Bath Geek’s Coconut-Free Hair Regimen


I get a lot of questions on coconut-free shampoo. While I am not yet able to provide actual shampoo, yes, you can use coconut-free soap in a pinch. Because of that, I currently recommend the following regimen for hair care if you are allergic to coconut:

  1. Use dry shampoo as much as possible (there is a lot on the market that will suffice and quite a lot of it is coconut free). At least try to give yourself a day in between wet washes.
  2. When you have to wash your hair, use liquid coconut-free soap, or lather up with a bar of soap and use the lather. This is preferable to using the soap directly on your hair. I would not recommend doing this more than 2-3 times a week because alkaline soap (all soap is alkaline) is really drying to hair, and there is only so much I can do to lower the pH of soap before it stops being soap.
  3. After you wash your hair, use a leave-in conditioner of some kind (or rub some argan oil onto your hair) to repair and protect it.

I am still working on coconut-free shampoo, but finding a source of coconut-free detergent molecules is proving to be very difficult. (Boy, do I wish I had actually gone into materials science in college like I meant to.) In the meantime, I hope this helps!

[ Photo by Matthew Tkocz on Unsplash ]


  1. […] Oh, and yes, I will be adding the coconut-free (though not gluten-free) shampoo to the shop ASAP! I detail it in my post Bath Geek’s Coconut-Free Hair Regimen. […]

  2. Betty
    July 18, 2020

    Hi there, am I missing something? I don’t see the recipe/regimen at all?

    1. Ai
      July 18, 2020

      Hi Betty! The regimen is just that–lots of dry shampoo to extend time between washes, and foaming liquid castile soap to remove oils when necessary.

  3. Gin
    November 14, 2020

    What liquid castile soap is coconut free?

    1. Ai
      November 15, 2020

      Anything that is olive oil only! Mine are.


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