Why should you choose 100 percent natural hair products free of silicone, parabens, lauryl sulfate and synthetic preservatives? Here is a quick run down of these non-natural ingredients found in hair products, plus some information about alternatives and how to select natural ingredients.
Silicones are often used in hair care products to add shine and gloss to hair, decrease combing friction and tangling, provide conditioning and act as a humectant. However, silicones only give the appearance of healthier hair by coating it to make it appear sleeker, frizz free and healthier. They are also known to add weight and give fine and fragile hair a heavy feeling.
Silicone hair products are also generally not water soluble, which means that they can build-up in your hair over time. In order to get rid of the build-up that silicone hair products can create, you will have to use a shampoo containing surfactants. If you follow a low or shampoo-free routine, you may want to choose silicone-free hair products.Read More: What's the Scoop On Silicones?
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in many hair products. However, recent studies have shown that parabens are potentially dangerous and a possibly carcinogenic. Parabens have been found to be hormone disrupters, able to mimic estrogen and cause many problems, including breast cancer. Fortunately, many companies are addressing these health concerns by developing and offering paraben-free products at all price points.
Natural preservatives including tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract and potassium sorbate are more acceptable to many users who object to some of the potentially toxic effects of synthetic preservatives. However, many of these either have regular preservatives in them as a result of their processing or they simply cannot guarantee a healthy, microbe-free product for more than a few weeks or months. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially for the purveyor of more “natural” products, but it is important to understand the limitations of these materials.
Many products contain harmful chemicals that can be damaging to your hair. Both sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) are common ingredients in many soaps and shampoos and can be damaging to your scalp and hair.
What to Look for in Natural Hair Products
- Labelled 100% natural
- Nut & Shea butters
- Coconut oil
- Aloe vera juice/gel
- Vegetable glycerin
- Jojoba extract
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Castor seed oil
- Avocado/avocado Oil
- Tea tree oil
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- Georgia Peach Moisturizing Shampoo
- Manzanilla Coconut Moisturizing Conditioner
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