Organic Hair Care
The many benefits of natural hair care
A healthy body looks as good as it feels, from head to toe. In turn, hair care is not merely a superficial habit—beautiful hair is a sign of vitality, strength and overall health. But when it comes to health and well-being, many people pay more attention to what goes in their body rather than what goes on the body, and the hair care products they choose can wind up doing much more harm than good. However, there is a way to get healthy hair without compromising your own health or the health of the environment. Organic hair products can be one of the biggest steps toward a healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Why Choose Organic Hair Products?
Organic hair products have a few advantages over their synthetic counterparts, beginning with fewer harsh chemicals. By replacing synthetic ingredients with essential oils and natural cleaning agents, you'll decrease the risk of allergic reaction, irritation and serious environmental impact. When it comes to the consequences of using conventional shampoos, dandruff is just the tip of the iceberg—hair loss, eye irritation and the release of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde into the water system are real threats that come with non-organic hair products.
Since gentler plant-based, time-tested ingredients are used in place of uncertain chemicals, most organic shampoo and conditioner brands are also cruelty-free and many are vegan. As with organic skin care products, the fragrance comes from herbs and plants instead of synthetic perfumes, and the agricultural practices used to grow or harvest these organic plants are environmentally sound. Ultimately, choosing an organic hair care product shows your commitment to a wide variety of eco-friendly and socially responsible ideals.
How to develop a Natural Hair Care Routine
Unfortunately, organic hair care products are not subject to the same strict regulations as organic food or clothing, so it can be difficult to find a truly organic shampoo, hair dye or hair gel. Just one organic ingredient is all it takes for a brand to call its product organic; before you make your decision, there are a few ingredients to look for on the package that will indicate a chemically laced potion hiding under an organic label.
Certain common chemicals in conventional hair products have no place in organic products, and sodium laureth sulfate is one of them. It's used as a foaming agent, but can be very irritating and damaging to your skin and hair; plus, it mimics that hormone estrogen, so it can even cause problems like infertility and cancer. Natural shampoo, conditioner and styling products also avoid parabens, petrochemicals, solvents and silicone, all of which result in weaker, irritated hair and skin, and may even damage other organs. While there is no completely organic hair dye on the market, there are brands that use henna or natural plant dyes as the base, and these are much healthier choices for your hair care routine.