Have you ever wondered what makes your shampoo pink? Or smell sweet? Or froth so much you could just float away in all those bubbles? What do you look for when you pick up a new product at the pharmacy? Is it the packaging? The smell or the appearance or is it because it is all the other naturalistas in the community will talk about?
Well for most choosing hair care products is as easy as looking at the price tag, while for others it goes beyond the packing, the price or the product but rather the small fine print at the back of the container. ‘What is in my product’ you ask as you expertly scan the back of that much talked about shampoo.
Indeed, what is in your product and why? Better yet why do you need to know? Well the answer to the latter is simple, you need to know because it is your health, your body and you need to know what is going onto your body, through your pores and ultimately seeping into your blood stream particularly when these products are used frequently and in sizeable amounts. Everything we use frequently has long term effects.
So without being too preachy here are some of the great ingredients to look out for in hair products. And remember, the higher the product is on the ingredient list, the more dominant/potent/active it is in product.
The most moisturising product you can find in any hair care product is water. And as a general rule of thumb it should be high up on the ingredient list of any hair care product you buy. It should generally be a base for your hair care products.
Aloe Vera is a great ingredient to use in hair care products and even on its own. It is known for its restorative properties and generally helps to balance PH levels on the scalp.
You may want to look for castor oil and sesame seed oil in products these two have been known for their cleansing properties. Particularly, sesame seed oil which can literally draw out or pull out toxins from the body working as a detoxifier.
Closely following behind and also quite popular are coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, which are used in pomades or on their own to seal moisture into hair and add lustre. These are very important ingredients to look for in hair care products. Honey is also a very useful ingredient which you can add to shampoos and or conditioners as it help with moisture.
You may want to start by focusing on the positives of which ingredients to look out for in hair care products. Remember if these products do not appear at the top of the list then put the product down and calmly walk away.
Food for thought!
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