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Going organic and natural

I’ve been toying with the idea of going organic and natural with all of my hair and body care products.

Why?

Well, I’ve been going to a naturopathic doctor for a few weeks now and I’m so surprised about how synthetics products can be so detrimental to your health. I’ve heard a number of hair bloggers talking about this, but I didn’t really get into it too much. I was just trying to find something that would help me manage my hair. Now that I’ve been natural for a while, I’ve found enough all-natural products that I can use that will do the same — or almost the same thing.

As I get older, I’ve realized how important it is to take care of your body. I’m not getting any younger and I want to keep this hot girl body for as long as possible. And the key to that is staying as healthy as possible.

So, I’ve already made some significant changes. Anyone who knows me in real life knows how much I enjoy eating. LOVE eating! But, I’ve consciously decided to start eating properly — not just ramming all kinds of foolishness down my craw. (Although last week, I had some ribs and fries — I broke, people.)

Back to hair.

This new thing of going organic and natural means that many of the products that I currently use I won’t repurchase when they are finished and some other products that I’ve been interested in trying out for a dog’s age will finally be purchased sometime this summer. My hair is already a lover of oils and I’ve already decided to start dabbling in some herbs for my herbal rinse.

Look forward to some posts about me getting more and more into organic and all-natural hair products. I know that this is going to cost me a little more than buying a tub of my Ampro Pro-Styl Gel that’s $5 for a litre. Some natural products that I currently have in my stash is:

  • Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries
  • Darcy’s Botanicals Avocado & Honey Twisting Cream
  • Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk & Lisa Hair Elixir
  • Country Rose Soap Co.’s liquid shampoos
  • Giovanni Direct Leave-in conditioner
  • Butters of many kinds including shea, cocoa, avocado, grapeseed
  • Oils of many kinds including olive, jojoba, avocado, grapeseed, flax
  • Herbs like nettle and burdock root

I am a recovering product junkie and I’m not looking to fall back into that, but there are a couple of products that I do plan on purchasing. I’m allergic to coconut and all nuts, I have to be very careful about what I do buy because, unfortunately, a lot of products — especially natural products — are coconut and nut heavy. There are complete product lines that I just can’t try because of the ingredients.

I think that I’m starting off pretty well. I just need to find a good co-wash conditioner (if I choose to continue co-washing, that’s another post) and a wash out conditioner. I’ll let you know what happens.

So, curly girls, what organic or all-natural products do you use and love?

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8 thoughts on “Going organic and natural”

  1. Woohoo!

    That’s what I like to hear. lol

    You know my blog’s dedicated to all natural and organic.

    I began using natural hair products during at the beginning of the third month of my transition.

    I’m still working on getting rid of my body products. I’m down to the last few ouces of some shower gels and I have a large bar of lemon bath soap. I mainly use doctor bronner’s peppermint castille soap because it’s great for sore muscles.

    My deodorant is natural.

    ~KR @ http://kinkyrhonnie.blogspot.com

  2. @Tara – I’ll keep you posted 🙂 Nice jewellery, BTW 🙂
    @KR – I didn’t know your blog was strictly natural and organic! I’ll have to take a better look. I’ve been moving towards natural body care for a while — just because of my allergies. I tried some natural deodorant… girl, I would have embarrassed myself. I tried JASON Tea Tree deodorant and that didn’t work out too well. Any suggestions?

  3. A big congrats!!! to you for taking such a great and very important step. I’m with you all the way. I also try to stay completely natural. Everything I am using currently is all natural, and I love it and so does my hair ! keep up the great work, you’r such an inspiration, Take care.

  4. @Zainab – Thanks! I appreciate your kind words. I’m hoping that not only will this be better for me, but it will be better for my pocket in the long run. I’m thinking that some of my natural recipes — I just made a moisturizing spritz with nettle, burdock root — will end up being cheaper than buying commercially made products. We’ll see… we’ll see.

  5. Ok, late again because I’m going back in your archives but we’re a natural and organic family. I started my daughter on this when I read the ingredients on her Soft and Beautiful Just For Me products and found I was putting formaldehyde on her hair. I started doing research, was horrified by what I found, and now we’re completely organic (food and products.)

    For my daughter’s hair I use the Curls and Curly Q products. Love them! They were the first all natural line I found here and they are great for hair. I have also added coconut oil to her regime and I use the Giovanni Leave in Conditioner when her hair is in braids or twists.

    For skin I love the JASON cocoa butter. My daughter and husband both have very dry skin and my husband thinks it’s great and it works well on my daughter’s skin.

    I use Burt’s Bee’s for my own personal skin care and for my son. I also like Live Clean and am super happy that The Body Shop is taking parabens out of all of their products (about half don’t have any and they’re working on the rest) and that St. Ives have also taken parabens and pthalates out of their products.

    I just had to comment here, this is something I believe in big time. It does cost more money to go this way but it’s about health, especially for my kids.

    1. I am trying to add more organic items to my hair and body products as well as in my diet. My biggest issue with hair and skin care products is my allergy to coconut — so many great products have coconut or coconut-based products in them. My sister-in-law uses Curls and loves it. I wash my hair with either olive oil soap (which is also my body soap), 100% olive oil shampoo from Country Rose Soap (it’s great, but it can strip your hair if you use it too often), Henna Sooq’s shampoo bars (AWESOME!) or liquid black soap. I love Giovanni leave-in — I haven’t tried their conditioner yet. For skin moisturizer, I use plain ol’ shea butter or an olive oil/castor oil blend. Since putting down the commercial brands (my husband still loves Jergens), my skin has thanked me profusely.

      I didn’t know that St. Ives took the parabens out! I’ll have to replace the Hubby’s Jergens with St. Ives!

      It does cost more money, but I agree with you — it’s worth it. I just have to convince my wallet of that. I was having this conversation with myself this morning as I washed my hair. I need a deep treatment. Do I buy the $3.99 Pantene Intensive Treatment at Shoppers which is full of God only knows what, ’cause I can’t pronounce half of the crap listed or do I find something organic that’s triple the price. Sigh.

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