No matter your hair type, we all care about our hair care routines. There are so many products on the market, and even more at our disposal with the recent surge of all natural hair care brands flooding product shelves. With so much information coming our way about hair care, in addition to not knowing what works and what doesn’t, it could be very easy to get lost in the noise and drown in confusion when it comes to making the best decisions for your hair. ?However, if you are seriously looking to take an extra step and make a move towards a natural hair care routine, then you are in luck! If you have found that “going green” with your hair care seems a little challenging to you, no need to fret, outlined below are eight simple green hair care tips you can start following today to create a green routine that won’t break the bank or your hair.
I believe that making the move to all natural hair care is one of the best things that you could do for your mind, body and environment. ?When you choose to go natural and buy green based hair care products, you are also often contributing to the local economy by helping to boost small business owners?who formulate and make their own hair care products. If you are a DIY’er, making your own natural hair care products at home will save money and in the long run put more money back in your pocket. It’s a win-win.
Going green with your hair care helps to nourish your mind, body and soul. In essence, it can bring you back to nature, helping you to get in touch with your roots; literally and symbolically. You are also protecting your body from many chemicals that are thought to be harmful with long term use, such as parabens, sulfates and phthalates which?have been have been linked to cancer and many other ailments.
KNOW WHAT REALLY MAKES A PRODUCT TRULY NATURAL OR ORGANIC?
For a product to be labeled natural or all natural only means that the product?contains minimally processed ingredients with no artificial preservatives. ?Usually these products are not?inspected by an outside party, so when making the choice to use them you are doing so at your own risk. However, neither the FDA nor the USDA has rules or regulations for products labeled “natural.”
Organic Products will usually say organic and or display the USDA Organic seal and are held to higher standard than natural products. They are inspected by licensed government agencies to make sure the products are organic and are what they say they are. However, in many cases, some natural products are just as good as organic so don’t be deceived.
Also keep in mind that there are many small owner based natural product lines that would love to be labeled organic by the USDA but are not able to due to the high fees they would have to pay just to get the seal of approval. Your best bet when choosing products is to use your own judgment. Look at the label and check out the ingredients for yourself. ?If something does not sound natural and you really can’t understand what’s in a product then it is probably not natural or organic. For more information on reading labels, check out How To Avoid ‘Greenwashing’ When Buying Organic And Natural Products.
MAKE YOUR OWN HAIR PRODUCTS
You will save money in the end while at the same time knowing what is in your products. Become a mixtress; you never know where it could lead. You can make including shampoos, conditioners and daily moisturizing spritzs.
CONSTANTLY CHECK LABELS
When you purchase hair care products, be sure to by those that are paraben, sulfate, and non-natural preservative free. ?These chemicals can cause havoc on the environment and your health.
WEED OUT THE BAD SEEDS
Cut down your current products full of synthetic chemicals and use only a select few until they are gone. By doing this, you can help cut your chances down on becoming a product junkie by wasting money on products you don’t need.
STICK TO YOUR COMMITMENT
Try to buy products that are organic, 100% natural, fair-trade, or USDA Certified.
REMEMBER SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Purchase hair care products that place their products in recyclable materials, which helps to minimize packaging.
SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES
Whenever possible, buy local and small business hair care products.
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP IF EVERYTHING ISN’T 100% NATURAL OR ORGANIC
Being socially responsible with your beauty products can often be a challenge for a variety of reasons, but it does not mean that you can never touch products from brands that don’t make all organic or natural products. There are really good products formulated with mostly natural and healthy ingredients that you may still like and benefit from. Don’t beat yourself up for still loving and using brands that aren’t 100% natural.
Creating a green hair care routine does not have to be confusing or complicated. With a little time and patience, and following these green hair care tips, you can be on your way to a cleaner and healthier routine for yourself and the environment.