Natural Haircare Products and Your Overall Health
By Tiffani Douglas
With the rise of all-natural products, there is a huge debate around whether natural hair care products are truly better than traditional products. But the proof is in the proverbial “curly pudding” and in the science. The beauty industry as a whole is moving toward natural care and natural haircare is leading the way!
Why the Shift?
As a society, we are now more informed than evah! Technology has made it possible for us to research on a dime and educate ourselves about what we put into our bodies and on our curly hair. Naturally, we want beautiful, healthy hair. But knowing what goes into our products could also save our lives.
Black women especially have made the switch to natural hair care products, like the Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection because of the effects it has on our curls and our health. Studies have shown that many of the chemicals found in traditional hair care products have been linked to many health challenges African American women face like fibroids, cancer (particularly breast cancer), obesity, endocrine issues and infertility.
The shift to natural hair care products is not just a guide to attain healthy hair, but to maintain a healthy body too!
We know them, but let’s review the main reasons why women are shifting from chemically laden products to natural hair care products.
- Sulfates – Sulfates are additives used in hair care products like shampoos and conditioners that trigger a foaming action. Sulfates strip the hair of its natural oils and cause itching and irritation and rob the hair and scalp of moisture, leaving it dehydrated and brittle. Watch out for products that contain the most common sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). Opt for a sulfate free cleanser, like Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Wash to hydrate your kinks and curls naturally.
- Parabens – Parabens are fillers or preservatives that are used to increase the shelf life of beauty products. It is a known carcinogen and they can increase the risk of breast cancer. A study performed by researchers at the University of Reading in the UK found that roughly 99% of cancerous breast tumors contained parabens. So avoid products with ingredients with -paraben or –xane at the end of their names.
- Silicones – One thing curly girls know is that curls need moisture, lots of it, so avoiding silicones is a must. Silicones block moisture and nutrients from penetrating the hair shaft. It also causes build up and makes your hair dry and brittle. Who needs that? Instead, try Cashmere + Caviar Hair Serum for a healthy sheen.
- Mineral Oil – Mineral oil has absolutely no real benefits, so why would you want to put it on your hair? A by-product of petroleum, (yep the stuff you put in your car) it too prevents moisture absorption. Some studies even suggest that mineral oil can disrupt hair growth. No thanks! If you’re suffering from a dry, itchy scalp, use Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment to soothe irritation.
- Alcohols – Alcohols can have a drying effect on your hair and make already fragile Type 4 hair very brittle. There are good alcohols and bad. “Bad alcohols” are short-chained alcohols that evaporate very quickly and dissolve the hair’s protective oils. They’re typically found in gels, hair sprays, and colors, and deplete the hair of moisture, resulting in coarse, frizzy curls. Look out for these bad guys in your products – Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol alcohol, Ethanol, Ethyl alcohol, SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Propanol and Propyl alcohol. When you see them, just walk away! For an alternative styling product use Blueberry Bliss CURL Control Jelly, an organic product that softens and defines curls.
Understanding the ingredients on the back of the bottle is key when it comes to healthy hair. Curly hair needs extra nurturing to keep it reaching its full potential. Try the Cashmere + Caviar Collection to begin your journey to healthy hair.
CURLS products are all-natural products that are free from harsh chemicals that can harm your body and damage your hair. We take pride in providing products that are natural and sustainable. Visit www.curls.com to learn more about our natural hair care products.