Things you need to know before diving into natural hair care
So, you want to switch to natural hair products? That’s amazing!
With every big change, there’s a period of adjustment—your new hair routine is no exception. We know it can be a bit daunting, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you make the switch and explore natural hair care!
What are natural shampoo and conventional shampoo made of?
Most natural shampoos have ingredients like detergents, foaming agents, pH regulators, conditioners, and moisturizers, which are mostly certified to be of organic origin. They’re typically manufactured from ingredients you already know and love, like sugar, natural fatty acids, or plant alcohols. Natural ingredients give you a lot less to worry about, as these are very unlikely to cause skin irritation, which might occur with conventional shampoo.
On the other hand, conventional shampoos contain ingredients that will eventually harm your hair and scalp over time. Here are some ingredients to avoid if you can:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- Mureth Sulfate
- Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
- Mureth Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
- Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene)
Why don’t natural shampoos bubble up?
You’ll notice that the consistency of natural and conventional shampoos are pretty different, and that’s thanks to their varied ingredients.
Natural shampoos don’t bubble up as much as conventional shampoos because they don’t contain lathering agents like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Lathering ingredients like this don’t actually clean the scalp and hair, but only create the illusion of it. These will also eventually cause dryness and other damage, so it’s best to steer clear from them.
While lathering isn’t exactly essential, we totally understand that you might miss having a nice cloud of bubbles as you massage your scalp in the shower. Here’s what you can do to recreate that: add a little water to your scalp after applying the shampoo to create some bubbles. You can also dilute the shampoo in advance by combining the water and shampoo in a separate bottle.
What can I get out of natural hair care?
While conventional shampoos are able to get rid of dirt, the harsh chemicals tend to strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. To compensate, your scalp tends to work extra hard by overproducing these oils.
On the other hand, natural shampoos offer the best of both worlds; they provide a deep clean for your hair and scalp, while giving nourishment from natural minerals, herbs, and oils. Generally, natural shampoos are manufactured specifically with ingredients containing regenerative properties that make your hair healthier.
Keep in mind that when you switch to natural shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of its oils, you can expect your hair to feel a bit more oily and heavy than usual. But don’t worry—there’s an easy fix! Simply rinse your hair well with your new natural shampoo, or even rinse it twice! After the first few washes, you should notice a well-balanced hair texture, with less oil at the roots and more moisture at the ends!
Making the switch is a commitment, but the benefits are truly worth it. Don’t worry, this period of adjustment will only last a few short days. Once you get the hang of it, you can enjoy your newly natural, healthy routine. Your hair will thank you for it!
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