Finding a shampoo and conditioner duo that ticks all the boxes – natural, organic, ethical, cruelty-free, sulphate-free – is hard enough. But then when you add to the mix – one that leaves your hair looking and feeling like you just walked out of a salon – well, that’s almost nigh on impossible. Because let’s be real for a moment, there’s most often a compromise when searching for a completely clean and irritant-free shampoo and conditioner. They either contain sulphates (that are known irritants to the scalp) or they leave hair looking and feeling greasy (no thank you) or they have lovely botanicals in a soup of pseudo-naturals (i.e. not at all natural).
When searching for hair care for the Be Naturallyou shop, it was most certainly one of the most challenging and time consuming tasks to-date. I washed my way through numerous brands, over numerous years. And I’m so glad I did, as we now have four options that tick all of those boxes, including the most challenging … delivering head-turning, shiny, luscious locks that bounce with health.
Get ready to meet your new best hair care friends.
TIPS FROM NADINE ARTEMIS, FOUNDER OF LIVING LIBATIONS
“Your hair is a reflection of your internal health, and what you eat today will show up in your hair. Eat healthy fats. A diet rich in olive oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, wild-caught cold-water fish, and walnuts will give your hair a super softness and a high-gloss sheen. Eat enough protein. Hair is made of protein; and if the diet is deficient in the full spectrum of amino acids that constitute complete proteins, then your hair will suffer for it. Ingest culinary creations rich in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin B12, and zinc, which are important for strong hair and a healthy scalp. Brittle hair is sometimes caused by a biotin deficiency. Organic, free-range eggs are rich in protein, happy-hair fats, and B vitamins. Dark-green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamins A and C, which the body needs to produce natural hair oils that keep the hair soft and shiny. Gluten is less than the best for healthy hair. It blocks nutrients from absorbing through the gut and into the bloodstream to nourish you. Reduced nutrition and inflammation of the gut and hair follicles from gluten sensitivity may cause shedding. Gluten and non-fermented soy (as well as radiation, bromide, mercury fillings, and other things) can put your thyroid in a tailspin. An under active thyroid is often the cause of dryness, thinning, or loss of hair.”
“Cosmetic store and salon products, including those that tout “natural and organic” on the label, usually contain thirty or more synthetic ingredients. Some of these substances strip natural oils from hair and scalp leaving both seriously dry, while others leave behind a heavy-waxy build up guaranteeing bad hair.
“The more damaged the hair is, the higher its negative atomic charge, and softening, smoothing, and shining synthetics are drawn to that negative charge. If there is a lot of damage you might see a lot of buildup on the hair. More seriously, many of the ingredients are detrimental to health.
“You can have a good hair day every day, and the first step is improving the products that you put on your hair.
HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE?
Our brand and product selection is based on thorough research, based on 20+ years of industry experience. If we are not certain that an ingredient is safe and effective at bringing about desired results, we won’t stock the product. ‘Natural’ and ‘organic’ products and online shops are becoming more prevalent these days. Whilst this is great, it also is rather confusing, as many ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ brands out there contain toxic ingredients that sound ‘natural’ or ‘naturally-derived’ but are indeed irritating to the skin and internal organs. If you are unsure about any ingredient, product or brand, please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comment box below.