List of Ingredients in Clairol Herbal Essences

Clairol’s Herbal Essences hair care products contain some natural herbal ingredients geared towards certain hair textures and styles. Despite this, Herbal Essences does not contain only natural ingredients and does use some ingredients that are standard to many other shampoos. Therefore, Herbal Essences would not be appropriate for anyone attempting to stay away from synthetic beauty products, but does demonstrate effectiveness as a mainstream hair care line.

Natural Ingredients

The first ingredients on a label generally make up the largest percentage of the product. Water is always the first ingredient in all bottles of Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner as well as many other shampoos.Sodium chloride, or salt, is another natural ingredient in the shampoos. Herbal essences shampoos and conditioners also generally contain a fruit, flower or herb extract depending on the scent and the hair type they are intended for.

Lathering Agents

Many shampoos available in supermarkets contain sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate. Many shampoos owe the production of thick lather to these ingredients. According to, these ingredients may lead to drying of the hair and scalp as opposed to nourishing it.

Antistatic Agents

Cocamidopropyl betaine is an emulsifying ingredient that adds thickness to the shampoos as well as works as an astringent and antistatic agent, according to Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine is also an antistatic agent and is found in Herbal Essences conditioners.

Citric Acid

Herbal Essences shampoos and conditioners contain citric acid, which is contained in citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons. Citric acid in shampoos and conditioners serves to balance pH at around 5.5. This is done because the hair lays flatter when slightly acidic and appears shinier. Citric acid also prevents bacteria from growing in the shampoo and conditioner bottles. Sodium citrate, also in Herbal Essences shampoo, serves the same purpose of keeping the pH at around 5.5.

Tetrasodium EDTA

According to, tetrasodium EDTA is in many shampoos and conditioners, including Herbal Essences, and works to keep the calcium and magnesium in most water separate from the detergent in the shampoos and conditioners. This avoids a scum buildup and allows the calcium and magnesium to be more easily washed away.

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