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Published on: 13 Mar 2018 by zkhan
Harmful chemicals contained in most commercial hair care products can have a detrimental effect, not only on your hair but on your overall body and skin. If you would like to lead a clean, green life, it makes sense to use products with ingredients that are natural and non-toxic. Choosing organic hair care products is a good place to start and you will find that they are just marginally more expensive than commercially manufactured products that are full of additives and chemicals such as parabens and sulfates. If you have been using commercial shampoos and conditioners for most of your life and you feel that your scalp and hair need reviving, organic alternatives are your best option.
Why is Organic Better?
Toxic chemicals continue to be used in hair and skin care products despite the fact that they can cause serious problems. The FDA considers skin and hair care products as ‘cosmetic’ and therefore no safety measures are required from the manufacturers of these products. Even when an ingredient has been identified as toxic to humans, the FDA does not have the authority to ban its use but may only request its removal. For example, one of the most common ingredients in most commercial shampoos and conditioners is lauryl sulfate which is known to cause improper eye development in children and cataracts in adults. In addition to being toxic, the following ingredients commonly used in hair care products are known to irritate the scalp, dry out the hair, corrode hair follicles, and cause allergies.
Hair care ingredients to avoid include:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- Myreth sulfate
- Derivatives of lauryl alcohol
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate
- Olefin sulfonate which is a fancy name for deodorized kerosene
- Propylene glycol which is also known as anti-freeze
Check the Labels
Always check the list of ingredients when shopping for organic hair care treatments. Even if the label states that the product is ‘organic’ it may still contain some toxic chemicals. Sulfate is a difficult one to get rid of as it is the main ingredient that causes the rich lather that we love so much in our shampoos.
Benefits of Organic Hair Care Treatments
The primary difference between commercial and organic products is ingredient quality. Organic products are natural while commercial products are synthetic. Organic ingredients gently infuse the hair follicles and skin cells of the scalp with natural vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and herbal extracts. Examples are organic tea tree oil that helps address conditions like scalp irritation and dandruff, and beta glucan that helps soothe irritated skin on the scalp. Organic ingredients in hair treatments that stimulate healthy hair growth are aloe vera and coconut oil that naturally moisturizes the hair. And for enhanced shine, there is nothing better than shea butter.
Using organic hair care also helps care for the environment by reducing the number of chemicals going down the drain and replacing it with biodegradable substances.
Choosing the Right Organic Hair Care For Your Hair Type
All types of hair will benefit from nourishing organic oils, from thick coarse manes to thin, fine and oily locks. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. Many quality organic hair care brands will have at least one of the ingredients mentioned below in their treatment formulas, so look out for them.
When choosing organic hair care for your hair type, make sure that the products contain the following ingredients:
Argan Oil for frizzy, dry, or fly-away hair. Hailed by Moroccans as ‘liquid gold’ it is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that turn coarse, dry, and unruly hair into shinier, softer and more manageable strands that look sleek and fabulous.
Coconut Oil for weakened thinned out hair. It will replenish the hair by keeping the scalp clean and healthy without drying it out. It is full of vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates to strengthen hair, encourage healthy growth, and prevent breakage and split ends.
Abyssinian Oil for fine hair. This organic ingredient is extremely hydrating while being light in texture and weight. This is an excellent choice for thin, very fine, and greasy hair that can look lank when it becomes over coated with product. Abyssinian oil’s molecular structure also makes it an excellent heat resistant product for use with heat styling tools.
Marula Oil for protection of all hair types. Marula oil has a fruity fragrance and is packed with Vitamin C to protect your hair from the drying conditions of wind and sun. It is particularly good for taking along on holiday when you will spend a lot of time outdoors.
Baobab Oil for boosting hair growth. Fairly new to the hair market this nourishing oil has caused quite a lot of interest of late. Essential fatty acids provide deep hydration and Vitamins A, D, E and F provide the needed nourishment for healthy hair growth. All of these elements combine to improve the elasticity of the hair strands and can actually encourage the hair to grow faster.
Almond Oil for dry scalp and dandruff. Almond oil is a light oil that is packed with antioxidants, fatty acids, Vitamin E, and protein. It also has an extremely high content of magnesium to help boost hair growth and prevent breakage. An almond oil hair treatment applied to the scalp will reduce inflammation, redness, itchiness, and dry scalp and eliminate dandruff.
Kalahari Melon Seed Oil for sensitive scalp. If you suffer from psoriasis, dermatitis, or itchy dry scalp from reactions to chemicals in shampoos, this best oil for hair. With its high content of omega-6, the fatty acid is known to boost hair growth, Vitamins C, B2, and G, it is ultra-gentle on sensitive scalps with the added benefit of making the hair look shiny and healthy.
Many users of organic hair care products have found that it is easier to embrace their natural hair type when using quality ingredients that don’t leave the hair stressed. Curls and spirals respond well to natural oils that are finger combed through the hair, giving it bounce and spring and making it shine like never before.