What you need to know about safer hair care

“Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man -there’s your diamond in the rough.”

-Larry David


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The last few years I have probably tried just about every healthier version of shampoo found on store shelves. To be honest, even with the cleaner shampoos and conditioners, my hair still felt dry, damaged, and stripped. Upon educating myself, I started to realize that hidden among these organic and natural products were sulfates and synthetic fragrances.  As consumers, it is up to us to be more aware of greenwashing in the beauty industry.

Most traditional personal care products contain harmful ingredients like endrocrine disruptors that can have a negative effect on our immune system. Hair products are included among the highly unregulated products on the market that promise health and shine, but comes with a high cost to your health. They are mostly filled with irritants, harmful chemicals, envirionmental disruptors, allergens, and synthetic fragrances.

For example, silicone-based hair products will actually strip your hair of natural nutrients.  The rich shampoo lather people tend to love is typically found in sulfates (SLS, SLES).  Sulfates are known irritants to the scalp, skin, and eyes.  Fragrances are also something to watch out for. Many organic brands still sneak in synthetic fragrances which will raise the toxicity level of any personal care product.

The best natural shampoos and conditioners will contain beneficial plant and herb extracts which nourish instead of strip your hair and scalp. I have been using Beautycounter hair care for a year and my hair is stronger, shinier, and healthier now than before.

Today Beautycounter releases 9 new hair products with a botanical-based formula for clients who have more specific hair concerns and need higher performance. They use something called PureFoam Cleansing Technoglogy which gives the same lather without the all the harsh chemicals.  This means they can offer high performing results while never compromising health and safety.

What you need to know:

  • Beautycounter hair care is free from: mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sulfates (SLS, SLES), silicone (and 1500 other harmful or questionable ingredients-check the Never List).
  • Only essential oil blends
  • This line is free of preservatives that release formaldehyde like dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin and methylisothiazolinone, and other potentially harmful ingredients that may trigger skin allergies and sensitization.
  • Cruelty-free
  • Made in California
  • All are safe for color treated hair
  • Good price point $25 for each shampoo and conditioner
  • They offer 3 new lines: Volume & Shape, Smooth & Control, and Repair & Nourish


Volume & Shape

  1.  Shampoo and Conditioner 
    •  Volume and shape utilizes the natural lifting power of hibiscus plant proteins to give hair a boost of weightless volume and exceptional fullness.  This line is best for fine hair.  I have been using it for a few a months and have definitely noticed more volume and bounce in my hair. I typically wash my hair in the evening and even by morning my hair still has more volume after using this shampoo and conditioner.  Washing your hair in the morning with Volume and Shape will ensure the shape lasts all day
  2.  Volumizing Hair mist
    • Unfortunatley normal volumizing hair sprays contain conditioning agents known as polyethylene glycols (PEGs) that may be contaminated with known carcinogens.  Beautycounter volumizing hair mist uses Blue Agave Complex to treat entire hair ecosystem at follicle, root and shaft.  The mist will give you a good texture without the crunch.  Think a lighter version of sea salt spray.

What you need to know:

  • Cleanses while boosting volume.
  • Provides body and fullness.
  •  Naturally scented with an essential oil blend of mandarin, bergamot, ylang- ylang, orange and spearmint.
  • Gentle ingredients derived from coconut oil that both cleanse and condition the hair.
  • Blue Agave Complex: treats entire hair ecosystem at follicle, root and shaft.
  • Hibiscus proteins: volumizes and lifts hair for extra body.

Smooth & Control

  1. Shampoo & Conditioner 
    • Smooth and control moisture-rich shampoo will tame your unruly tresses. It delivers a velvety lather and frizz-free results to ensure hair is left with a smooth, weightless feel and a beautifully sleek look.  This one is best for coarse or frizzy hair and will provide a clean shine but maintain control
  2. Smooth and Control Hair Oil 
    • The Hair oil prevents frizz and tames flyaways and adds shine. It is naturally scented with an essential oil blend of lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and geranium.  All the shine without the grease.

What you need to know:

  • Cleanses while taming frizz.
  • Smooths hair for a sleek look.
  • Naturally scented with an essential oil blend of lavender, rosemary, peppermint, and geranium.
  • Vitamin E: boosts hair health and add shine.
  • Blue Agave Complex: treats entire hair ecosystem at follicle, root and shaft.
  • Shea Butter: delivers rich hydration.

  • Wild Cotton Extract: helps tame unmanageable hair, calm frizz, smooth for a polished look.


Repair & Nourish

  1. Shampoo and Conditioner
    • Repair and nourish revives dry, damaged hair and helps protect from future damage with reparative Brazilian bataua oil and shea butter. This line may be good for those who have damaged, overly treated hair or those who suffer from dry scalp/dandruff. Beautycounter repair and nourish will keep your hair shiny healthy and strong by using all plant based ingredients.
  2. Split end serum
    • The split end serum is formulated with botanical oils and natural gelling agents. It will restore shine and seal split ends to prevent further damage.  This can be applied on wet hair from root to end or simply apply right to the end of the dry hair shaft.

What you need to know:

  • Gently cleanses while replenishing dry, damaged hair.
  • Helps protect hair from future damage.
  • Naturally scented with an essential oil blend of geranium, ylang- ylang, orange, and cedarwood.
  • Blue Agave Complex: treats entire hair ecosystem at follicle, root and shaft.
  • Brazilian Bataua Oil: helps repair damage.
  • Quinoa Peptides: locks in moisture for softer, glossier hair.


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When shopping for safer hair care, choose companies that value transparency in their ingredients.  As with all Beautycounter products…a little goes a long way. These products are amazingly high performing while maintaining safety for both the client and the environment.  Leave your questions below. If you want to learn more about Beautycounter’s new hair products, go here.

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