HOW TO DEVELOP A HEALTHY HAIR CARE REGIME
Your hair actually goes through a lot of stress on a daily basis. Environmental factors such as too much heat, not enough humidity, too much sun, and simple daily routines such as brushing hair with wrong type of brush, washing hair with detergents disguised as shampoos. Heat & styling tools set too high can weaken your hair. Furthermore, if you color, perm, or straighten your hair or use other chemical treatments, you can almost guarantee that hair breakage may be an issue. A good hair care regime and quality hair products can make all the difference in the world!
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Skin and hair products are only as good as the ingredients used to create them. BE AWARE of commercial companies who only add a couple of natural ingredients and market the product as “made with natural ingredients”, most commercial hair care products are synthetic fillers, dyes and fragrances with a few healthy ingredients added, in essence they hurt your hair and skin more than help it. Most skin & hair care companies CHOOSE to spend their money on marketing as opposed to putting the money into the ingredients. One dirty little secret in the hair-care cosmetic industry is called “fairy dusting” many companies use just a tiny amount of precious organic or healthy ingredients just to claim it is in their product. If your hair and skin care products are TOTALLY ORGANIC with no sneaky fillers, polymers, and silicones, then you will have the highest possible percentages of a good quality product.
Or you can view them in our online DIGITAL CATALOGUE here! (see pages 13 & 14). Soon they will also be available at our sister-site!
BE AWARE OF INGREDIENTS
Choose totally organic beauty & grooming products! READ THE INGREDIENTS! Organic ingredients are those grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, which is healthier for the planet and healthier for our bodies. Better yet are botanicals grown using biodynamic farming methods, which go beyond organic by emphasizing an even more holistic relationship between the soil, plants, and animals. Product labels usually list a chemical ingredient followed by the phrase “derived from …some natural substance.” For example, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (derived from natural coconut oil). Coconut Oil sounds natural, although this ingredient may start out as natural coconut oil, by the time it is separated out using petrochemicals and chemical solvents, and further processed to create a foam-boosting agent–it is far from coconut oil and far from natural! This type of labeling is grossly misleading for consumers who are looking for genuine safe skin care products. Avoid Shampoos & Conditioners (& skincare products) that contain any ONE (or more) of the following horrendous, dangerous, toxic chemicals:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) -A surfactant found in many cleaning products. Also an insecticide. Known to be cancer-causing &. also causes liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea and eye damage.
- Fragrance -Fragrance that isn’t from a properly diluted 100% organic essential oil is usually synthetic & UNSAFE. Although fragrance looks like it’s one ingredient on the label, it’s more likely a blend of many ingredients. Most commercial manufacturers of shampoos, shower gels, shaving creams, & body lotions do NOT USE totally organic essential oils. Furthermore, many products labeled “unscented” may contain harmful fragrance ingredients; because the manufacturer adds just enough fragrance to mask the unpleasant smell of other unsafe and non-organic ingredients, without giving the product a noticeable scent.
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine -A foaming agent associated with skin and eye irritation and allergic contact dermatitis.
- Triclosan -Accumulates in your fat cells & causes irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs, and causes endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.
- Polysorbates -Used to dissolve fragrance or other oil additives. Often found in conditioners. Leaves a dangerous residue on skin and scalp which disrupts your natural pH and destroys the natural protective barrier of your skin and scalp.
- Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) -Often found in conditioners, it contains dangerous dioxin levels. Dioxins have a direct link to cancer, and also cause organ system toxicity.
- Potassium Sorbate -Used as a preservative in hair-care products. It causes skin and organ system toxicity.
- Phenoxyethanol - Used as a preservative in hair-care products. Causes organ system toxicity, and is an irritant to the skin, eyes and lungs. The FDA warns phenoxyethanol can cause shut down of the central nervous system, & cause vomiting and contact dermatitis.
- Retinyl Palmitate -A form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.
- Dimethicone -A silicone oil that can make the scalp and skin incredibly dry and irritated. It forms an almost plastic-like barrier on the outside of the skin and traps bacteria, sebum and impurities with it.
- Behentrimonium Chloride -A type of ammonium salt used as a preservative and surfactant. It is a toxic compound, with concentrations of 0.1% and higher having been shown to damage the eyes. It is irritating to the skin and causes inflammation.
- Quaternium-15 -A quaternary ammonium salt used as a surfactant and preservative in personal care products. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser. Formaldehyde is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs.
DEVELOP A HEALTHY HAIR CARE REGIME
- Eat a healthy diet. Just like skin, the condition of your hair is an outward sign of inside health. The cells that make up each strand of hair require a regular supply of key nutrients. Your hair needs proper nutrients to grow & be strong. Protein is a big component of hair, so eat foods (e.g. beans, peas, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs) that are rich in protein for strong hair. Also drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated from the inside out. Dark leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, shellfish, chicken, turkey, & salmon are also good for hair. Scalp protection involves other important minerals, notably zinc and selenium. A lack of zinc can lead to hair loss and a dry, flaky scalp (many nuts provide zinc & selenium as well as Vitamin E).
- Pay attention to your shampoo! Is it actually a detergent? Detergents contain any ONE of these ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Parabens, Polyethylene Glycol, and often harmful, unnatural fragrances. Detergents are harsh cleaning agents designed to strip oils and are very damaging to hair and skin. They do, however, make your dishes squeaky-clean. Choose a gentle, hydrating, moisturizing, organic shampoo! Read the ingredients before you buy!
- Hair washing. We are well trained to lather, rinse & repeat. Nevertheless, chances are you’re washing your hair far too often. Consider washing your hair only two or three times a week. If you have oily hair & need to wash more frequently, try washing no more than every other day. Shampooing hair daily with chemically produced shampoos causes the sebaceous glands in human skin that produce sebum natural oils to be stripped too quickly. Most shampoos on the market are actually detergents that might have some healthy ingredients in them, but they actually do more harm to your hair than good (it’s a detergent if it contains ANY ONE of these toxic chemicals: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Parabens, and Polyethylene Glycol). (We recommend one of our HAIR BEARD CONDITIONING SHAMPOO & SHAVING BARS shampoo We offer 2 choices: Cashmere (Rosemary, Lavender, Chamomile) or Epiphany (Peppermint, Tea Tree, Rosemary).
- Hair Rinsing/ Conditioning. If you are using TOTALLY ORGANIC shampoos on your hair you shouldn’t need to use a conditioner! Although commercial conditioners may make your hair feel smooth or soft, they contain petroleum products which are drying & damaging to your hair and scalp, even though they add other ‘healthy ingredients’. Consider using an ACV Apple Cider Vinegar rinse PRIOR to washing your hair to clarify your hair and remove product build-up of serums, gels, sprays, and masks! Since our HAIR BEARD CONDITIONING SHAMPOO & SHAVING BARS are 100% organic & natural they will not strip the natural oils from your hair, INSTEAD they will rejuvenate, hydrate, & condition your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos. However, if your hair has a lot of product build-up (hairspray, mousse, etc) after shampooing you may do an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse to help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair. Be certain to look for an Apple Cider Vinegar with the “mother” in it. The “mother” is simply unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV and because it is unrefined it still contains its complex structure of beneficial acids that has the highest health benefits. Unrefined vinegars have a murky appearance, that’s how you can visually tell the difference. Clear and pasteurized vinegars typically do not contain the mother culture and don’t carry the same benefits. An ACV rinse helps: balance hair & sebum pH (our hair needs a pH level of between 4.5 and 5.5. When kept at this acidity level, the scalp is safeguarded against fungal and bacterial growth, ensuring healthy hair and skin); The acetic acid in ACV is a potent antimicrobial which kills bacteria and fungus, common underlying causes of dandruff and hair loss; ACV also helps detangle, reduce frizz, add shine, stimulate hair growth & prevent hair loss, also helps prevent split ends and breakage. How To Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Just follow these simple steps: (1) Blend one cup of water with two to four tablespoons of vinegar to make your rinse. (2) After you have shampooed and thoroughly rinsed your hair, slowly pour the mixture over your entire scalp, allowing it to run down the length of your hair (being careful not to get it in your eyes). (3) Gently massage the mixture onto your scalp; it will also stimulate circulation and hair growth. (4) After one to two minutes, rinse out the vinegar. We sell Apple Cider Vinegar at our sister site!
- Tangles. Gently remove tangles starting at the bottom & working your way up toward the scalp, when hair is wet it is more elastic, so don’t over stretch the hair. Much like a rubber band, once the hair has over-expanded, it never goes back to its original place, and becomes thinner and more prone to breakage.
- Use heat sparingly. Blow-dryers, flat irons, & curling irons are very damaging to the hair. Air-dry your hair when you can. If you plan to use heat, use the lowest heat setting you can to get the job done. NEVER use temperatures greater than 375°F
- Get a trim. If you have several split ends, a lot of breakage, blow dry your hair regularly, or spend a lot of time in the sun, your hair should be trimmed every eight weeks (less than ¼” of a trim can make a huge difference, you don’t have to cut your hair short for it to be healthy). Trimming is especially important if you have split ends. The split will continue to travel up your hair shaft & your hair will break off on its own. A simple way to trim split ends yourself is to twist your hair into one-inch sections around your index finger, & using sharp hair shears, cut off any of the ends that pop up.
- Use a 100% Boar Bristle Brush. Boar bristles gently massage the scalp, increase blood flow, & unclog hair follicles. One of the factors in hair growth is blood flow to the hair follicles. Without blood flow, your hair cannot grow, which can often be a cause of hair loss and slow growing hair. Since the boar bristle brush evenly distributes your scalps oils throughout the rest of your hair, it creates a natural shine to your hair.
- Use natural, organic, vegan-friendly products & botanical extracts. Look for products that contain pure and organic oils & extracts such as: Coconut oil, Bamboo Oil (Bambusa vulgaris), Babassu Oil, Carob Tree extract (Ceratonia siliqua), Vegetable Collagen, cold pressed Moringa oil, Botanical Keratin, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin E (Panthenol), Omega 6, Moroccan Argan Oil, African Baobab Oil, Aloe Vera, Organic Raw Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Cocoa Butter, or saponified organic hair shampoo bars.
- Avoid chemical treatments as much as possible. Perms, hair-straightening treatments, bleach, & hair dyes are the most damaging things you can do to your hair. These treatments change the actual chemical structure of your hair making it weaker & more likely to break.
- Protect hair from the sun. UV rays from the sun can cause your hair to become dry, brittle, & damages the outer layer of your hair which leads to split ends & breakage. If you are going to be out in the sun, wear a hat!
- Be gentle with your hair. Excessive brushing & combing or rubbing when shampooing & towel drying your hair can cause damage. Detangle your hair from tips to roots & go slowly. Your hair is more susceptible to damage when it is wet. How you style your hair can also cause damage. Tight ponytails, braids, & cornrows, can lead to hair loss & breakage, as well as wearing your hair in the same style all of the time (for example, part your hair on a different side, or if you always wear your hair pulled back, change the position of your ponytail).