Organic hair products: 3 reasons why you should choose them
For many of us, our hair products are significant components of our daily routine. So, the idea of switching to greener and cleaner alternatives instead of conventional drug–store brands can seem daunting.
Just remember that you are not the only one making the transition. It is phenomenal how increasingly popular ‘Green Consumerism’ has become. Research shows that in North America alone, organic non-food sales stand at $5.4 billion.
Organic products are in higher demand without a doubt as people enter this new age of mindfulness regarding their bodies and the planet.
If you want to join the millions looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle, an organic hair care routine is one of the easiest ways to do so. This blog will highlight the three reasons why using organic hair products are the best way forward, and hopefully, by the end of this read, you’ll be more convinced to ditch your toxin-filled shampoos for more natural ones.
Kiss the chemicals goodbye!
A typical shampoo usually contains a mix of solvents and chemical conditioning agents such as phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, and parabens. These are associated with health concerns, including skin and eye irritation, endocrine disruption, and reproductive and immune toxicity.
When it comes to hair products, you should particularly lookout for these astringent ingredients:
· Sulphates – These are usually labeled as 'Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate,' also called ALS and SLS for short. They are the primary component behind your foamy shampoo experiences. Still, in the process, they remove too much of your hair's natural oils - this can have a negative impact on especially curly or keratin-treated hair that craves moisture. In addition to this, stripping your hair of natural oil can trigger dryness and scalp irritations.
· Silicones – If you notice, after washing your hair with heavy sulfate shampoos, your hair tends to feel quite dry. To infuse hydration back into your hair, a typical response is to use a silicone-based conditioner to create a smooth, silky layer on your locks to retain moisture. Now the silicone itself may not sound toxic, but it will most definitely leave hair feeling greasy and heavy. What makes it more troublesome is that to remove all this silicone build-up, you must use sulfate again, and hence you begin a never-ending cycle.
· Parabens – A stockpile of research shows that parabens are very easily absorbed through the skin. Because of how easily it can replicate estrogen, it may interfere with your body's hormonal balance. Such estrogenic activity is highly concerning as it can lead to the bioaccumulation of breast cancer cells and other issues like pregnancy and menstruation complications. Moreover, those prone to allergies should refrain from parabens as they can often trigger sensitivities.
Stay clean by being green
While showering, any excess product that is not absorbed by your hair goes down the drain, and the chemicals make their way into local waterways before contaminating rivers, lakes, and oceans. Consequentially, they exacerbate freshwater eco-toxicity amongst other environmental damages.
Unlike their chemically enhanced counterparts, organic hair care products are much more eco-friendly. Breaking down fruit extracts and essential oils is much easier than synthetic sulfates and carcinogens.
Manufacturing with these ingredients also requires animal -testing, a procedure that causes a great deal of suffering to harmless beings. Companies like Iles Formula make the difference with their premium collection of cruelty-free natural hair products formulated with potent vitamins and oils.
Health is wealth
A phrase that is truer today than ever – Research shared by GSK Consumer Healthcare suggests that the pandemic has significantly impacted people’s behavior and attitudes to self-care. Across Europe, 65% of people are now more likely to consider their health in day-to-day decision-making.
Most of us limit healthcare in terms of a balanced diet and regular exercise – and while these are important, what about the products we are using on our bodies? Our skin is one of the largest organs of our body, and 60% of what we apply to it will get absorbed into our bloodstream. It is said on average, a person lathers and sprays 8-10 different beauty products daily. With this in mind, can you imagine the wide range of unnecessary chemicals we expose ourselves to?
The more we continue using highly concentrated products, the more health issues we accumulate for ourselves. While they are fast-acting and provide instant gratification, they restrict your hair from getting real nutrition from holistic ingredients.
Author: Drishti Bhagat
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