As a person speaking from experience, I’ve lived the last few years being cautious as to what I use on my skin and hair because of sensitivities. I’ve had to learn not to purchase products based upon what they claim the product delivers.
In this blog, I decided to examine the most popular trends on the market today – Organic and Natural hair care products. Clearly you’d think these are the best products to use since they are organic and natural products, right? For the most part, they are the best products on the market, but for whom? For a person with sensitivities they can trigger an allergic reaction.
For a person who has no sensitivities they can be very beneficial.
Organic products speak for themselves. They are usually plant-based, with naturally derived ingredients such as pure essential oils, gentle preservatives and non-petroleum ingredients. As for Natural products they usually contain essential oils, herbs, some will contain chemicals and some products do not. You’ll usually find the ones without chemicals in your local health food stores, where their standards are higher. They will either limit or completely eliminate products with harsh ingredients.
Now let’s say you’re an allergy sufferer like me. you must learn to read labels…period! After a long day of work, I’m sure that’s the last thing you want to do is read labels on hair care products, etc. But in order to save money, your health and your time, you have to turn that bottle around and decipher those ingredients. Since I know I’m allergic to lavender, if I were to pick up a product that stated it contained lavender I’d quickly place it back on the shelf.
A very good strategy if you want to save money is to go to a beauty supply store, ask if they have samples of a product you noticed on their shelf or write the manufacturer and see if they give samples. Then you conduct a skin test. Apply the product in a sensitive area (behind the ear or on the wrist) and you probably will not have to wait 24 hours to determine if you’re allergic to it. With me, there would normally be a fragrance issue, headaches, irritated throat, or my skin would become irritated.
Since knowledge is power, you too can educate yourself and make wise decisions before purchasing your next beauty products. Until next time, read those labels!