If you want to love your hair, but just can’t seem to fall in love with it, it’s probably not your hair’s fault – it’s your hair products! If you’re suffering from frizz, split ends, dry hair, etc., don’t lose hope; it’s not the natural state of your hair, and you don’t have to live with these problems. You just need to work on your relationship with your hair, and you can start by knowing what not to buy.
Doing Damage To Your Hair…
High-quality hair products are worth your time and money because they’re less likely to do damage to your hair. Many products, while they might be available for a song, contain nasty ingredients that can really hurt your hair from root to tip. So many of them scorch your hair by removing moisture or strip the natural oils needed to stay healthy. These are the chief culprits:
- Alcohol: Found as the base of mousses and spray gels, alcohol strips the moisture from your hair and opens it up to a lot of drying damage.
Silicone: This ingredient creates a look of shiny hair, but this only covers for some very deep damage. It coats the hair, preventing nutrients from getting into the shaft. Using a silicone-based product renders the benefits you think you’re getting from conditioner absolutely useless.
- Protein: This isn’t necessarily a bad ingredient, but a product with too much protein will take the elasticity out of the hair, causing breakage during brushing.
- Parabens: These are preservatives used to kill microbes. While this sounds okay in theory, they can actually be absorbed into the hair and scalp, and are toxic to human cells.
- Fragrances: This class of ingredients is usually made of phthalates, which can have an effect on hormone production and reproductive health. They aren’t always a problem, but we don’t know, because many fragrance ingredients are protected as trade secrets.
- Plastic: We’re not talking about something found in a shampoo or styling gel (though don’t use any of those that do have plastic). Plastic combs and brushes can easily break hair, and shouldn’t be used.
In short, chemically-derived ingredients don’t interact naturally with your hair and scalp, preventing nutrients and oils from doing their job. Some of them are okay to use as minor ingredients, but they need healthy ingredients to prevent their more damaging effects. So why use chemicals when natural ingredients can do everything they can and more?
… and How to Repair It!
It’s so important to choose the right products, even if you think you’re beyond help. Repairing your hair is easy, and it starts by switching out products with harmful ingredients to prevent further damage. There are many products that use botanically-derived ingredients, but go with a line like Aveda, where every product is committed to being plant-based and cruelty free. Nowhere in any products list will you find parabens, artificial fragrances, and other ingredients that hurt your hair with every wash.
Products with natural ingredients can slowly bring your hair back to its healthy, natural self, but you can definitely speed up the process. Mother Nature provides many ingredients that can undo the damage Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair uses Macadamia oil, a conditioning oil, to help smooth the hair surface; the organic soy helps nourish hair from the inside. Split End Repair uses nagai oil, derived from organic nangai nuts, to bind separate ends together and