Today there is an abundance of hair products that promise to help you get different results with your hair and hair style. However, do you really know how much damage those products are doing to your hair and the environment? Here are 3 top tips to help you to save money, get greener and choose healthier hare care solutions:
1. Avoid PPDs, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia
PPD (Paraphenylediaamine) is the main chemical component in most hair dye products in the market place that fixes the hair dye permanently to the hair so it can’t be washed out by shampooing. However, there have been some severe reactions to this chemical which may be banded in the future for use in hair dyes. This chemical can react with your scalp and skin creating a rash and swelling so be kinder to your skin and chose a natural hair colour that doesn’t contain PPDs.
Hydrogen peroxide helps to initiate the colouring process and helps to ensure long lasting colour. Although dilute versions of peroxide are safe, adding any chemicals to your hair is bad because your hair is very porous. Your hair needs lots of moisture to function and look glossy. By adding hydrogen peroxide to it you are stripping the hair of its natural oils and moisture so you need to re-hydrate your hair as soon as possible after applying peroxide to your hair or your hair will become brittle and straw-like.
Ammonia allows the lightening to take place by acting as a catalyst for the permanent hair colour PPD and the peroxide. Ammonia separates the hair cuticle to enable penetration of the hair colour into the hair cortex. Due to the effect of ammonia on the hair cuticle is causes protein and moisture loss which over a pro-longed time will cause damage to your hair.
2. Using cold water
For the best hair results it is best to wash your hair in both warm and cold water – avoid using hot water. Start with washing and detangling your hair with warm water. Then when you are ready to rinse your conditioner out you should turn the shower dial to cool. Why cold water? Cold water helps to lock in the hair’s natural moisture and the moisture from your conditioner by closing the hair cuticle. This helps to increase shine and reduce the risk of frizz.
Not only does cold water help to add that shine to your hair without the need of any products but you will also reduce the amount of hot water you need.
3. Homemade natural remedies
Creating your own homemade hair care remedies not only saves you money, helps you to become a little greener but it is also very good for your hair to be treated with natural and organic products.
One of the best hair conditioners is Coconut conditioner for oily hair. Not only will your hair smell of beautiful coconut it will also add an unbelievable softness to it. All you will need is: 1 cup of water, 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
Whisk the egg yolk until it is frothy then add in the coconut oil and whisk some more. Add in the water and stir until it goes smooth. Massage it into your hair and scalp. Leave it for 5 mins and then rinse with clean cool water.