Hair Product Ingredients – What’s in Your Hair Remover?
So, you’re standing in front of your mirror, staring at your hair and wondering “what do I look like after using this hair product?” Yes? Good, because now want to enlighten you on what are some of these ingredients in your natural hair care products and what they really do.
Well, let’s try to give you an inside view of how these ingredients affect you. You see, when someone says “organic hair products” they’re referring to the fact that they use ingredients like virgin coconut oil and shea butter. Yep, the exact same stuff you’ll find in a fancy hair product store. Unfortunately, synthetic ingredients also commonly found in cheap organic hair products, which are chemical preservatives, known as parabens, a chemical compound used as preservative.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Chemical preservatives added to hair products to protect them from bacteria and fungal infections are good for our health, although it’s kind of hard to swallow that they add a preservative to something which is supposed to be eaten and never touches our bodies. However, some scientists have recently discovered that these parabens add to the shelf life of these products, meaning we may be exposed to them longer than we ever realized.
A couple names you’ve probably heard about are sodium laureth sulphate and potassium thioglycolate. Sodium laureth sulphate is widely used in organic hair care products you find in stores, such as shampoo. It’s part of the emulsifier family, which means it binds with oils and waxes. When I first heard of this I assumed it was just another way of stating sodium lauryl sulfate (sodium laureth sulphate). While it’s fine in small quantities, it actually has very bad environmental effects, meaning it’s not suitable for use on food and water supplies.
Another name you’ll come across when shopping for hair care products is humectants. Humectants are ingredients that attract moisture to the hair shaft. You can imagine that would be good for your hair. The problem is that humectants can be quite harsh on the hair shaft and scalp. They are commonly used in shampoos or conditioners and can be included as a preservative. While most shampoos and conditioners will list the ingredients by the number on the label, not all do, so check the back of any bottle you buy to make sure you are buying humectants listed.
One ingredient I love in my natural organic hair care products is aloe vera. I started using it around the same time I switched over to an all-natural hair cleansing regimen. I find aloe vera to be extremely soothing and a wonderful cleanser. It adds bounce to hair strands and also helps to relieve dandruff by keeping the hair shaft moisturized.
There are plenty of organic hair shampoos out on the market today, but it’s always best to read the labels carefully. Look for ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate and dimethicone, which are good cleansers that will also leave your hair feeling moisturized. As an added bonus, organic hair shampoo usually costs less per pound than other traditional shampoo ingredients.
For anyone suffering from dry scalp, there are many options for increasing the moisture of your hair. Many of these options involve humectants, as well as emollients, but I prefer using a humectant myself, because it absorbs into the hair strand. An example of a humectant is honey. Honey is naturally a humectant, and its benefits have been proven over again. If you can’t find any natural humectants in your shampoo or conditioner, try using a teaspoonful of them in your favorite recipes or desserts, for a quick boost of moisture that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.