Organic Shampoos

By Adele Coles 

adele coles freelance session stylist london
Here is my 5 most important things you should look for in shampoos, conditioners and styling products:

Factors to Consider When Buying an Organic Shampoo

Ingredients. Many companies purport to manufacture organic shampoos yet in reality only one or two products in their shampoos may be natural. Always check the ingredients and ensure they are free of artificial colorants, fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfate (there are organic shampoos with aloe vera that actually have this foaming agent in them), silicones or any name that is not easily pronounceable. All these are artificial additives which automatically means that that shampoo is not natural, no matter how much aloe, Shea butter or olive oil the brand claims to have.
Organic shampoos usually have the following ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, tea tree oil, Vitamin E, Soy protein, Chamomile, Citric acid and natural oils as a base oil.
The USDA Organic Seal. The United States, luckily has strict regulations that define what an organic product is and products that have the USDA Organic seal are certified to be the best organic shampoo brands, are of high quality ,are 100% chemical free and are made of 100% organic products and thus when shopping both online or in brick and mortar retail stores, seek out brands that have this seal.
Hair and Scalp type. Like regular shampoos, organic shampoos are manufactured with specific hair and scalp types in mind. Organic shampoos made for normal hair and scalp type are usually mild with mild moisturizing agents which keep the scalp healthy and balanced in moisture content while natural oil softeners keep the hair soft and shiny.
Dry hair and scalp requires a shampoo that will moisturize the scalp and smoothens dry hair. Such shampoos have higher natural oil content thus should not be used in excess, otherwise this will cause your hair to be a little greasy. Usually, a moisturizing conditioner is ideal as it cleans the scalp and traps moisture on the skin and hair.
Oily hair and Scalp should use shampoos with sage and tea tree, which absorb oil from the scalp by bonding with it and drying out. Some of the organic shampoos made for this type of hair and scalp type work extremely well and may dry out hair, thus a moisturizing conditioner may be needed to balance them out.
Hair loss can be stopped by using a DHT blocker shampoo, most dht blocker shampoos contain pumpkin seed oil, nettle and saw palmetto.
The Organic base – Organic shampoos usually have a plant oil base such as coconut oil, olive oil and Shea butter. These base oils dissolve most of the other natural products in them with ease, while at the same time trap moisture on the scalp and hair while giving it a sheen look. It’s important to check on the ingredients to understand which type of base oil has been used as this is the main ingredient in the shampoo.

Benefits of using Organic Shampoos

  1. You avoid harmful chemicals. Commercial shampoos have a wide number of chemicals such as sodium and aluminum lauryl sulfate, derivatives of lauryl alcohol, propylene glycol and olefin sulfonate which have several negative effects on the hair and scalp, such as irritating the sebaceous oil glands and drying out the hair. Sodium lauryl sulfate is also being considered to be especially harmful as it is absorbed by the body and may have negative consequences.
  2. They are excellent for sensitive skin. Since organic shampoos are made of natural products, the likelihood of allergic reactions and causing skin sensitivity is low, making them perfect for those with allergic and sensitive skin.
  3. They are environmentally friendly. The use of organic shampoos do not pollute the environment as they break down into organic compounds that decay into the soil without causing any harm to plant and animal life.
  4. Organic shampoos stimulate hair follicles, leading to faster hair growth and promoting the growth of new hair.
  5. Long lasting Healthy Hair. Organic shampoos keep the hair free of toxins and moisturized thus your hair stays long, shiny and healthy looking for a long time.

Difference between Organic and Commercial Shampoos

Commercial shampoos contain several ingredients that can penetrate the skin and get into the bloodstream. When these substances get into the bloodstream they can make us sick as many of them have cancer causing ingredients. These commercial shampoos are usually petroleum based and contain many polymers and additional synthetic chemicals that strip your hair of their natural oils and leave it dry, wiry and prone to damage. They usually have more foam than the organic shampoos, due to a foaming agent known as sodium lauryl sulfate, thus many consumers assume that commercial shampoos clean the hair better than organic shampoos. Consumers need to be informed of the fact that more foam does not necessarily mean cleaner hair, especially if it means damaged hair in the end. Organic shampoos on the other hand use natural oils as their base, which is the reason why they do not foam as much. However, they clean the hair just as well as mainstream shampoos while protecting the hair’s natural oils and enhancing its suppleness and flexibility.

About R&Co

R&Co is about an experience. The packaging and fragrances were designed to enhance that experience and evoke a feeling, place, style or attitude. You’ll know just by looking at a bottle or tube what a product is meant to do, and the subtle yet sophisticated fragrances—meant for both men and women.
R&Co says: "Our products are formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum." They are all vegetarian and vegan; I have worked with R&Co for the last 5 months in my salon in Queen’s Park /Ego hair. We are a forward thinking salon that really cares about environment and future of our planet. For our clients we believe that this are the most forward thinking products on the market and we know that you will love them. If you want the best for your hair and the planet, then this is the only way!

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