Happy Tresses, Happy Trees: La Coupe Orgnx Hair Care

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C'mon, plant a tree with me. Plant a whole bunch. Seriously! You won't even break a nail, I promise.

La Coupe Orgnx is a Canadian collection of shampoos, conditioners, treatments and styling products made without sulphates, parabens or diethanolamine (DEA). Certified organic botanical ingredients include avocado, fig, nettle, hibiscus and olive oil, as well as extracts from moringa seeds. And with every purchase of any Orgnx item, the company donates a portion of the proceeds toward planting moringa trees.

A botanical wonder also known as the tree of life, the moringa is native to India and Africa and packed with nutrients in every inch from root to bark to leaves to fruit to seeds. In fact, the leaves contain seven times more Vitamin C than an orange, four times the calcium in milk, four times the Vitamin A in carrots, three times the potassium in bananas, and twice the protein in milk. Nifty, huh? Centura Brands, the company that manufactures La Coupe, has already donated enough to plant 57,000 trees in Haiti, Senegal and Ethiopia this year; their goal is 100,000 trees by the end of 2008.

The Orgnx products themselves are available in formulations for different types of hair, of course: Re/Nourish for dry, damaged hair; Re/Balance, which helps scalp irritation and itching; Em/Body, for hair in need of a volume boost; and De/Frizz, for smoother hair. My hair's a bit on the dry side, so I'm using the Re/Nourish shampoo and conditioner at the moment. The shampoo gives great lather, fresh fragrance, and cleanses thoroughly -- I don't feel as though any styling residue is left afterward. The conditioner has the same light scent and leaves my hair feeling silky when I rinse it out. All good.

See how planting trees is easy? And it leaves loads of time for me to relax with my shiny hair and Clive-O.

Orgnx shampoos and conditioners, $9.99 each; deep conditioners and anti-frizz serum, $10.99 each. Available at major drugstores.