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When Hair Care is Labeled Organic, What Does That Mean?



While the FDA regulates cosmetics, the term "organic" in the United States is regulated by the USDA and applies to agricultural ingredients only. For a hair care product to be labeled organic, it must contain agricultural ingredients that meet specific production, handling, and processing standards. For example, two of these standards stipulate that crops must be free of pesticides and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). You may notice one of four organic designations on a hair care label.

Because it's common for formulas to contain water and salt, these elements are excluded from the USDA definitions. "100 percent organic" refers to all ingredients in the formula. "Organic" indicates that at least 95 percent of the ingredients are organically produced. "Made with organic ingredients" can be stated when at least 70 percent of a product's ingredients are organic. And when a product contains less than 70 percent of organic ingredients, the label may simply reference that certain ingredients are organic. It's important to note that brands may advertise other green certifications on their labels, but these are not federally regulated. Instead, international or private organizations may provide these certifications.

How About When a Label Says a Product is Natural?



If a formula contains a plant or mineral, a product may be marketed as natural. Again, the FDA regulates cosmetics, but it doesn't provide standards to companies in regard to the term "natural."

Styling Products to Meet Your Hair's Needs



You'll find an extensive selection of organic and natural styling products here at drugstore.com. If you need to freshen your hair while on the go, you may want to reach for a plant-based dry shampoo. The ingredients are formulated to absorb sebum in order to freshen the scalp and provide volume.

To naturally detangle and soften your strands, try a spray packed with botanical oils. Some spray conditioners may have the added benefit of repelling lice, too.

Argan oil is derived from Moroccan tree nuts, and may smooth flyaways and keep your hair from being scorched by heat styling tools.

Do Natural Products Work?



Many consumers may be concerned that natural products aren’t as effective as more traditional formulas. However, many natural brands stand by the quality of their products and perform testing in order to ensure efficacy. Today, you don’t have to sacrifice quality in order to remain true to your values. A new generation of natural products is allowing green consumers to have the best of both worlds.

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