Recently, natural hair care products have become a hip and booming trend. In theory, natural hair care is good to have. But there are a ton of cons as well. In my professional opinion, I’m not a big fan of 100% natural hair care. Below are some reasons why I do think natural hair care can be beneficial, and some reasons why I’m not a fan. I also listed a few of my favorite alternatives that are sustainable and great for your hair.
Some of the Yays
When I think of natural and organic shampoo and conditioners, I think of ingredients I could find in my home, or ones that are almost 100% derived from ingredients found naturally. I do enjoy the idea behind natural hair care.
In theory, natural and organic hair care routines like the “No Poo” method are great because:
-They’re considered more sustainable and better for the environment.
-They are also known to eliminate the need for plastic containers cluttering your shower.
-They are almost always vegan and you will always know the ingredients you’re putting on your scalp. This adds a sense of security in knowing that if you have sensitivities to active ingredients in other shampoos and conditioners, you’re less likely to have an adverse reaction to a natural line.
Some of the Nays
While most natural shampoos are beneficial to the environment, they aren’t as great for the hair as other options. A very well known natural hair care regimen is to wash your roots with baking soda and then rinse and condition with apple cider vinegar. This is called the “No Poo” method. To me, this isn’t helpful to our hair for a few reasons:
-The hair’s natural pH balance is between 4.5 and 5.5. While the pH balance of apple cider vinegar is around 2-3, the pH balance of baking soda is around 8. This is just a huge jump from the hair’s natural acidic pH balance, to super alkaline, and then back to being overly acidic.
-Fully natural products leave the ends of your hair needing more moisture and the roots super oily and unmanageable.
As much as I want to like it, I know there are many other shampoo and conditioners that may not be 100% organic/natural that are better for the hair.
Other Sustainable, Hair-Healthy Options
While these brands aren’t 100% naturally derived, they focus on being sustainable and beneficial to the scalp and hair.
I briefly worked at a salon in Orlando when I discovered Davines. I was amazed at how wonderful their products worked and smelled. I then discovered the many different benefits that Davines offers with their products. This Italian brand lists all of their ingredients on their products.
They inform the user whether the ingredients are “natural”, “modified natural”, and “synthetic”. This allows the customers to know exactly what’s going into their hair care products. The other great thing about this brand is that they also include if the packaging is recyclable or not.
My favorite Product: OI All In One Milk Spray – $35.00
The OI All In One Milk Spray is easily my favorite hair care product by Davines. Due to having chemical damage from lightening my hair, this spray makes my hair feel soft and manageable without weighing it down.
Olaplex is always an easy purchase for me. All of their products are scientifically formulated to be beneficial for the scalp and the hair. It works on a molecular level to fix and repair any damage done to the hair. It’s really great for those who lighten or color their hair often and who are looking for something to help assist with the damage. Not only are Olaplex products great for the hair, but the bottles are made from recycled plastic found in the ocean.
My Favorite Product: Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector – $28.00
Olaplex Number 3 is a life saver for those who have any sort of damage to their hair. It’s used as a deep conditioning treatment before shampooing. It has saved my hair numerous times when I’ve pushed it too far with heat and chemical damage.
When I worked at Ulta, I spent a lot of free time looking at all of the hair products in the store. I stumbled across Klorane and was immediately impressed upon doing more research on the brand. This french brand offers mostly organic hair care items that are biodegradable and plant-based.
All of their bottles and containers are able to be recycled and are more sustainable than a lot of other brands. Klorane is tested by dermatologists as well. This makes me feel better about using more organic hair care because it’s tested to work.
My Favorite Product: Hair Mask with Mango Butter – $26.00
I really love the mango butter hair mask, mainly for the smell! It has the most mouth watering smell and it leaves my hair feeling super moisturized and soft after using this treatment. It is a little on the pricier side, but it is super concentrated and a little bit goes a long way.
Natural Hair Care Conclusion: Some yays, but mostly nays
Organic hair care is good in theory but overall isn’t very beneficial for our hair. It doesn’t have enough ingredients in it to benefit hair health, and would put the hair through too much stress and trauma to keep it healthy. If anything, I recommend looking into brands like the ones listed above that are either tested by dermatologists or have high ratings, and are made mostly of organic ingredients.
Always be sure to check the label and do your research to which brands would be suitable for you. If you’ve used organic hair care in the past, we would love to hear about your experience with it! Leave a comment letting us know where you stand on organic/natural hair care!