Now more than ever, it's important that we are mindful of what we're putting in and on our bodies to live a healthy lifestyle. For years, we've used beauty products that are filled with toxic ingredients that has impacted our overall wellbeing.
Thankfully, over the past two decades we have ignited the natural hair movement to not only empower women to rock their natural crown with confidence, but also be even more mindful of what products we put on our hair and learn how to properly care for it.
Like many of you, I look at the ingredient list on products and immediately get lost in the large words I can't pronounce and not sure what benefit each ingredient offers.
Lately, I've been intrigued by the "clean beauty" trend and definitely aim to slowly start transitioning to using clean products from head to toe. Since that can be quite daunting, I'm starting with my haircare prducts since I've already started avoiding harsh ingredients like sulfates, non-water soluble silicones, parabens, and drying alcohols.
Now, The actual definition of clean beauty depends on who you ask, but for the most part, a product is considered "clean" when it's free of chemicals like phthalates, parabens, silicones, triclosan, oxybenzone and does not cause harm to you or the planet.
Just because it says "natural, organic, or botanical" on the packaging doesn't mean it's unaltered natural ingredients. Focus on the top 5 ingredients. When ingredients are listed, they appear in descending order, so whatever the top 5 ingredients are, the product has a higher percentage of those specific ingredients. Be sure that the first ingredient is water to help nourish your hair and retain moisture. Steer clear of harsh chemicals such as sulfates, non-water soluble silicones, parabens, and drying alcohols. If you are avoiding an ingredient specifically, carefully read the entire ingredients list.
Whether you choose to follow the Curly Girl Method or not, it’s extremely important to take a moment and read the ingredients to be sure you're using safe ingredients for your natural hair.
In honor of Earth Day, here are 10 clean curly hair products that will help you achieve great hair days ahead, scroll down to see which products are worth a try!
If your curls are feeling dry and in need of a moisture boost, you’ll want to add this creamy luxurious conditioner to your wash day! This is one of my favorites and is packed with key ingredients like organic monoi oil and aloe to strengthen the hair follicle, smooth cuticles and control frizz while orange flower oil delivers beautiful shine.
This product will help you achieve soft and moisturized hair, especially great for tighter coils. This hair pudding uses ingredients such as shea butter, castor oil and aloe to create a creamy moisturizer that leaves your hair feeling hydrated without being oily or weighed down.
Want to achieve defined curls without the crunch? The Orange Marmalade firm-hold formula delivers frizz-free curls with incredible shine, hold and definition to make your curls pop. This all-natural gel is infused with ingredients like Flaxseed extract, Agave nectar extract, and Aloe Vera juice to help keep your hair at its’ best.
It’s no secret that the key to healthy hair is to deep contioner regularly. Don't Despair, Repair!™ blends rosehip, sweet almond and argan oils with vitamin B5 and biotin to revitalize dry, damaged hair while preventing future damage.
This cream styler uses plant-based ingredients to nourish strands, create hold, yet will leave your curls soft and touchable. The innovative formula is crafted with moisturizing shea butter and molasses delivers defined effortless curls that shine.
Formulated with vegan, non-synthetic ingredients, this treatment will deliver an extra surge of moisture to dry and over-processed strands, resulting in stronger, healthier hair. Even better? Its blend of jojoba, moringa and coconut oil help bring your curls back to life.
Give your kinks and coils some extra TLC with an intense deep conditioning treatment. This deep conditioner will add moisture to your hair and leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized to prep for styling.
Lorraine Massey, the creator of the Curly Girl Method, created a product line to help simplify the CG method. Sham-Free Hair & Scalp Cleanser™ is a 100% sulfate free and is a great detangling conditioning cleanser, infused with plant based botanicals, starring the Resurrection Plant. Sham-Free detangles and detoxifies as it nourishes and moisturizes, resulting in a refreshingly clean scalp and hydrated hair.
If you’re on the hunt for a one and done styler, you've got to try this hair cream! This whipped hair cream is a moisturizing and hydrating blend of shea butter, castor oil, jojoba oil, and chia seed oil. This has been become one of my favorites for adding moisture and definition to my curls.
Yep, that's right! The popular skin care brand, Drunk Elephant now has a hair collection formulated with an advanced blend of amino acids and smoothing, hydrating ingredients like Marula butter and a nourishing mix of oils including argan, mongongo, baobab, tamanu and kalahari seed to leave your hair soft, frizz free and moisturized.
Have you tried any of these products? If so, which are your favorites? Share any other clean hair care brands or products in the comments below.
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