Why You Should Try Organic Hair Products

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by Mary Wolff

If you are like most curlies, you are always looking for the hair care products that will give you the gentlest care without skimping on the results. One of the best ways to make sure this goal is reached is with the use of organic hair products. What does organic really mean and why should you invest in organic hair products? Let’s take a look at this topic in more detail.

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Hair and Makeup Rescue 911

by Miss Lycia of All Day Natural

Ladies, stop what you’re doing right now. Don’t walk…run to your bathroom. It’s time for a cosmetics overhaul. That Wet-N-Wild lipstick you’ve been wearing since the 8th grade? Chunk it. It’s killing your lips. The “all-purpose” vaseline you slather on your skin? Petroleum is great for fueling cars, not so much for your body.

Thanks to our friends at Skin Deep, here is a list of ingredients to avoid in your products. These ingredients have caused severe allergic reactions and been linked to cancers, as well as complications with the nervous system:

1) Hair dyes with ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene; all
dark permanent hair dyes

2) Liquid hand soaps with triclosan

3) Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde

4) Lotions and creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA, and BHA acid

5) Hair products with parabens or “-paraben”

6) Shampoos or soaps with sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate

7) Lipsticks and eye makeup with synthetic dyes (D & C)

Does that mean you’re destined to live a bare-faced, ashy life? No! There are a plethora of resources on the web, including natural hair and beauty and healthy living sites. Many of these have reviews on safe products that look good on you and are great for you. Here’s to a healthy (and beautiful) you!

What types of “safe” cosmetics have you had success with?

Top 5 Do-It-Yourself Hair Products

Evelyn of NaturallyCurly dishes on her favorite homemade, organic hair products:

Curl Moisturizing Spray
A perfect balance of distilled water and aloe vera gel or juice will keep your curls, coils, or kinks refreshed and ready to take on the day! Add a few drops of peppermint oil or tea tree oil for soothing scalp therapy.

Shea Butter Styling Cream
A mixture of your favorite essential oils, carrier oils, and of course organic shea butter! You can use this for every kind of twist, braid, or knot style you can imagine! Whip everything in a bowl with an electric mixer, and allow to solidify over night. Make it as thick or thin as you want, according to your hair type.

For other delicious recipes, CLICK HERE!

Shea and Cocoa Hair Butter Recipe

Check out Sheenalyoung's yummy Shea and Cocoa Butter Hair/Body Butter recipe:

Are We Being Duped?- Organic Hair Products

Shirley W., a CN.com reader, shared a very interesting msnbc.com article she came across yesterday.

"Consumer groups warn that when it comes to organic cosmetics and personal care products, you may not get what you expect. 'It's the Wild West out there,' says one industry expert."

Are you an avid organic cosmetic consumer? Although I'm by no means a die-hard 'all natural' girl, I have been known to purchase random conditioners from Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe just because they tout ORGANIC on the label. Of course, these same conditioners usually cost $10 for an 8oz size bottle...but deep in my heart, I feel that it must be worth it! Usually, the product is a bust and must be returned or given away :(

I do, however, (when I'm not in a hurry) take the time to read the label for suspicious ingredients. And more times than not, I'm sad to say, organic conditioners contain ingredients they should not have! According to the article:
"If you see a product that’s labeled organic but it doesn’t have the USDA Organic seal, do your homework. Check the ingredients and decide whether this product meets your expectations of organic."
So what do you think? Are we being exploited? What measures should we take (or info should we arm ourselves with) before heading out to market? Should we forget the Organic labels, and just simply buy products that work for us?

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