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Clean Hair Care Is the Secret to Luscious Locks – Here’s Why

Image: Courtesy of Tamara Bellis/Unsplash. Your scalp is still your skin, so treat it the same way you’d treat your face – with lots of love and respect!


By Hoiisa’s editor

Clean, natural skincare has been on the rise for some time now, but now the spotlight is starting to shine on clean hair care – and rightly so. Did you know that your average drugstore-purchased shampoo is packed full of chemicals that don’t just wreak havoc on your hair, but on your body too? We thought that might get your attention…

Whether you’re reminiscent of Rapunzel or sporting this season’s ‘lob’, you want healthy-looking tresses that are shiny and strong – not dull and weak. And certainly with no itchy, flaky scalps in tow. We know all the usual things that help to boost hair health, like applying a deep conditioning mask every once in a while and avoiding excessive heat styling, but chances are you’re damaging your hair every day, without even knowing it. Lurking inside those pretty, bright bottles of hair product you’ll find harsh detergents and irritants that are linked to everything from immune and respiratory problems to severe allergic reactions.

Not only that, they’ll often be depositing micro plastics onto your hair to create the illusion of softer, shinier strands – but instead – they’re just loading locks up with bad stuff. In the long run, this can result in hair loss, damage, brittleness, and dullness. Not what we want.

Image: Courtesy of Silvia Agrasar/Unsplash.

The top three culprits to watch out for? Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – a.k.a. the detergent and surfactant that creates the rich, frothy lather (and also happens to be so harsh and low-cost it’s used in industrial cleaning agents…), Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol, and Triethanolamine (TEA, MEA, DEA). Not forgetting alcohol and fragrance, which you’ll find in pretty much every hairspray and styling product under the sun… So, opt for sulfate-free formulas and read your labels carefully (there are over 150 names used for SLS!), but – of course – if in doubt, opt for a 100% natural hair care hero, which you know won’t stress out your scalp or your strands. We’ve rounded up Hoiisa’s top five lock lovers below to get you started.

Image: Courtesy of Suhyeon Choi/Unsplash. By eliminating nasty chemicals from your hair care, your locks will be stronger, shinier, and smoother.

For Baby Hairs
Erbaviva Baby Shampoo

Okay, so it might say it’s for babies, but anyone and everyone can use the scalp-soothing shampoo. Formulated for even the most sensitive of skins, including that of a new-born, it’s a mild, nourishing blend of organic essential oils, aloe leaf juice and botanical extracts that gently cleanse the scalp and hair whilst providing natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Particularly perfect for those with irritation or sensitivities.

For Limp Locks
Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & Conditioner

Lank, limp locks got you down? Then give your hair back its oomph with Rahua’s Voluminous range. 100% natural, vegan, and organic, both the shampoo and conditioner are incredibly lightweight (no weighing down of the hair here) and work together to clarify and reduce volume-preventing residue and oils whilst fortifying and preventing damage. Using a blend of lemongrass, citrus juices, lavender and eucalyptus, they also leave locks smelling subtly zesty, giving you all the more reason to embrace that big, bouncy hair flick.

For On-The-Go Fixes
Tabitha James Kraan Organic Dry Shampoo Fair Hair

A dry shampoo, formulated without alcohol, that adds volume and freshness without damaging locks? It may sound too good to be true, but thanks to Tabitha James Kraan, this hair dream is now a reality. Not only does her organic dry shampoo only contain just a handful of ingredients (100% natural of course), but it only uses certified essential oils, organic plant powders, and therapeutic botanicals to work its mane-boosting magic. Helping to soothe the scalp and balance oil production, it’s the perfect quick-fix if your style is in need of an instant refresh, or to tide you over between washes.

For Dry Disasters
Grown Alchemist Strengthening Shampoo
Grown Alchemist Strengthening Conditioner

You don’t have to travel to the land down under to reap the beauty rewards of the Outback, because thanks to Grown Alchemist, your haircare routine can be bursting with Aussie botanicals and superfoods to transform dry, damaged tresses into soft, shiny manes in minutes. Specifically formulated for chemically treated or over-styled hair, this strengthening duo is packed full of hydrolysed baobab protein, ginseng, and calendula to boost hair growth and strength whilst aiding damage recovery, cleansing, and conditioning. Clever.

For A Treat
Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

For the ultimate treat for your tresses, nothing beats taking indulging in a decadent hair mask – especially when it’s Rahua’s award-winning Omega 9 treatment. This all-natural mask is a must-have for hair that’s in need of some TLC. Infused with the highest quality natural ingredients, including omega-9-rich ungurahua oil, sunflower-seed oil, quinoa protein, lavender, and eucalyptus, its deep-conditioning formula helps repair and prevent damage, infuse locks with moisture, and promote scalp health.

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