Did you even think that you had to worry about gluten in your shampoo? I know, it’s one more thing to worry about, finding gluten free shampoo & conditioner! When we were diagnosed we didn’t even think about it until someone told us. We went right home, looked up our ingredients & found the word WHEAT, listed on the label. We were crushed! We used Pureology Essential Repair. It was our FAVORITE. Even as I’m writing this, I miss the smell… Anyway, most, if not all, shampoo has wheat. Shampoos, lotions & other like products contain many ingredients that most people are unfamiliar with. We are well versed to some extent in the ingredients we ingest, but rarely do we scan the lists on labeled bottles of conditioner or makeup remover. Finding gluten free shampoo & conditioner can be a very difficult & daunting task. That’s why we would like to save you the hassle of doing the time, research, experimenting & money!
Our hair history & symptoms:
When we were growing up, Bri had the most staticky hair known to man. We didn’t think it was physically possible for a single human being to hold THAT much electricity. She asked the hairstylist, me- when I became one, about her static problem, so I asked my instructors & other salon professionals for their input. We decided to give her hydrating shampoo, non-hydrating shampoo, serums, hairsprays, gels, & we even rubbed non static dryer sheets all over her hair…just kidding, we didn’t actually do that. Nothing seemed to work. I eventually just told her, sorry!
When I was going to hair school, my hair started burning off mid shaft while blow drying my hair. I kid you not. It was the weirdest thing. I considered myself an extreme caretaker of my hair. I had never dyed it before & I was using products that were supposedly “good” for my hair. So I stopped using a lot of the products & went back to the basics: Shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, letting my hair dry on it’s own, etc…No root lifter, serums, or anything like that.
Years later, when Bri & I were living together, I felt like I had narrowed our products down to a perfect science. We were using my coveted Pureology Shampoo, combined with the Hydrate Light Conditioner, & about every three washes we would use the Hydrate Conditioner, which is a more intense hydrator. This seemed to be the perfect combination to maintain our static. We had our limitations though. If we used the intense hydrator too much or too little, our hair would be flat & staticky. We couldn’t use any conditioner on our scalp (I never do this, even now), even though we needed it. Our scalp was SO dry. We were itchy, flaky &, I know this seems gross, we could go several days without shampooing our hair. Days. The natural oils that our scalp was suppose to produce, were depleted. In high school, our hair had body, shine, bounce, etc. Now, it was lacking in all those departments. What the heck!?
After I got married, I started to notice that my hair was falling out. I would brush it in the shower & when I ran my hands through my hair, tons of strands would fall out. I did this several times until each time less & less came out, until nothing came out. My hair was more thin than it should have been.
When we discovered there was gluten in our shampoo we immediately stopped using it. I had just purchased a huge bottle, so I had to sell mine (it was not cheap!) to another stylist. Then the search was on. We researched as many ingredients as we could find. I was determined to find a high quality brand, pretty equal to Pureology, that we liked. And as always, I try looking for non-labeled gluten free products before going the certified route because it’s usually cheaper. I looked through Loreal Professional, Redkin, Biolage & a few others. Every time, without fail, we found a red flag ingredient. (These brands may have gluten free shampoos now, I don’t know, but at the time we could not find anything they offered that didn’t have a product containing gluten).
So, because I couldn’t find anything, I asked one of the representatives who worked at the place I get my product (only licensed cosmetologists are allowed to shop there) to see if they had any gluten free shampoo & conditioner. She directed me to the Sexy Hair Line (I briefly mentioned this gluten free shampoo & conditioner in our post, “Getting Started on the Gluten Free Lifestyle in 6 Steps.” ). So, because we were desperate for GF shampoo, we tried it. Unfortunately, even after several washes, our hair was still extremely staticky. I also remember my hair feeling heavy & weighed down. So I went back & looked at a few of the certified GF brands.
And then we found it.
Gluten Free Shampoo
The reasons why we tried Alterna Bamboo Volume Gluten Free Shampoo & Conditioner:
1- It provided a shampoo & conditioner for every type of hair; something that was very important to me because not all hair is created equal. Providing all these specialized products demonstrated that they understand that, just because we are looking for a gluten free shampoo & conditioner, it doesn’t mean the options have to be limited.
2- The other organic/gluten free shampoo & conditioner lines were extremely small. I didn’t want to feel like I was doomed to a single product that was a “one size fits all” type of thing just because I needed GF shampoo. It was out of my comfort zone to go to the more “natural side” of hair care, too.
Once we purchased our first bottle, we were sold. The first week we noticed that our static had gone down. Again, NOTHING had worked up until this point. That was the main reason why we continued using it. Over time, we noticed our hair began to exhibit major changes. We noticed more shine. Our hair had life again. After even more time it started to feel fuller. I started losing less & less hair. The static present in our hair leveled out to a normal amount.
Obviously this shampoo & conditioner, coupled with abstaining from gluten, is the perfect recipe to having normal hair again. You cannot be eating gluten occasionally or using the occasional gluten-filled hairspray. You are what you eat. Your hair, skin & nails are a byproduct of what you consume. If you have Celiac Disease or a Gluten Intolerance & you’re eating food with gluten in it, it WILL harm you regardless of how little you consume.
After more than a year of using our gluten free shampoo & conditioner & over two years of being off gluten, we can finally say our hair is back to normal. I think the reason it took us so long is simply because we have long hair. Naturally, its going to take longer. 😉
It is important to keep your hair clear of gluten, just like your tummy! If you are having some of the symptoms we listed up above & you don’t know what to do or what products to try, give this shampoo & conditioner a shot! See if it works for you!
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