Green Beauty Priorities: Natural Hair Care
Transitioning to green beauty can be overwhelming. In the past, there were only a few brands to choose from and some of the products were - um - not so great (natural makeup has definitely come a long way!) But thankfully, that’s no longer the case. The explosion of green beauty in recent years means that eco-friendly consumers can get a sustainable version of pretty much anything, and the quality just keeps getting better. This also means there are A LOT of products and brands to choose from.
So where do you start? Most people will tell you that the number one priority is deodorant. It’s hard to disagree: most deodorants are laden with toxic chemicals and don’t even get us started on antiperspirant. Because armpits are close to breasts, the repeated application of toxic chemicals is this area is especially dangerous and the aluminum compounds found in antiperspirants have been linked to breast cancer as well as Alzheimer’s disease. If you haven’t done it yet, please, PLEASE make the switch to natural deodorant.
Priority number two? Natural hair care. Skin absorption on your scalp is four times greater than absorption on your legs and arms. That means any junk that’s going in your hair is quickly absorbed into your scalp. Obviously, the potential harm is far greater for those who wash their hair every day, but regardless of how often you wash your hair (dry shampoos can contain toxic ingredients as well) we should all be making the switch to natural hair care.
Like most green beauty products, natural hair products are way better for your hair and it won’t take long for you to notice the difference. For starters, there’s no damaging product build up. Most conventional shampoos and conditioners use wax to make hair look shinier. In the long term, wax build up makes hair heavy and causes breakages. After switching, you can also look forward to relief from dandruff and itchy scalp and some even report increased hair growth. Natural shampoos are rich in botanical ingredients and are good for all hair types. They also use targeted natural ingredients to address specific hair and scalp issues.
Perhaps best of all, using natural shampoo extends beyond your own personal health. Natural shampoos won’t harm any aquatic micro-organisms they come into contact with after they’re washed down the drain.
What to Expect When You Make the Switch
Okay, you’re ready to give it a try - we promise you won't be sorry! Here are some things you should know:
- We’re going to be honest, natural shampoo doesn't lather up the same way your old shampoo does. This is because the foaming agents aren’t there. Don’t get hung up on the amount of lather! Your hair is still getting clean, you don’t need to use more shampoo. If you really want a more substantial lather, try adding a little water (you can even dilute it in advance by combining water and shampoo together in a spare bottle, making it easier to use quickly). If this still doesn’t do it for you, trying actually repeating after you rinse. The second wash often lathers more than the first.
- Remember it can take a few days for your scalp to adjust to the switch and initially, your hair may feel oilier or heavier than normal. Really make sure you rinse well.
- Your scalp should adjust in a few days or at most, a couple of weeks. Once it does, you’ll find that hair texture is lighter and more balanced. The roots will be less oily and the tips will be healthier. Your hair might even become fuller, if you’re one of the lucky people who experience better hair growth after switching.