Treated Hair Risks
When it comes to hair, going natural simply means avoiding chemical-based products that change the natural and original state of one’s hair. It also indicates to potentially reduce the risk of the following health hazards:
Exposure to toxic chemicals
Carcinogenic (cancer-causing) effects
Chemical Burns: The chemicals used in hair treatments such as, relaxers and perms can cause skin irritation and chemical burns.
Hair Loss: The harsh chemicals in hair treatments can weaken the hair shaft and lead to breakage, which can result in hair loss.
Scalp Irritation: The chemicals in hair treatments can cause itching, redness and scaliness of the scalp.
Respiratory Issues: The fumes from hair treatments can irritate the respiratory system and cause coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Allergic Reactions: Some people may be allergic to the chemicals used in hair treatments, which can lead to itching, redness, and hives.
Cancer Risk: Some studies have suggested that there may be a link between certain hair treatments and certain cancers, such as bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Natural Hair Care Tips
Caring for natural hair involves keeping it moisturised, using gentle products, and protecting it from damage. To moisturise natural hair, use water-based leave-in conditioners and oils such as coconut or olive oil. Avoid using harsh chemicals, such as sulfates, and heat-styling tools. Protective styling, such as braids or twists, can also help protect the hair.
Some benefits of going natural include, reducing damage caused by chemicals and heat styling, hence promoting hair growth, and embracing your natural texture.
Using natural products of mother nature such as, aloe vera gel, avocado and honey can be beneficial for natural hair.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet, as this can promote hair growth and overall health.
Habits to develop for natural hair include, regular deep conditioning, minimal manipulation of the hair, and regular trims to remove split ends.
Be aware that natural hair is unique to each individual, so it is best to find what works best for your hair type and texture. Consultation with a professional hair stylist or a trichologist may help to know more about your hair type and how to take care of it.
In conclusion, going natural with hair treatments may offer fewer health hazards, but it is important to still be mindful of the hair care products you use to avoid any potential skin irritations.