Allergic to: Gluten, Coconut, Soy, Nuts, and Seeds

I have two daughters with extreme food allergies. And we've found when these items are in their hair care products, that they absolutely get a reaction (scalp of hives and itchiness).

I've read the CG method. And I've been on the hunt for finding a sulfate-free shampoo I can use on my daughters once a week.

Problem is it has to be gluten-free (no wheat), coconut free, soy free, nut free, and seed free (especially no sunflower oil or safflower oil), and no olive oil.

My search has left me empty handed. I haven't been able to find a shampoo on the market that meets all these needs.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Oh and my daughters have 3c curls.

Last edited by MomOfCurlies; 07-15-2011 at 03:54 PM. Reason: forgot to mention that my girls are 3c curls
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Boy, that's a tuff one! It looks like nearly all shampoo surfactants are derived from coconut.

These may work; double check

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser | DERMAdoctor
Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

Cowash / Co
Free & Clear Hair Conditioner | DERMAdoctor
Purified water, dicetyidimonium chloride, cetearyl alcohol, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, propylene glycol, ceteareth-20, tocopheryl acetate(vitamin E), panthenol, potassium sorbate, and citric acid.

Pure Earth Hair Wash — Organic Fragrance-free
Organic aloe vera juice°, clay minerals, organic extracts° of organic linden flower°, organic nettle°, organic chamomile° and organic shavegrass°.Terressentials Organic Hair Care Ingredients

Interesting post with list of coconut derived ingredients: Coconut Allergy Info - ACN Forums

Also: Allergic to Coconut?: List of Coconut-free shampoos

If coconut derivatives are ok, then:

Free & Clear Shampoo | DERMAdoctor
Purified Water, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Sucrose Cocoate, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride

California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo and Body Wash | DERMAdoctor
Aqua (Purified Water), *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), *Decyl Glucoside and *Lauryl Glucoside (Corn, Coconut and Palm), Quillaja Saponaria (Soap Bark), Herbal Blend of: *Cereus Grandiflorus Extract (Cactus), *Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), *Carrageenan (Irish Moss), *Viola Tricolor Extract (Pansy), *Salix Alba (Willow Bark), and *Yucca Aloifolia Extract (Yucca), Vegetable Glycerin, *Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Citrus Grandis Seed Extract (Grapefruit), Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (Extremely Mild Non-Invasive Preservative).

Good Luck!
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Last edited by gecko; 07-15-2011 at 09:05 PM.
Wow, really tough one. Seconding Gecko, most detergents are made from coconut or seed oils.

But, there are more ways to get the scalp and hair mom-approved clean than shampoo - so don't feel limited.

Aloe vera gel (the edible kind) diluted half with water makes a very nice shampoo or conditioner (see Gecko's link to "not a cowash, but a moisturizing wash) and keeps hair soft and healthy.

Clay (white cosmetic clay is mildest) makes a very good cleanser (yes, I have tried this one!). It grabs dirt and excess oil. Makes a great bodywash too, so long as you rinse the shower well afterwards. You mix it with enough water to be spreadable (slow mixing). The thinner it is, the easier to rinse out. This goes on wet hair and scalp with some gentle massaging and plenty of rinsing.

To get fancy, you can make it with herbal tea (for a nice scent). This cleans well, doesn't dry the scalp.

I "shampoo" my hair with herbal tea or aloe often. With allergies, be careful of the herbs you choose. I like lemongrass or nettle (you can buy lemongrass as a herb for cooking and nettle teabags at health food stores). I don't use clay often because my hair is fine and wavy and it is a bit difficult to get it acting wavy again, but your curly little ones should have no problem!

Another option is to get some yucca root powder, tie it up in a little square of old t-shirt (about 2 teaspoons) and heat about 2 cups of water. Take your little yucca root bag and swish and stir it around in the water until it's all foamy. Then use the water as a shampoo. This one adds a little "weight" to the hair, but is pretty mild. I like aloe vera gel better. Pour and go.

Pureed cucumbers are good for cleaning too. But for kids? Hmmm.

I think I would never shampoo my hair again with detergent and just use these recipes if I didn't keep using conditioners that build up and need to be washed out!

For tangles, you're probably going to need to rely on silicone-type products, but with the water-soluble silicones, you have a lot of options.
And what about jojoba oil? Or apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil? Wonderful detanglers, shine-enhancers, really control frizz. Would go well in a clay "shampoo" for conditioning.
Good luck.
Gecko and IAgirl,
Thank you so much for your responses...I was really feeling alone on this topic and at a loss of how to proceed. You have both given me lots of ideas. Thank you.
Your girls must be extremely sensitive. Some kids (and pets) with those allergies can tolerate shampoos with nut/seed oil derivatives. But some cannot.

And there is the possibility that they were having a reaction to a preservative or a fragrance too. If they can tolerate any sort of liquid "soap" or cleanser - then the detergent in that particular cleanser may be okay to use.
In fact, if you can find a liquid cleanser (like a body wash) they can tolerate, it can be diluted with a generous amount of water and used for a hair wash.

But for lifelong allergy management and curly-hair management, they're probably better off with an arsenal of natural and completely nut/seed-free "recipes" to fall back on.

Another oil(s) came to mind: rose hip seed oil and evening primrose oil. Super moisturizing.
Oils can go on dry hair for frizz control, shine and detangling, or on damp hair, or right into a cleanser recipe.
The products that I use are from Just natural skin care

Its pricey but it works and it makes my hair feel so soft. They carry products for all hair types
My mother makes her own soaps, it's really not hard to do once you do it. She uses all natural oils, etc, and there are tons of different ways you can do it. Maybe making your own shampoo bars would help, that way you'd know exactly what's in them. Pretty much what she uses are 100% natural oils , lye, and she uses colors and essential oils, etc. it's pretty simple and fun to do too.
Wow I just made a thread on this topic (dont know how I missed this one) but I'm having a similar issue (wheat allergy). It sucks! Hope you find a good amount of products.
I am so happy to have found this post. I have severe nut allergies and have been looking online to find products that don't contain coconut or other nut based products. The information provided here gives me some hope and more information about potentially threatening ingredients!
Olive oil may be a good addition to your allergy free routine. Maybe water/glycerin mix as a leave in then seal with evoo? It adds extra slip to ur conditioner too!
3B, Fine, Normal P, Normal E, Low-Med D
LowP: Kinky Curly Come Clean (50% EVOO)
NoP: As I Am CC
RO: Suave Coconut, VO5 Shea Cashmere
LI: KCKT or CJBCLI or HETT/HENOYF (w/ 8 drops GSO)

"To much is given, much is expected"
Why do you say no olive oil?

People with allergies are allergic to the protein.. so oils derived from those same things do not cause an allergy reaction because the oil is just the fat not the protein. The body does not illicit an allergy response from a fat molecule. Allergy responses are triggered by the protein.
Hi! My hair hates coconut! I could not find anything to wash my hair without this ingredient. Even the sulphate free shampoos use coconut. Try Soapnuts! They are not nuts, they are a fruit based natural cleanser. Purchase Soapnuts on line make sure they are organic. Sometimes they are called Soapberries. Crush 6 Soapnuts and put into a ceramic bowl. Boil enough distilled water to yield 2 cups. Pour boiled distilled water into the bowl and cover and let sit for 12 hours. Wet your hair, put mixture in hair with squeeze bottle, gently massage hair and do NOT let it get into your eyes (burns) and let it sit on hair for 5 minutes. Refrigerate the remaining solution to keep from spoiling. Apply about 1 cup to clean hair. Go online to see other recipes. Good luck!
Why do you say no olive oil?

People with allergies are allergic to the protein.. so oils derived from those same things do not cause an allergy reaction because the oil is just the fat not the protein. The body does not illicit an allergy response from a fat molecule. Allergy responses are triggered by the protein.
Originally Posted by anonymous_150263
If they are getting reactions when OP is putting products with olive oil in them, then they are getting can't really argue with it. My sister reacts to chlorine in a similar way, which is practically as far as you can get from a protein chemically.
2C, fine dunno about porosity
Jason shampoo/conditioner. (The seaweed one...)
Sometimes a random gel in the house - it's the kinda that goes sticky in soggy conditions...
I have no solution, just a note for support. I have allergies to gluten, fish, shellfish, legumes ( peanuts, soy) and coconut. Finding stuff to eat is hard enough, let alone findin stuff to wash with. I found that homemade is the way to go, because some chemicals can make existing allergies worse, so I never know if I'm reacting to an active ingredient or something else in it.

It sounds like a lot of work, but I make big batches, for example one batch of moisturiser like this one (I use oils I can tolerate) lasts me all winter Homemade Lotion Recipe | Wellness Mama

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