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This week Holly Jean gives hot tips from her search for the best toxin-free haircare products.
Women have sacrificed their health for beauty for decades. But in recent times, we've become much more conscious about making healthy and more natural choices when it comes to what to put on our skin.
Debate on the use of parabens, formaldehyde, preservatives and petrochemicals in beauty products is increasing. These chemicals are commonly used in most of our beauty products, such as shampoo, conditioners, moisturisers, facial cleansers, hair products and makeup.
Parabens are naturally occurring, but mimic female hormones. Petrochemicals are derived from petroleum. These and other McNasties should be avoided. It makes sense to choose chemical-free and proven safe products to reduce the chance of chemicals and toxins being absorbed through the skin.
But the mission to purchase toxin-free beauty products can be difficult. New Zealand has seemed a little slow to provide consumers with a wide selection of affordable organic and eco-friendly beauty and household products.
I have tried and tested a number of organic beauty products, and to save you time and money, this week I will share my top tips for hot, healthy and natural haircare. Spread the word.
Sukin Shampoo and Conditioner
This brand is chemical and toxin-free. It is made in New Zealand which is an added benefit, and has pleasant smell. However, the shampoo does not froth well in the hair and leaves the hair feeling like munched-up straw. The conditioner smooths things down, but you need to coat all of the shampooed hair, to remove the hay-head-effect, making for extra daily hair washings. The Sukin range is semi-affordable, which each shampoo and conditioner costing around $11 at Farmers and some chemists.
EcoStore Shampoo and Conditioner
This range of shampoos and conditioners is relatively cheap, and is on the shelves in most supermarkerts and some chemists. The Ecostore range is New Zealand-made. Although the products are completely paraben-free and eco-friendly, as well as grey-water safe, the shampoo lacks a decent froth, and the conditioner lacks a deep, silky sheen finish. Each bottle costs $10.95.
This range is an absolute winner! The shampoos froth like a regular shampoo, while the conditioner leaves the hair sleek and silky. The only place I know to source it from is The Warehouse, which has recently begun stocking the full Organic Care haircare range. The brand claims to contain no parabens, petrochemical cleansers, SLES, SLS, ALES or ALS. It comes in plant-based packaging. Although there is one PEG on the label, this is a great eco product. Each bottle costs $5.50.
Hue: Organic Hair Colour
Hue is a colour-only salon in Auckland, which is both professional and incredibly affordable. Hue has a range of organic hair colour, for both blondes and dark hair shades. I have my blonde hair highlighted and have recently tried out Hue's organic hair lightener. In the salon, I found the smell was light and easy, and my head did not sting at all during treatment. For the few days after treatment my hair felt a bit crunchy, like bad beach hair after a week surfing, but it soon settled down and felt like my normal hair. The colour was not quite as white as it normally goes after lightening, but it was pretty close! For an ammonia free lightener, this was a pretty good result.