5 Natural Hair Care Treatments and 5 Ingredients to Avoid

5 Natural Hair Care Treatments and 5 Ingredients to Avoid

There is no denying that there is a push for more cruelty-free and natural hair care products. We’ve become more aware of what’s in our foods and what’s going on our skin, we also need to be more mindful of what we’re placing on our scalps.

I’ve been in salons for many years now and had the privilege of working with quite a few hair care lines. First, I’d like to chat a bit about five ingredients that you want to avoid, and then I’m excited to share five hair care lines that share our personal beliefs of people before product.

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*This is a guest post from cosmetologist and hair salon owner, Dominique Upshur from www.coily-hair.com

Ingredients to avoid:

Mineral oils

This is a cheap ingredient that typically sets the tone for the entire product. It’s heavy and coats the outside layer of the hair, weighing it down and making it impossible for any real moisture to get into the hair strand.


These are found in many different hair shampoos. You’ll want to be mindful when to use this ingredient. This strips the hair of any dirt, but it’s a tough cookie and will always yank out the hair moisture as well.

You don’t want to use shampoos with sulfates every day, aim for once a week for that deep cleansing.


Phthalates were banned from use in toy manufacturing in California, because of links between them and cancer. However, they are still used in hair products.

Thankfully, this ingredient is becoming less common as people become more aware of its dangers.


Alcohol, as you can imagine, is a drying ingredient. Why on earth is it so common? Because it’s cheap to use, but it typically does more harm than good. Avoid this one when at all possible!


Parabens are xenoestrogens included in shampoos as a preservative. You’ll typically find this bad boy in moisturizers and leave-in conditioners.

They can disrupt hormones and even pose a cancer risk. Yikes!

It’s so sad how many companies put the demand for money over the safety of the public! As a mom and a salon hair owner, I knew that there had to be people out there like me who just wanted safe hair products!

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Hair care lines that are safe from toxins:

Original Sprout

Original Sprout was created over fifteen years ago when the creator first had her child. This line is vegan and cruelty-free, each product is individually tested as non-toxic, safe, and effective.

Starting out with just a few products geared towards kids, this company quickly grew into a complete line of hair and skin products that each member of the family could use!

We love what they stand for and having used them for years, I love that they actually do what they say they do!


Alaffia was a bit before their time, I remember them years and years ago popping onto the hair scene with their line of natural hair products.

It’s amazing what this company does, everything from providing maternal care to women in sub-Saharan West Africa to donating eyewear to help
the youth of Africa gain access to education. They strongly believe that giving these kids access to education helps with the empowerment of young people and we couldn’t agree more.

Welove all that this company stands for.

Real Purity

Real Purity is one of the many pioneers for all-natural, non-toxic skincare, cosmetic, and body care products.

We appreciate a company who saw the problem of a lack of non-toxic products and rolled out a line that works. They’re holding up their promise of providing natural and organic skincare and cosmetic alternatives to those with sensitive skin and a desire to live a greener, simpler lifestyle.


5 Natural Hair Care Treatments and 5 Ingredients to Avoid

Prose is a newer line filled with organic, natural ingredients, free from parabens, mineral oil, dyes, sulfates, and GMOs.

These products have had much success with both stylists and customers.

This line will leave your hair feeling clean and hydrated without leaving it weighed down like some cheaper hair products have been known to do.

Innersense Organic

Innersense Organic Beauty brings us to the end of our list. This company prides itself on creating pure products without the use of harsh and harmful chemicals.

This brand was born after the creator’s firstborn was diagnosed with a rare genetic order, “Williams Syndrome”. After finding out this news, they were inspired to create a line that they felt comfortable and confident using in their own household!

Thankfully, we now have much more access to greener products, cleaner foods, and the knowledge of an overall healthier lifestyle.

What things in your household have you swapped out for cleaner products?

About the author

Dominique is a licensed cosmetologist. She’s been doing hair professionally since she graduated from Paul Mitchell the School of Nashville. She owns her own hair studio in Brentwood, TN where she resides with her husband, son, and daughter. In between working and juggling her family, she enjoys shopping and working on her website: Coily-Hair.com

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