The Best Organic Hair Care

Interested in the best organic hair care? You have three choices: Buying new organic hair products, making your own beauty products or simply avoiding products with certain chemicals.

Buying Organic Hair Care Products
The problem with buying natural or organic hair care products, as well as other personal care products in this category, is that there are no real industry standards in place that guarantee that a product listed as "organic" is actually truly organic. The same applies to foods labeled "natural." Therefore, manufacturers can list a product as natural or organic pretty much regardless of the contents.

Luckily, there is an exception to this. Products that are labeled "USDA Organic" have met the requirements set by the Organic Consumers Association, a non-profit established in 1998. To find a directory of companies that provide USDA Organic certified body care products, including hair care products, visit the Organic Consumers Association Web site.

Making Your Own Beauty Products
You can also make your own organic shampoos and conditioners at home. Simply check that the ingredients that you use are certified as being organic. If you want to make your own shampoo, try using organic castile soap as your base. This soap uses vegetable fats, such as olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil, instead of animal fat in its formula. You would then add organic ingredients, such as tea tree oil, lavender oil or rosemary oil to your mixture, depending on the results that you want.

You can start your conditioner with organic plain yogurt and then add ingredients such as organic egg yolk and avocado to bring your hair to a shine.

Avoiding Products With Certain Chemicals
You can also decide to go "greener" than regular hair care products if the expense of buying ready-made organic products is too much for you or if you are not up to making your own at home. If you decide to forgo using completely organic hair care, you can at least eliminate products that include harmful chemicals, such as ammonium lauryl sulfates, sodium lauryl sulfates, propylene glycol and olefin sulfonate.

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