well as strengthen your hair against breakage and split ends.
Is Hemp Shampoo Good for Colored Hair?
Yes! Because of the essential fatty acids and other vitamins and nutrients that occur naturally in hemp oil, it can be very beneficial to those with colored treated and/or otherwise damaged hair.
Is Hemp Shampoo Good for Oily Hair?
Yep! Hemp oil can be beneficial for all skin and scalp types, from dry to oily. Purchasing a balancing shampoo that combines the benefits of hemp oil with apple cider vinegar (like this one from Acure) can help oily hair even more.
Does Hemp Shampoo & Conditioner Have CBD In It?
The differences and similarities between hemp, CBD, marijuana, and cannabis can get a bit confusing.
You’ll notice that some shampoos and conditioners are marketed and labeled as containing “hemp,” while others are labeled as having “CBD.” So what’s the difference?
Hemp shampoo and CBD shampoo are not necessarily the same. Let’s break it down in the simplest way possible:
- Hemp and marijuana both come from the same plant: cannabis.
- Legally, the main difference between hemp and marijuana involves the THC content, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis.
- Hemp naturally contains little to no THC and therefore has no psychoactive effects. (Specifically, hemp has to have 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.)
- CBD can be derived from either hemp or marijuana.
- CBD products are only federally legal in the United States if they’re derived from hemp and contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
Hemp shampoo and conditioner may or may not contain CBD. But either way, both hemp and CBD are non-psychoactive. Check the label of your hemp shampoo and/or conditioner to see whether or not there is any added CBD.
Can Hemp Shampoo or Conditioner Make You High?
Nope! Federally regulated hemp oil can only contain trace amounts of THC, which is the part of the cannabis plant that gets you high. Since hemp shampoo and conditioner cannot contain THC, that means it cannot get you high.
Can Hemp Shampoo/Conditioner Make You Fail a Drug Test?
You don’t really have to worry about this either. Hemp food and body products commercially sold in the U.S. are not allowed to contain THC (which is what drug tests look for).
The only possible way that using a hemp product could cause a false positive is if you’re using (most likely ingesting) a non-federally-regulated product. If it’s something you’re worried about, don’t buy from sketchy sellers, and don’t be afraid to ask more questions about how and where a company sources its hemp.
Is Hemp Shampoo Safe for Kids? What About Pets?
As long as you’re buying from trusted sources, hemp shampoo and conditioner are completely safe to use for kids as well as dogs (they even make hemp shampoo specifically for pets!).
The Best Brands for Non-Toxic and Organic Hemp Shampoo and Conditioner
Like with personal care or cleaning products, it’s good practice to prioritize natural, organic, and non-toxic ingredients over synthetic chemicals. Look for brands that leave out toxicants like parabens and phthalates, and watch out for sneaky ingredients like “fragrance/parfum.” If you have sensitive skin, you may also want to avoid sulfates (more info on that here).
Bear in mind that because of marketing trends, many hemp products are marketed as “natural,” but that doesn’t always mean they don’t contain icky ingredients. That’s why we’ve rated these brands from best, okay, and not recommended.
Now, let’s get to our favorite brands for hemp shampoo and conditioner. All of these brands have been vetted for natural, organic, and/or non-toxic ingredients.
Rawganique is a brand we trust to produce completely natural, chemical-free clothing, accessories, home goods, and more. Their organic hemp shampoo and conditioner are handmade in small batches on Vancouver Island, Canada. It’s all vegan, non-toxic, and packaged in eco-friendly aluminum bottles. Choose unscented or pick a scent you love.
This eco-friendly and non-toxic artisan soap maker handmakes organic and eco-friendly hemp shampoo and conditioner bars that come in various scents.
Amber’s Organics is another handmade shop that carries natural and good-for-your-skin hemp shampoo bars and other skincare products using ingredients like castor oil, essential oils, and more.
Often available at big box stores like Target, Acure is a brand that makes safe and non-toxic skin and hair care products that work. Their Buildup Balancing Hemp & ACV Shampoo combines apple cider vinegar, which is a great natural ingredient for hair that’s been exposed to a lot of chemicals (like chlorine) and needs a reset. Hemp oil then works to repair and restore the hair.
This shampoo combines hemp seed oil with vitamin-infused water and organic, Fair Trade African Black Soap.
If you’re a fan of tea tree oil, you might want to try this hemp shampoo bar. It also has castor seed oil, almond oil, olive oil, and other nourishing plant-based ingredients.
You probably know of Dr. Bronner’s and their crazy, colorful labels. Their safe, natural, and eco-friendly castile “magic” all-purpose soap is made with organic hemp oil sourced from the U.S. Although Dr. Bronner’s can technically be used as shampoo, some people don’t prefer it because it’s not the same as the typical shampoo. But if you want to, combine it with their hair rinse and give it a try!
P.S. You’ll notice that there are several brands of castile soap recommended here. It’s led some people to ask: does all castile soap have hemp? Not necessarily! All castile soap is made from plants, nuts, and/or vegetable oils. Most commonly, those are coconut, hemp, almond, and/or walnut oil (or some combination of those). So while a lot of castile soaps do use hemp oil, they don’t all use hemp.
The Okay Brands for Hemp Shampoo and Conditioner
These hemp shampoo and conditioner brands are pretty good, but they have a few ingredients that give us pause.
Pacifica’s Sunshine Highs Toning Shampoo is a good purple shampoo option for those with blonde or grey hair. It does, however, contain FD&C colors.
Jason’s Men’s 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner For Dandruff Relief contains a lot of safe and certified organic ingredients. Although it does have a few iffy ingredients, it’s free from the worst parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and artificial colors.
This brand that made a splash at Target is pretty good. The biggest concern is that it contains unspecified “fragrance.”
Not all Herbal Essences’ products are non-toxic, but their bio:renew Hemp + Aloe Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner (available at many stores like Target and Walmart) is surprisingly not terrible. It’s got several different ethoxylated ingredients which is not great, but it’s all been EWG- Verified to ensure everything meets usage restrictions.
This is yet another hemp haircare brand you get in big box stores like Walmart that is not terrible, but also not great. It contains unspecified “fragrance” as well as several different ethoxylated ingredients.
This is a pretty good brand that uses some organic and/or fair trade ingredients, but does contain some questionable ones, too (like “fragrance”).
Like Herbal Essences, this is also a brand you can likely find at big box stores like Walmart. Many of their products contain potentially toxic ingredients, but their Hemp Hydration Sulfate-Free Shampoo is pretty good. Not surprisingly, the main concern here is unspecified “fragrance.”
Brands We Don’t Recommend for Hemp Haircare
These brands that make hemp body wash and soap contain more than a handful of toxic and/or potentially harmful chemicals, and we recommend you stay away from them. (Notice that some of these brands market themselves as “natural!”)
some of these brands make the okay cut for body washes
Every Man Jack
Vivo Per Lei
Malin & Goetz
Pharm to Table
Zatural (their hemp bar soap is good, but not the shampoo/conditioner)
Hemp can be beneficial for your hair in so many ways. Just be sure to watch out for greenwashing and use one of the recommended natural and non-toxic brands listed above.
Do you see any brands we’re missing? Let us know, and we’ll rank it!
Image Credits: Sarah Chai