Recently I have found a lack of information about gluten free beauty and household products. I decided it was time to start doing the research so I could find the best gluten free shampoo available. I also wanted to answer some important questions like- Do Celiacs have to use gluten free shampoo? And- Can gluten be absorbed through the skin? I will tell you which gluten free shampoo products are my personal favorites as well.
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When you first go gluten free you are so worried about making sure all of the food is safe. You learn that wheat hides in sauces, marinades, and dressings. It creeps into places it doesn’t belong and unfortunately we learn the hard way. However, sometimes there are situations where people have gone gluten free and they keep getting random rashes, upset stomachs and they know they have done everything possible to make sure they are not getting glutened.
Do celiacs have to use gluten free shampoo?
Often, what I have found in this situation is that they are using a product that is not food and it contains wheat. You can find wheat protein, barley, rye, and oats in most beauty products. The biggest culprits are shampoo, conditioner, hair care, lotions, and sometimes even body wash. Are you using gluten free shampoo?
I have had beauty companies reach out to me and want me to promote their products. Before they even reach out they obviously know I am a gluten free blogger, uhh hum- Living Freely Gluten Free! I will tell them to send some over for a try and once I didn’t even check the ingredients, (ya, I know…) because I assumed they would be a gluten free company. Big mistake on my part!
Can gluten be absorbed through the skin?
When I reached out to them they told me I didn’t need to use gluten free products because gluten couldn’t be absorbed through the skin. Can gluten be absorbed through the skin? The answer to this question is no, it can’t. The molecules are too large to get through the skin, however it is still unsafe for those who have a true allergy or celiac and I will tell you why.
So, this also ties into the question, “do celiacs have to use gluten free shampoo?” If you are using products containing gluten and touching it, or putting it into your hair or on your body there is a good chance that you can gluten yourself. Here are just a couple of examples
- Some of your hair products contain gluten. When you spray your hairspray it becomes airborne and your mouth may not be closed. You get some into your mouth.
- The hair products you are using contain gluten and you run your fingers through your hair and then grab and piece of fruit and eat it.
- Your lipstick, or lip gloss is not gluten free- do I need to explain more?
- The shampoo you are using contains gluten and you are rinsing it out in the shower and you accidentally get some in your mouth.
So, even though the answer to- can gluten be absorbed through the skin is no, there are still a lot of other ways to become sick from your beauty products if they contain gluten.
I am so sensitive to wheat and gluten that if I use a product with it on my skin I break out in dermatitis. Recently I was using a dry shampoo that contained wheat. This was by accident and a total rookie mistake. However, this was a brand I had been using and the second time I bought the product I forgot to check the label simply because I got comfortable and trusted it. Always check the label! My scalp was itching like crazy and I was getting a massive amount of flaky dandruff while using this product.
Gluten Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Finding gluten free shampoo and conditioner is not as difficult as it once was. There are several dedicated gluten free brands and I have found a few that I love and trust. For me it is easier to stick with brands that do not use gluten in any of their products because I don’t have to research it. Even though I’m not a food scientist or detective I feel like I often have to work like one.
There are 2 brands that I am loyal to, and then I have also dabbled with some other products that do not contain gluten ingredients as well.
What is my favorite gluten free shampoo and conditioner?
1000% AG is my favorite gluten free shampoo and conditioner. They formulate without gluten, its cruelty free, smells amazing and most importantly – it works. It truly is a great brand with great products that never disappoints. It’s also easily accessible in places like amazon and Ulta.
Here are my favorite AG products. I literally own and use all of these.
Gluten Free Shampoo Brands
All of these are always subject to change. Companies have told me they are gluten free at a certain time, but as we all know in the allergy community- companies change ingredients all the time without notifications.
Loma All of their products are gluten free
AG Hair products- you can see my favorites above
I personally have not tried any of the products below, but they are gluten free and some of the brands I really like.
HASK Greek Yogurt Duo– This contains milk if you have a milk allergy
While there may not be an abundance of certified gluten free shampoo and conditioner, most of us are ok just avoiding gluten ingredients in our products. I want to emphasize most of us, there are cases of severe allergies and those must be handled much more cautiously. As a rule of thumb always avoid the following ingredients…
If there is a gluten free shampoo and conditioner that you would like me to add to this list please message me below. With so many small companies around it is impossible for me to find all of them myself. Also, always remember to read the labels before buying!
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