7 Ways to Live a Cleaner Lifestyle, Starting with Your Hair

When we first go natural, we're all about finding the perfect products to moisturize and define our curls, kinks, and coils. Then, we get a little ingredient-conscious and learn to focus our attention away from the package advertisement, and more on the first 5-6 ingredients after water. And finally, as we become more ingredient-savvy, we become more health-conscious. Natural hair inspires us to live healthier lifestyles, and we begin to get active, and take control over what goes into and onto our bodies -- including hair products.

Francheska Medina (Hey Fran Hey) has been the face of the clean living movement in the natural hair community since 2011. Her videos on everything from her hair regimen, to oil pulling and making your own natural eyelash growth serum have garnered her over 100k YouTube subscribers and clean living devotees. Her healthy lifestyle is something to be admired, absolutely! I'll get there one day. As I'm transitioning to cleaner eating, I'm making cleaner choices about what I'm putting onto my hair.

What does that mean?

While there is no real definition about clean hair products that exist, there are some general suggestions around what characteristics clean hair products should and should not have:
  • Organic/Non-GMO (when possible, especially if it contains soy)
  • Most ingredients if not all should be plant-derived
  • Free of harsh chemical additives and formaldehyde-donor preservatives
  • Free of artificial colors and/or fragrance (phthalate free)
  • Unique/exotic ingredients are sustainably sourced
  • Free of sulfates, silicones, parabens
  • No mineral oil or petroleum
  • Cruelty-free
  • Environmentally friendly
That seems like a tall order of nearly impossible and incredibly expensive proportions. But I promise, you probably have some products that fit the bill in your stash already. Besides, the list above is not concrete, it is only full of suggestions to help you determine what products will be best for your hair. Not every product will meet every bullet point, but that's okay. The point of clean living isn't perfection. It's about making healthier choices, given the circumstances (your budget, product availability, etc.). Even the cleanest eaters cheat sometimes. 

To help you get started, here are some brands (but I know there are PLENTY more out there) that offer pretty wholesome products that won't break your budget.

Bonus: you'll be able to support a lot of small businesses owned by fellow naturals, too. Head on over to NaturallyCurly.com to see some of the cleanest natural hair brands around!


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