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12 Fragrance-Free Hair Products That Actually Work

Shampoo, conditioner, styling—we’ve got you covered.

By: Hannah Baxter

The list of ingredients we aim to avoid in our beauty products is always evolving. It’s tough to exclude anything that’s not 100 percent clean or organic, but we’re on a journey to improve our routines for the better. This especially rings true when it comes to hair care, because, as we all know, finding that one holy-grail product can take years. These days we’re searching for the best fragrance-free options for our shampoo, conditioner, and styling must-haves, since synthetic fragrance can cause scalp irritation or make your dye job fade faster. Thankfully, we’ve established a deep bench of favorites over the last few months. Whether you need a hairspray without that telltale musk, or a deeply nourishing conditioner minus any heavy perfume, these 12 products have got you and your hair covered.

 

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Shampoo

Kristin Ess Fragrance Free Daily Cleansing Shampoo, $12

Hairstylist Kristin Ess launched her new fragrance-free line in December of last year, and we are already smitten. It gently removes product buildup while you lather, leaving you with shiny and clean-feeling hair.

Free & Clear Shampoo, $10

If you’re looking for a fragrance-free shampoo, chances are you have sensitive skin. This formula is specially designed for people like you and is free of not only fragrance, but a whole host of preservatives, dye, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde releasers.

AG Natural Balance Apple Cider Vinegar Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $65 $52

This synthetic-fragrance-free, plant-based shampoo gives an equal amount of love to your scalp as it does to your hair. Essential oils like lavender and rosemary provide a natural fragrance in case you still want your hair to smell heavenly after you shower.

G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo, $42

Just because a product is fragrance-free doesn’t mean it can’t use natural alternatives and smell amazing. Added rose-hip oil, rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint are not only soothing, but they leave your hair smelling impossibly yummy post-shower or bath. Your scalp will be detoxified and your hair satiny-soft.

 

Conditioner

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Briogeo Color Me Brilliant Mushroom + Bamboo Color Protect Conditioner, $28

Added fragrance can cause your hair color to fade even faster, but this conditioner is designed to keep your hair feeling healthy and help your color last as long as possible. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, plus it comes in recyclable packaging. The turkey-tail mushroom acts as a vegan keratin alternative for incredibly nourished strands.

Desert Essence Fragrance-Free Conditioner, $6

Green tea, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil are the stars of this gentle conditioner. It’s reached near cult-level status over the years, and for good reason—your hair is left soft, but never greasy or limp.

Everyone Balance Conditioner, $10

With a clean, organic, non-toxic, and totally vegan formula, this conditioner utilizes nourishing coconut oil, calendula, chamomile, and quinoa protein for the softest hair of your life. Feel free to slather your hair in a mask-type of treatment every time you shower.

Josh Rosebrook Nourish Conditioner, $33

Oils are the base of this editor-beloved conditioner, combining nut, seed, and plant varieties. Added herbal infusions calm any scalp irritation without sacrificing any love for your hair itself. Many of the ingredients are also certified organic. Consider this your luxe, feel-good option.

 

Styling Products

Prose Pre-Shampoo Mask, $38

The beauty of creating your own custom hair product is that you can leave out the fragrance. This natural hair mask soothes your hair with jojoba, castor, and oat oil so your strands feel nourished and touchably soft. We love to apply a thick layer before we shower and use a shower cap to steam, thereby lifting the cuticle to allow the ingredients to penetrate deeper.

Pattern Argan Oil Hair Serum, $25

Tight curls and coils are especially susceptible to damage, which is why using fragrance-free styling products is so essential. This argan-oil serum is deeply hydrating and helps define your curls for a glossy, touchable finish.

Clinique Non-Aerosol Hairspray, $13

There could be novels written about the stench of traditional hairspray—it’s practically a rite of passage for any beauty devotee. Clinique’s version offers exceptional hold without making your hair feel crunchy, and there is zero fragrance in sight.

No Nothing Fragrance Free Strong Mousse, $26 $17

When you have textured hair, going totally productless isn’t really an option, which is why we love using this extra-gentle mousse. In addition to being free of fragrance, there’s also no gluten, soy, parabens, dye, or colorants. Just add a small amount to your damp hair, and enjoy your newfound volume.

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