Why Gluten-Free Conditioner Can Help Save Your Skin

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The struggle is real...

Unless you have a glam squad at your disposal, I think just about every person on this planet has experienced a bad hair day. Finding the right shampoo and conditioner is like searching for a purple chupacabra. There's conditioner for dry, oily, color treated, thin, thick, curly, damaged and dull hair (just to name a few). It's like taking the hair SATs. I don't even want to think about how much I've spent on finding the precise concoction to make my locks lovely.

Let's up the hair care ante by adding in the element of gluten. Drum roll please...bring on the search for gluten-free shampoo and conditioner.

Why is there gluten in conditioner?

Gluten-containing proteins are said to strengthen hair, retain moisture, and add thickness. You'll find that many brands (especially those found in high-end salons) include hydrolyzed wheat protein, barley extract and oats within their ingredients. 

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So there's gluten in my conditioner. Should I care?

I have naturally curly hair that tends to be dry. It's also color treated because my kids have oh so kindly given me gray hairs. After years of searching, I had found a product line that was the holy grail for my hair.

In 2016 I started to break out in rashes on my body. At first, I thought it was dry skin. But a year later, the rashes were still there. My dermatologist diagnosed me with eczema and prescribed steroids to apply. Months passed, and the rashes didn't lesson at all. Something had to be causing my skin condition - was it food, environmental, hormonal? Suddenly I had an a-ha moment and realized my shampoo and conditioner contained hydrolyzed wheat protein and was glutening my skin.

I sadly parted ways immediately with my gluten-filled hair products. Fast forward to about six weeks later and the rashes were completely gone. It's important to remember that our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and absorbs what we choose to put on it. Others may have different reactions that include:

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    Bumps near hairline and on back of neck
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    Extremely dry skin
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    Dry or flaking scalp
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    Hair thinning or loss
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    Red, inflamed rashes
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    Burning or itching skin
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Gluten-Free Conditioners

JÄSŌN Daily Conditioner

JÄSŌN's Gluten-Free line offers body & hair care products certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Daily Conditioner gently nourishes without adding excess weight to hair. Gluten-Free. Free from parabens & sulfates. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.

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Puracy Natural Hair Conditioner

Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free. Free from triclosan, sulfates, polyquaterniums, formaldehyde, salicylates, parabens, phosphates, SLS, SLES, MEA, DEA, TEA, petroleum-based ingredients, animal by-products, perfumes, dyes or caustics. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.

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PURA D'OR Healing Conditioner

Enhances Shine & Reduces Frizz. Gluten-Free, Select Certified Organic Ingredients. Free from sulfates, parabens, harfmful chemicals. Hypo-Allergenic. Cruelty-Free. Organic Argan, Lavender & Vanilla Oils.

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Palmer's Zero Break Coconut Oil Strengthening Oil Conditioner

Fortifies hair for optimal growth and shine without buildup or weighing hair down. Gluten-Free. Free from phthalates, sulfates and silicone.

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Pharmaceutical Specialties Free & Clear Hair Conditioner for Sensitive Skin

Specially designed for sensitive scalps. Company's primary purpose is to make products for people with sensitive skin. Helps prevent tangles and hair damage. Gluten-Free. Free from dyes, aluminum, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance lanolin, formaldehyde, oil & preservatives.

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Soapbox Soaps - Conditioner with Shea Butter Argan Oil

Locks in hair's natural moisture for increased elasticity & strength. Gluten-Free and color safe. Free from phthalates, sulfates, butylparaben, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylate, propylparaben, ethyl alcohol, paraben, silicone, sodium lauryl sulfate, dyes & aluminum. Vegan.

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Maui Moisture Smooth & Repair + Vanilla Bean Conditioner

Helps make the most style-stubborn locks softened, smoothed and frizz free. Gluten-Free. Free from mineral oil, silicones, parabens, SLS, sulfated surfactants, synthetic dyes. Yes to eco-friendly with pure coconut water and pure aloe juice.

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Nexxus Emergencee Reconstructive System Conditioner Marine Collagen

Reconstructs broken protein structures in hair. Reinforces the cuticle wall rebuilding strength by reducing breakage. Repairs the inner fiber of each strand. Gluten-Free. Free from parabens and sulfates. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.

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Oligo Moisture Balance Conditioner Calura

Restorative Shampoo gently cleanses as it restores healthy strength to weak, damaged hair. Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paraben Free, Sulfate- Free, No Artificial Colors, Color Safe.

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I'm not going to sugar coat the fact that finding the right gluten-free conditioner and other gluten-free body products won't be the most wondrous task. But the bottom line is that you need to take care of YOU -- inside and out. Read those labels, check manufacture websites and call customer service. The cosmetic industry has come a long way with improved ingredient transparency. There are many awesome gluten-free brands to explore.

Note: If you're suffering from skin issues, be sure to visit your dermatologist. While I do have celiac disease and reactions to gluten on my skin, I'm not a doctor.

Sound off!

What gluten-free conditioner do you use? What's your hair type?


Share what hair care products you can't live without with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below!

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Maureen

Maureen

Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.

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