There are so many hair products out there but are they doing your hair more harm than good? Organic haircare is a must for healthy hair and your physical health as well.
Most hair products are full of chemicals that absorb into your body, mimic hormones and leave toxic residue in your liver. Organic haircare is very important especially using organic shampoo because most traditional shampoos are loaded with sodium laurel sulfate. This is toxic. I bath frequently and I would never want to put this on my hair and scalp and then sit in the tub with it.
Make Your Own Shampoo
I have recently been experimenting with some homemade shampoo. It does require the purchase of a few ingredients but it very easy to make. The great thing about making your own shampoo is that you can adjust it to your hair's needs.
Making shampoo is very simple. Almost like making a smoothie. This page will teach you how to make shampoo.
Of course I love natural conditioners. I want a conditioner that really improve my hair and doesn't coat it with synthetic ingredients. When choosing a conditioner make sure it doesn't contain anything ending in -cone. For example avoid products containing dimethicone including hair serums. They coat the hair but do not moisturize it. They also inhibit any natural moisture from getting into the hair shaft so they are actually drying out your hair. You also want to avoid conditioners containing parabens. These are hormone mimicking preservatives that have been suspected to contribute to cancer. Make sure your conditioner is all natural or just make your own.
I have been making natural conditioner for about a year and loving it. The ingredients in my natural conditioner recipes are safe and effective. Feel free to email me at essentiallybasic @gmail.com if you have an questions. if the recipe above is too moisturizing just use water instead of oil. Argan oil is also a fabulous moisturizer for hair.Rub a little on the ends and work into hair.
UPDATE: I posted the below information about a year ago. I am now making my own shampoo and conditioner and washing my hair about once a week.
Just recently I have decided to go ultra natural with my hair and commit to the shampoo free experiment. My hair has been very dry and flat lately. Shampoo is a detergent and strips your hair of natural healthy oils. When we shampoo regularly, as I was doing, the oils don't have a chance to make it past our scalps. So, I was ready for a change to see if I could restore my hair's health.
There are three ways that I know of to go without shampoo.
1. You can just scrub your hair with water and then brush it several times a day with a boar's hair brush to pull out the dirt.
2. You can just scrub your hair and scalp with conditioner only.
3. You can rinse your hair with 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of hot water. And then rinse with 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of hot water. You will need to do this 2-3 times a week for the first couple of months and then on a as needed basis.
I chose option 3. I am on week 4 and I am still "in transition". My hair feels coated and a little grainy from the baking soda but the dryness has decreased significantly.
My hair definitely has more volume and holds a style better so I am super excited to get that silky lush hair that everyone who quits shampoo talks about.
Any time you go without shampoo there will be an adjustment period where your scalp will be oily. Your hair will gradually adjust and stop producing as much oil. I have had a little oiliness on the back of my head and have used sodium bentonite (Redmond Clay) to cover it.
If you choose to use conditioner only make sure that your conditioner has no -cone ingredients. For example - dimethicone.Any -cone ingredients coat the hair and block out moisture. You can only remove the -cone ingredients by using shampoo. This is what we are trying to avoid. Also most hair oils are mostly -cone products so try using a tiny bit of coconut oil or argan oil if your hair is feeling dry.
I will report back later with my hair's no shampoo progress.
Still Shampoo Free
After more than two months I am still shampoo free and loving it. I only do the baking soda, apple cider vinegar treatment every three days. I still have a little oiliness on the back of my head the first day after I wash it, but I just rub some baking soda on it and it goes away.
My hair no longer feels coated just super healthy. I am excited to see how much better it gets!
Finally, The Results
So after I wrote the above paragraphs, I started "washing" my hair in the shower instead of the tub with my girls and that made a HUGE difference. So I am thinking that if I had done that originally I would have had this amazing silky soft hair a lot sooner.
I now have no oilness, just amazing soft hair that feels really light. I feel connected with and proud of my hair! I don't think I will ever go back to shampoo and I still use little or no hair products.
I have also cut back slightly on the apple cider vinegar and added aloe vera.
I use 1 TBS of apple cider vinegar and 2 TBS of aloe vera and then fill up the cup with warm water. My hair seems to do better with this combination. Aloe vera can be purchased. Good luck on your hair journey.