Firstly I would just like to let you all know that this week our Facebook Group hit 10,000 members! What?!
That may not seem like a lot, compared to the other groups out there but it’s 10,000 we have never had before. In 4 months! That’s quite a lot of growth. But, no champagne was popped just yet… as we are aiming to grow even bigger and help even more Natties, like yourself out there. We will do something special when we reach 20,000!
Now, being part of quite an active group, Maxine and I often come across some fascinating questions. One caught my attention, and it read as follows (not verbatim)
“We use all these products with all these chemicals in them, that say “Natural”. But just how natural are we?”
Very good question! But for me, this raises yet another question: Is it possible to go 100% Natural? A process in which I like to call “Super Natural”. And quite frankly, the short answer is what you already think it is. Yes!
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Let’s dig into this a little, shall we?
Ingredients. Lots of them.
So, what does it take to be Super Natural? And let me tell you, it involves spending a lot of time in the kitchen. If you’re going to go this hardcore, you know as well as I do that fruits and oils play a vital role in creating some of those delicious hair smoothies you would have to mix up when creating your Ultra DIY products. Which begs the question, organic or GM (genetically modified)? Personally, you could go either way depending on just how pure you’re willing to go. Avocado, Banana, and Paw Paw are all popular choices as well as Cucumber, not forgetting to mention Shea butter thrown in the mix here and there. I would suck as a Super Natural because I would probably be eating all my hair goodies. But this is just ONE aspect.
If you’re willing to put in the amount of time it will take to mix up your Natty recipes, you truly can do this. Don’t get me started on the recipes, though. Just Google DIY hair recipes and prepare to be bombarded! You’ll either do one of 3 things from here on. Try them all, Pick some and stick by them or you’re going to look at what you favourite YouTube Natty Goddess is doing and do that. Amen? AMEN! I doubt there will be a person on Earth that will know about electric blenders as intimately as you do, though! But remember, these natural goods WILL spoil if not kept under the right conditions unless you’re also going to consider using Parabe- never mind. Out of the question, right? There ARE natural preservatives but are they as effective as synthetic alternatives? Well… Not really. Take rosemary for example, which in large amounts, is an abortant? Shocking to say the least.
Convenience in a Bottle
As you can see, the amount of care and knowledge you would need to apply does go up, quite significantly. There is a bit of science involved in this. Active ingredients, macronutrients, ratios, testing. But it’s nothing impossible. This is where I believe manufactured goods actually win. Firstly I think it’s wrong to call a product 100% natural if it contains any chemicals, whatsoever. The ingredients alongside the chemicals may be natural and organic but the result as a whole is not. But here’s where I come to the defense of these commodities.
The great thing about them is that they take a lot of the guesswork out of working with your own recipes. They’ve been tested and are usually very safe. They isolate the active ingredients from the whole fruits that you would have used and concentrate them into one little bottle, making it pretty easy to use. Imagine, going through an entire banana, pulp and all, just for one key element? Yes, I know we do this but… Do you see why I would prefer the manufactured products? So, barring the fact that they are NOT 100% natural, our hair itself remains unaltered and is still Natural. Natural is a state, not a look. I think that may be what these big brands are trying to say but I believe they ‘re failing. Your products are not natural. If so, please point out the trees that naturally produce these chemicals you use. I will wait.
I find that there are merits to each of these approaches if you’re a Natty, but ultimately it’s totally a matter of preference. It is possible to be a Super Natural, but I don’t think it’s totally feasible for everybody. So just how natural are we? You’re still natural, dear. It’s the products that aren’t.
Just a quick mention, massive hair crush on Therra! Don’t know who she is? Check out her Facebook Page for some truly amazing tips and tricks.
Sincerely, Your friend
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