You want the best for your hair, but you also want to be kinder and gentler to the environment.

Good news! There’s a new generation of natural hair care products that will help you feel good about the environment without sacrificing the look of your locks.

While certainly not as natural as brushing organic patchouli oil through your tresses and calling it a day, these products are more ecologically sound than most shampoos and conditioners on the market and will leave your hair silky, shiny and free from the dreaded residue often associated with natural hair care products.

Schwarzkopf Professional

Schwarzkopf Professional’s Essensity line features shampoos, conditioners, styling products and gorgeous ammonia-free hair colour that is 90 per cent natural — so why not go all the way?

“In order to not compromise performance of product, at this point you still have to have some synthetic ingredients,” explains Kelly Cook, technical adviser for Schwartzkopf. Their amazing Clarifying Shampoo contains organic Eucalyptus essences and is 100 per cent free from artificial colour, artificial fragrances, silicones, PEG’s and parabens. Schwarzkopf also have an impressive tropical reforestation initiative in place. ($15.75 at schwarzkopf-professional.com).

Simply Organic

If you’re looking to add lustrous shine to your hair naturally, then Simply Organic’s Everyday Hair and Scalp Wash and Rinse is a one-two punch. Made with olive leaf extracts and free from parabens, you’ll definitely feel good about using it.

Unexpected bonus No. 1: It totally smells like root beer. Unexpected bonus No. 2: In a pinch, the Everyday Hair and Scalp Rinse does brilliant double duty as a shaving cream. ($26 at simplyorganicbeauty.com).

Nature Clean

For those with allergies and sensitivities to fragranced personal care products, Nature Clean is a veritable dream come true. The Canadian owned-and-operated company’s Herbal Shampoo and Conditioner is 99.9 per cent natural, hypoallergenic and unscented. Best of all, your hair has never looked or felt better. ($8.99 at naturecleanliving.com).

Dr. Hauschka

Containing macadamia nut oil and orange oil as well as extracts of Fenugreek and Rosemary Leaf, Dr. Hauschka’s Macadamia and Orange Shampoo for normal hair leaves you smelling like a spice rack and rinses squeaky clean.

Instead of using much-maligned ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, a sugar-based sufectant is used to create a sexy lather. ($19.95 at drhauschka.ca).

Aveda

Aveda have launched their Sun Care line, featuring a Hair and Body Cleanser that removes chlorine and salt build-up and contains natural ingredients such as Tamanu oil, certified organic coconut oil and green tea extract.

It’s packaged in 80 per cent post-consumer recycled high-density polyethylene and is scented with Aveda’s 100 per cent certified organic signature Pure-Fume blend. ($24.50 at aveda.com).