Good Hair Day: Let Organic Go to Your Head

Beach HairWe’ve mentioned the benefits of “greening” your beauty routine before, but it’s worth a reminder—just spend a few minutes poking around on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database and you’ll get an eye-opening glance at what you’re putting on your body.

Why organic is good for your locks
Since scalp and hair, like your skin, easily absorb the ingredients in your hair care products, it’s important to pay attention to what’s in them: Common synthetic ingredients in shampoos and conditioners like sodium lauryl sulfates and propylene glycol (what you would otherwise call antifreeze) can dry out your scalp, irritate oil glands, and damage hair follicles. Contrast this with true organic hair products, which have all of the benefits of organic beauty and skin products—their natural ingredients make them a good choice for sensitive, allergic skin, they’re not loaded with chemical or synthetic substances that could potentially cause health issues, they’re effective, and all of that good-for-you stuff they’re made of has the added bonus of smelling great.

Our faves
John Masters Organics. We love the entire line of John Masters Organics products for their gentle scents and fair-trade ingredients. The Lavender Rosemary Shampoo is good for all hair types, and has coconut, periwinkle, sage, chamomile, and willow bark (in addition to lavender and rosemary). The lavender works to slow hair loss, the rosemary stimulates hair growth while adding volume and shine, and the willow bark is a natural exfoliator. For dry hair, the Evening Primrose Shampoo is a good option—it contains evening primrose and rose geranium for added moisture and strength, ylang ylang to control oiliness, and cedarwood, which helps to combat eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff. If you need a little extra help smoothing and detangling, try the John Masters Organic Detangler, a lightweight conditioner with natural vegetable oils, wheat protein to eliminate split ends, and lemon.

Dr. Hauschka. Dr. Hauschka’s Nasturtium & Lemon Shampoo is a good introduction to this line of hair care products; the gentle formula is best for normal to oily hair, and includes nasturtium, neem, and watercress extracts to keep your hair from getting greasy. If your tresses are on the drier side, try Dr. Hauschka’s Jojoba & Marsh Mallow Conditioner, with marsh mallow and larch to soften and detangle, macadamia nut and jojoba oils to moisturize, and apple cider vinegar for shine.

Suki. Suki Daily Shampoo is a vegan formula, and a good choice for any type of hair—it’s effective, but gentle enough to use every day. Laded with jojoba, yerba protein and hyaluronic acid, it’ll leave your hair shinier, fuller, and smoother.

When making the switch from synthetic to organic hair care products, you’ll probably have a few days of transition (meaning your hair may be oilier or drier than usual), while your scalp adjusts. This is natural—your scalp is getting over the effects of all those drying chemicals! Stick with the organic products for a few days, and you’ll soon start to see healthier, shinier hair, and eventually, less breakage and hair loss. If you decide to share your secret to beautiful tresses when the compliments start to pour in, that’s up to you!

-Aleigh Acerni


One Comment

  1. Posted September 7, 2009 at 1:49 am | Permalink

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