Following on from previous posts on volumizing conditioners and on fragrance-free conditioners, here are some MI / MCI-free conditioning options specifically for damaged, dry or coloured hair … Products mostly available worldwide, unless stated.
Attitude Color Protection Conditioner (Canada and US) (355ml)
Straightforward ingredients and gently preserved – but if you have food allergies take care, as both soya and wheat derivatives are used in this product. Advertises itself as carcinogen free — free from 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide.
Ecostore Dry, Damaged & Colour Care Conditioner (Australia / NZ) (220ml)
Free from silicones and parabens as well as MI, this conditioner is preserved with phenoxyethanol. Its fragrance is given as bergamot and orange, and it appears to contains a fair number of natural essential oils. Unusually for a conditioner, it is free from wheat / gluten, and it is also vegan. (For NZ, click here.)
Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner (200ml)
Another wheat/gluten-free formulation, also boasting high level of essential oils, and enriched with jojoba and avocado. Gentle preservation. Can also be used as a hair mask.
JASON Color Protect Henna Conditioner (454g)
Made for colour-treated hair, this contains henna extract, as well as wheat proteins to condition, thicken and enhance hair. Also contains silicones, though, which some consumers prefer to avoid. Ideal for all coloured hair — but especially so for those who use natural vegetable rinses and dyes, which feature henna and ingredients such as indigo.
JASON Restorative Biotin Conditioner (454g)
This is one of the better-regarded JASON haircare products, which aims to repair and restore health to damaged hair. It seems to do particularly well with women who experience problems with tangled hair. It does contain dimethicone, not widely seen as a ‘natural’ ingredient, and used to increase gloss / ‘slip’ to the hair, but it is very low down in the ingredients, which suggests little of it present. Other ingredients include a mix of waxy alcohols and botanicals, and a broad selection of preservatives — although none of which our familiar foes.
Lavera Repair & Care Conditioner for dry / damaged hair (UK) (200ml)
Good wheat-free option, which very unusually uses pea protein to help strengthen, hydrate, and nourish dry and damaged hair. Vegan friendly, and free from silicones, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, preservatives and colours, and GMO ingredients. (Use ALLERGY15 at Suvarna’s website for 15% off.)
Maple Holistics Silk 18 Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair (236ml)
The #1 best-selling conditioner on Amazon US, this very popular and highly successful product harnesses 18 silk protein amino acids to condition and rebuild hair’s gloss and shine, and is enriched with jojoba and argan oils and shea butter, as well as other botanicals. Fragranced only with natural vanilla, it is free from MI, sulfates, artificial fragrance or colour. Preserved with phenoxyethanol and potassium sorbate. Vegetarian but not vegan due to the silk.
Pura d’Or Lavender and Vanilla Healing Conditioner (473ml)
Uses coconut-based proteins rather than the wheat-based proteins so many conditioners use, making this another good gluten-free option. Brand is hypoallergenic, parabens free, artificial-fragrance free. Color safe. (Scalp / hair loss therapy products also available in the range.)
Weleda Oat Replenishing Conditioner (200ml)
Oat and wheat-containing natural conditioner, specifically for dry and damaged hair. Silicone-free and suitable for vegans. Fragranced with cedar wood oil, mimosa and tonka bean.