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Are 'organic' hair products just another scam?

We’re sure you’ve noticed the increase in the use of the word “organic” so much so that you may wonder if it's more of a marketing gimmick than an actual beneficial component to your products. In this article, we are unpacking what ‘organic’ means and whether organic is actually better.

What does organic mean?

A product is considered ‘organic’ when all the ingredients used to make that product and the process of production excludes the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms or other artificial chemicals.

So, does that mean organic products are better than chemically-enhanced products?

The short answer is yes, for many different reasons like:

  • Organic products do not contain harmful chemicals

Organic products do not contain harsh ingredients like sulphates, silicones and parabens. From a long term perspective, opting for products that do not contain such chemicals is better for your hair and skin.

  • Organic products are better for the planet

Most organic hair and skin care brands also pay attention to their packaging and thus opt for either biodegradable or recyclable packing which is a win for the environment.

  • Organic products are sustainable

Most organic hair care products are created using ingredients sourced through ethical practices with fair trade as standard. This means, not only are the products made consciously but they are sourced sustainably which is super important today.

  • Organic products are better for your scalp

Harsh ingredients like sulphates and drying alcohols found in everyday hair care products can really irritate your scalp. If you suffer from a dry or itchy scalp, drying ingredients often heighten the problem as they strip your scalp of already scarce moisture. Hair products that are made with natural ingredients are more gentle on the scalp and add nutrients without stripping it of its natural oils - which is essential for a healthy scalp.

  • Organic hair products can be used on the body

Many organic hair care products double up as skin care products because of just how natural the ingredients are which is really awesome because you not only save money but you can pack less products when travelling.

At the end of it all, you must remember that your scalp is still part of your skin and your skin is the largest organ in your body. Whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Your hair, skin and body benefits from going organic.

So perhaps it’s time to make the switch?

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Kholofelo Monama
Kholofelo Monama
May 11, 2022

Thank you very much for the piece, what are some products that are genuinely organic? Like you said ,that word organic is used son much that one doesn't know when an organisation is exploiting us or really that their product is organic.

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