The industry tells us that the chemicals in beauty products are at low levels and so we don’t need to worry about it.
Here’s what I think:
It all ADDS up!
From pollutants in the environment, to the preservatives and hormone-whacking foods we’re eating, to what we put on our skin, it all adds up.
That’s why, I believe in being an educated consumer and trying to keep my physiology as optimal as I can by using natural and organic products.
Educated consumers know the beauty industry is given a LOT of discretion on the ingredients they use and often, it’s only years after a chemical has been on the market and raked up damages and lawsuits, that consumer protection agencies intervene.
For example, it wasn’t that long ago that the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration issued a warning about formaldehyde, a popular hair smoothing ingredient. This harmful chemical has been used in Brazilian Blowouts products for a while and now, new research shows that dangerous levels of formaldehyde in hair products can cause breathing difficulty, eye damage (including blindness) and even cancer.
Now, I can’t make the financial decision for you whether to use natural hair products or not. Some of them are pricey AF! As a consumer, wellness advocate and biohacker though, I’ll continue to share some of the natural lines I’m using and liking.
Today, I’m looking haircare products and highly recommend these:
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
This sulfate-free shampoo gets rid of gunk and buildup and contains binchotan charcoal that draws impurities from the scalp and hair follicle. Certified organic products like lavender, Shea butter and sweet almond oil makes it good for you and the environment. $42. Find it at Sephora.
Innersence Color Awakening Hair Bath
Pleasing to the senses this gentle hair and scalp bath is derived from the fatty acids of apricots and natural plant sources. It’s 100% sulfate-free and leaves hair healthy, clean and full of bounce without residue or dryness. $31 on Amazon.com.
This 100 percent vegan company makes alcohol, paraben and sulfate-free hair products, which they refer to as hair food. have shampoos made from organic herbal infusion and conditioners made from macadamia nut oil.