Herbal shampoos are all the rage now. This is not surprising when one considers the harmful effect of chemical-based formulations. The market share of herbal shampoos has been steadily rising and this echoes the trend worldwide where we are seeing more and more people opting to reach out for natural alternative.
In India herbal shampoo manufacturers come in a pretty wide spectrum — from Ayurvedic product firms to organic solutions manufacturers. This can create its own problem as we try to determine which solution would be the best for our hair. Here are some few simple tips you can use to select the right shampoo for yourself:
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This is one of the ways you can check if it is an herbal shampoo. Ayurvedic shampoos are made using natural ingredients. Hence, an Ayurvedic shampoo is always an herbal shampoo! But anyone can call their product Ayurvedic and thanks to its popularity, this is often the case. So, it’s better to check if the product has the AYUSH label or other industry certification. It will also mean that it is made according to industry rules and regulations.
Are herbal cosmetics completely natural? Unfortunately, that is not the case. This is because natural extracts come from plants and these plants themselves carry traces of inorganic material. This comes from the pollution in the soil from which the plants get their nutrients, the fertilizers and insecticides that are used on plants. All these elements are absorbed by the plants. The extract of the plants also contains the same pollutants. This is why we find traces of harmful chemicals in many plant products today. The only way to avoid these chemicals is to go for organic products. These are made from plants and herbs that are grown without the use of insecticides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Hence, they have no traces of harmful chemicals. To ensure that you are buying the right product, look for organic certification. The label will clearly mention this. However, keep in mind that such products are often more expensive than usual.
The price range here is quite large. From comfortably affordable to luxurious — you will find a pretty wide range in herbal shampoo manufacturers. Today we have some premier products that offer many unique qualities, such as the use of pure extracts, organic ingredients and sourcing from the very best suppliers. All these can ratchet up the cost. Made from completely natural elements, the use of these shampoos can actually improve the quality of your hair. But an expensive price tag does not always denote quality and an affordable range does not necessarily mean that it is a poor substitute. Today there are government-aided corporations, cottage industries and other small-scale manufacturers who are making affordable herbal products. These are also quite reliable when it comes to quality.
Check ingredients for chemical presence:
Although many labels may claim to be completely natural, they are rarely so. Many of these so-called herbal shampoo manufacturers use a lot of chemicals in their manufacturing processes to get a certain consistency or to preserve the natural extract. The best way to check for such components is simply to check the label. It will mention the presence of chemicals in the final product. Some of the usual culprits are: Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Mureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Mureth Sulfate, Siloxanes, Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol, Olefin Sulfonate.
There are some ingredients that are always a winner when it comes to herbal shampoos. These are ingredients that promise health and wellness to your hair. These include natural cleaners like shikakai, amla and reetha. Other ingredients that are extremely beneficial for your hair include coconut oil, tea tree oil and aloe vera.
Some of us may also have a preference for a certain brand. A good idea will be to try out several reliable and reputable brands and pick one that suits you the most. Shampoos, even herbal ones, are not all uniform. Difference in formulations have an impact on the overall effect of the shampoo. This is why we often find that some shampoos work very well with our hair, while some not as well. So, do a small test run to find the right herbal shampoo manufacturer for yourself?