Your hair is a treasured part of you and your identity, but should you use natural hair products? What is all the fuss with ‘natural’ ingredients anyway?
I tend to see the choice as being a bit like choosing a cake. Imagine you have a delicious chocolate cake on one side. This cake tastes and smells great and has special (magical) ingredients to make the cake super healthy for you. Then on the other side, there is a very dull, flat cake which is grainy and disgusting, smells of burnt flour and is actually really bad for you. More than likely, you’ll go for the super awesome chocolate cake unless you’re insane or playing devil’s advocate. Unfortunately in reality, chocolate cake isn’t the healthiest thing in the box, but in the world of natural hair products, you can really have your cake and eat it. (Figuratively speaking, please don’t try to eat hair products no matter how good they smell!)
What You Should be Aware of
Natural hair products use ingredients that are great for your hair, smell fabulous and make you feel good. Natural hair products shouldn’t contain parabens, SLS, MI (Methylisothiazolinone) or MCI. These nasty chemicals aren’t good for you and could cause an allergic reaction. Good natural spa businesses such as Natural Spa Factory won’t have tested their products on animals either, so you can rest assured that you’re buying into an ethical brand.
5 NATURAL INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTHY HAIR
It is not always easy to buy natural hair products however, especially as we’re not all scientists and we don’t know how an ingredient will affect our hair. For your convenience, here are a few ingredients that work especially well. Whether your hair is long and silky, short and fluffy or somewhere in between, these ingredients will keep your hair glistening and strong for days to come, no matter what life might send your way.
Shea Butter or 'Karite' in the Dioula language of Africa, is a gold mine of acids that work as an emollient, meaning that they reduce the amount of moisture lost from your hair. By doing so, Shea Butter acts as your shield against dryness and damage.
Aloe Vera is a fantastic all-round ingredient that has many benefits. It works to promote the growth of hair via an enzyme that focuses solely on stimulating hair follicles. Aloe Vera is also a powerful restorative for damaged or burnt hair.
Honey serves as a strong antibacterial ingredient that promotes healthy, long lasting shine. It is anti-microbial, anti-septic and anti-oxidant. Sounds good, right? Just a small amount of honey in your hair products will support hair pomades and balms. Honey also carries with it a wonderful scent and is a sensual addition to any hair product that will nourish and add vitality to your hair.
Coconut Oil is a product with history. It is well used across the world to infuse shine and strength to your hair. It is also a great long lasting conditioner, providing a healthy source of nutrients and durability to your follicles, no matter the amount used. It also prevents the raising of the cuticles, meaning that hair remains frizzy and lively.
TEA TREE OIL
Tea Tree Oil soothes the scalp and works to retain nutritional strength. It serves as an antibacterial, anti-fungal and is a strong anti-infectant. It removes dead cells, unfetters hair follicles and prevents lice and dandruff. Massaging your scalp with Tea Tree Oil regularly will ensure that your hair glimmers and shines by increasing blood flow and reducing itchiness, dryness, and dandruff.