Everyone’s level of gluten sensitivity is different. As a result, you may be looking to eliminate gluten from your beauty products. For those living with Celiac disease – and those with more severe gluten sensitivity – gluten-free beauty products might be a necessary consideration. We have already shared The Ultimate Gluten-free Shampoo List, and today we are sharing The Ultimate Gluten-free Conditioner List.
There have been huge advancements in the availability and selection of gluten-free products, and it has bled over into beauty brands. In the past, we shared The Ultimate Gluten-Free Beauty Products Guide, where we delved into the types of gluten in beauty products, the risk factors, and which brands are certified gluten-free.
Know that not just those with gluten sensitivity, or celiac disease might benefit from gluten-free conditioners; some eczema sufferers have had less scalp irritation by making this switch. So, if you are having some scalp irritation, a gluten-free conditioner might help.
What gluten is in conditioners?
Beauty products sometimes contain gluten in the form of oils or extracts, derived from wheat, barley, or rye as emollients. Some of the more common gluten-containing substances that are sometimes used in beauty products are
- wheat (Triticum vulgare);
- barley (Hordeum vulgare);
- rye (Secale cereal); and,
- oat (Avena sativa).
- Wheat germ oil
- Stearyl dimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
- Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
- Colloidal oatmeal
- Malt extract (usually barley)
- Beta-glucan (frequently derived from wheat)
What are the risk factors?
Honestly, the risk is low. Generally, the molecular structure of the gluten used in the conditioner cannot penetrate your skin. Unless there is a break/cut in your skin, it generally cannot absorb. There is also a chance that the condition could get in your eyes, or could accidentally get in your mouth- though that risk is quite low.
Another reason to consider changing to a gluten-free conditioner is if you are still suffering from gluten symptoms after going gluten-free. If your diet is completely gluten-free, exploring your beauty and hair products, might help alleviate some of your symptoms.
What are the possible reactions?
The reaction you may have will depend on your level of sensitivity to gluten. Both those with Celiac disease and those living with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity can react to conditioners containing gluten. This is something that is very much an individualized issue. Common reactions might include, but are not limited to:
- Rashes, skin irritations, hives, and/or redness.
- Itchy, watery, red and/or puffy eyes.
- Runny nose and/or congestion.
- Headache, and/or dizziness.
- Basically, any symptoms you feel when you ingest gluten.
How can I minimize my chance of reacting?
First and foremost, find out the ingredients of the products you are using. If you are unsure, contact the seller, or the brand directly, and ask them if the ingredients of the product you are interested in, contain gluten.
Is Gluten-Free Conditioner More Expensive?
While a lot of gluten-free products are more expensive than their traditional counterparts, we have included a wide range of brands and prices. This is so everyone can find a product that meets their needs and their budget.
The Ultimate Gluten-Free Conditioner List
Note: Please use The Ultimate Gluten Free Conditioner List as a guide, as products and their ingredients are subject to change, and you should still read the ingredient list.
- AG Care products are always made without “: DRYING SULFATES, GLUTEN, DEA, PABA, PARABENS, DMDMH AND MORE. [Also, they are ] VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE.”
- Andalou conditioner is “cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. ” Also “[They] take [Their] responsibility to consumers very seriously, especially those with gluten sensitivity. To guarantee that our products are gluten-free, we send everything to be third-party tested by the Food Allergy and Resource Program.
- “(Aveeno) oats do not naturally contain gluten and are not related to gluten-containing grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is not added to the oats used to make Aveeno® products and our oats are processed on equipment that is dedicated only to oat milling to mitigate the risk of cross-contamination with any other gluten-containing grains. However, although we do everything in our power to ensure the oats remain gluten-free, we cannot say with absolute certainty that cross-contamination did not occur during the manufacturing process. We recommend that consumers speak with their physician if they have specific sensitivity concerns.”
Some Aveda products are gluten-free including:
- Nutriplenish™ leave-in conditioner– Free From Silicones, Sulfate Cleansers, Parabens, Gluten, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum
- Nutiplenish™ conditioner deep moisture– FREE FROM: Silicones, Sulfate Cleansers, Parabens, Gluten, Mineral Oil & Petrolatum
- BondiBoost products are “free from added gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, yeast, egg, artificial colours & flavours, sugar & MSG.”
Their conditioners are “plant-based ingredients. It is paraben free, sulfate free, gluten-free.”
Some Chi products are gluten-free like:
- CHI Aloe Vera Detangling Conditioner
- CHI Argan Oil Conditioner
- CHI Deep Brilliance Optimum Moisture Conditioner
- CHI Dry Conditioner
- CHI Keratin Leave-in Conditioner
- CHI Keratin Reconstructing Conditioner
- CHI Magnified Volume Conditioner
- CHI Naturals with Olive Oil Hair and Body Conditioner
- CHI Power Plus Step 2: Nourish Conditioner
- CHI Tea Tree Oil Conditioner
- Enviro Smoothing Conditioner
- Hair to Slay Split End Mending Conditioner
- Clean Kids Naturally are “gluten-free, paraben free sulfate free, Phthalates-free, Fluoride/Glycol-free, Lanolin-free, Petrolatum-free, Mineral Oils-free and free of Artificial Colors.
- All Desert Essence “shampoos and conditioners are all gluten-free.”
- All DESIGNME products are “gluten-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.”
- Many of Dove’s shampoos and conditioners “are gluten-free and they will disclose any gluten-containing ingredients”
- dpHue products are “free from parabens, silicone, phthalates, gluten, and is animal-friendly and vegan!”
- “None of (the Drunk Elephant) products are produced in dedicated gluten-free facilities, we do not make this claim in association with our products.”
- “Drybar’s line of gluten-free hair care products, includes: volume-boosting hair products, hair spray, and mousse. All Drybar products are free of parabens, sulphates, and phthalates, and are cruelty-free (never tested on animals).”
- “Even though some of (the DevaCurl) products contain wheat-derived ingredients, they have been processed to remove gluten. All of our products have been lab tested and verified to be gluten-free.
- Every “EO Product is Certified Gluten-free.” Also, their Everyone for Every Body brand is gluten-free, but not certified.
- ETHICA Anti Aging Conditioner is Plant Based and Vegan. Cruelty-Free. Sulphate, Paraben and Gluten Free.
FEKKAI Gluten-Free Conditioners:
- “Gluten-Free Savonnerie offers you a better than salon quality hair conditioner without fragrance or hidden ingredients so that you will never again be at the mercy of a conditioner containing plant allergens, gluten or perfume.”
- “All Grow Gorgeous products are gluten-free.”
- Hask’s “mission is to create high-quality hair care that’s carefully sourced, tested for efficacy and formulated without the bad stuff (including Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Gluten and Aluminum Starch). “
- Herbal Essences is “committed to continuing to make our products effective and safe and provide Paraben Free, Gluten Free, and Sulfate Free shampoo and conditioner hair care options for you.”
- Herbalosophy is “gluten-free, paraben-free, sulphate-free, phosphate-free, Petrolatum-Free, and vegan.”
- Ingreendients products are “100% CRUELTY-FREE, VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE”
Jack59 Conditioning bars:
Their products are “colour-safe, Plastic-free, sulphate-free, silicone-free, vegan, [and they have] gluten-free options!” Their gluten-free Conditioning bars include:
- Blonde Bombshell Conditioner Bar
- Energize Conditioner Bar
- Island Tropics Conditioner Bar
- Naked Conditioner Bar
- Reset Conditioner Bar
- Serenity Conditioner Bar
- JVN Hair “is free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic colours and dyes, gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan.”
- This Costco brand includes the professional salon formula product Kirkland Signature Conditioner: Moisture Conditioner it is labelled gluten-free, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free, Animal Cruelty-Free, and vegan.
- Lavée Pristine Conditioner is Gluten-Free, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free and Vegan
- “While most of (Little Twig) products are gluten-free, we do have some products that are not. Please check the labels and if you have any questions, please give us a call.” Though all the Detangling Conditioners are listed as such.
- Loma Hair Care Nourishing is “PARABEN, SODIUM CHLORIDE, GLUTEN, SOY AND PHTHALATE FREE. SULFATE-FREE CLEANSING.”
- All Love Beauty products are gluten-free.
- All of Luseta “products are sulfate, paraben, and gluten-free.”
- Matrix Biolage is “free of Gluten, Nickel, Top Common Allergy Causing Preservatives, Lanolin, Paraben, Topical Antibiotic, MCI/MI, Soy, Propylene Glycol, Oil, and Dye Products.”
- Not Your Mother’s Naturals is “sulfate surfactant-free, silicone-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, gluten-free, dye-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.”
- All (Oribe) products are gluten-free, cruelty-free, colour and keratin treatment safe, and have UV protection for hair.
- All Original Sprout products are “completely free and clear of the following common allergens: Gluten, Soy, Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, artificial colours, Lavender, Tea Tree, Dairy, Peanuts, Honey and Strawberry.
- All OUAI products are gluten-free.
- Pantene’s Advanced Care Shampoo and Conditioner “products are gluten-free and free from parabens, phthalates, dyes, and mineral oils.”
Paul Mitchell offers “many gluten-free options! When applicable, you will find this information indicated on the “Details” tab of our product pages.” Such as
- Phillip Adam Conditioners conditioners are “BIODEGRADABLE-NO PARABENS-VEGAN-CRUELTY FREE-GLUTEN FREE”
- PURA D’OR Anti-Hair Loss Conditioner has “No Parabens. No SLS (Sulfates.) Gluten-Free Cruelty-free. No harmful chemicals. Made with Natural Ingredients so it is safe for daily use.”
- Puracy Natural Conditioner is “naturally derived, hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten-free, and biodegradable.”
- Pureology is “Top Allergen Free and free of Gluten, Nickel, Lanolin, Paraben, Topical Antibiotic, and Soy.”
- Purezero has ”Zero Sulfates, Parabens, Dyes, and Gluten, and is 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free.”
Shear Miracle Organics:
Some Shear Miracle Organics products are gluten-free including:
- Spicy Island Shampoo & Conditioner Combo: is “always all Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & Leaping Bunny & Peta Certified Cruelty-Free!”
- Tuff’N Up Conditioner (Strengthens Weak, Damaged or Thinning): is “always all Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & Leaping Bunny & Peta Certified Cruelty-Free!”
- Wild in the Child Conditioner (Super light for Body & Volume): Always all Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & Leaping Bunny & Peta Certified Cruelty-Free!
- The use of gluten has been abolished in the composition of Shu Uemura products.
- All of SunBum’s products are gluten-free.
- The Wonderseed Conditioners contains “No parabens, sulfates, gluten, artificial colours or fragrances. It is also, 100% vegan & cruelty-free”
- Vanicream is “specially created for those who need or want to avoid common chemical irritants found in most ordinary hair conditioners. No botanical extracts or essential oils. Protein-free. Gluten-free. pH balanced. Ideal for daily use. Dermatologist tested..”
- All (Verb) products are free of parabens, gluten and harmful sulfates. You can learn more about ingredients, claims and usage on our dedicated product pages.
- Virtue products are also vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, sulfates, gluten, and phthalates.
Changing up the products that you use regularly, is good for your hair. Sometimes your hair can get used to the products you use, and they can become less effective over time. So, switching to a new gluten-free conditioner can also be very good for the look of your hair.
Also, switching to a gluten-free conditioner can be helpful for some people, depending on their level of gluten sensitivity and skin issues. The Ultimate Gluten-Free Conditioner List should help you find which gluten-free conditioner is available to you, in your price range and in your area.
We hope you have found The Ultimate Gluten-Free Conditioner List useful.
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