In an era where we've become more aware of our self care practices, of how we care for our body, health, and mind, many of us are consciously choosing to challenge the status quo. We have entered an era where we think about what's good for us: the food we eat and the habits we embrace, for the brands we support and the products we use.
So why not do the same when it comes to your hair?
If you're looking for a sign, for that serendipitous message from the universe that it's time to do better and feel better, to make that change and embrace new habits, well, this is it.
If you're looking for a sign to switch from toxic to natural products, more specifically, natural hair care products: this is it.
Most store bought shampoos carry all sorts of chemicals and ingredients that can damage your hair
Have you ever tried to tread the list of ingredients on a shampoo bottle? It’s not fun: often a jumble of scientific terms and chemicals that we often don’t know or can’t even pronounce. So how do you decide what is and isn’t good for you?
It shouldn’t come as a shock that most non-organic brands are filled with chemical-based ingredients like sodium chloride, sulfates, and silicones. So while your hair may get some temporary shine with this selection, these chemicals can often strip your hair of its natural oils, while also causing irritation, leading to a dry and itchy scalp—and If your hair is already fragile, you’re putting yourself at a higher risk for breakage.
So when choosing your haircare products, avoid toxic ingredients. In particular pick those that are free of parabens and phthalates which are preservatives and softeners, with the latter potentially negatively impacting pregnant women according to one Harvard study. You should also avoid foaming agents such as sulfates—in particular SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)—which causes skin, eye and scalp irritation but are added to shampoos to create a bigger lather, because it’s cheaper to do.
Fun fact: You’ll notice that with natural shampoos, there won’t be as much foaming as compared to traditional, over-the-counter products—but that’s okay!
And each ingredient has a purpose
When it comes to natural products, as mentioned, they aren’t packed with the fluff and in-between ingredients. Instead they’re formulated with the intention and thoughtfulness that each ingredient is working together for the greater good: your hair story! Ingredients to look for—and if they’re organic, even better:
- Aloe vera juice—rich in Vitamins A, B, C and E—which helps soothe and moisturize your scalp; or if it’s
- Apple cider vinegar to not only help cleanse and clarify the hair while reducing oiliness, but also helps to smooth and increase hair shine
- Coconut oil to help soften your strands
- Shea butter to help improve hair health while providing effective moisturizing, conditioning, and softening properties
- Jojoba Oil to smooth, strengthen, condition your hair, while preventing breakage.
And because of all the natural ingredients, these products are also safe for dyed hair as they won't strip your locks of their color.
They’re better for the planet and environment
Did you know that, each year, an estimated 120 billion units of packaging—most of which, are non-recyclable—are produced by the global cosmetics industry? In fact, according to the article in Elle, by 2050 scientists predict there will be about 12,000 metric tons of plastic waste in landfills and our environment.
That is 12,000 metric tons too many!
When you switch to natural products, you’re not just picking formulas that are good for your body—they’re also great for the world we live in. Not only will you be comfortable washing these products down the drain, you’ll also know you’re keeping as minimal a carbon footprint as possible.
Not only should you look for products that are vegan, and cruelty-free, but look for products that also care about the packaging they use.
In fact, most natural and organic brands often use sustainable and recyclable materials—like glass, bioplastics, or recycled paper—when it comes to their packaging.
Natural products help you get to the “root” of your hair problems—literally
Natural products don’t just help you feel clean and keep clean, they truly can get to the root of all your hair problems.
Gentle on your strands, ingredients in these products not only help maintain your natural oils, but also can nourish your hair at the same time.
In fact, ingredients in your natural haircare products can help promote hair growth by naturally stimulating the hair follicles. And given they aren’t harsh chemicals, they’re often non-allergenic and suitable for all skin types—even the most sensitive.
Ultimately, when you make the switch to all natural, you’re not just doing right by your hair and scalp, you’re also making a difference for the world around you.
This is your sign:
Love your hair. Love yourself. Love the earth