More and more customers prefer natural cosmetics without silicones or sulfates. Why? What are pros and cons of these cosmetics compared to the “ordinary cosmetics”?
Lot of brands e.g. Alterna, Kevin Murphy, Davines, Z.ONE Concept etc. focused on natural cosmetics is very popular now. The products of these brands are sold more than ever these days. Why is that? Is it really a miracle or just a marketing gimmick or a fashion boom?
What are the main differences between natural and classical cosmetics? Below you can find several differences. ↓↓
Effect Onset. Patience Brings Roses!
Most people return to the ordinary cosmetics after a few days of using natural cosmetics. Because they don’t see an immediate effect. Is it also your case? Hold on! You cannot expect results from shampoos on natural basis immediately. Real natural products will develop their potential in 3 to 4 weeks. Patience pays off when it comes to these products.
On the other hands natural products aren’t for everyone. If your hair needs to be rescued immediately, the classic cosmetics is the best option for you.
Long-Term Effects. Instant Beauty?
The different behavior of natural cosmetics can also be found in its duration. The studies, but mainly the practice, show that the cosmetics on subsistence basis have long-term effects. You can deliver longer life and vitality to your hair.
Sometimes the natural cosmetics simply are not enough. In contrast, chemical-based hair care products can be specially formulated to direct and manage hair problems that can result from constant bleaching or hair coloring, which makes them a savior for severely damaged hair.
The Truth about the Magical Rich Foam
Forget a rich foam! But it doesn’t mean that a natural shampoo is less effective. In fact, your hair doesn’t need any foam to be thoroughly washed. But it’s not for everyone! If you have thick or coarse hair, you’ll probably need a foam. But there are natural shampoos that can create a good foam. For example Biolage RAW or Milk Shake shampoos know how to make a big foam. Sometimes it is also good to wash the hair twice with a natural shampoo. You will have more foam during the second shampoo.
Sulfates Free Cosmetics. Falsehood?
Sulphates mission is to clean the hair and skin from grease, dirt and cosmetics products. That’s the reason why the sulphates aren’t in a conditioner, a mask or other hair treatment. But sulfates can sometimes dehydrate and disrupt your scalp.
That’s why manufacturers often boast that their products are sulfate free. Not true! The hair can not be thoroughly washed without sulfates. What does a "sulfate free formula" mean? It means that the shampoo doesn’t contain the most irritating sulfates such as SLS, SLES, ALES etc. Instead, more generous alternatives are used.
But sulfates might be important too. Sulfates are perfect for cleaning of the skin because of their antimicrobacterial effects. And these cosmetics has a much longer shelf life. Occasional use will not really hurt you. It depends on each of us what our hair like.
Cosmetics Without Parabens = Without Risk?
Parabens solve the expiration date. Thanks to that the cosmetics will have much longer shelf life and will be longer protected from bacteria, yeasts and molds.
On the other hand the parabens can cause allergies. But now, the technology allows preservation of products with other substances, such as suitable essential oils, alcohol, vitamin E, sorbic acid or benzoic acid. However, these substances are needed much more than parabens and that can also irritate sensitive skin as parabens.
The decision whether to use parabens or not is up to you. If you decide not to use them, there are plenty of hair products without parabens..
Silicone Free Cosmetics. Ideal for Everyone?
Neither silicones theme is not as clear as it may look like. Everything has its good and bad side. Due to the ingredients without silicones hair is not chemically loaded and the pores of the scalp are not blocked. So, if silicones aren't named in the list of the ingredients, will your unloaded hair look better? It depends on your natural hair structure.
Some of the hair structures ask for silicones to look beautiful and some structures don’t need them. For example thick and coarse hair is due to silicones perfectly smooth, instantly shiny, tame and protected. Conversely, silicones are too heavy for fine hair. But there are also silicones that can be washed out easily. But that’s a story in itself.
The ideal solution is not to apply silicones directly to the scalp. But if you want to avoid them completely, it’s not a problem these days. Manufacturers offer a lot of silicone-free cosmetics.
Which Brands Offer Natural Cosmetics?
Professional hair care on natural basis:
- Kevin Murphy
- Z.ONE Concept
- Paul Mitchell
- René Furterer
- Aveda - comin soon!
100% natural hair cosmetics:
- Aura Botanica by Kérastase
- Biolage RAW by Matrix
- Marula Organic by Brazil Keratin
- Korres + Pure Greek Olive
We don‘t want to discourage you from your favorite product in which you have just found any sulfate, paraben and some silicones. After all, it‘s up your individual evaluation what suits you best. But who never thought of all the things which can load your body? So it might be worth to make an experiment with natural products because this is the only way you can figure it out. Let‘s try out the brands named in above.