We are constantly on the hunt for healthier, shinier hair that is voluminous. Shampoo and conditioners are not nearly enough, we have heat protectant sprays, styling pomades, leave in milk, leave in treatments, detangling sprays, and the list goes on.
Have you ever considered that the array of products used on our hair could be the reason why our hair is not at its optimal health?
Looking down the aisles of haircare products in a drugstore like CVS, you will see endless products with colorful packaging and promising marketing claims. However, most of the brands are actually owned and manufactured by one of the three major conglomerates - P&G, L'Oreal, and Unilever.
These mass manufactured products are often filled with harsh chemicals such as PFAS and advertise the few chemicals they are formulated without. They give the illusion of temporally shiny / glossy strands but weigh hair down and build up to cause hair breakage and dullness.
Some Notable Benefits of Natural Hair Care
1. Toxin Free
With the beauty industry being loosely regulated, it is important to be proactive with your choices. Here are the commonly used five toxic ingredients in the US:
Sulfates are chemicals long-used for their foaming properties; the two primary sulfates used are Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES).
A colorless but highly flammable gas, even at room temperature and commonly found in your hair care products, is also used to embalm dead bodies. It is a known carcinogen and is notorious in hair straightening and smoothing products. The other thing to note is that even if you sift through the endless names of chemical ingredients, you will not find "formaldehyde" as the ingredient is typically labeled formalin and methylene glycol.
Parabens are commonly used as a preservative as it aids in preventing the accumulation of bacteria. However, it is also a known endocrine disruptor and essentially mimics estrogen in a woman's body.
Other chemical ingredient phthalates are often hidden under different names such as dimethyl phthalate, dimethyl phthalate, or simply “fragrance”. These ingredients are commonly used to add scent to products and to make them more pliable.
5. Synthetic Fragrance
In the US, the fragrance is proprietary information, so it means that a company is not required to disclose the exact ingredients that make up the scent to the public. While this is sensible, it also means that you never know what you use as the ingredient label will merely read "fragrance."
Zero Build-Up Without any synthetic ingredients such as silicone that imparts temporary shine, all-natural haircare products will not lead to build-up. Product buildup happens when your hair follicles are clogged and coated, unable to absorb nutrients. Short-term greasiness is a symptom of build-up; over time, hair becomes dull, unable to hold its natural shape, hard to style, dryness, breakage, scalp irritation, flakiness, itchiness, and subsequently, excessive hair loss.
Less is more concept holds for good hair, too - less processing, less styling, and even less washing. Instead of temporarily good hair, why not opt for an all-natural hair care routine? Use products with products that treat your hair issues and work with your hair to restore its natural body and vitality.
Oil Divine Hair Care Founded on the premise of eliminating all toxins from everyday life and products, Oil Divine's Hair Growth Oil is a game-changing, all-natural scalp treatment to tackle hair thinning effectively and hair loss. Each bottle is made entirely of over a dozen botanical oils - rosemary, peppermint, castor, argan, tamanu, baobab, and avyuerdic oils - brahmi, karanja, bhringraj, shikakai oils to revitalize hair from the root up and promote a balanced scalp ecosystem.
It is very easy to incorporate it into your hair care regimen; use it twice a week by massaging a generous amount on the scalp to mid-length. Leave on for at least 2 hours or even overnight; you can also warm up a small amount in your palm and run through your strands for an enviable shine and softness.