In recent years, there has been a shift towards consumers purchasing more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable beauty products. Not only do these ‘green beauty’ products positively affect the environment, they are also much better for our bodies.
Natural hair care products, like those available from Bouclème, are full of ingredients that are both kind to the hair and gentle on the skin. Whether you already use a few natural products as part of your hair care regime, or you are looking to dive right in, you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of benefits to using products made from naturally derived ingredients.
If you’re thinking of going natural with your hair products this year, but want to know how they can benefit your hair and the world around you, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are 10 reasons why you should go natural with your hair products this year:
1. No Harmful Chemicals
If you follow the Curly Girl Method, you will have heard all about harsh ingredients like sulphates, silicones and parabens. Opting for products that do not contain such chemicals, will greatly benefit your hair and skin in the long run. On top of this, ditching products that contain harmful chemicals will help the environment, as you will no longer be rinsing them down the drain each time you wash your hair
2. Kinder to the planet
Many natural hair and skin care brands use recyclable or biodegradable packing. This means, once you’re done with the product, the packaging won’t harm the environment or be discarded in a landfill site. Instead, the packaging will either decompose or be reused, therefore reducing harm to the planet.
3. More Sustainable
Most natural hair care products are created using ingredients sourced through ethical practices with fair trade as standard. A number of natural hair care brands also now give back to the environment or local communities from which ingredients are sourced. Bouclème has a partnership with Trees For The Future, which means a new tree is planted each time a 300ml bottle is purchased.
4. Your Hair Will Thank You
Healthy hair is something that is desired by many, but it’s not easily achieved when using products that contain harsh chemical ingredients. While it can take a good few months to reap the benefits of natural ingredients, opting for natural hair products will seriously up your hair game. Naturally curly hair will become curlier, more defined and moisturised - what more could you ask for?
5. Your Scalp Will Be Healthier
The harsh ingredients (e.g. sulphates, drying alcohols) found in everyday shampoos and other hair care products can cause irritation to the scalp. Many people suffer from a dry, itchy scalp, which can be exacerbated by harsh cleansers like sulphates. Using a shampoo with naturally derived ingredients will gently cleanse the scalp without stripping it of its natural oils - which are vital for a healthy scalp.
6. No More Masking the Problem
Widely available non-natural hair products contain ingredients like silicones that seal the hair cuticle, preventing moisture from getting in. Through sealing the hair cuticle, silicones mask the problem, making hair seem smooth and silky, but in reality, it is most likely in need of moisture and hydration. Natural hair products do not contain silicones, but use naturally derived ingredients that provide hair with the nutrients needed for properly nourished hair. While it can take a few months to see results, in the long run, hair will become much healthier.
7. Products Can Be Used Interchangeably
Many natural hair care products double up as skin care products because of just how natural the ingredients are. Bouclème’s Curl Conditioner, for example, doubles up brilliantly as a nourishing hand cream. The Curl Cleanser also makes a great body wash - which is great if you are travelling and want to pack minimal products!
8. Better For Overall Health
Hair products that contain harsh chemicals are not only bad for the health of your hair and scalp, they are also thought to affect overall health. When you apply products to your hair and scalp, they get absorbed by your skin and make their way into your body. Ingredients like parabens and phthalates have been linked to health concerns like breast cancer, due to their ability to mimic hormones. Opting for natural hair products will help to prevent health problems associated with such ingredients.
9. No Animal Testing
As sad as it is, animal testing is unfortunately still carried out on a number of products throughout the hair and beauty industry. Going natural with your hair care products usually means going cruelty-free, too. However, it’s best to check the packaging for the cruelty-free label before purchasing any product.
10. An Investment Into Yourself
While natural hair care products often carry a higher price tag than those containing harsh chemicals, as with everything, you pay for quality. Non-natural products are often mass-produced for a low price using cheap ingredients, yet natural products are, for the most part, ethically produced using quality ingredients. By paying a little more for natural hair products, you are investing both into an eco-friendly market, but also into yourself. Your hair, skin and body will benefit from going natural, preventing a whole host of unwanted health conditions.
Now that you have a little more insight into the benefits of using natural hair products, it’s time for you to make the switch! Boucléme has a full line of washing and styling hair products that are great for beginners who don’t know where to start.
By Hannah Cook - @hanzcurls