How to choose a Mild Shampoo

How to choose a Mild Shampoo for your Hair type ?

There are many instances where you might have found “..use a mild shampoo” line in many blogs (here on my blog too) and cant gt enough of many vloggers too about how much they stress on this part. But are they really using a mild shampoo. What is by far a mild shampoo mean in their terms? Will they show you a Dove shampoo or a Himalaya shampoo and say that it’s a mild shampoo? Why? Because it was marketed that way?

If you are still believing these falsely claimed marketing gimmicks of big brands, you are doing nothing short of damaging your hair further in the long run. I am not bluffing, their own ingredients talks about their products. See this..

How to choose a Mild Shampoo

How do even some one call this a mild shampoo when there are more than 10 harmful ingredients clearly visible on the label? Are you stressed out? Don’t please..!

Because Choosing a Mild Shampoo is not a rocket science. It fairly depends upon understanding your hair type in the first place and then trying out the as  any mild shampoos till you find the one. Yes..! its that simple. But how to pick the right one among thousand fake ones is what you gonna learn today. Get ready to take your notes on how to choose a mild shampoo for your own hair type.


Why do you want to use a Mild Shampoo..?

Why do you want a mild shampoo? It is because you want to solve your hair problems or to just fulfill this famous line of every beauty guru –

Use a Mild Shampoo to wash you hair off…

Mild shampoo has different definitions according to different people. It is based upon their choices of how their hair wants to look and feel from inside out. As every one’s hair has a different story to tell, so as its problems too have different solutions that may not always exactly match with someone else’s hair needs. For this..

Understanding your Hair is really important. This is in fact a pre-requisite that needs to be understood even before starting our topic. Don’t you think so?

Just like our skin types, we too have different scalp types and scalp problems. The way an oily scalp needs to be cleansed will not be the same for dry scalp and Vice-Versa. Each one’s hair texture is different, hair type varies and so their scalp problems too.

So, Determine your hair type first before choosing a mild shampoo to reap the below benefits for your hair

Benefits of choosing a Right Mild Shampoo for your Hair type

1. Controlled sebum production on scalp. You hair will be less oily and that means there is no need to cleanse your hair more often than you do now.

2. NO Nasty chemical buildup on scalp which lets you scalp breathe from the pores, easily absorbs any hair mask when applied and thus keeps your scalp and hair healthy.

3. Your hair does feel more moisturized and has increased capacity of water retention in it.

4. No Hair breakage and reduced Hair fall

5. No more frizz, dry and dehydrated hair.


How to choose a Mild Shampoo for your Hair type ?

How to choose a Mild Shampoo

Ingredients that you should avoid at any cost..

1. Any Sulfates: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)/ Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
2. Synthetic Colors and Fragrances
3. Parabens
4. Dimethicone and Triethanolamine (TEA)
5. Polyethylene Glycol Triclosan
6. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) & Polysorbate 20
7. Formaldehyde & Formaldehyde releasing preservatives:

  • quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • imidazolidinyl urea
  • diazolidinyl urea
  • polyoxymethylene urea
  • sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol)
  • glyoxal

8. Isopropyl alcohol or propanol
9. Preservatives (except COSMOS approved)
10. Phthalates

These are some of the most commonly use ingredients in many commercial shampoo and I guess I have covered most of the deadly, carcinogenic ingredients that must be avoided starting from now. If you find any shampoo with any other weird name that is not mentioned in the list, do comment them below so that I can help you out to let you know if its safe or not.

Look for these ingredients

Choose the right mild shampoo with these simple tips in hand.

Plant-Based, Organic, or Raw Ingredients

Look for ingredients that are plant based/vegan and raw. Th shampoo should have more oils that is personified mostly with Potassium hydroxide (KOH), which is none left after the end product is ready.

If you unsure of the ingredients, then go for cruelty free Organic certified shampoos. Some of the Cerfications to look for are USDA, COSMOS, ECO-CERT certifications.

My favorite mild shampoo that I have using it for more than 2.5 years now is.. BON Organics Aloe Vera Shampoo. This is a certified Organi shampoo, that is handmade and cruelty free.

Shampoo Bars

Shampoo bars are a new trend now and its good to be. As these shampoo bars comes in a wrapped paper, they are so eco-friendly than any mild shampoo that comes in a plastic bottle.

Try out any handmade shampoo bars from any brand that you are familiar with.

Simply Homemade

If you have time, then there is nothing that can beat a home made shampoo. If you are short of time try this quick shampoo recipe that just requires 3 ingredients i.e., Unscented Liquid Castile Soap, 99% Pure Aloe Vera gel and Tea Tree Essential oil.

Mix 2 tablespoon of Castile soap with one tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel. Add 2 drops of Tea Tree Essential oil into it and mix all the ingredients well. And that your shampoo, ready to be used to cleanse your hair.

If you really have more time for your self care, try out his age olden herbal shampoo recipe and wash your hair at least once a month.

How to make your own Mild Herbal Shampoo with just 3 ingredients 


Give time..

Like all other skin care routines that you change and expect results after some time, your hair and scalp is no different. Remember that you have made a switch and it takes time for your scalp to adjust to the new environment that it has been subjected to. Sometimes, it may so happen that you have picked a wrong one, so it is always important to watch how our hair reacts and behaves to that new shampoo.

I tried more than a dozen different shampoo before I have finally sticked to one.

Read the ingredients carefully, ask and do your research if you do not understand them (but never ignore). Try it out yourself and see how it has worked for you hair. Don’t hesitate to ditch the ones that didn’t work for your hair and try out another one.

Give it time and stick to the one that has finally got your way.


Choosing is easy, but adapting is what matters.

Yes, it is. It was for me too. Specially for those who are highly dependent on foam generating shampoos to wash their hair on a daily bass, it becomes extremely difficult and irritating to switch to plant based natural surfocants like reetha or shikakai.

I have tried many mild shampoo that doesn’t foam that easily and it just pain in the a** to wash my oily hair then.

Adapting to natural beauty routines is not that simple and easy as it seems to many. You need to have patience and consistency to reap the benefits out of it. And trust me, at the end of the day is worth it. It is worth all that struggle.

You will no longer go back to those fancy brands, and fall for those carcinogenic fragrances in those shampoos. You will start to embrace you natural hair and you will love it.

So, my dear.. make it to the end and see what your inner and outer body feels like. 🙂


I will come up with a list of some of the best mild shampoo that are available in India soon, if you want me too. Do let me know in the comments below. Comment- “We want the list” if you want or else “No, I have found mine”, if you have already found the right one for your hair. 


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  1. I have used 2 shampoos that i felt is cruelty free
    Auravedic hair fall control and
    Biotique green apple shampoo

    1. I haven’t used Auravedic hair fall control shampoo but seeing the ingredients, the product seems OK, except one ingredient that might be little troublesome for sensitive scalps..i.e., Methylisochlorothiazoline. This ingredient is a powerful biocide. That means it’s a chemical substance that can control or kill harmful microorganisms. It works well as a preservative in products like shampoo and body care products, helping them to last a long time on the shelf and in your bathroom cabinets without becoming contaminated with unwanted bugs, bacteria, and fungi.
      The biggest concern with this ingredient is that it may effect neuron cells in brain if exposed in high concentration, However in cosmetic industries where it is used at 0.01 percent, or 100 parts per million (ppm) is generally considered safe.

      Regarding Biotique green apple shampoo, I have used this shampoo long back for more than 6 months and then stopped buying it. It made my hair very very dry. The main drawback of biotique products is they just mention us what the product “contains” but not all the ingredients in it. So we exactly don’t know what is hidden in their products.
      SEE: Biotique Bio Peach Peel Off Mask Review to know more.

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