Shampoos for Allergic Scalp: Allergy Friendly Shampoos

For allergy sufferers, certain ingredients in care products such as shampoos, hairsprays and hair gels can trigger allergic reactions.

In this article we will look at the ingredients that should be avoided in shampoos and the like, as well as the natural ingredients that are considered particularly effective in hair care products for allergy sufferers.

What ingredients in shampoo could cause an allergic reaction?

For allergy sufferers, there are common allergens in shampoos to avoid. Certain ingredients can cause allergic reactions. These include fragrances, parabens, sulfates and certain preservatives.

These ingredients can cause skin irritation, itching, or flaking in some people.

Allergy sufferers in particular should also pay attention to ingredients such as formaldehyde and its derivatives, which are found in some shampoos, as they are known to cause allergic reactions.

Silicones in shampoo can also be a concern for allergy sufferers. Silicones wraps around individual hair to protect it. However, they can also promote allergies and irritations. In particular, those who have fine hair and little volume should generally avoid silicones, as they weigh down the hair. Not to mention the negative impact on the environment: even modern sewage treatment plants have problems filtering out the silicones of the wastewater.

What natural ingredients have been proven to be safe and effective in hair care products for allergy sufferers?

For allergy sufferers, natural ingredients can be a good alternative to synthetic ingredients in conventional hair care products.

These are in particular Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil, Chamomile & Green Tea:

Aloe vera is known for its moisturizing and soothing properties, while tea tree oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help treat dandruff and scalp infections.

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe the scalp; while green tea acts as an antioxidant and can strengthen hair follicles.

Which natural cosmetic shampoos are available especially for allergy sufferers?

There is a variety of all natural shampoos that are free from the allergenic ingredients mentioned above. Some of the well-known brands that offer such shampoos are CMD, Urtekram and Lavera.

Here is a selection of shampoos for sensitive skin:

Lavera neutral shower shampoo

The Lavera Neutral Shower Shampoo is a 2-in-1 product that can be used both as a shampoo and as a shower gel. It is especially suitable for allergy sufferers and people with sensitive skin or neurodermatitis because it contains no coloring, fragrance or synthetic preservatives.

Instead, it’s based on natural ingredients like organic evening primrose oil, which has healing and skin-soothing properties. The Lavera Neutral Shower Shampoo prevents feelings of tension after the shower and leaves the skin feeling pleasantly cared for. The Lavera shampoo is certified according to the European NATRUE standards and it is completely vegan.

Urtekram Fragrance Free Shampoo

This fragrance free shampoo from Denmark is an organic shampoo for normal hair that was specially developed for people with a sensitive scalp and allergies.

It is free from artificial fragrances, parabens, silicones or microplastics that could irritate or damage the skin.

Instead, it moisturizes and nourishes the hair with natural ingredients such as aloe vera and glycerine. The shampoo is vegan, cruelty-free and Ecocert-certified, also a European organic cosmetics standard..

Vanicream Shampoo for Sensitive Skin

The Vanicream for Sensitive Skin is an excellent option for those with allergic scalps. This fragrance-free shampoo is specially designed for sensitive skin and contains no harsh ingredients such as sulfates, gluten, and formaldehyde. It is also free from common allergens such as fragrance, dyes, and preservatives, making it safe and gentle for allergy sufferers.

The formula effectively cleanses the hair and scalp while also moisturizing and conditioning, leaving the hair feeling soft, smooth, and healthy.

MooGoo Natural Milk Shampoo

This allergy friendly shampoo is also an excellent option for those with sensitive and allergy-prone scalps. This shampoo is made with gentle, natural ingredients such as milk protein, coconut, and olive oil, and is free from harsh chemicals such as sulfates, silicones, and parabens.

The fragrance-free formula effectively cleanses the hair and scalp without stripping away natural oils or causing irritation. The shampoo is also pH-balanced, making it suitable for all hair types, including color-treated hair.

SEEN Shampoo Fragrance-Free

SEEN Shampoo Fragrance-Free is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a gentle, fragrance-free, and allergy-friendly shampoo 

This non-comedogenic sulfate-free shampoo is free from common irritants such as fragrance, dyes, sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, making it safe and gentle for those with sensitive skin. 

The formula features a blend of nourishing ingredients, including hemisqualane, which helps to restore the hair’s natural moisture barrier, and bisabolol, which soothes and calms the scalp. 

The shampoo contains plant-based cleansers that effectively cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping away natural oils or causing irritation. 


Allergy sufferers must be particularly careful when choosing hair care products to avoid allergic reactions. It is important to avoid ingredients such as artificial fragrances, parabens, chemical sulfates and certain preservatives and switch to hypoallergenic or natural cosmetic products.

Natural ingredients such as aloe vera, tea tree oil, chamomile and green tea have been shown to be safe and effective and can be used as an alternative to synthetic ingredients in shampoos. It’s worth looking for brands that specialize in making allergen-free products.

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