Are you a natural beginning your hair care journey? Are you a seasoned natural longing to understand more about what exactly you are putting on your hair? Natural is not just an approach to hair. It is an approach to care and quality for ourselves and body.
Your hair is lovely, distinctive, and unique, just like you, and just like you, it deserves great care.
The natural hair care journey can come with bumps and hiccups in the form of ill-gotten and incorrect knowledge and confusion. There is always a growing list of things to understand. Chemical ingredients are often unpronounceable due to requirements to list the ingredients under their scientific name or even botanical name for natural ingredients instead of its commonly known name.
It may feel that just as soon as you have the hang of things, someone is telling you that your products aren’t healthy: drying and irritating your skin, stripping your hair, disrupting your hormone and endocrine systems, and even polluting the environment. With everything that you’re not supposed to use, how do you determine what are the best ingredients in the best products?
Synthetic Versus Natural
Artificial chemical compounds are found in many hair care products, which can cause your hair to dry out and irritation to your scalp. Whether you're looking to hydrate dry hair, protect color-treated tresses, or get rid of dandruff, there are a variety of natural ingredients that can assist.
Have you ever picked up a product with a beautiful picture of an avocado and the word natural plastered somewhere boldly across the front? A fancy font does not guarantee that your purchase is natural. So how do you know? Let’s look at some differentiation between synthetic and natural.
A natural ingredient is often defined as a raw resource derived from a plant, mineral, or animal sources, a substance that exists naturally in the environment and is free of man-made components. A synthetic ingredient is defined as a man-made chemical compound.
One in 12 beauty and personal care products marketed to African-American women in the US contains highly hazardous ingredients, according to research by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit environmental organization in the US specializing in research and advocacy.
To know what’s better for you, it is important to know what’s unhealthy for you. Let’s take a look at a few ingredients to avoid in your hair care products and why.
The No-No List
Sulfates are surfactants (surface-acting agents) that are used to clean the dirt and excess sebum or oil on the scalp. They are the ingredient that provides suds when you wash. Sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) are hormone disruptors and contribute to the acidification of water and soil which also can lead to acid rain. Sulfates like SLS are banned in Europe.
Parabens are preservatives used to extend the shelf life of products. Many are also banned in Europe and the others highly regulated as they have been linked to an increase in breast cancer because they mimic the function of estrogen in the body.
Phthalates are used as solvents and fragrance fixatives (a chemical substance used to preserve or stabilize biological material). It has been documented that Phthalates disrupt reproductive function and hormonal systems in males and females
Triclosan interacts with the body's thyroid hormone metabolism and may be an endocrine disruptor. Antibacterial chemicals have been linked to an increased risk of allergies, asthma, and eczema in children, not to mention antibiotic-resistant bacterias.
Most hair smoothing or straightening products release formaldehyde gas, a known human carcinogen as classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, into the air during the hair straightening or smoothing process.
These 5 are only a few of the many adverse ingredients that can be found in many popular hair care brands. In stark contrast, Phil’s Better offers only safe and natural ingredients in our hair care line. We only use natural ingredients that complement natural hair. Let’s take a look at our better, all-natural ingredient lineup for our hair care products.
Ingredients: Vitamin E, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Garlic Oil, Soap Nuts, & Soybean Protein
Ingredients: Aloe, Banana, honey, Canela, Rosemary, Tea Tree & Almond Oil
Ingredients: Lemongrass, Aloe, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, & Rosemary
Ingredients: Tea Tree, Jojoba, Almond, Rosemary, Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
Explore a better approach to natural hair care with Phil’s Better natural hair care line.
“Phil” safe and comfortable knowing your purchase from Phil’s Better means you no longer have to scan the ingredients list with the hope that the no-no list is somehow hidden. Because it’s not!
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