Being aware of how much safer natural hair products are for your health in general. Natural hair care lines that are great for those who aren’t DIYers
It’s not about styling. It’s about health. I have seen a number of naturals say that natural products just don’t work for them. However, I don’t think it’s a reference to caring for the hair. It’s more about styling the hair. Yet, what’s more important – styled hair or healthy hair? With natural hair products, you can definitely achieve the latter.
Parabens, sulfates and other chemicals are mainstay ingredients in non-natural products. They can greatly affect your health. When you use hair products containing these ingredients, there’s the danger of the chemicals absorbing through your scalp. For ex: my sister would get high blood pressure right after a relaxer treatment. The active ingredient in relaxers is SODIUM hydroxide. In the case of parabens, it’s been found that these chemicals can mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormonal system. Parabens have been found in cancerous tumors. Sulfates are used to clean car engines. It’s a very harsh detergent which can severely dry out your hair and skin.
You may not want to completely eliminate all hair products with chemicals but it’s good to at least know how different chemicals can affect your health. Then, you can make an informed decision. In small doses, some chemicals in hair products are deemed safe. Still, you need to be informed.
Now, I get that all natural products may not be able to accomplish all of your styling goals. You may not get the bossiest twist out or braid out with a single ingredient natural product but there are so many natural lines with cruelty free and safe ingredients. Why not do the research and test them out? There are many. Some have a very small amount of preservative in them and some use all natural preservatives.
A few I can think of:
Shea Moisture (available at Target, Walgreen’s, drug stores & beauty supply stores)
As I Am (available at Target, drug stores & beauty supply stores)
Eden Bodyworks (available at some drug stores & beauty supply stores)
Jane Carter Solutions (available at Target, Walgreen’s, drug stores & beauty supply stores)
This is a very small list of product lines. If you aren’t into being a mixtress (I can relate), these product lines are a great solution if you are looking to dump the Miss Jessie’s and other heavily chemical based hair product lines of the world. (sorry if you are a Miss Jessie’s fan. I’ve just never hated a product line as much as this one)
Do you use all natural hair products, almost natural or does it matter to you?