Bleached? Heat Damaged? HAIR Left High and Dry?
Our hair deserves so much better yet we continue to over-process it. Love it or hate it America is hair obsessed, bleached out, balayaged, twenty-something silver foxes, and the now trend 2017 green locks. So how do we rescue our tortured mane? By adding good hair nutrients and avoiding a few simple ingredients.
1 – Parabens:
Parabens are the synthetic preservatives in our cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They provide a lesser chance of bacteria which is good, than what’s the problem? We have the amazing ability to topically absorb nutrients, chemicals, and synthetics. In the process of skin absorption these parabens can mimic estrogen and leave the hormone functions and endocrine system in disarray. This can affect cell division, puberty, female reproduction, metabolism, and even lower sperm levels and concentration.
Parabens can be found on labels as; methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and sometimes disguised as alkyl parahydroxy benzoate’s.
2 – Sulfates:
The foam that makes you feel “clean”, that’s sulfate! It’s a harsh cleansing agent that many naturalists and natural products avoid. In culinary school the chef instructor who taught our sanitation and safety class was adamantly against sulfates. He said “leave it to Americans to think that because their water is bubbly that their dishes are clean, if we see it, it must be true”. He was a total wack-job, but he made a long lasting point. Bubbles don’t equal clean. What do they actually do? They cheaply degrease and remove essential body oils by degrading the surface. Not always bad, if you live in an area where hard water leaves minerals behind than your hair may benefit being stripped with sulfates, however that’s not the case for most of us. Sulfates are a chemical irritant, they dry out the hair leaving it tangled and frizzy, while fading added color. Certain sulfates are respiratory irritants and can be toxic to the skin at high levels.
So, do the bubbles mean clean? No. Ditch the bubble!
Harsh sulfates can be found in products as; sodium laurel sulfate, ammonium lauryl and laureate sulfate, sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, TEA laurel sulfate, TEA-dodecylbenzenesulfonate, sodium alkylbenzene sulfonate, ammonium or sodium xylenesulfonate.
3 – Gluten:
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, triticale, and other similar grain hybrids. Gluten does a wonderful job of providing hold as well as elasticity which is why it is widely used in hairsprays, gels, and styling agents. I felt it was important to add this to the list because of the rising number of people with gluten intolerances/Celiacs disease. Most of us who haven’t had to forego gluten don’t realize how widespread the use of gluten is in consumer products. Gluten can irritate the skin for those with gluten sensitivities/allergies as well as in people with eczema, in our household we have both issues so my children’s products and mine are gluten-free.
Gluten in hair products can be listed as; triticum vulgare (wheat), hordeum vulgare (barley), secale cereale (rye), avena sativa (oats), wheat germ oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, stearyl dimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein), laurdimonium hydroxypropyl (hydrolyzed wheat protein), colloidal oatmeal, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (may contain wheat), dextrin palmitate (starch, possibly gluten-based), vitamin E (frequently derived from wheat), malt extract (usually barley), beta glucan (frequently derived from wheat), vegetable protein (may contain wheat, barley, rye and/or oats).
Finding a product line that is free of these 3!
For the past few weeks I’ve been using a product line that is Paraben, Sulfate, and Gluten free on top of using Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel as the primary base for all of it’s products. The company has been in business since 1991, is independently owned and manufactured 100% in the USA, and is called LOMA.
I heard about Loma through my hair stylist Heidi Hurrell at Sisters Hair Co. in Marquette, MI. I received a full set of products to test and review and it didn’t take long to love this conscientious hair care line! The smell alone sold me, from shampoo & conditioner that smells like an island colada dreamsicle to the exotic melon finishing spray, everything smells soft and scrumptious and left my hair feeling better than ever.
Loma – Moisturizing Shampoo smells like a day on the beach, leaving hair refreshed and smooth! It lathers nicely when working through the hair and doesn’t leave my mane a tangled mess!
Loma – Moisturizing Treatment conditions without leaving behind waxy residue and smells like an ice cream truck dreamsicle!
Loma – Leave in Conditioner is wonderful for thin hair, it adds volume with sea salt and leaves the hair detangled and ready for style.
Loma – Volumizing Foam is the best volumizer I’ve ever used, my fine hair needs substance without feeling crunchy and this one delivers in the flare of Pear aromatherapy.
Loma – Maximum Volumizing Solution was a bigger deal than my hair could handle, but the cranberry orange scent was hard to disagree with. I would suggest this for those with fuller hair.
Loma – Calming Cream is apricot heaven. If my hair needed calming than this product would be perfect, as it stands, I have fine straight hair so this one wasn’t a match.
Loma – Nourishing Oil Treatment replaced my argan and marula oils which says everything. I never want to be without this soft smooth shiny hair!
Loma – Finishing Hairspray is a quick dry, flexible hold, thin spray that leaves the hair feeling natural and brushable while maintaining its shape. This melon aromatherapy session works well with straight and curly do’s.
My LOMA favorites.