We women love our hair, and we know how important it is to take care of it. However, with all of the mass marketing of hair care products, it’s difficult to decide which products are good for us, and which aren’t. How are we supposed to make a well informed choice, when most companies now take part in ‘greenwashing’; marketing themselves as natural/organic, when they really aren’t? Well, keep reading for some tips to help you choose the right hair products:
Figure Out What Your Hair Needs – You’ll spend hours looking at products, if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Decide beforehand what you want to buy: if your hair needs more moisture, buy a conditioner; if you need a sealant, search for an 100% pure oil blend or a vitamin enriched cream. It all gets a little easier as you start looking.
Learn Product Ingredients – I remember the first time I turned a bottle of shampoo over to read the ingredients, and it was like I was looking at a foreign language. It may seem a little confusing at first, but you should take the time to learn what product ingredients to look for and which ones to avoid. Here are a few:
- Water – the #1 way to add moisture to hair
- Pure Oils (Coconut, Jojoba, Argan, etc) – every oil has different benefits for hair, you just need to figure out which one will work best for you based on those benefits
- Behentrimonium Methosulfate – Below I mention that you should avoid sulfates, but this is different. This ingredient is responsible for adding slip and making detangling 100x easier. You can find this in all good conditioners
- Aloe Vera – highly moisturizing, aloe vera is amazing as an oil as well as a styler
- Sodium Laurel (or Laureth) Sulfate – This is found in most shampoos, body washes, and even dish washing detergents. Sulfates to create the suds we normally see when washing, but they also strip our hair of their necessary and natural oils
- Parabens – Chemically based preservatives, parabens have been linked to cancer. While they’re normally the last ingredient on the list, many ladies avoid them totally in their hair regimen
- Dimethicone – This, along with other -cones, are used for detangling and slip. However, this ingredient coats hair strands and can only be removed with a clarifying shampoo
Do Your Research – There is SO much information out there about hair products. If you have a product in mind, make sure to read reviews and see what other people have had to say about it. Don’t take everything at face value, but it’s normally safe to follow the majority. You can also find a natural hair blogger that has a similar hair type to yours, and see their recommendations.
Trial N Error – Trust us, being a product junkie is REAL. But, the truth is that buying a ton of products does nothing but waste time and money. When you first try your products, don’t make a snap judgment. Some products may take to your hair immediately, while others may take a few uses to start showing results. Give your products a chance, and if they don’t work after some time, give them up and switch to something else.
So, these are our top tips for shopping for hair care products. What do you think? Comment below with your product shopping experience. And to find great, naturally based products for all hair types, make sure to head over to the CinagrOrganic shop. You won’t be disappointed!