The biggest buzz in haircare at the moment is around the chemical sodium laureth sulphate (or SLS). What it does is give hair a car-wash level clean (it's the ingredients that lathers up and delivers the soapy suds that makes us feel like we're doing a sterling job of getting our hair spotless). However, some experts claim it can be too harsh on sensitive scalps.
In general, there's been a move towards products that are as natural as possible (ingredients grown from the earth – such as coconut oil, tea tree and aloe – rather than created in a lab).
If you're looking to make the switch to a more natural choice, you're in luck as we've narrowed a list of earth-loving buys to choose from.
But before you go ahead and browse, be aware that your lather may be less than normal (due to the absence of froth-inducing chemicals, like SLS) and your hair can feel a little oilier in the beginning, as it gets used to not having to overcompensate with natural oil production. On the plus side, some will find that the removal of sulphates helps to soothe an itchy scalp.
So be patient, stick it out and you'll soon reap the rewards!