As consumers have become more environmentally aware, there has been a boom in the availability of natural hair and skin care products. This is great news, as when it comes to hair care, many of the ingredients used in conventional shampoos and conditioners can dry out and cause damage to the hair. It's easier now more than ever to make the switch to natural hair care, so read on for some things you can do to get started.
Switch to sulfate-free
Many conventional shampoos, especially ones found in the drugstore, contain sulfates, which are compounds that are highly effective as a cleansing agent. The problem is, some shampoos containing sulfates do their job too well and they can strip the hair of its natural oils. This can lead to dryness and frizziness, both of which are a nightmare for any hair type but are especially unwelcome if your hair is already naturally dry or frizzy.
By treating your hair with natural products, you can be assured that you are using gentle ingredients that won't damage your hair. The first step would be to switch to a sulfate-free shampoo. There are many sulfate-free shampoos on the market these days, so take your pick. There will an adjustment period at first as sulfate-free shampoos do not lather in the same way that non-sulfate shampoos do, but you won't care once your locks are looking and feeling healthy and shiny.
Many hair care products, including leave-on conditioners, smoothing serums and anti-frizz sprays, contain silicones. Silicones make your hair feel stronger and more smooth, but the effect is only temporary; after continued use, your hair will start to feel dull and overladen with product.
It's best to avoid silicones altogether and switch to silicon-free hair care products, or, if you're using silicon products to create a smooth look, give oils a try. Coconut, olive, and sweet almond oils are wonderful on the hair, though use them sparingly and concentrate them on the ends of your hair.
Speak to your hairdresser
Many salons carry hair care products and hairdressing supplies that are made without some of the more harmful ingredients found in cheaper products. Talk to your hairdresser and see what he or she suggests for your hair type.
If you want to give your hair a real treat, try giving the no-poo method a try. Started as a protest to synthetic hair care, advocates of the no-poo method, in which hair is washed using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, claim that this way of cleansing leaves them with the healthiest hair they've ever had.