These days, consumers care more about the ingredients in their daily goods than ever before. Most of us now thoroughly read ingredients in food items before buying them and go to great lengths to opt for natural cleaning products in our homes. A lot of us also take the time to investigate the products that we apply to our bodies regularly, like soaps, shampoos, and lotions. This is to ensure that we aren’t using harsh chemicals that can lead to issues down the road.
At Don Juan Pomade, this is a topic that is especially important to us as it pertains to hair care products, as anyone who has looked through our ingredient lists can tell you.
Sadly, a lot of commercial companies that produce products for men’s beards and hair rely on synthetic, chemical-based ingredients to fill up their formulas. The main reason for this is that these ingredients are cheaper, and so companies can enjoy higher profits as a result. Not all chemically derived ingredients are objectively terrible for you. But the bottom line is that in most cases, there are natural alternatives that are superior in just about every way.
Let’s go over the most commonly used chemical ingredients found in these types of products.
Usually found in cleansers and shampoo products. Sulfates allow dirt and oil to bind together, so that they can easily be rinsed away. The process that creates this bonding is pretty aggressive. That’s why sulfates are known for being extremely stripping, meaning that they strip away moisture. As you would imagine, a product that strips away moisture is probably not ideal for your beard or your hair.
Found in many skincare, haircare, and beard care formulas. They’ve been known to have the potential to disrupt hormones by absorbing through the skin and into the bloodstream.
These often derived from petroleum. Not sure what this is? Well, it’s an extremely harsh chemical that can cause significant irritation. A lot of men find that heavy synthetic fragrances lead to skin and scalp issues.
Are slippery ingredients that make the hair soft and shiny. The issue with silicones is that they accomplish this by coating the outer layer of each hair with a seal. This prevents moisture from getting deep into each hair, which means that the internal strand can be damaged and dry, while the outer cuticle looks like it’s healthy.
So, what’s so great about natural ingredients compared to synthetic ones? Let’s go over the various ways.
Natural ingredients tend to be gentler. Many of the ingredients we discussed above are aggressive and can either lead to irritation or strip away moisture. Natural ingredients rarely have this harsh quality to them and are commonly less likely to irritate the skin and scalp.
Some synthetic ingredients can be toxic if they build up in the bloodstream for too long. Hence, why we think that natural is the way to go.
It’s likely that natural ingredients are ideal for daily use compared to synthetic ones, as synthetic ingredients may gradually cause damage to the hair, while natural ingredients typically support the structures and follicles with nutrients and moisture.
Most plant-based ingredients used in men’s hair and beard care products offer unique beneficial properties. For instance, an array of plant-based oils are packed with vitamins and omega acids which directly feed the follicles. Many essential oils offer cleansing and calming properties that aid in the reduction of irritation while naturally removing dirt.
Naturally-derived ingredients are also more friendly to the environment, since many of the chemically derived ingredients used in the beard and haircare industries release toxins into the air.
Now, let’s go over the most common types of natural ingredients that you’ll find in men’s hair and beard care products.
Used to moisturize the beard while adding texture. Commonly used ingredients include olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, mango butter, avocado oil, and argan oil.
Do double-duty. They provide the product with a clean, natural fragrance. This, while offering unique properties including anti-inflammatory activity and bacteria-fighting agents.
At Don Juan Pomade, we rely on natural ingredients when producing our formulas. We’ve spent years and years researching the properties found in plants, and how they relate to the wellness of our hair and beards, as well as our skin. We know how to blend the right naturally derived ingredients together to produce formulas that really work, and offer long-term benefits to the skin, follicles, and individual hairs themselves.
By carefully testing our products, this ensure they’re gentle and effective. Our formulas are known for being remarkably useful at maintaining the appearance and health of the beard and hair. Plus, we never use parabens, silicones, artificial fragrances or sulfates, as we know that ultimately, these ingredients have the potential to do more harm than good. All that being said, you can trust the natural formulas at Don Juan Pomade.
We fully believe that mother nature has given us some of the best solutions to our hair and beard-related woes. That’s why our formulas rely on natural, gentle ingredients that come in the form of botanical extracts, plant butters, and more. When you purchase a Don Juan Pomade product, whether it be for your hair or your beard, you can count on one of the cleanest formulas that exists on the market.