Hello Beauties! I’m back with another part of our bodies that we can make the clean switch from conventional products! HAIR!! Yes ladies if you don’t know already but the shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, gel and whatever else we typically put in and on our hair, can contain scary toxic chemicals. So let’s chat!
Sometimes we focus a lot of our attention on skincare. Which of course is great. But we often neglect our skin’s distant cousin…hair care! Also, the fact of the matter is hair care needs just as much attention.
We have pores on our scalp so what goes on our hair goes into our bodies. Plain and simple!
Common Chemicals in Hair Care
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) identified chemicals in hair care products that may be detrimental to human health and the environment. For example, I read recently that many hair products that are marketed toward African-Americans contain ingredients like parabens, phthalate, or DEP, they are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, early puberty and preterm birth. WHAT?!?! That is not ok! So what are some of these ingredients to look out for and avoid??
1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
2. Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients
3. Propylene Glycol (active ingredient in antifreeze)
Thankfully there are products out there without the nasty ingredients that harm your health and also perform. Check out my following review of a natural luxury shampoo and conditioner worth splurging on!
My Choice For All Natural Shampoo
Holy Cow is this stuff amazing! I have curly, thick and dry hair. So for my weekly blow outs its an hour appointment and lots of heat to get my mane flat. I know I know! I haven’t embraced the curls. Maybe 40 will be the year I do. Anyway that is for another blog post! A few weeks ago my mom and I attended the grand opening of The Detox Market in NYC and met Boris Oak, founder of Evolvh. He is such a lovely person. We talked a lot about hair and products obviously. He told me of their new products SmartColor shampoo and conditioner. So they very generously gifted me a package of goods to try.
I’ve been bringing the shampoo and conditioner to my hair stylist Kayla to use on my hair for the past few weeks. She is always so sweet to use whatever new non toxic products I have. Which brings me to the subject of bringing your own products to the salon. Absolutely!! I’ve been doing that for a few years now. Lately I have brought in a few different brands for Kayla to use on me but Evolvh SmartColor really stood out.
My hair was visibly softer and blow drying time was cut dramatically.
So I have been highlighting/dying, getting blow outs and flat ironing my hair for a long time. Longer than I’m willing to admit. Kayla and I were amazed. Evolvh delivered on performance! Which can be hard to find in green beauty. It’s like the ‘white whale’ in my husbands words. LOL!
This is an eco-luxe shampoo and conditioner that gently cleanses color treated hair and prevents fading by infusing vital nutrients deep into every strand for supreme color retention, eliminating breakage and frizz, and restoring every strand to optimal health with soft, smooth texture, sublime hydration for bounce and movement, and gorgeous shine. Yes I’m serious your hair will be singing! I had my friend next door try it out. Because I was thinking “is this just me?” “Am I being dramatic?” Nope! She came over today to return the products and she was blown away. Her hair is similar if not a little more challenging type then mine. She was hooked. Her hair looked and felt so soft. It’s truly a winner! These are luxury items definitely worth splurging for.
Lets talk about the ingredients. The key ingredients are:
- Kiwi Seed Oil hydrates hair without weighing it down.
- Amino Acid Tyrosine increases color retention.
- Almond Oil improves the shine and strength of your hair.
NOT Made with:
- Petroleum/mineral oil
What is Evolvh SmartScent?
Full disclosure time! When I saw that there was ‘Parfum’ in the ingredient list, not going to lie but my eyes bugged out! So I inquired because that was a red flag to me. I want you to have all the information as well and be informed. Thank goodness for Chrissy at Evolvh for putting up with all my questions. According to Evolvh the scent in their new products is the SmartScent: “SmartScent contains a blend of natural essential oils and clean aroma molecules, and was developed by EVOLVh in partnership with the leading natural fragrance and essential oil producer to create what we believe is the cleanest and most sustainable approach to scent in hair care. These signature scents are used in EVOLVh products only, and we are proud to be at the forefront in developing healthy approaches to scent in haircare.”
Also they are conforming to all international labeling guidelines now, which require them to label scent either “fragrance or “parfum”. They will be updating their website soon with more scent information, but in the meantime you can read about SmartScent below. With that said this may not be the product for the purists among you. That is ok with Evolvh and that is ok with me! We all have to make our own decisions on what we will use and what we absolutely won’t. So for me I’m ok with these products and will continue to use.
- Made using natural ingredients/essential oils
- No Parabens
- No Phthalates
- Not tested on animals
- No GMOs
- No Biohazards
- Safe ingredients (IFRA compliant and CA Prop 65 compliant)
- Made in USA
Where to Buy Evolvh?
Their other lines of natural luxury shampoo and conditioner from Evolvh are UltraShine and SmartCurl. So now they are a full service hair care company! Covering all of your needs. You have to check them out for yourself. SmartColor is available on their website but their other products can be found at The Choosy Chick as you know is one of my favorite online green beauty stores. GREENGLAMGIRL saves you!
Also, check out other clean beauty products I love here.
*Affiliate links used. Opinions and thoughts always my own!