Organic hair products have been the latest growing trend. With our community growing more health and environmentally conscious, there is no wonder why there has been a move toward using organic products. What’s great about it? Organic products are healthier and much better for us in general. Here’s everything you need to know about organic hair products and whether you or your clients should make the switch.
What are organic hair products?
An organic product means that all the ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, sewage sludge, ionising radiation or genetically modified organisms. Organic hair products are therefore free of all the nasties! It is important to bear in mind that the scalp is a part of your skin; the largest organ in your body. What we put on our hair and scalp gets absorbed into our bloodstream. Be mindful of what you and your clients are putting on your hair and scalp!
What is the difference between organic and vegan products?
A lot of people tend to confuse organic and vegan products. While they have similar benefits, vegan means that the formula is free of any animal derived ingredients including meat (as well as fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey. Organic products may still contain animal product, but from organic sources only.
Why should I make the switch to Natural Hair products?
Organic products are the right choice for you if you are concerned about the use of synthetics in your haircare. Organic shampoos and conditioners do not include the same harsh and harmful ingredients which means it is gentler and safer on the hair and scalp, which is most beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
Most non-organic hair shampoos and conditioners contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) which causes skin, eye and scalp irritations. Sodium is a surfactant that makes shampoos lather up and it is also cheap, so many companies still use it. Many non-organic products also use other synthetic ingredients such as silicones that may make hair feel squeaky clean and tidy but dry out your hair instead.
Sensitivities and irritations arise when you put things on your body that shouldn’t be there, like synthetics and chemicals. Natural and earth made ingredients such as sunflower and calendula have natural healing properties that is more nourishing for your skin and scalp. Organic products work better because they are made of healthier and more wholesome ingredients.
On top of this, organic products are better for the environment. Organic farming eliminates the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilisers that can be destructive to water and soil. Organically grown plants also do not have GMOs (genetically modified organisms) which can be harmful both to the environment. Looking after your body also means you are looking after the environment!
Other great reasons to switch to organic products:
- It won’t irritate and dry out your scalp, making it softer and gentler on sensitive skin
- Lack of chemicals will not dry your hair out and makes it safe to use
- Organic shampoo works well on coloured hair as it does not strip the colour
- There are no harmful ingredients; only the right nutrients, vitamins and oils that leave your hair healthy and beautiful
- It is anti-inflammatory
Most people may find it difficult to make the switch because organic products are a bit more expensive. The good news is that more and more companies are realising the benefits of organic ingredients and the demand, so it is becoming more available and affordable.
The top 5 benefits of organic hair products
1. It is nourishing on your hair
Organic products don’t give you the illusion of healthier hair like regular shampoos and conditioners. While some products packed with silicones and sulphates may feel like they are working wonders the first few weeks, they will eventually make your hair dull and lifeless because of the harsh chemicals.
Natural and organic hair products are greatly beneficial for your hair because it is gentler and will not strip your hair of its protective oils. You may not see it immediately, but over time the organic products will repair your hair and provide it sustained nourishment.
2. It is free from irritants and synthetics
Why do most companies use paraben in their products? It gives it a longer shelf life. Anything designed to live long on the shelf cannot be good for your health. Parabens can also be absorbed by the body and can sometimes cause skin or eye irritation if an allergy exists.
Sulphates are surfactant that create the foaming on your shampoo, however it also strips your hair from its natural oils in order to clean it. Organic products will not foam up in the same way, so it feels like it isn’t working as well.
Silicones used in conditioners create a silky layer over the hair to restore moisture after it is stripped by harsh shampoo. A build up of silicone however can leave hair feeling greasy and heavy by the end of the day. The only way to remove a silicone build up is by removing it with sulphate and thus begins a horrible cycle.
Organic shampoo won’t foam up like sulphate-based shampoos, which might make you feel like it isn’t working. You can rest assured that it is still doing its job without the suds. Organic conditioners are rich in natural ingredients like coconut oil and vitamin E which will benefit your hair in the long run.
3. It is safer for your skin
As mentioned in the previous point, heavy chemicals such as sulphates can strip hair of its natural oils. In effect, this can be quite drying on the scalp. If you are prone to sensitive skin or skin conditions such as psoriasis, organic products will be better for your hair. The ingredients have less irritants, which means it is gentler on the scalp and prevents allergies.
An example of a natural ingredient is tea tree oil is a great anti-fungal for eliminating dandruff. This type of organic ingredient is much safer for your scalp and skin.
4. Achieve a better result
Over the long run, organic products are better for your hair. It may not foam and lather the way sulphate-based products do, but the end result will be worth it.
Organic products will not strip colour from your hair and will provide nourishment with its natural ingredients. The result is healthy and luscious locks.
5. You are helping the environment
Organically grown goods eliminate the use of synthetic chemicals and fertilisers which is damaging to water and soil. They also reduce the use of harmful GMOs.
As well as this, people often do not realise that what they put down the drain can also have an effect on the environment. Heavy chemicals and microbeads can pollute waterways and harm marine life.
Organic products are more environmentally conscious and are often made with biodegradable or recycled packaging. Your choice to go organic will make a tremendous difference, not only on your own health, but also the environment.
What ingredients you should avoid in hair products
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
- Ammonium lauryl sulfate
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Polyethelyne glycol
- Alcohol (if listed as one of the first four ingredients)
- Synthetic Fragrance/Parfum
- Propylene Glycol (aka anti-freeze)
- Siloxanes (ending in -siloxane or -methicone)
We hope this has helped you and your client make a decision that is more beneficial to both your own health and the environment.