The best products to solve all your natural hair woes.
Step-by-step, here are the products you need to care for your natural hair as you grow that awesome afro.
These days, it’s all about natural haircare. Motivated by a desire for pure simplicity, many women are taking a greater interest in natural ingredients. Oils like coconut, avocado, shea butter and jojoba are popular, but there’s another superstar in the current natural haircare age: clay.
Mud face masks have been embraced as a beauty and skin care solution for centuries, but people seem more hesitant about dumping what is essentially dirt onto their scalps.
The principle behind clay as a natural haircare product is that it removes excess oil and impurities without stripping essential moisture. Applied to dry hair before shampooing or clean rinsing, it acts as a gentle detox. The mineral-rich clay also feeds hair and scalp, improving softness and manageability without drying the hair.
It sounds great, but clay comes with complications too. There are multiple varieties of clay to choose from, including Bentonite, Rhassoul, Multani Mitti and Kaolin; each of which have specific advantages. And, hauled from the earth, some clay batches may contain high amounts of lead and other trace metals.
Fortunately, there are advanced alternatives to buying a tub of mud from who-knows-where. Your nearest professional salon stocks natural-ingredient-infused hair products with the same benefits as clay masks, accompanied by expert instruction on how to use them.
Aura Botanica is the specialist natural haircare range from Kérastase. The Samoan coconut and Moroccan argan oils in these shampoos, conditioners and treatments help to nourish and revitalise hair, much like clay masks.
The entire Biolage range from Matrix also draws on the benefits of nature for improved hair health. This said, special mention must go to the Biolage Normalising CLEANRESET Shampoo. Its combination of lemongrass, citronnelle and citronella cleanses and purifies without drying.
Pure Resource Shampoo from L’Oréal Professionnel works similarly. This multi-tasking cleanser incorporates citramine and antioxidant vitamin E. Working together, these ingredients remove product build-up and residue, and leave both hair and scalp feeling nourished and refreshed.
All of these salon products offer the same purifying and moisturising effect as clay, but they’re well-tested and backed by scientific reassurance.
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