Seriously considering a switch to clean hair care? Let's break down benefits vs. expectations when incorporating more natural beauty into your hair care routine.
AT THE ROOT
Your scalp is extra absorbent and this creates a fast pathway for chemicals to flow into our bloodstream. The use of toxic chemicals on the scalp poses a concern as they are likely to be absorbed into the scalp leading to higher levels of beauty product-related environmental toxins in our bodies.
FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Shampoo and conditioner, among other beauty products we use, go down the drain into municipal wastewater and may end up in oceans, rivers, lakes, and other aquatic ecosystems. Using products with toxic ingredients may threaten water and land-based ecosystems, contributing to freshwater ecotoxicity and environmental concerns.
THE SHAFT OF THE MATTER
Shampoos with toxic ingredients may feel like they are leaving your hair uber clean. In reality, they are stripping away your natural oils which can leave your hair dry and brittle, not to mention possibly cause issues with hair health and hair loss.
Why are companies putting toxic ingredients into their formulas? It’s all about the bottom line.
Producing an inexpensive formula that is still attractive to consumers works for a company’s cost/benefit ratio, but it’s not ethical or sustainable. Here are some of the top ingredients to look out for when it comes to hair toxicity: parabens, sulfates, silicones, petroleum, phthalates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic preservatives.
The switch to clean hair care is clear: it’s better for you and better for the planet.
Natural hair care formulas are loaded with antioxidants which help neutralize free radicals (aka pollution and chemicals) that you come into contact with, which can cause adverse effects on your hair health.
It may take a few months to see results from your new natural hair care routine, but over time, you’ll establish healthier hair and scalp. Bonus! If you find products that are labeled cruelty-free, you are also doing your part to help animals by ensuring that the products you purchase are not tested on animals. Most natural options are cruelty-free, but check the label to be sure.
Know that when you are making a switch, natural products may not perform exactly the same, and there may be a transition period for your hair to adjust to cleaner formulas. Shampoo for example, may not lather the way you are accustomed to, but this does not mean the shampoo is not cleaning your hair. As with any new endeavor, it may take a few tries to get it right – experiment and explore with clean hair care brands to find out what you like and what doesn’t work for your precious locks.