A healthy diet invariably leads to healthier hair so we take a keen interest in anything that encourages people to eat healthy and live healthy. Eating organic food and using organic hair products are two available options. Indeed, if you’ve eaten organic apricots, figs, hazelnuts, pistachios, sultanas and some types of fruits and vegetables, chances are they’ve come from Turkey, one of the region’s primary organic producers.
With several different climate zones and rich fertile soil Turkey is ideally placed to produce a wide range of top quality fresh produce. From tea and hazelnuts in the tropical northeast to pistachios from the dryer Gaziantep region in the southeast, as well as citrus fruit from the Mediterranean coast around Antalya and olives and figs in the Aegean region, Turkey produces a huge quantity of fresh and dried produce. These days much of it is also organic thanks to promotional efforts by MinFAL (Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock). In 2017 the country exported 21,000 MT of organic food products worth US$87 million to 68 different countries.
Turkey’s organic industry was first established in the Aegean region in the 1980’s, prompted by a demand for quality organic products in Europe. The first domestic organic regulations were put in place in 1994 but were superseded in 2004 by the Organic Agriculture Law. This law provides for comprehensive regulation of the Turkish organic industry. It also facilitated the creation of 2 specialist committees, the Organic Farming Committee and the National Directing Committee of Organic Farming. These committees are jointly tasked with encouraging the implementation of new organic projects, raising awareness of organics amongst the general populace, overseeing the certification process and developing priorities for research and development projects. Another initiative implemented by the law is the requirement for the state television company to broadcast a half hour organic promotional or education program each month.
Today, Europe remains Turkey’s biggest export market with countries like Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland accounting for half the total organic export by volume (MT) between them. When it comes to individual countries however the USA and Germany well and truly top the export market – half the organic produce goes to those 2 countries alone!*
Despite the fact that Turkey’s organic industry is flourishing, the domestic market for organic produce has been much slower to take off. Turkish folk generally tend to feel that organic produce is expensive and something the ‘rich’ people buy. However, this perception is slowly changing. As the country’s GDP per capita creeps up over the $11,000 mark** many things that were once unaffordable are becoming a lot more affordable for certain sectors of the population. Notably Turkey’s so-called middle class now makes up over 40% of the Turkish population.**
This upwardly mobile section of Turkish society can afford the more expensive organic products. They are well educated, enjoy an urban lifestyle, have an increasing knowledge of healthy lifestyles and are keenly interested in making healthier food choices. All in all it makes an ideal set of conditions for expansion of domestic organic demand, which is forecast to be worth around $170 million by 2020.* This is an average annual growth rate of just under 13%.**
Currently most of the organic produce sold within Turkey is domestically produced but imported products are gradually infiltrating the market. The rise of supermarket chains has also led to the major share of organic produce being sold through them rather than through specialist organic retailers, bazaars and marketplaces. At last count, these chains accounted for 80% of the domestic market whilst the specialist outlets had about 5% of the market share.***
Despite the dominance of the grocery chains however there are still many small independent shops that specialise in selling natural and / or organic products. Called aktars, these shops carry a range of products from organic foods and condiments right through to household and personal cleaning products, including shampoos. Some of them like Rani Çiftligi and Palivor Çiftligi are retail outlets for organic farms located elsewhere in Turkey. Their products are truly direct from farm to shelf and may offer a better guarantee that the product you’re buying is truly organic.
Popular Domestic Organic Products
Considering that Turkey is a major exporter of fresh fruit and vegetables, a fair percentage of which is organically produced, locals have been slow to adopt a preference for these. Instead, the major types of organic produce bought domestically are packaged products. The highest demand is for dairy products, which accounts for around a fifth of total domestic organic purchases. Organic baby food is the second biggest seller followed by organic snack foods, oils and fats, rice and spreads.
Organic Hair Loss Shampoos
Along with organic foods, organic shampoos are also becoming popular. Whilst there is little doubt that one of the most effective ingredients for hair loss in shampoos is Ketoconazole, a synthetic anti fungal, there are also many effective plant-based compounds. Caffeine is an effective DHT blocker and also stimulates growth of stronger, bigger follicles. Other ingredients often found in natural hair loss shampoos include:
- Argan oil
- Cucumber fruit extract
- Nettles extract
- Pomegranate fruit extract
- Red clover
- Saw palmetto
- Sunflower seed oil
- Tea tree oil
- Wheat protein
If you’re looking for organic hair loss shampoos, look for products that only contain ingredients like these that are certified to have been grown and processed organically. Alternatively, you may like to check our range of proven and effective hair loss shampoos.