{"id":557060915273,"title":"Native Shampoo Review: Healthier Than Regular Shampoo?","created_at":"2022-10-22T20:30:52-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Native Shampoo Review: Healthier Than Regular Shampoo?\",\n \"keywords\": \"native shampoo, native conditioner, native shampoo review, native shampoo reviews, native conditioner review, native conditioner reviews, native hair shampoo, is native shampoo good, native shampoo and conditioner review, does native shampoo cause hair loss, native hair shampoo reviews, native shampoo ingredients, native shampoo and conditioner reviews\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews every ingredient in Native Shampoo and Native Conditioner based on medical studies to give our take on whether it's really healthier than regular shampoo. 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The brand claims that their shampoo contains “clean and effective ingredients” and is free of harmful additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut are these claims actually true or are they just marketing claims? What’s actually in Native Shampoo and is it proven effective for increasing hair quality? Are there any questionable additive ingredients? And do real users report improvements in hair when using this product?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in both Native Shampoo and Native Conditioner and share real, unsponsored user reviews of both products. We’ll give our take on whether we recommend both products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Shampoo Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Native_Shampoo_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1666485463\" alt=\"Native Shampoo ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative Shampoo has a simple ingredient list which is generally a good thing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eLauramidopropyl betaine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a natural and non-toxic cleansing ingredient derived from coconut.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSodium cocoyl isethionate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is another cleansing agent derived from coconut that was proven safe and effective in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28553736\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInternational Journal of Toxicology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative Shampoo contains several ingredients we recommend avoiding from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an ingredient we always recommend consumers avoid. A 2016 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5093181\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e described the potential for “serious risks” to human health from fragranced consumer products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSodium benzoate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative that may cause skin irritation based on medical research that we cited in our recent \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/nexxus-shampoo-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNexxus Shampoo reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article. Native Shampoo contains another preservative ingredient called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esodium salicylate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that we consider to be a better option than sodium benzoate, but in our opinion it’s logical to avoid shampoos with preservatives entirely, given that there are natural shampoos on the market free of preservatives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider this to be an unimpressive shampoo formulation, especially for the high price of $10 per bottle, and we recommend that consumers avoid it given the inclusion of fragrance and preservatives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most popular reviews of Native Shampoo is published by a YouTube creator named “Brittaneee” who reviews the brand’s shampoo and conditioner in an unsponsored video:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/j4PGHB_gYZI\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eNative Conditioner Ingredient Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Native_Conditioner_Ingredients_Optimized_138e1721-d29a-4adc-8225-b02f6297b9a6.png?v=1666485347\" alt=\"Native Conditioner ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative Conditioner has a very similar formulation to Native Shampoo. It only contains one preservative so it’s superior in that regard.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGlutamic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an interesting ingredient for a conditioner, and a good choice in our opinion, because an \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8322389\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eanimal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e found that it promoted hair growth.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e1,2 hexanediol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a skin conditioning agent that we recommend avoiding. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32505050\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEcotoxicology and Environmental Safety\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal described this ingredient as potentially damaging to the environment, and the study authors published the following statement: “it is highly likely that 1,2-hexanediol is toxic to humans.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike Native Shampoo, Native Conditioner also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003efragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which we recommend avoiding.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider this to be a worse formulation than Native Shampoo due to the inclusion of 1,2 hexanediol and we recommend avoiding it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoctor Discusses Toxins in Shampoo\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the most popular YouTube videos on toxins in shampoo is published by a channel called “Dr. Wendy Myers” run by a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). We typically don’t recommend medical advice from NDs but this video is informative in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/9lemlCJAIMs\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eDoes Native Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a number of TikTok videos suggesting that Native Shampoo and Conditioner cause hair loss, so consumers are often concerned about this potential risk when considering the products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhile we don’t recommend Native Shampoo or Native Conditioner, we don’t believe that either product is likely to cause hair loss.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e Even the questionable ingredients like fragrance and preservative that we recommend avoiding are not shown in medical studies to cause hair loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePeople often blame a product for a health condition that may have occurred while using the product, but that is correlation rather than causation. There are millions of users of Native hair care products, which means that many are likely to experience hair loss while using Native products, but that does not mean that Native products caused the hair loss. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not consider this to be a legitimate risk, and \u003cstrong\u003ethe risk of side effects can only be determined from medical research and not from anecdotal user reports.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Non-Toxic Shampoo Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Shampoo_Image.png?v=1666485180\" alt=\"\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend a shampoo brand called Acure due to its clean and effective formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAcure shampoo has natural botanical ingredients like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ealoe vera\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eargan oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that can condition skin and hair.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost importantly, it’s entirely free of questionable additive ingredients like fragrance, parabens and synthetic preservatives. This shampoo has the healthiest formulation of any shampoo we’ve reviewed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Acure Shampoo \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3F6eDNm\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to their Amazon page.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAcure also sells a conditioner with a similarly clean and non-toxic formulation. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3CXwfZg\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere is a link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to Acure’s conditioner on Amazon.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not recommend either Native Shampoo or Native Conditioner due to the inclusion of several questionable additive ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’re disappointed in these formulations because as we explained in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/native-deodorant-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNative Deodorant review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, we consider Native’s unscented deodorant to be one of the healthiest and most effective options on the market.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile both Native Shampoo and Native Conditioner do contain ingredients that can improve hair quality, it’s illogical in our opinion to use hair products with fragrance and synthetic preservatives when there are hair products on the market free of these ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we don’t recommend Native hair care products, we do not consider them likely to cause hair loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-10-22T20:43:50-04:00","updated_at":"2022-10-23T02:49:10-04:00","summary_html":"We review every ingredient in Native Shampoo and Native Conditioner based on medical studies to give our take on whether it's really healthier than regular shampoo. We highlight several questionable ingredients and share real, unsponsored user reviews of the products.","template_suffix":"","handle":"native-shampoo-review","tags":"_related:shampoo"}

Native Shampoo Review: Healthier Than Regular Shampoo?

Native Shampoo Review: Healthier Than Regular Shampoo?


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Native Shampoo is a natural shampoo sold by the popular personal care brand Native. The brand claims that their shampoo contains “clean and effective ingredients” and is free of harmful additive ingredients.

But are these claims actually true or are they just marketing claims? What’s actually in Native Shampoo and is it proven effective for increasing hair quality? Are there any questionable additive ingredients? And do real users report improvements in hair when using this product?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review every ingredient in both Native Shampoo and Native Conditioner and share real, unsponsored user reviews of both products. We’ll give our take on whether we recommend both products.

Native Shampoo Ingredient Review

Native Shampoo ingredients

Native Shampoo has a simple ingredient list which is generally a good thing.

Lauramidopropyl betaine is a natural and non-toxic cleansing ingredient derived from coconut.

Sodium cocoyl isethionate is another cleansing agent derived from coconut that was proven safe and effective in a medical review published in the International Journal of Toxicology.

Native Shampoo contains several ingredients we recommend avoiding from a health perspective.

Fragrance is an ingredient we always recommend consumers avoid. A 2016 medical review described the potential for “serious risks” to human health from fragranced consumer products.

Sodium benzoate is a preservative that may cause skin irritation based on medical research that we cited in our recent Nexxus Shampoo reviews article. Native Shampoo contains another preservative ingredient called sodium salicylate that we consider to be a better option than sodium benzoate, but in our opinion it’s logical to avoid shampoos with preservatives entirely, given that there are natural shampoos on the market free of preservatives.

Overall we consider this to be an unimpressive shampoo formulation, especially for the high price of $10 per bottle, and we recommend that consumers avoid it given the inclusion of fragrance and preservatives.

One of the most popular reviews of Native Shampoo is published by a YouTube creator named “Brittaneee” who reviews the brand’s shampoo and conditioner in an unsponsored video:

Native Conditioner Ingredient Review

Native Conditioner ingredients

Native Conditioner has a very similar formulation to Native Shampoo. It only contains one preservative so it’s superior in that regard.

Glutamic acid is an interesting ingredient for a conditioner, and a good choice in our opinion, because an animal study found that it promoted hair growth.

1,2 hexanediol is a skin conditioning agent that we recommend avoiding. A medical review published in the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety journal described this ingredient as potentially damaging to the environment, and the study authors published the following statement: “it is highly likely that 1,2-hexanediol is toxic to humans.”

Like Native Shampoo, Native Conditioner also contains fragrance which we recommend avoiding.

Overall we consider this to be a worse formulation than Native Shampoo due to the inclusion of 1,2 hexanediol and we recommend avoiding it.

Doctor Discusses Toxins in Shampoo

One of the most popular YouTube videos on toxins in shampoo is published by a channel called “Dr. Wendy Myers” run by a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). We typically don’t recommend medical advice from NDs but this video is informative in our opinion:

Does Native Shampoo Cause Hair Loss?

There are a number of TikTok videos suggesting that Native Shampoo and Conditioner cause hair loss, so consumers are often concerned about this potential risk when considering the products.

While we don’t recommend Native Shampoo or Native Conditioner, we don’t believe that either product is likely to cause hair loss. Even the questionable ingredients like fragrance and preservative that we recommend avoiding are not shown in medical studies to cause hair loss.

People often blame a product for a health condition that may have occurred while using the product, but that is correlation rather than causation. There are millions of users of Native hair care products, which means that many are likely to experience hair loss while using Native products, but that does not mean that Native products caused the hair loss.

We do not consider this to be a legitimate risk, and the risk of side effects can only be determined from medical research and not from anecdotal user reports.

Our Non-Toxic Shampoo Recommendation

We recommend a shampoo brand called Acure due to its clean and effective formulation.

Acure shampoo has natural botanical ingredients like aloe vera and argan oil that can condition skin and hair.

Most importantly, it’s entirely free of questionable additive ingredients like fragrance, parabens and synthetic preservatives. This shampoo has the healthiest formulation of any shampoo we’ve reviewed.

Interested consumers can check out Acure Shampoo at this link to their Amazon page.

Acure also sells a conditioner with a similarly clean and non-toxic formulation. Here is a link to Acure’s conditioner on Amazon.

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Conclusion

We do not recommend either Native Shampoo or Native Conditioner due to the inclusion of several questionable additive ingredients.

We’re disappointed in these formulations because as we explained in our Native Deodorant review, we consider Native’s unscented deodorant to be one of the healthiest and most effective options on the market.

While both Native Shampoo and Native Conditioner do contain ingredients that can improve hair quality, it’s illogical in our opinion to use hair products with fragrance and synthetic preservatives when there are hair products on the market free of these ingredients.

While we don’t recommend Native hair care products, we do not consider them likely to cause hair loss.




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