Have you ever taken the time to read the ingredients label on your shampoo or conditioner bottles? Understanding what ingredients you are using in your hair is vital for maintaining a healthy, nourished natural hair care regime. Likewise, understanding the proper goals of what to aim for when going natural with your hair is just as paramount. To quote Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, “Squeaky-clean hair is not a goal in hair care, oily, weighed down hair is not a goal either. Inadequate moisturizers, pomades and conditioners that load the cuticles down with silicones and oils rather than infuse true moisture into the fiber, also leave the hair feeling dry.” These methods do not support the natural needs of our hair fiber, which makes paying closer attention to the ingredients in our hair products that much more important.
Unfortunately, with our busy lives and demanding schedules, it can be difficult to find the time to worry about looking over all of the ingredients in our hair products. All too often we simply trust advertisements or commercials claiming that certain hair products can make your hair softer or more manageable. However, they may also contain harsh chemicals and damaging ingredients that actually do more harm than good. If you want to break the cycle of damage to your hair, here are some natural ingredients that you should look for in your natural hair products.
Jojoba oil is an incredibly nourishing ingredient that is packed with vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, zinc, and a variety of B vitamins. When jojoba oil is present in your hair care products, it offers protection from dryness, frizz, and breakage by adding a moisture barrier to your parched strands. Because jojoba oil adds strength to your hair, it is also believed to promote hair growth and thickness, making it an ideal ingredient if you are trying to grow out your natural hair. If you are looking for a natural hair product that will promote hair growth while not damaging your hair, check out our SAJ oil which contains jojoba oil as a main ingredient. Our natural SAJ oil contains anti-itch properties which reduce inflammation and irritation of your scalp while helping improve your hair’s natural shine.
You have probably heard of keratin for its moisturizing and restorative abilities, but may still be uncertain of what exactly keratin does for your hair. Keratin is a protective protein that is naturally found in your hair, nails, and skin. It is extremely important because it makes the cells in the body less prone to tearing or breaking. Keratin can be derived from other natural sources and added to hair products as a key natural ingredient. This supplemental keratin in the hair will help to strengthen hair strands and create a glossy shine. Keratin also helps to make hair smoother and more manageable. Look for keratin protein in products that you use every day, such as your leave-in conditioner, to keep your hair strong and healthy.
This may come as a surprise to you, but rosemary is so much more than an herb used for cooking. Natural rosemary essential oil has incredible healing properties that are beneficial for both the hair and scalp in an abundance of ways. Rosemary oil contains anti-inflammatory elements and also promotes increased blood flow and circulation when applied to the scalp. This ultimately helps to stimulate hair growth and thickness by improving the health of the scalp and hair follicles. Rosemary is also antimicrobial and moisturizing, so it is a perfect natural remedy for dry scalp and dandruff! If you want a powerful and natural hair product to help soothe your scalp and nourish your tresses, look for a natural conditioner or shampoo with rosemary oil.
Aloe vera has been used for centuries to treat dry skin and hair, and for good reason. The gel from an aloe plant can moisturize and replenish the hair and scalp and does not contain any harsh chemicals. It also has powerful clarifying properties that will gently cleanse your hair of heavy products and residue that other products may leave behind. When you spot a hair product that contains aloe vera, you know it will both nourish and clarify your hair, leaving it healthy and voluminous.
If you suffer from a dry scalp or parched curls and are struggling to grow your natural hair, ylang-ylang oil is a truly amazing natural ingredient you should look for in your hair care products. When hair does not have enough oil or sebum, it tends to dry out and break more easily. Treating your hair and scalp with ylang-ylang oil will help to stimulate circulation and the production of natural oils. As a result, your hair will grow longer and stronger when you regularly use a natural shampoo or conditioner with ylang-ylang oil.
The oil from avocados has all of the nourishing essentials you need to get your hair healthy and back on track. We are talking about antioxidants, minerals, biotin, essential fatty acids, and vitamins, A, B, and E! As you can see, it really packs a punch. For people with damaged hair or hair that just won’t seem to grow, look for avocado oil as one of the main ingredients in your hair products. It helps to thicken your hair by stimulating blood flow and helping to unclog blocked follicles. After years (or maybe even decades) of treating your hair with harsh chemicals and heat, avocado oil brings the level of restoration you need to start growing out those natural tresses.
Mango butter is made from the seed of the mango fruit and contains high levels of vitamins and antioxidants that are both hydrating and protective. However, the most beneficial elements of mango butter for natural hair are the high levels of saturated and monosaturated fatty acids. The rich and soothing properties of mango butter are especially helpful for promoting natural hair because they seal and protect your strands that may be prone to breakage. A hydrating natural mango balm butter hair product is perfect for sealing your style, providing protection from the sun and other damaging factors, while also acting as a deep moisturizing treatment.
Overall, you want to avoid hair products that contain sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and other chemicals that can be harsh on your natural hair. Natural ingredients are a key component in building a long-lasting and sustainable natural hair care regime. When choosing your hair care products it is important to decide if your goal is moisturizing or coating. Moisturizing products smooth cuticles, soften hair, and improve manageability of your hair. Coating products mainly improve the short-term appearance of your hair. Whether your goals are improved length, manageability, or improving your hairs overall health, appropriate hair product selection greatly enhances and aids in helping you achieve your natural hair goals. Look for these natural ingredients that will nourish and hydrate your hair and scalp, especially if you are thinking about going natural with your hair.
Silent Naturals offers several natural hair products made with organic ingredients designed specifically for beautifully textured curls. If you are ready to go natural with your hair, we have everything you need to get started and maintain a beautiful, long-lasting natural hair care routine.