What is natural hair care? At first sight, the “natural” part of the question might seem to be straightforward and self-explanatory.
Though I believe it needs more clarification as I would like to shed light on some tricky aspects of how we define the term “natural” in products.
Then I will share with you three useful approaches you can undertake to have your hair always pure and in good shape!
3 myths about natural products
There is a lot of misconception among consumers what precisely a natural product is. Some people think that “natural” is when you can eat it. But I don’t think so. Let’s say you eat fruit and vegetables full of nitrates, is this considered “natural”?
You see it is a bit complicated. To clarify that matter, I will comment on a few popular myths about natural products. This will help you make better decisions when it comes to your natural hair care.
Myth #1. All natural components are helpful
It is not always the truth. It is common sense that nature creates not only great but harmful substances for human beings, as well.
You could end up with a bacterial infection, or even get poisoned if you use inappropriate natural substances or products.
So, your first task is to know which natural components are good for your body, and which could harm you.
Myth #2. If a natural component or product is helpful, we can use it unlimited
Wrong! Even if an ingredient or product is healthy for you, it might turn into a disaster, overdosing it. Isn’t it the same with food?
You may follow the healthiest diet possible, but if you absorb a massive amount of food at a time, you might find yourself in the hospital! You have to find the quantity balance.
In the world of natural cosmetics, a good example is “essential oils” usage. As a rule of thumb, essential oils typically substantially present in almost all natural products’ formulas.
But if they are not in the right concentration and balance, a product can achieve the opposite effect and could damage your hair and skin.
Myth #3. Chemicals are always harmful
Again wrong! Here we could reciprocally conclude that as not all natural ingredients are good for us, not all chemical components are bad.
There is some misconception that chemicals and toxins are synonyms. Don’t get me wrong, while it might be right for many chemical compounds, not all of them would hurt us! In fact, our body is made of chemicals!
What about a balanced approach?
We should make a difference between naturally derived chemicals and synthetic (human-made) chemicals. Typically, the first could enhance the impact of a natural product in a healthy way.
What we should avoid is using synthetic (human-made) chemicals, for our body care, but even among them, there are good examples that may help us, when used correctly.
It is better to be educated which ones would benefit us, and which human-made chemicals we should avoid.
I am a big proponent of natural products and components. I fact, I adore them. I use predominantly natural cosmetics for my hair and skin.
At the same time, I want to say that we should not be extreme in our approach. We have to use natural products, but in a way that we take the best from both worlds – natural and synthetic!
I will give you a proof that the flexible and intelligent approach regarding natural products works well.
Some of the most prominent organizations that certify natural products pay attention that pure natural products in some natural cosmetic categories are mission impossible.
If you have a pure natural product, like dried herb, or essential oil, then it is easy to achieve the “natural” target. Why? Because you have the generic ingredient, turned and packed into a product to sell.
But if you have to produce a more sophisticated product, which needs blending and processing, like shampoo? Then you will most probably use additives, like chemicals.
But if these chemicals are natural, or there is a tiny quantity of specific nature-identical synthetic chemicals, like preservatives, you can still consider this product as natural!
That is why, some certification organizations, like Natrue, divide the ingredients into three levels:
- Natural ingredients
- Derived natural ingredients
- Nature-identical ingredients
Natural ingredients are unmodified and may be received only by a fermentation process.
Derived natural ingredients are the result of permitted chemical reaction processes on only natural ingredients.
Nature-identical ingredients could be minerals, pigments, or preservatives. They are reproduced in the laboratory but exist in nature. These ingredients are allowed when strictly necessary to ensure consumer safety (preservatives) or for purity (minerals/pigments). All of them have something in common: their chemical formula exists in nature.
Don’t be afraid, if you see a mineral, pigment or preservative in your natural cosmetics product! As far as these products are produced by the rules, everything should be fine!
Which are those rules? I have written an article, where I explain in detail what is the definition of a natural product and there I suggest you six rules how to recognize which product is natural.
Read the article HERE.
I hope now it is much more clear what we could call the natural product, what are the non-natural exceptions allowed, and how to distinguish between good and harmful substances for our health and purity.
What is natural hair care? Follow these three approaches!
Typically, when people consider how to maintain their hair, first thing on their list is expensive chemicals and cosmetic products. Of course, high-quality, pricey cosmetics are always an option.
But as I have already mentioned, I am a fan of the natural approach. I prefer being close to nature when taking care of my hair.
There are three natural approaches, and you could try all three of them and see which works best for you, depending on your needs and hair specifics.
Approach # 1 Use pure natural substances
You cannot believe how cheap and straightforward it can be to maintain your hair. All you have is to go to the kitchen and find the following ingredients:
Not only eggs are beneficial food, but they also contain proteins and fats, which are very appropriate to nourish your hair naturally.
For dry scalp, you’d better use yolks. If your hair is disposed to get oily, your choice should be egg white.
You could directly massage your hair with yolk or egg white. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Be sure your hair is wet before the procedure.
If you are addicted to using hair gel or hairspray, you know how bad your hair feels due to the product buildup. To solve this issue, mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with 3.5 fl oz (100 ml) water.
Massage your hair with the mixture, heading from the bottom to the top of the strands. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse with water. To enhance the effect, you can apply this procedure twice a month or any time you feel your hair needs additional cleansing.
If you have frizzy hair, mix 4 tablespoons yogurt and 1 egg. First, wash your hair with shampoo and rinse it. Massage your hair with the mixture, heading from the bottom to the top of the strands. Leave it for 10 minutes and rinse with fresh water.
Approach # 2 Use DIY hair care masks
If you want to complicate the process in a right way, enhancing the effect, you could try some handmade hair masks, using mostly essential oils, fruit, food products, etc.
Approach # 3 Use quality natural cosmetics
If you want to use high quality & natural hair care formulas, to have full maintenance to your hair, you could consider using specific branded products, blended with natural ingredients, tested and optimized for excellent effect.
There are a lot of quality natural products on the market. And remember, don’t believe the marketing message of the seller or the label only, pass a product through your quality control, using the six rules that I already mentioned.
If a product “passes the test,” give it a try. If it works for your hair – “rinse and repeat” 🙂
I hope I answered the question what is natural hair care? Now you know the answer is not that simple as it sounds. You know how to be flexible when thinking about physical stuff.
And last, but not least, you know 3 “natural” strategies how to keep your hair clean and healthy, with plenty of homemade masks and recipes to experiment.
Next step is to TAKE ACTION! Nature gives us so many opportunities. Let’s grab some of them!
I would love to hear from you! What is “natural” for you? What are your hair care strategies? Leave me a comment, and I will answer you!
To your wise hair care approach,