In today’s chemical laden world, people are becoming more aware of the content of the products they are using. Lots of people are reaping the amazing benefits of minimizing the amount of chemicals that their bodies are in contact with on a daily basis. Another beneficial switch is natural shampoo and hair products!
Our hair naturally produces an oil called sebum. By washing too often and using harsh chemicals, the natural oil is stripped from the hair. This then cause a viscous cycle where the glands produce more sebum to try to restore the balance, spurring the person to wash even more due to greasy looking hair. The solution to the greasy hair, is in actual fact part of the problem. Natural shampoo does not interfere with this essential hair-protecting sebum.
What can be expected when switching to natural hair products?
1. Natural shampoo does not foam like commercial shampoo. This may cause the user to use to much product at once. Our minds have been programmed that washing and cleaning involves lots of foam. This is simply not true. Be mindful about the amount of product you use per wash. Less is more.
2. Your hair will go through a transition period as hair becomes accustomed to the new hair products. The hair may experience a “detox” period and may seem stiff, sticky, oily, heavy, or dry. Commercial shampoo products have ingredients that artificially coat your hair, making them seem healthy and undamaged. It will take a few weeks for all of these artificial products to be removed from your hair. It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months. Be patient, the end result is worth the wait! Read here about ways to shorten the detox period.
3. Irritated scalps can be dramatically improved. Look for natural options that contain tea tree essential oils.
4. Your hair’s natural shine will be restored. To enhance shine, look for products containing shea butter or coconut oil.
5. You will also be doing another desperately needed good deed for the environment. When using organic and natural products, only biodegradable substances are transferred into the drain instead of harsh chemicals.
6. Hair growth can be promoted.
7. Moisture content and overall hair health can be improved improvement.
Read here for some economical diy options for natural hair care.
Ingredients to avoid:
Conventional hair products usually contain harsh and endocrine disrupting chemicals that add to the toxic load in your body. Some of these ingredients that should be avoided are:
- Formaldehyde releasing preservatives:
- 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol)
- sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
- polyoxymethylene urea
- diazolidinyl urea
- imidazolidinyl urea
- DMDM hydantoin
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- Mureth Sulfate
- Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
- Mureth Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
- Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene)