4 tips for choosing your hair-care products

15 July 2019 - 16:55
By Nokubonga Thusi
Choose plant-based ingredients for healthy hair.
Image: SUPPLIED Choose plant-based ingredients for healthy hair.

It is important to be aware of the ingredients in your hair products because some are so toxic they can damage your hair and even affect the proper functioning of your body. The next time you shop for hair-care products, use these helpful tips for healthier hair.

1. Choose plant-based products because they are your best bet when it comes to healthy hair care. Natural products are safer, have less artificial ingredients and are able to provide your hair with more nutrients for growth.

2.  Always check the product ingredients label carefully. Avoid products that contain silicones such as siloxane or cyclomethicone and petroleum. These ingredients can be toxic to the hair and body. Used in large quantities, products that contain silicones clog hair follicles and coat the hair strands, preventing proper hydration of the hair which leads to dryness and breakage.

3. Do not be afraid to ask your salon hairstylist to explain the products he/she is using. It’s your right to vet the products used on your hair. If in doubt, bring your own products. Contrary to popular belief, your hairstylist will not be offended when you bring your own hair-care products.

4.  Avoid chemical relaxers, instead opt for regular treatments and occasional blowouts. By avoiding chemical relaxers, you can have your hair straight and sleek for a specific occasion or style without the damage. You are also able to revert back to your natural texture after a wash.