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Why Switch to Natural Hair Products

September 14, 2015

Contemplating switching to natural hair products? The natural hair care industry is growing in popularity by the day and with all the benefits they possess it's no wonder! Natural hair products contain natural ingredients that have been used for centuries to make hair healthy and beautiful.

These natural ingredients are readily absorbed by hair strands and instantly improve your hair's health and strength. Here's just some of the reasons to switch to natural hair products - there are so many benefits.

Why Switch to Natural Hair Products

Wondering why you should switch to natural hair products? Not only are they better for your hair, they're better for the planet. Here's all you need to know.

1. Results are Long Term

Chemical laden products may give you the look and feel that you want right now, but in the long term these products are working against your hair damaging it. They contain damaging chemicals that may cause many issues such as scalp irritation and flakiness. Natural products are important for healthy hair. The longer you use them, the healthier your hair will be look and feel.

2. They're Better for the Environment

Not only are natural hair products better for you and your hair, they are also better for the environment. The ingredients present in natural hair care products break down easier and quicker than the ingredients in their synthetic counterparts. This is because they do not contain sulphates, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, GMOs or synthetic dyes which are common ingredients in synthetic haircare products.

Also, the fragrances used for natural hair products are from herbs and plants instead of synthetic perfumes making them more environmentally friendly, as well as many of them being cruelty-free and vegan friendly.

3. Natural is Safer

People are becoming more and more aware of the harmful effects chemicals can have on their body. But it's not just important to be cautious of what you put into your body, you also need to be aware of what you put on your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and the products you put onto your skin can be absorbed into the body and the blood stream.

Natural hair products replace the synthetic ingredients with essential oils and natural cleaning ingredients. These ingredients are strong enough to clean away dirt, oil and hair styling products from your hair, but not so strong that your hairs natural oils (sebum) are stripped away.

Because natural products contain no parabens, petrochemicals, solvents or silicone they are much safer to use, reducing the risk of allergic reaction and irritation making them ideal for people with even the most sensitive skin. Natural hair care can also result in stronger, thicker hair and reduce irritation to your hair and skin.

Overall, natural hair products do a better job than synthetic products, as well as being better for you, your hair and the environment.

Switching to Natural Hair Products

If you've decided to take the plunge and make the switch to natural hair products, this list of ingredients to avoid will come in handy. We've also put together some brilliant natural hair brands to keep your eye out for.

Ingredients to Avoid

An easy way to tell if a product is natural and good for your hair is to look at the ingredients list. If any of the following ingredients are present in your hair care products ingredients list is, it is best to avoid them:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
  • Phthalates
  • Mureth Sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
  • Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene)
  • Ethylene Oxide

So if you want all the benefits of synthetic hair care products, without any of the negative side effects, then natural hair care is for you. They avoid parabens, petrochemicals, solvents and silicone, all of which result in weaker and irritated hair and skin.

Natural Hair Care Brands

Unfortunately, the natural and organic hair care industries are not subject to the same strict rules and regulations as the organic food industry. This means any product that contains even one organic or ‘natural’ ingredient can call itself ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ making it hard to identify a truly organic and natural product.

At Evergreen however we endeavour to source good quality clean products. We stock amazing brands, such as Faith in NatureJasonSukinLavera and Phyto and have every hair product you could want including shampoos, masks, serums, oils and lots more. So if you are looking to switch to natural hair products, we've something to suit every hair type from thin to thick and curly to straight.

And if you're looking to go natural for your beauty regime as well, be sure to have a read of Natural & Organic Beauty Products you'll feel good about using.

Checked and updated: 5 September 2021