These Shampoos Are Free of "Bad" Alcohols

We've all been conditioned to believe alcohol is a detrimental ingredient in our beauty products—and, for the most part, that's true. Though, there are some natural and otherwise nontoxic ingredients that have alcohol in the name. Case in point: cetearyl alcohol. This type of alcohol is an emollient, emulsifier, and thickener made to add a creaminess to formulas and stop the oil and water from separating. For example, coconut oil falls under this umbrella. And you know all the helpful, hydrating benefits that come from coconut oil.

But that doesn't mean all alcohols in your products fall into that category. Shampoos, for example, can contain alcohol that will strip your hair of its necessary nutrients and, ultimately, lead to more bad than good. These alcohols are ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol. These are the types you want to look out for.

Below, we list our favorite shampoos that are free from "bad" alcohols and why you'll love using them.