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True or False: Hair Care Products Advertised As Natural Are Chemical Free


Not all hair care products sold in health food establishments are completely natural and may contain chemicals like SLS.  When in doubt read the label.

Now this is an interesting topic. Is it really organic, does natural mean that it has no chemicals?

Here’s the break down:davines plant

The truth is every one wants to live to be 100 years old and look like they are in their 30’s. We live in a time when vanity rules. Face it in some way we are all guilty. So the truth is marketing specialist know this and play on it. Some companies use the fear factor of using dangerous chemicals and some companies use the fountain of youth scenario. ‘Yes’, I am expanding this article to be about more than just haircare products.

The average woman applies up to 200 chemicals to her skin every day through cosmetics, lotions and hair-care products, imagine what we ingest. Is this a bad thing well my wife’s Grandma Marge has been using a can of hairspray a week for 65 years or so; she’s in her 80’s, still drives and has more energy than half the people I meet on a daily basis. Thats what I like to call the genetics card.

Here is a little info on standards for Natural and Organic Beauty Products:

  • Cosmetics are among the least-regulated products on the market, and products that are labeled organic or natural might not be due to major loopholes in federal law.
  • The FDA does not review or regulate what goes into cosmetics before they are marketed to salons and consumers.
  • Products that are made with natural ingredients contain fewer irritants and allergens, and are earth friendly causing less of a negative effect on the environment. Since consumers are going green and putting less toxins in and on their body organic and natural product are on demand.
  • The best way to know whats in the bottle is to research the company selling it. Check out there consumer rating see what they say on their website Check out their history and mission statement, how long have they been in business where do their ingredients come from.
  • There are many organic and natural companies out there that have been doing organic and natural before it was even a fad. 

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The big question of the day is “are these chemical really that bad for you”? In most cases I would limit the amount of toxins entering into your body by making better choices when you make your purchase, but generally I wouldn’t stress about it. The stress will kill you before the product will. There are chemicals that are used in our foods and products to preserve them and keep them bacteria free. Products that claim to be a hundred percent organic are not telling the whole truth.To maintain a shelf life they need to have a preservative in them. For a product to be bacteria free, they must go through some process, milk being the best example.

Bottom line: do your research and the decision to buy organic or natural will be that much easier.

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Does Swimming Pool Chemicals Turn Your Hair Green?

Yes! Frequent swimmers with natural blonde or chemically highlighted hair that is extremely porous may experience the development of green tints and shades over time. This problem can be prevented with regular use of moisturizing shampoo and conditioners that create a natural barrier from chlorine and related chemicals. Bottom line is chlorine is horrible for hair and salt water isn’t much better. With the summer coming these are some of the issues the ladies will be dealing with.

Q- What does chlorine do to the hair?

A- After prolonged exposure to chlorine the hair will take on a plastic feel, which if left alone is irreversible. The hair will also take on green cast which is the least of your worries.


Several of my clients swim straight through the year. Wearing a protective cap is obviously a must but somehow the water still seeps in. For these clients I will make these recommendations:

  •  The day you are going to swim wash your hair in the morning as usual with the products of your choice. Then, apply a protective cream that will block chemicals from attaching themselves to the hair shaft.
  • Before you swim, if possible wet your hair down. If you would think about a sponge that is soaked and thoroughly saturated it will not soak up any more water; this is also true with your hair. If you haven’t already applied your protective cream in the morning this would be a good time to do it. If you have already applied your cream wetting your hair will not wash it out.
  • Directly after swimming wash your hair with shampoo that will take chemicals out of the hair with out stripping the natural oils and follow up with a treatment. Following up with a treatment will help block chemicals from attaching themselves to your hair because a treatment seals the cuticle shut so unwanted friends won’t camp there.
  • Do not use a clarifying shampoo as a way of getting the chlorine out although this may be somewhat effective it will dry your hair out. The chlorine removing shampoo that we carry are gentle and conditioning.



I mentioned before that the effects of Chlorine making the hair green were the least of your problems this is why. Chlorine, once it attaches to the hair forms an crusty plastic like shield to the hair. It will make your hair feel like barbie doll hair and is impossible to make it look healthy. If it is allowed to build up, the only way to get it out is by cutting it out. Girls that have long hair do not like this option and it always seem like it is the girls with long hair that get chlorine build up.


For all the beach goers out there salt water presents another problem. If you have been watching the magazines these last few years beach hair seems to be all the rage, for the moment any way. I can guarantee you that the beach hair you see on the model has nothing to do with spending the day on the beach. It took about an hour for a stylist to create that beach hair result. Now it is true that beach hair is pretty cool looking but for most, but a day at the beach means painful tangles that are annoying to brush out. So much for beach hair. Prolonged exposure to the sun and salt water and the beach air that permeates the cuticle taking damaged hair to a whole new level. Over the years I have had more than one client who needed to cut there hair off because of damage from salt water and sun. The steps you would take at the pool to avoid chlorine damage would also apply to the beach; the only thing I would add is a spray in sunscreen to protect your hair from over lightening.

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