Depending on your level of gluten sensitivity, you might be looking to eliminate gluten from your beauty products. For those living with Celiac disease – and those with more severe gluten sensitivity – gluten-free shampoos are a necessary consideration. That is why we are sharing The Ultimate Gluten Free Shampoo List
Since being gluten free has become so mainstream, it has moved beyond just food to 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 shampoos; some eczema sufferers have had less scalp irritation by making this switch.
What gluten is in shampoo?
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 shampoo cannot penetrate your skin. Unless there is a break in your skin, it generally cannot absorb. Shampoo though tends to get in your eyes, on your hands, and could accidentally get in your mouth.
The risk is low; however, if you are gluten free and still having gluten symptoms, you might want to try gluten free beauty and hair products.
What are the possible reactions?
Once again, it depends on your level of sensitivity. Both those with Celiac disease and those living with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity could react to a shampoo containing gluten. This is something that is very much an individualized issue. Common reactions might include:
- Rashes, skin irritations, hives, and/or redness.
- Itchy, watery, red and/or puffy eyes.
- Runny nose and/or congestion.
- Headache, and/or dizziness.
- The same, general feeling you get 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.
The Ultimate Gluten Free Shampoo List
Note: Please use The Ultimate Gluten Free Shampoo List as a guide, as products and their ingredients are subject to change and you should still read the ingredient list.
- Andalou shampoo is “100% SLS-free, non-gmo, gluten free shampoos that are both gentle and powerful.”
- Avalon’s Gluten-Free Cucumber Shampoo is labelled gluten free.
- “(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.”
- BondiBoost products are ” free from added gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, yeast, egg, artificial colours & flavours, sugar & MSG.”
- Clean Kids Naturally are “paraben free, sulfate free, and gluten free.”
- All Desert Essence “shampoos and conditioners are all gluten free.”
- 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 (their) 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, including volume-boosting hair products, hair spray, and mousse. All Drybar products are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and are cruelty-free (never tested on animals).”
- Every “EO Product is Gluten free.”
- FEKKAI Gluten Free Shampoo is ” clean, vegan, gluten-free, and sustainable.”
- 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, sulfate free, phosphate free, Petrolatum Free, and vegan.”
- Ingreendients products are “100% CRUELTY FREE, VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE”
- JVN Hair “is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic colours and dyes, gluten free, cruelty free, vegan.”
- This Costco brand includes a Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo that is labelled gluten-free and vegan.
- Lavée Pristine Shampoo is labelled gluten free.
- 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 their “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 Product.”
- 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 clean 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.”
- PURA D’OR Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo 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 Shampoo 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.”
- The Purezero has ” Zero Sulfates, Parabens, Dyes, Gluten – 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free.”
- Their “Lavender Bliss Shampoo is labelled gluten 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 shampoo contains ” No parabens, sulfates, gluten, artificial colours or fragrance.”
- TheraNeem Shampoo is “Paraben free, sulphate free, gluten free, cruelty free, pH balanced, vegan formula. Safe for colour treated hair.”
- Vanicream’s “mild and gentle fragrance free shampoo for sensitive skin is also free of formaldehyde releasers commonly found in ordinary shampoos. No botanical extracts or essential oils. No harsh cleansing agents. Sulfate-free. Protein-free. Gluten-free. pH balanced. 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.
Removing shampoos that contain gluten can help some people, depending on their level of gluten sensitivity and skin issues. The Ultimate Gluten Free Shampoo List should help you find which gluten free shampoos are available to you.
We hope you find The Ultimate Gluten Free Shampoo List useful.
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