5 best shampoo ingredients for long hair

Written by Nida SayyedFeb 17, 2022

Long hair is stunning to look at, but it is hard work to maintain. Leaving the health of your hair to fate can result in hair damage, hair loss, thinning and crazy knots. But what if we told you that you can take care of all of these woes with just one product? Yes, really. Your shampoo plays a huge role in helping you maintain your hair and keep it looking luscious. But not just any shampoo will do. Here are five hair-loving ingredients to look for when picking shampoos for long hair.

01. Organic coconut oil

Coconut oil has been the go-to ingredient for desi women for centuries. Whether it’s a pure coconut oil head massage or coconut oil mixed with ingredients for a DIY hair mask, it works in every way! Long hair tends to be dry and frayed towards the end. Using a shampoo with a moisturising agent like coconut oil will keep your hair looking soft and healthy to the tips.

Coconut oil is also known for promoting hair growth by nourishing your scalp and hair. It starts by repairing dryness and damage on your scalp. Further, when the oil is absorbed in the skin, it provides nutrients and nourishment to hair, making it stronger and thicker. So, coconut oil is an elixir of miracles for long hair.

Our favourite is the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water & Mimosa Volume Shampoo is enriched with 100% natural coconut oil and organic coconut water to leave your hair feeling voluminous, hydrated and fuller. The citrusy scent of Moroccan mimosa flowers will leave your hair smelling fresh.

02. Honey

Honey is chockful of benefits for the skin and hair. Honey has humectant and emollient properties. The emollient qualities of honey add shine and vibrancy to your hair while the humectant nature of it keeps your scalp hydrated. Its water-retaining ability helps promote healthy cell activity, which in turn makes your hair healthier from the roots. With these two powers of honey combined, it moisturises + locks in shine and nourishment in your hair.

The Dove Healthy Ritual Strengthening Shampoo For Weak Hair is a splendid pick to experience the goodness of honey. It also contains oat milk, which calms the irritated scalp and also bids adieu to dandruff with its anti-inflammatory properties.

03. Onion extract

Onion juice or onion extract for hair sounds stinky, but not when infused in a shampoo. Onion has exponentially high contents of biotin compared to a lot of other natural products. Biotin aka vitamin B7 is a vital element for hair growth. Biotin stimulates the production of keratin in hair and helps to increase follicle growth. It prevents hair breakage and provides the strength long hair needs to stay healthy.

The Love Beauty & Planet Onion Blackseed & Patchouli Hair Fall Control Sulfate Free Shampoo is a match made in heaven for long hair. Infused with pure steam-distilled onion bulb oil, pure blackseed oil and 100% natural coconut oil, this one inhibits hair fall and strengthens every hair strand by 3x.

04. Keratin

Keratin is a protective protein that builds your hair, skin and nails. In simple words, it is a key component of your hair, without which the formation of a strand would be impossible. So naturally, keratin in hair care is a game-changer. It is the easiest to use when keratin is employed in shampoo formulations. It repairs each strand from within and provides healthy-looking, strong, lustrous hair. Keratin bonds are stronger than other proteins which prevent hair breakage. Thus, people with long hair should try to look for this ingredient whenever shampoo shopping. Keratin is found in loads of things such as eggs, carrots, salmon, garlic, the list goes on!

Our fave is TRESemmé Keratin Smooth With Argan Oil Shampoo. This shampoo makes the hair thicker and longer by giving it a boost of keratin. It also adds an unbeatable luminosity to every strand of your hair thanks to the argan oil in the formula.

05. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar aka ACV is commonly used to rinse the hair. It’s made from fermented apple juice. And fermented hair and skincare are fabulous for you. ACV has several pros for your hair. It balances the pH levels of your scalp and combats any potential infection. It’s also used as a popular disinfectant that helps fight off bacteria in the hair. And on top of all this, ACV also adds life to dull hair and makes it shine!

But that doesn’t mean you pour a bottle of apple cider vinegar straight into your hair. Instead, reach for shampoos and conditioners infused with it. The Love Beauty & Planet Apple Cider Vinegar & Jasmine Sulfate Free Shine Shampoo is infused with the goodness of apple cider vinegar from Switzerland that smoothens dry hair and turns it shiny and healthy. It smoothens and conditions