Monday, September 3, 2012

The Hidden Double Standard of Team Natural

Some women with natural hair have the biggest double standard of when it comes to healthy living. Many chose to go natural because they wanted to move away from using chemical products on their hair. They felt that chemicals found in relaxers and shampoos with sulfates were damaging to their hair and could result in being harmful to their bodies. There are countless blogs out there that hinge on product ingredient lists and warn that you should not use products with parabens, sulfates, petroleum, and pretty much any ingredient with a number attached to it.

The truth of the matter is that when it comes to what we put on our hair, there lies a double standard, because there are tons of chemicals in what we put on or in our bodies. Have you ever wondered what harmful ingredients are in deodorants or lotions? The skin is the largest organ of the body and every day we lather down with man-made soaps and lotions to keep our skin looking healthy. All of the chemicals that we rub onto our skin are absorbed into the blood stream. Why do you think nicotine patches were invented or the ortho evra birth control patch? This includes perfumes, dyes, eye makeup, skin makeup, nail polish, moisturizers and cleansers. CRAZY RIGHT?

NEWS FLASH: Your hair is dead! Yes, I said it...All of your other organs are alive and functioning. Which are you more concerned with protecting?

According to wikipedia, the only "living" portion of the hair is found in the follicle. The hair that is visible is the hair shaft, which exhibits no biochemical activity and is considered "dead".

Photo Credit: OnyxRose

Are you super concerned with what you put on your hair? Are you equally concerned with what you put on or in your body?


  1. This is a great post. I don't think most people [naturals] realize this. In addition, I don't understand how people eat HORRIBLE things but are so concerned with making sure their hair products are all natural. What you consume plays a greater role in your hair health than your hair products.

  2. This is an awesome post... and really true. gives me something to really think about.


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