The natural shampoo and conditioner (that is not turning my hair to straw).
By Amy Crawford
Back in 2011 I started the arduous task of freeing my environment of toxic chemicals (well, as far as is actually possible). Through a gradual process of elimination I came to understand just how much control I DID have over toxic exposure in my life. Hair products and bleaches were at the very top of the list.
My search for hair products and bleaches free of 'nasties' (ammonia, paraphenylenediamine, sulphates, parabens) was a long and oft frustrating process, and I began to fear that my previously lustrous hair may in fact never look the same again. Let me tell you, I've tried natural brands that have done more damage than good and if truth be told, they've even had me contemplating going back to the 'darkside'. Vanity however, has not yet prevailed.
A few months ago I shared my love for a 100% natural hair mask by Cocobody (now La'Bang Body), a coconut oil hair mask that remarkably (and thankfully) managed to restore my curls and free me of frizz. Photo proof below (including proof of messy desk).
During this journey of toxic elimination in body and hair products, I've come to appreciate a decent recommendation when I hear one. If my locks can be saved with a product referred by a trusted source, I'm all over it. Hence my post today, to happily recommend the shampoo and conditioner I'm using that appears to be making my hair sing. Hopefully I can ease a little of your own frustration.
But before we hop into the specifics of the product (and a GIVEAWAY for two THI community members!) I want to highlight a very significant point:
Your skin is highly absorbent.
..as you well know from the lotions you regularly apply.
It's very easy to forget that our skin is an organ (the largest in our body) and has a huge surface area ready and willing to absorb nasty chemicals into its surface (and into your bloodstream). Your scalp is no different. It's thirsty and it's waiting to drink it all in.
I read an interesting article by Dr Mercola where he states that applying chemicals on your skin or scalp may actually be worse for you than eating them:
"When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs."
Once these chemicals find their way into our bodies they accumulate over the years and can be very difficult to expel. So, what's the answer? Make a better, more empowered choice!
So what should you avoid?
Sulphates, parabens and phthalates are the major nasties commonly found in an alarming majority of grooming products. Keep an eye on the ingredients list and you'll be good to go.
But back to my shampoo and conditioner.
On top of the La'Bang Body's Repair Me Hair Mask I am also using their shampoo and conditioner. (See picture at top sitting alongside my seemingly very happy fern, Fleur.) Why? Firstly, both products are vegan and free of the aforementioned nasties. Secondly, they are apparently perfect for hair that is normal to dry or damaged (that was most certainly mine) and /or bleached. Basically if your hair needs a little TLC it'll be all over this stuff. Combined with the regular use of the hair mask my hair feels fab.
So if you're comfy taking my hair and word for it and you'd like to give any of the La'Bang Body products a whirl, you can purchase them online right here.
Or, maybe you're feeling primed for a little competition?
IT'S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY!
La'Bang Body is giving away TWO of the below shampoo and conditioner packs plus my beloved hair mask, valued at $59 each.
All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me in 50 words or less why you feel this pack would be a welcome addition in your bathroom.* The winner will be chosen via random number generator COB Monday 22nd August.
*Conditions of entry/important points to note:
- When leaving a comment please ensure you either register your comment with your email address or you make a note to check back next Monday night to see if you've won. Too often we are unable to contact our initial winners!
- You must be a THI subscriber. You can subscribe by scrolling down towards to the bottom right of this page, if not already.
- Giveaway open to anyone, anywhere!
- The winner must promise that he or she will report back to share in my enthusiasm (ok, so maybe not, but I know she'll want to!).
Please note, this is a sponsored post however I will not receive any commission for products sold. Know that I will only ever share products or services on this website that I believe add value to the lives of this community.