Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gluten Free Shampoo & Conditioner

Six years ago, on my gluten free tour of the Whole Foods in Winter Park, I was told that I should use gluten free shampoo and conditioner.  My first reaction - that's ridiculous!  I don't eat shampoo and conditioner, and gluten can't be absorbed through your skin and make its way to your small intestine, so I dismissed this recommendation.  

I was looking for a new brand of shampoo and conditioner though, because I no longer had access to my favorite hair care products from Pittsburgh, so I started buying ShiKai, the brand my tour guide from Whole Foods said was gluten free.  I didn't believe that I needed gluten free shampoo & conditioner when I started buying them, but not knowing what brand to try, I decided to go with the gluten free one.  I have been using ShiKai hair care products for 6 years, and all of their shampoos and conditioners are gluten free.  I usually purchase them from or  

I am not sure if it is the Florida sun, the Japanese straightening treatment I get at Salon Libby, my ShiKai hair care products, or a combination of the three that have made my hair so much lighter since we moved to Florida.  I don't even highlight my hair anymore.  

This first picture was taken on my twins' first birthday, 8 1/2 years ago, when we lived in Pittsburgh.  

This recent picture, shows my much lighter hair, that is nice and healthy with ShiKai hair care products.  I like their highlighting shampoo and conditioner, the gold shampoo, and their intensive repair conditioner.  

A couple of months ago, I purchased Kirkland Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner from Costco, because I had heard they were gluten free, and my daughters needed some new hair care products, so I thought I would try them.  They are sulfate free, 100% vegan, paraben free, and gluten free.  My hair felt so incredibly soft and healthy when using them, but I am really sensitive to anything with a strong scent.  I have a hard time being around people who have on a lot of perfume and cologne, and I buy unscented lotions, soaps, etc.  I actually liked how the Kirkland products smelled when I washed my hair, but the lingering scent bothered me at times, so I have continued to use my ShiKai products.

I have noticed that I let water run into my mouth while washing and conditioning my hair, so I will continue to use gluten free shampoo and conditioner.  You might want to check out this great post called Gluten in Shampoo, Conditioner and Other Hair Products.  

Do you use gluten free shampoo and conditioner?  What is your favorite brand?  


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