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5 Benefits of Low Tox Hair Care

5 Benefits of Low Tox Hair Care

Looking for shiny, nourished, beautiful hair? Many of us turn to different hair care products promising miraculous transformations to hair in order to achieve our desired results. However, hair care is a journey and unfortunately, conventional hair care products are often formulated with toxic ingredients that can harm our hair and our health. Awareness of harmful ingredients in hair care products is key to embracing safer, more natural alternatives. 

This blog post explores the benefits of low tox hair care and tips for making the switch to safer, more natural alternatives. 

Understanding Toxic Ingredients in Hair Care

Why are people are making the switch to hair care with natural ingredients? Conventional hair care products often contain chemicals that can cause more harm than good. Common ingredients to avoid include sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. Sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, is the ingredient that creates the rich lather in traditional shampoo and hair products. However, they can strip hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation of the scalp. Parabens and phthalates have been linked to endocrine disruption, among other potential health risks. Further, synthetic fragrances that are found in many hair care products can lead to scalp irritation or allergic reactions. By swapping traditional hair care products for ones with cleaner ingredients, you reduce your risk of exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Benefits of Low Toxic Hair Care

We have highlighted some of the main benefits of switching to clean hair care products:

1. Improved Hair Health

One of the immediate benefits of switching to low toxic hair care is the improvement in scalp and hair health. Natural ingredients found in clean hair products like coconut, argan oil, and honey provide gentle yet effective cleansing without stripping away natural oils or causing irritation. These ingredients are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that promote hair growth, strengthen hair strands, and prevent breakage. A healthier scalp, free from harsh chemicals, fosters an environment conducive to hair growth and overall hair vitality. For gentle shampoo conditioner options, try our Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath and the Innersense Hydrating Cream Conditioner. These products are silicone-free and leave hair feeling nourished.

2. Reduced Risk of Allergic Reactions 

Many people experience allergic reactions or sensitivities to the harsh ingredients found in conventional hair care products. Symptoms can range from mild itching and redness to severe dermatitis. Low toxic hair care products, which are formulated with natural and organic ingredients, are less likely to cause these reactions. By eliminating common irritants such as synthetic fragrances, these products are gentler and safer for those with sensitive scalps or allergies. For example, products such as our Luna Nectar Renaissance BetterHair Pre-Wash Hair Treatment Oil has been Dermatologist-tested, trichologist-approved. Not only is this product formulated with natural ingredients, it is also naturally scented, with no fake or headache-inducing fragrances.

3. Regulated Hormone Balance 

Certain chemicals in conventional hair care products, like parabens and phthalates, are known to be endocrine disruptors. These substances can interfere with the body's hormone balance, potentially leading to long-term adverse health risks. By choosing hair care products with cleaner ingredients, you reduce your exposure to these harmful chemicals and support better hormonal health.

4. Decreased Scalp Irritation 

The sulphates found in traditional hair care products may disrupt the pH balance of the scalp, leading to inflammation and irritation. Sulfates strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to more oil production, ultimately causing more build up on the scalp. The Kitsch Shampoo Brush and Scalp Exfoliator is a helpful tool to gently massage and exfoliate your scalp.

5. Managed Long-Term Hair Health 

Low toxic hair care products promote long-term hair health and manageability. Without the buildup of harsh chemicals, hair is more likely to maintain its natural texture, shine, and strength. While the transition from traditional hair care products may take some getting used to, over time, your hair will adapt and become easier to manage. As a result, there will be less dependence on additional styling products and treatments. If you are looking for a clarifying shampoo to remove product buildup, consider trying our Look Organics Clarifying Shampoo.

Tips for Transitioning to Low Toxic Hair Care

When transitioning to low toxic hair care from traditional products, leverage Live Healthillie’s various hair products. All products on our site have been vetted with a high standard in mind. Beginning to use hair care products with simple ingredients can be a rewarding process with a few thoughtful steps:

Read Labels Carefully: Educate yourself on harmful ingredients to avoid. Look for products labeled as sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and free of synthetic fragrances. As mentioned above, Live Healthillie does the work for you ahead of time, so you know all ingredient labels on our site have clean ingredients that adhere to our strict standard. 

Start with Basics: There is no need to stress out and throw away all of your traditional hair care products at once. As a first step, begin by replacing your shampoo and conditioner with low toxic alternatives. You can gradually incorporate other products like styling gels, serums, and hair masks over time.

Be Patient: Your hair may go through an adjustment period as it detoxifies from previous chemical exposure. Give it time to adapt and improve. Also, since low tox hair care products do not contain sulfates, they have less lather than traditional hair products, which may take some getting used to.

Consult Reviews and Recommendations: Our site has plenty of reviews from customers who have tried our products. Look for reviews and recommendations who have already made the switch to low toxic hair care to see what is best for you.

Consider Your Diet: Having healthy hair is not just about the products you use, it is also based on your diet. Incorporate a balanced diet with varied vegetables and healthy fats to receive the nutrients you need for nourished hair. 

Embracing Healthier Choices for Beautiful Hair

Switching to low toxic hair care can be a great step in your health journey. By choosing products made with natural and organic ingredients, you can enjoy the benefits of nourished hair without the risks associated with toxic ingredients. Embrace the change, and let your hair thrive naturally.

by Alex Aviza – June 18, 2024