Going gluten-free because of celiac disease is never easy. Some people think that it is as simple as not eating bread or pasta however I know how careful one needs to be to avoid gluten. Especially since it seems to be in almost everything. Even in hair products.
Fortunately, there are a few brands who take celiac disease seriously and make good quality products without adding gluten.
Our Favorite Gluten-Free Hair Products
Below you will find some of our favorite gluten-free hair products including gluten-free shampoo, gluten-free conditioner, gluten-free hair gel and gluten-free hair spray.
1. Best Gluten-Free Shampoos
Reviews: 4.3 | Price: $$
Pura d’or Premium Shampoo is one of the best shampoos on the market. In fact we personally think it’s the best hair shampoo. Not only is it free of harsh chemical that are the leading cause of many chronic hair conditions but it also helps prevent hair loss. It comes as no surprise that this shampoo has been the #1 Best Seller on Amazon since 2012. Additionally, the Shampoo is safe for daily use and for all hair types. So if you are still unsure about your hair type this is the shampoo for you.
Reviews: 4.3 | Price: $$
The high quality oils in “Extreme Hair” are very gentle yet powerful in cleaning your hair. They rehydrate and restore dry and damaged hair and instead add volume and shine. We love NaturOli’s environmental approach. They do not test on animals and only use organic ingredients, free of sulfate, gluten, fragrance, parabens and other harsh chemicals unnecessary in shampoo.
Reviews: 4.5 | Price: $$
This Morocann Argan Oil Shampoo by Acure does an amazing job restoring dry and damaged hair to its original beauty. It cleans the hair very well and leaves it smelling like delicious almonds. It is by far on of the best smelling shampoos we have tried. The argan oil and pumpkin seed oil are high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which add shine to your hair.
2. Best Gluten-Free Conditioners
Reviews: 4.0 | Price: $$
Pura d’or makes not only awesome gluten-free shampoos but also conditioners and this conditioner is by far one of the best gluten-free conditioner out there. Not only does it smell amazing it also helps thinning hair to become thicker and stronger. Just like their shampoo, the conditioner does not contain any harmful chemicals and is very gentle on your hair and scalp. We recommend pairing it with their Pura d’or Premium Organic Shampoo for the best results.
Reviews: 4.0 | Price: $
This gluten-free shampoo and conditioner bundle does wonders for frizzy, dry and curly hair. The coconut water, marual oil and aloe vera juice extract in the shampoo and conditioner hydrate your hair and keep it from drying out, making it look fresh all day long. Another great conditioner of theirs is the Acure Organics Volume Conditioner, which focuses more on volume than hair straightening.
Reviews: 4.3 | Price: $
The Jason All Natural Organic Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner target biotin for hair growth, thickening hair and preventing thinning hair. The Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed Oil, and chamomile in the shampoo and conditioner thicken your hair, while the grapefruit extract help strengthen and repair weak, damaged hair.
For more gluten-free shampoos and conditioner recommendations, take a look at this article.
3. Best Gluten-Free Hair Gels
4. Best Gluten-Free Hair Sprays
Is Gluten Protein Absorbed Through Hair?
The short answer is no. However, if you have celiac disease we still recommend you to buy gluten-free hair products and here is why. Although gluten can not be absorbed through your skin or hair, the chance that you accidentally get shampoo or other hair products into your mouth is quite high.
Some people with celiac disease also develop a condition called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), which causes an itchy rash. Usually removing gluten from your diet is enough to get rid of DH. However, some people report that their rash only cleared up after they had switched to gluten-free skin and hair products. If you are uncertain whether a product is gluten-free, check the ingredients on the label.
Gluten Ingredients in Hair Products
Below listed ingredients are gluten derived, so hair products that contain any of the following should be avoided.
*We have also included oats on this list, since most celiacs need to avoid them as well because of cross contamination.
- Avena sativa (oats)*
- Beta glucan (frequently derived from wheat)
- Barley extract
- Colloidal oatmeal*
- Dextrin palmitate (starch, possibly gluten-based)
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (may contain wheat)
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Hordeum vulgare (barley)
- Laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
- Malt extract (barley)
- Stearyl dimonium hydroxypropy (hydrolyzed wheat protein)
- Secale cereale (rye)
- Triticum vulgare (wheat)
- Oat Extract*
- Oat Amino Acids*
- Vitamin E (frequently derived from wheat)
- Vegetable protein (may contain gluten)
- Wheat germ oil
Not Sure About Your Favorite Hair Product?
If you are uncertain whether your favorite hair product is gluten-free, you can either call the manufacture’s toll free hotline or search online (great resource: celiac.org). Some manufactures are more aware of celiac disease than others, so you might have mixed success.
Don’t feel discouraged if your favorite hair product contains gluten. There are many great brands out there that either identify gluten ingredients on their labels or label their product gluten-free altogether.
What is your favorite gluten-free hair product? We would love to hear from you.