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Ramblings of an Organic Hair Stylist - How does one tell if someone uses Organic Hair care products?

Hello!My name is Jason. Cape town born and in the hair industry for 20 years. My dear friend Lela has asked that I write a bit about organic haircare – I am happy to share with you my experiences of the past years as an organic hair stylist. I hope you enjoy!

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What’s the buzz about organic hair care? Sulphate free, no poo, paraben free… Though a series of articles written from the perspective of an organic hairstylist – we will delve into the ins and outs of organic hair care and how it can change your life.
Many women have a clean diet and exercise regularly, yet have not made the switch to organic haircare. Why is this, is a really good question - one I’m not quite sure how to answer.


As I write this perched in a funky raw café on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town, looking around I see at least 8 women. The brunettes are harder to asses, but blonde hair is a sure fire way to tell if she has chemical free hair or not, being clearer and more translucent in tone reveals a lot more about the hair from a distance.

Here’s what we are looking for…
The form of the curl is not consistent from root to tip, the shine at the root is significantly softer to the shine on the ends, the hair is not a consistent thickness from root to tip, instead it tapers off towards the ends, the hair can tend more towards frizz, and … if I could get close enough, the smell of synthetic perfume would be the proverbial cherry on the cake!
Next time I will go into what these signs mean and ‘why go organic’.
Love in hair - Jason

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