Natural Vs. Organic
I had an interesting conversation with my hairstylist, Michelle C., the other day about pomades (yes, I have a hair stylist). To give me an idea of the range of products, she showed several products to me of different types for different hair and different control levels. The pomades ranged from clayey, heavy control matte pomade to a more oily, purple pomade that added shine to your hair with looser control. It was at this point that I asked if they were natural, organic products. She said, “Well, which do you want, or do you want both?” Being a little puzzled she proceeded to explain that organic products are natural but not all natural products are organic. While natural products are derived directly from nature, only those natural products with ingredients grown without pesticides and herbicides are called organic.
Is There A Preference?
There are many things that are organic or natural that you might not want to use on your hair or skin. So, it is best to get a product with ingredients that are effective for your type of hair and style. Choosing a natural product is the first choice while going to organic is kicking it up another level. The usefulness of the products, from performance to shine, will remain the same in the different types of pomades. As such, from a performance standpoint, there may be no difference. But if “greening your style” is part of your plan, and you are dedicated to finding these products, here are some tips on naturally organic product types.
The basic reason for selecting natural pomade is to avoid man-made chemical products that may absorb into your skin or damage your hair. If you really want to know what is in your product, you can even make your own natural pomades at home! Using natural products ensures you won’t have the artificial preservatives and other chemicals found in non-natural products. But you also have to be aware that without some of those preservatives they might have a short shelf life. In addition, making your own products at home can turn into a catastrophe if you don’t really pay attention and take the time to do it right. If you don’t like recipes or cooking, it is probably a good idea to stick with natural products off the shelf.
The types of pomades are really the same, from water-based to oil-based with varying levels of hold. What you will find on the ingredients label is a list of readily recognizable products from natural oils to beeswax to scents rather than long chemical names. Pretty easy to spot! Many may be water based, but make sure to verify the type of oil that is used if you select oily pomade.
One tip is, if you make your product at home, it is best not to use water as it will breed bacteria and will need to be stored in your refrigerator. In the end, the trick is to find a pomade that works for you and your hairstyle.
Kicking it up a notch, organic pomades also not only use natural ingredients but ingredients not treated with pesticides and herbicides. Even though the FDA has rigorous regulations for testing and approving products, many people want to minimize their exposure to any chemicals. One of the issues with hair gels and shampoos, for instance, has been the presence of parabens. Parabens mimic estrogen, and due to the known hazards of excess estrogen, are potential causes of cancer if levels become elevated in your body. People also may simply be allergic to parabens and other chemicals. Different products with different chemicals can cause skin irritations and rashes for different people. Again, it is always a matter of finding products right for you, your hair, your skin and - with pomades - your hairstyle.
You can easily search online for organic, natural products that are free of chemicals or alcohol. Many of them use natural oils and vitamins for your hair. Ingredients may include beeswax, coconut oil, argan oil, honey, olive oil and other vegetable oils. Different oils will have different effects on your hair and will produce different control of your hair from loose to firm. The object is to keep away from petroleum based pomades that can damage your hair and skin. They also have the advantage of being easier to apply and easier to wash out.
Pomades For Varying Hairstyles
This is not meant to be a full review of all natural and natural organic pomades, just some information on what they are and why you may want to check them out. If you have a longer hairstyle like a pompadour or if you are seeking extra control, choosing the right pomade for your style is worth the effort. Taking the extra step to natural and organic products is just another consideration for those who might be interested in experimenting.
Arganade (www.arganade.com) has a great line of high quality products for your hair that will go great with any of these tools and work to give your hair - and you - your best look!