Are organic shampoos better for your hair?
When it comes to cosmetics and skincare products, you’ll always hear talk about the benefits of natural ingredients. But what does that really mean? And are organic shampoos better for your hair? To answer these questions, we’ve done some digging. Here is what we found out.
1. Organic ingredients can be beneficial for your hair
Long hair can be a pain to take care of, but it doesn’t have to be. Organic ingredients are the key to healthy hair. Try adding organic ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and amla oil to your hair care routine. Besides how great those ingredients are for your hair, you’ll also notice that they don’t have any of the harsh ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and preservatives that you’re forced to use in your hair care routine.
Organic ingredients are not only great for hair, but they also help keep your skin healthy. Organic ingredients include many natural moisturizers and antifungal treatments. Blocking off hands and keeping skin healthy continues to be key in keeping your body aura-free.
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2. What are the benefits of using organic shampoo?
Organic shampoo is the healthier alternative to conventional shampoos. The best thing about organic shampoos is that they are made with natural ingredients like coconut oil, argan oil, and essential oils. They are free from harmful chemicals. They have no sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, or synthetic colours.
Consumers also benefit from organic or “natural” shampoos since they are free from harsh chemicals like lots of chlorine and surfactants. These include surfactants, which contribute to the buildup of product in the stratum corneum. Chlorine-containing detergents and sensitizers can also strip and disrupt the skin barrier, causing skin irritation. Also, many natural ingredients are radical exfoliants, which over time can cause disfigurement as the product breaks down collagen.
Organic shampoos are also usually cheaper, coming in at about 40 to 60% of the cost of conventional options. This doesn’t mean they are junk because they are made of more quality ingredients. I’ve been loyal to brands like Label M, Dr Bronner’s, Olay, and Emulsion, which all use organic ingredients.
3. Are all shampoos organic?
Not necessarily. Many shampoos use sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium Laureth sulfate, which are considered harsh detergents and can strip the hair of its natural oils. There are organic shampoos available.
Whatever shampoos you choose, be sure to read product labels to make sure they contain no harsh chemicals. When you’re buying shampoo, you should never buy shampoo that has “fragrance” in the name. While some natural ingredients reduce purities that make your skin shiny, they can also strip the scalp of its natural oils. For example, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and lactic acids can strip your hair of its natural oils (more on this below). Like other cleaning ingredients, they can cause unpleasant skin irritation.
Organic shampoos are often healthier for you than their non-organic counterparts, because they often contain more natural ingredients. “Naturally occurring fragrance is not only linked to increased risk of skin inflammation and sensitivity,” says Aveda Hair Institute, “it can also impact vitamin and mineral absorption and the production of new hair.”
4. What are the ingredients in organic hair products?
The ingredients that are good for your hair and scalp are also good for the environment. What does that mean? It means when you use organic skincare, you’re not only treating your scalp, you’re also treating the environment. When you choose organic skincare, you’re choosing to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. There are, of course, different levels of organic skincare.
Non-organic skin care has fewer ingredients that are known carcinogens, for example, while organic skincare has higher levels of these ingredients such as retinol, drying agents and emulsifiers (which aren’t generally found in non-organic skincare). Pesticides and sulfates are also a thing of the past when it comes to organic skincare.
According to Dr Caroline Webb, certified cosmetic surgeon, dermatologist, director of education at dermatology practice QAB Skincare, organic skincare is best when it comes to reducing your environmental impact. While it’s not necessarily better, working sustainably is an important part of the skincare equation. “It makes a difference to the environment to use non-chemical and environmentally friendly products,” she says.
We hope to have answered some of your questions about organic shampoos and other related topics. If you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them!