The market for natural and organic shampoos and conditioners is growing rapidly. Not only do more people want them but more people are making and selling them. And we're not surprised. The more you find out about regular hair care, the more you feel yourself scratching nervously at your scalp. So what is it that makes these natural shampoos so much better?
1. You haven't just rubbed chemicals into your head
And then had them soak into your scalp and on into your body. About 99% of the shampoos and conditioners you find in high-street shops will contain pretty serious chemicals that can do some pretty serious damage to you, your hair, our waterways and the earth. Many have been linked to cancer and all of them gurgle down your drains and into the water supply, affecting wildlife and costing a lot to be cleaned up. In particular, look out for these substances and avoid them in all your beauty products:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene)
Natural and organic shampoos and conditioners will not include these substances. In fact, eco friendly shampoos should not have more than around 8 or 9 ingredients so it's easy to keep track of what you are and aren't slathering into your scalp.
2. Kind and gentle to you
Without a slew of chemicals, the risk of allergic reactions and flare ups is drastically reduced, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.
3. Kind and gentle to the environment
The chemicals that don't stay lingering on your hair follicles and soaking into your scalp are washed away. Except that 'away' isn't a place. These substances pollute and disrupt all manner of wildlife and need to be heavily treated to remove them from our water systems. Natural and organic shampoos and conditioners are made with biodegradable ingredients that break down and leave no damage. To you or anywhere else.
4. Mothers know best
Mother Nature has been in charge for much longer than we've been around. She knows her stuff. If there's a problem, she has the answer. And it ain't chemicals. Dry scalp? You need coconut oil and aloe vera. Dull hair? Stick some shea butter on it. Dandruff? Tea tree oil will sort it out. And where do you find these ingredients? In almost all natural and organic shampoos and conditioners.
5. A fresh start
Most hair products work by adding layer after layer of substances to your hair that build up and up and end up not only making your hair lifeless but also damaged. Natural shampoos and conditioners are perfect for washing all that mess away and for keeping your hair looking and feeling beautiful without adding gunk to it.
Check out our huge range of natural and organic shampoos and conditioners as well of some of my personal "must have" natural hair care based on years of experimentationt. Your hair will thank you for it.
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