Why You Should Be Using Natural Haircare Products
Natural haircare is on its way up, and despite common misconceptions, doesn’t mean you have to compromise professional quality. We’ve all been conditioned to think that the best shampoos, treatments and more are laden with unpronounceable ingredients only to be deciphered by a skilled hairdresser. Although salon quality brands are definitely the way to go, recent years have seen a push for organic ingredients and fewer nasties.
Keep on reading to discover exactly why your hair could benefit from natural haircare, and explore our recommendations for the best brands, many of which are organic, cruelty-free or vegan (or all three!).
What Constitutes ‘Natural’?
Unlike your average, supermarket formulas, natural haircare products are usually devoid of common ‘nasties’, such as parabens and sulphates. If your haircare education needs a little refresher, here’s a rundown of why parabens and sulphates are both incredibly detrimental for your hair.
Parabens – Parabens are used as preservatives in a lot of popular haircare and skincare products, including shampoo, conditioner, creams and lotions. However, they’re harmful to both the hair and scalp for a number of reasons. Not only can they affect the hydration and texture of your hair, but they can also create hormonal imbalances in the body due to their quick absorption rate. The bottom line is, stay away! Parabens can even be found in some processed versions of natural products (for instance, hair oils) so always keep an eye on that ingredients list.
Sulphates – You’ll know if your shampoo is packed with sulphates, as it’ll create that thick, foamy lather as you wash. Although they actually aren’t too dangerous if you have unprocessed, untouched locks, problems can occur when colour, keratin and dryness are thrown into the mix. Sulphates will strip the colour from your hair prematurely, and reverse the effects of keratin treatments. They’re also known to dry the hair right out, eliminating natural oils.
Instead of using these popular yet questionable additives, natural haircare products rely on ingredients derived from the environment, such as botanical oils and extracts. Shea, peppermint, argan — all of these common organic essentials can be found in quality natural haircare products.
Which Brands Should I Try?
Christophe Robin – Is the eponymous brainchild of a French stylist with over 30 years experience in the haircare industry. A self-dubbed ‘colourist and artisan’, Robin made his name by colouring the hair of famous clients including Australia’s own supermodel Elle Macpherson. The Christophe Robin range draws on the incredible powers of natural ingredients including antioxidant- rich prickly pear and hair strengthening sea minerals.