It’s difficult to find products that are both right for you and still eco-friendly, organic or that simply even contain natural ingredients. Luckily, some natural hair products, have become more easily accessible.
What to Avoid
Completely natural products are hard to come by. Though a product might say “natural” somewhere on the bottle, it can still contain some not-so-natural ingredients. There are several ingredients you should avoid when looking for your natural curly hair care products. Although many people still swear by these ingredients, some hair care professionals would agree that it’s important to avoid petroleum/petroletum, mineral oil/paraffin liquid and parabens. Natural products should also be free of several other ingredients, including propylene glycol, diethanolamine and triethalnolamine (DEA and TEA, respectively), ethoxylated ingredients, imidazoldinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea.
With so many new natural products popping up, it’s difficult to choose just one top pick for each category. There are, however, three top notable brands for natural hair products: Aubrey Organics, Carol’s Daughter, and Burt’s Bees. They’re fantastic options as natural hair care products. The following are three categories for individual natural products:
- Shampoos: It may surprise you to hear that the Trader Joes hair care product line has some great options. Their Nourish Spa Balance Moisturizing Shampoo hit the top mark for type 3 hair, tying with the more well-known Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo.
- Conditioners: Carol’s Daughter has one product known as Black Vanilla (Moisturizing) Hair Smoothie. Also great for type 4 hair, this product detangles and conditions, using several natural oils including olive and shea butter.
- Styling Products: In the final category there is Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil Serum and Aubrey Organic’s NuStyle Hairspray. Both natural products offer an alternative that works well in curly and coily hair without excessively drying out your hair or your scalp.
If you thought that only small name brands are getting in on the “au natural” game, it’s time for another trip to your average grocery store. Recently, Garnier Fructis unveiled a 2 in one fortifying shampoo and conditioner, Pure Clear 2 in 1. If you look at the back of the bottle, the product boasts that it’s 92 percent biodegradable, has no silicones, paraben or dye and the container is 50 percent recyclable plastic. This is one of many natural products from Garnier Fructis that states it’s for normal hair. However, Garnier Fructis is known for its hydration and conditioning properties, making this product an honorable mention in the user pick for natural hair products.
Even though these are popular choices, there are so many more natural, organic and eco-friendly hair products out there. From the new products that have popped up recently, to the older more familiar ones, there are plenty of great natural products that might be in your top picks.
What is your favorite go to natural hair care product?