How to stay healthy in the new ‘gentle’ hair care trend
For decades, men and women have been sharing their own hair care secrets.
For men, there was the “gentle” way, like the “shave” technique.
For women, there were the “clean” hair products, like Dove’s natural haircare line.
But the “natural” trend has been in decline.
And now, there’s a new trend: gentle hair care.
For people of all genders, this new trend has helped to push the boundaries of natural hair care and give it a little more of a feel.
“I think it’s kind of funny because I’m from the Midwest, so I’ve been trying to be more gentle,” said Sarah, a 27-year-old graphic designer from Minnesota.
“And it kind of makes me feel good.”
In this photo from a 2013 interview with WGN-TV, Sarah explains how she was inspired to share her gentle hair with her husband.
Sarah is one of the people behind the Gentle Hair Challenge, a Facebook group for people who want to learn how to be “gentLE.”
The group is aimed at people who love the natural feel of hair care but don’t have the time or the money to invest in a full-fledged hair care regimen.
For Sarah, the Gentle Hairs Challenge is an experiment in finding a natural alternative to products made with synthetic chemicals.
She hopes to teach people to be natural by helping them find products that aren’t “heavy-handed” with chemicals.
“You’re definitely going to be using a lot of things that are made with chemicals,” she said.
“There’s definitely some synthetic products that we use, but for the most part, I think it is definitely natural.”
While Sarah said she has been inspired to experiment with the GentleHairs Challenge, she hasn’t stopped using the products that have been on her wish list.
For example, she said she still uses the Dove “shampoo,” but now that she has a more natural-sounding hair, she is switching to a lotion made with organic herbs.
Sarah says she doesn’t have a problem using the Dove shampoo, but she also doesn’t like the product that comes in the “powdered” variety.
She also likes the product with the synthetic chemicals because it doesn’t smell too harsh and feels a little softer.
“It has a little bit of a ‘gentleness’ to it, so you know, it’s not heavy-handed,” she explained.
The GentleHashes Challenge isn’t just a Facebook event.
The group has a website, where members post pictures of their favorite products and share their experiences with using them.
Sarah also created a YouTube video about her experience with the products and shared her experience using it with her two children.
“So, the girls, we’ve got three kids,” she told the girls in the video.
“It’s not really a family thing for us, but I think the videos have been very helpful.”
Sarah said that her oldest child, 9, is now interested in natural hair products and is very curious about the Gentlehashes Challenge.
“They’re definitely doing it for the kids, and it is kind of like a learning tool for them to see the natural process,” she added.
Sarah said she plans to continue the Gentlehands Challenge as long as her husband continues to use the products she’s been using.
“That’s my goal,” she shared.
“Just to make him as happy as I can make him and make him feel good about using a natural product, which I think is super important.”
This is my life, my mission.
And that’s what I’m doing.