Why switch to natural hair care?
Formulating products for the hair comes with its own set of challenges, hence why most high-performance haircare is predominantly synthetic-based. The use of sulphates, silicones and synthetic fillers can provide a superior instant effect on the hair, but these ingredients are sadly an illusion that can lead to detrimental effects with continued use
Outside of these chemicals being directly absorbed into the body through the scalp (up to 4x more than the skin of the forearm), sulphate-based shampoos will dry the hair, damage it’s cuticle, and accelerate colour-fade. When the hair cuticle is compromised, hair will become frizzy, dull and be more prone to breakage. This is not ideal after investing in costly colour treatments at home or in salon
Silicone, and its many different names (anything ending with “cone” is a form of silicone eg. Dimethicone, cyclomethicone, etc), are used to “seal” the cuticle of the hair. It smooths, locks in moisture, and provides that enviable lustre and shine. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Sadly, it is purely a veneer, and an addictive one at that
Silicone acts as a barrier to lock in moisture, but over time, no moisture can penetrate the hair shaft, leaving it drier than before. These ingredients can also build up in the hair making it difficult to treat and style, whilst attracting dirt and debris which ultimately leaves it heavy, greasy and dull. With prolonged use, the worst can result in hair that is frizzy, dry and brittle – all of the things we thought we were preventing!
At the end of the day, every hair is different and it is up to the individual user to choose what works best for them. At Hunter Lab, we have chosen to create high-performing hair care products that are sulphate, silicone and synthetic-free. We have carefully selected ingredients to actively nourish and protect your hair, and give you that enviable shine, naturally
Our hero ingredients across the range are:
SILK PROTEIN – One of the worlds strongest natural fibers, it forms a protective, non-occlusive barrier around the hair shaft to improve elasticity, resilience and strength. It also holds 10,000 times its own weight in water, hydrating and enhancing penetration of other key ingredients whilst providing a smooth and lustrous finish
HEMP SEED OIL – Rich in protein, Omegas 3 & 6, Vitamin E and important minerals, Hemp Seed Oil smoothes, nourishes and deeply hydrates hair. It offers similar benefits to silicone without the potential negative effects
PANTHENOL – A derivative of Vitamin B5, Panthenol offers superior moisturising and emollient properties to assist in moisture retention, enhance shine and ensure hair can be easily detangled
AUSTRALIAN NATIVE BOTANICALS: QUANDONG, DESERT LIME, AND WATTLESEED EXTRACTS – These Australian native botanicals are all rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins to nourish and rejuvenate hair, and neutralise free radicals that cause damage at a molecular level
Our Invigorating Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner are crafted to deliver superior results, and encourage healthy hair growth. Upon first use, hair is instantly soft, smooth and more lustrous, and feels full bodied without being weighed down. With continued use, hair is undoubtedly stronger and more resilient, being far less prone to breakage. It feels full, manageable, and shines with health. And all of this without the use of illusionary synthetic ingredients
It is very important to note that there is a acclimation period when switching from synthetic to natural hair care. It takes time (and many washes) to fully remove built up silicones and fillers from the hair shaft. We find this process can last up to two weeks depending on how often you wash your hair. Once all residue has been removed, you will be well on your way to the most lustrous, compliment-worthy locks of your life