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5 Essentials for Naturally Beautiful Hair
While the harmful effects of pesticides on fresh produce and other foods are clear, many overlook the potential dangers in using synthetic beauty products. There are thousands of pores on the human scalp. As the body’s largest organ, skin is the typical vehicle everyday toxins use to invade the body. According to Mount Sinai, the skin absorbs up to 60% of beauty product ingredients into the bloodstream, possibly accumulating in organs and metabolizing through the system. Fortunately, many manufacturers in the last few years are addressing this concern by creating natural hair products.
Using organic shampoos, conditioners, and styling agents assist in restoring harmony and balance. The absence of artificial ingredients allows hair to adjust naturally, resulting in truly healthy strands. The following components are essential for achieving hair that radiates with natural beauty:
1. Vitamins: Taking a daily multi-vitamin not only prolongs life but also increases quality of life. These effects are noticeable in the body, both internally and externally; the same is true for your hair. Many manufacturers, such as MOP (Modern Organic Products), realize the positive effects of vitamins applied externally onto the hair. A nutrient rich example is the MOP C-system Reconstructing Treatment . It heals dried ends with a citrus-infused vitamin blend to replenish lost moisture, reviving strength and shine.
2. Jojoba: Extracted from a Mexican seed-bearing shrub, Jojoba oil is an extremely valuable cosmetic lubricant. It is the natural element most identical to oil found on human skin and hair, thus its high demand. Jojoba is found in many products, such as the entire line by ISH Ionic Rescue, featured on Leapingbunny.org as a manufacturer against animal-testing. These shampoos, treatments, and conditioners actually contain crystallized jojoba in the form of HRC (Hair Renewal Crystals). With heat, the HRC are infused into the hair shaft, restoring shine to dull strands. Furthermore, ISH Ionic Rescue also carries a Color Lock Shampoo, which contains other moisture-rich, brightening ingredients like coconut oil and chamomile.
3. Sap and Moss: Who knew plants and hair were related? Apparently Aveda did when they realized moss was the key component in retaining moisture to Icelandic plants. After further studies, they also found tree sap to be the main distributor of nutrients. By analyzing plants thriving in their natural environment, Aveda translated these processes into their own hair product formulas, creating the Sap Moss Shampoo and Conditioner.
4. Kukui Nut Oil: From the Hawaiian tropics, Kukui Nut Oil was a local secret until Paul Brown created his line of island-inspired hair products. The Polynesian ingredient to attaining naturally sleek strands is the linoleic fatty acid extracted from Kukui Nuts. Paul Brown’s formula is non-greasy and replaces moisture content naturally without removing any hair color.
5. Rice: The most chemical-laden hair products are those intended for hold and style. Over 80% of sprays and gels contain alcohol as a main ingredient. In addition, many products contain plastic polymers that build up on the hair, requiring more than a simple shampooing to remove. ISH Rescue created its first 100% natural I Love My Hair Styling Spray as a solution to the damaging chemical effects. The holding element is derived from rice starch, therefore safe to use with heated styling tools.
Ensure products are completely free of impurities and synthetics by reading ingredients carefully.
About the Author: Kristen is a Hair and Beauty Product Writer and Specialist for popular brands including FHI, Crede, Yuko System, Paul Mitchell, Redken, ISH Ionic Rescue, Alterna and more