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Pregnancy Safe Drugstore Shampoos

Pregnancy Safe Drugstore Shampoos

Today, I’m sharing a few drugstore shampoos that are safe to use while pregnant! I have a huge list of list of pregnancy safe brands, but one of my most requested product specific topics has been a list of inexpensive hair shampoos. This list isn’t exhaustive, and you’ll almost always find the most up to date information from the brand specific pages.

Which hair products do you need to worry about?

Technically, none. Most OBs will tell you not to worry about any hair products. Your hair is a dead protein, and it can not absorb anything. It’s amazing how pregnancy brain can take over and we forget that simple fact!

Personally, I screened products that would sit on my scalp for a few minutes (aka- shampoos, scrubs, etc). My thought process was that those products would be similar to a face wash, even if washed off right away it sits there for a bit. So, on this list you’ll find products that sit on your scalp. This is shampoo, scalp treatments and root styling products. Other styling products should just be on the hair shaft, and if you’re worried about sprays being inhaled, I recommend holding your breath while you spray and then step away a few feet. Conditioner and treatment masques don’t usually touch your scalp, though I have screened a few masques that people sometimes apply up to their roots. If you apply any of these further from the scalp, they’re all safe (even if I screened them as not safe).

For these brands (and more) please check the brand page:
Alba Botanica
Shea Moisture

Pregnancy and Nursing Safe Drugstore Shampoos

• Aussie Miracle Curls Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Aussie Miracle Volume Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Aussie Sydney Smooth Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Aussie Total Miracle Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Gold Series from Pantene, Moisture Boost (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Classic Clean (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Clinical Strength (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Coconut (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Dry Scalp Care (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Green Apple (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Instant Oil Control (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Itchy Scalp (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Smooth and Silky (at Walmart)
• Head and Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, Volume Boost (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences bio:renew Coconut Milk & Sea Kelp Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences bio:renew White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Naked Volume Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences Body Envy Volume Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences Clarifying Shampoo, Tea Tree (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Shampoo & Body Wash (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences Shine Shampoo, Chamomile (at Walmart)
• Herbal Essences Smooth Shampoo, Rose Hips (at Walmart)
• Jason Restorative Biotin Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena Daily Control (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Clarify & Shine Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Gentle & Soft (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Hydro Boost Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Soothe & Calm Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, Extra Strength (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, Original Formula (at Walmart)
• Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo, Stubborn Itch (at Walmart)
• Pantene Expert Pro-V Intense Color Care Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Pantene Expert Pro-V Intense Smooth Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Pantene Expert Pro-V Intense Volume Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Smoothing Shampoo (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Beautiful Lengths (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Classic Clean (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V  Shampoo, Curl Perfection (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Radiant Color Shine  (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Daily Moisture Renewal (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Repair and Protect (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Sheer Volume for Thin Hair (at Walmart)
• Pantene Pro-V Shampoo, Smooth and Sleek (at Walmart)
• Suave Essentials Shampoo, Aloe & Waterlily (at Walmart)
• Suave Essentials Shampoo, Daily Clarifying (at Walmart)
• Suave Essentials Shampoo, Ocean Breeze Moisturizing (at Walmart)
• Suave Essentials Shampoo, Tropical Coconut (at Walmart)
• Suave Essentials Shampoo, Wild Cherry Blossom (at Walmart)
• Suave Professionals Shampoo, Almond and Shea Butter (at Walmart)
• Suave Professionals Shampoo, Rosemary + Mint (at Walmart)
• Suave Professionals Shampoo, Smoothing Shampoo Keratin Infusion (at Walmart)

Not Safe for Pregnancy, Ok for Nursing

• Dove Nutritive Solutions Shampoo Daily Moisture (at Walmart): Gluconolactone
• L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo for Long, Damaged Hair (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid, Salicylate
• L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid, Salicylate
• L’Oreal Paris Elvive Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid, Salicylate
• L’Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo for Damaged Hair (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid, Salicylate
• L’Oreal Paris Elvive Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid, Salicylate
• L’Oreal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid
• L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Blonde Shampoo with Iris (at Walmart): Chemical Sunscreen
• L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Volume Shampoo (at Walmart): Chemical Sunscreen, Salicylic Acid
• L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Sulfate Free Thickening Shampoo (at Walmart): Salicylate
• Neutrogena T/SAL Therapeutic Shampoo with Scalp Build-Up Control (at Walmart): Salicylic Acid
• Pantene Nutrient Blends Shampoo, Complete Curl Care (at Walmart): Salicylate
• Pantene Nutrient Blends Shampoo, Damage Repair (at Walmart): Salicylate
• Pantene Nutrient Blends Shampoo, Illuminating Color Care (at Walmart): Salicylate
• Pantene Nutrient Blends Shampoo, Miracle Moisture Boost  (at Walmart): Salicylate

Not Safe for Pregnancy or Nursing

• Herbal Essences bio:renew Shampoo, Potent Aloe and Hemp (at Walmart): Hemp, Salicylate

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6 Comments

  1. 11.5.20
    Shelby said:

    Hello! This is a salon based shampoo I use. Would you be able to tell me if it’s safe for pregnancy? Thank you!

    Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate,Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Laureth-2,Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Peg-4 Distearyl Ether, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Distearyl Ether, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride,Glycerin, Polyquaternium-6, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Peg-90M, Dicaprylyl Ether, Hexyl Cinnamal, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Silk Amino Acids, Sodium Citrate, Alanine,Glycine, Histidine, Silica, Calcium Carbonate.

    • 11.5.20
      Christine said:

      This has salicylate and is ok for nursing but not pregnancy.

  2. 11.11.20
    Chihiro said:

    Hi doctor, thanks so much for this post on shampoos. If possible would you be able to review the following products?

    Purador advanced therapy shampoo:

    Decolorized Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polyquaternium-71, Cocamide Mipa, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Polyquaternium-80, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Grateloupia Elliptica (Red Korean Seaweed) Extract, Biotin, Serenoa Serrulata (Saw Palmetto) Fruit Extract, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Polygonum Multiflorum (He Shou Wu) Root Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Prunus Africana (Pygeum) Bark Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Zinc Pyrithione, Soy Isoflavones, Beta-sitosterol, Phyllanthus Emblica (Amla) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, Niacin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sorbitan Oleate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Xylityl Sesquicaprylate, Citric Acid. *Certified Organic Ingredients

    Purador Advanced therapy conditioner: I assume this doesn’t touch the skulp so no need to worry?

    Thank you so much in advance!

    • 11.11.20
      Christine said:

      This shampoo has willow bark, so ok for nursing but not pregnancy. The conditioner I wouldn’t worry about.

      • 11.11.20
        Chihiro said:

        Thank you so so much for your quick response! One question – on webmd it says willow barn is harmful for breastfeeding. Are you regarding it as ok as I’m not taking it orally just through my skulp?

        “Breast-feeding: Using willow bark while breast-feeding is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Willow bark contains chemicals that can enter breast milk and have harmful effects on the nursing infant. Don’t use it if you are breast-feeding.”

        • 11.11.20
          Christine said:

          I’ve never seen Willow Bark mentioned as something to avoid while nursing. As it is fine to use directly on the baby, I’m would think it’s fine to use while nursing.