Why Natural Shampoos & Conditioners Are Better For You

“A healthy hair is a reflection of healthy skin.”
— Lavender Living
As the name suggests, natural hair products do not contain harsh chemicals that are known cause of allergic reactions or skin irritation. The most common chemicals found in regular shampoos & conditioners are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Parabens. SLS and SLES are added to shampoos to make them lather up while Parabens are used as preservatives. Not only are these chemicals damaging for our health, they are environmental pollutants as well, with harmful chemicals ending up in our rivers and seas. Choosing natural shampoos and conditioners means you know exactly what your are exposing yourself and your family to.

While natural and organic shampoos might not lather as much, that does not mean they are ineffective in cleaning your hair. Unlike toxin-free hair products, most regular shampoos will strip your hair of its natural oils leaving both hair and scalp dry and making hair more damage prone.

Which natural shampoo is best for me?
The main question you should ask yourself is What is my major hair concern? Is your hair oily or perhaps dry, or damaged or simply too frizzy? Are you trying to prevent hair colour fading between washes? Natural and organic hair products are specifically formulated to help you achieve your desired outcome while boosting your hair with vitamins, minerals, oils, and botanical extracts to nourish both scalp and hair.

I have tried a natural shampoo but I do not think it is working.
This is a common misconception. The real reason why you might feel as if natural shampoo is not working is due to silicones and sulphates not being present in them. Silicones are popular with most mainstream conditioners and styling products because they are used as a coating barrier and initially will give an illusion of shiny and healthy hair. However, they are mostly not water-soluble and the more you use a silicone based product the quicker it will build-up on your hair! The build-up will prompt more washing and more washing will lead to dry hair and scalp. Why? Because, the only chemical that can dissolve silicone are sulphates. Unfortunately that is not the only thing sulphates will get rid-of. Sulphates are known irritants to the skin, eyes, scalp and are simply too harsh, drying and disruptive to the hair and skin. Now, if you are beginning to think this sounds like a vicious cycle – you are correct!

You must ensure you are not using any hair products that contain silicones and sulphates because the two are interdependent. So before you make the switch to natural hair care, you will need to use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any silicone build-up. You will have to repeat this process every time you use a product that has silicones (i.e. at a hair salon). Once you have eliminated all the damaging component from your hair routine pick a natural shampoo and conditioner, followed by natural hair masks and styling products that work best for your hair type.