My haircare beautybagg: favorite shampoo and conditioner

Hair… I’ve never really thought too much about it to be totally honest.  My hair is very fine in texture, dark brown, and very long (at least halfway down my back).  I wash it everyday (I KNOW I’m not “supposed to” but I find the process rather therapeutic and cathartic), I let it air dry in the warmer months, and I only use “natural” products on it.

It wasn’t until I read No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products and the Ultimate Guide to Safe and Clean Cosmetic a few months ago that I really even thought about the ingredients that went into my  products, rather than the brand name.  I might’ve read about it in the book, but I read that your scalp is actually one of the most porous surfaces on your body and is (if not the most) absorbent skin you have.  Knowing that, I not only decided to minimize the amount of chemicals in all of my products but also be ESPECIALLY cognizant of products I expose my scalp to every day.  (Click here to read more on ingredients in your shampoo, and click here to read 8 reasons to use natural beauty products by Glamology.)

So on one of my usual jaunts to Whole Foods one day, I was browsing their personal care aisle (which, by the way, is a great place to buy personal care products because Whole Foods has strict rules about the products they carry) and saw Desert Essence hair products staring me in the face.  (It also helped that they were on sale.)  I had read about them in one of my favorite natural beauty blogs The Flaxen Owl so I wanted to give them a try.

my hair beautybagg: current favorite shampoo and conditioner (via Instagram)

I LOVE THIS STUFF.  I used the Coconut one in the summer and it wasn’t bad – it was too heavy/moisturizing for my hair but I LOVED the coconut scent.  The Green Apple & Ginger version is PERFECT for my fine, long hair.  It actually makes my hair super shiny and smells AMAZING.  Oh, and most importantly, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all and it feels as voluminous as fine, long hair can feel!

I love that it’s actually natural (no green/natural-washing here) AND it performs well.  I’ve used the John Masters Organics hair products in the past, and while I love that his products are natural and organic, I don’t feel they perform as well as Desert Essence for my hair type.

What’s your favorite shampoo and conditioner?  How do you feel about natural products?  Share!!


  1. mimishih

    Judy – does this product have fragrance in the ingredients?? Also – have you tried the Shu Uemura oil shampoo I just read on ITG that it is good….

    • beautybaggblog

      No it has NO fragrance in it – you should totally try it since you have the fragrance allergy!! I highly recommend. I’ve heard the Shu Uemura hair products are great, but I’ve never tried – gonna stick to natural for shampoo and conditioner – but I MIGHT give their hair oil a try…

      • mimishih

        Hi – ok there are natural frangrances in that one and I’m not taking any risks on fragrance so didn’t get it but I did get the tea tree oil conditioner and I love it so far – it’s pepperminty and leaves my head feeling great.

      • beautybaggblog

        Nice! I’m really liking the Desert Essence brand so I’ll have to try out the Tea Tree Oil conditioner you got.

        P.S. are you allergic to natural fragrances as well??

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