The Ultimate Guide To Natural Shampoo

Natural Shampoo – The Ultimate Guide

I’m sure a lot of you want to know what to expect when switching to natural shampoo and conditioner bars before you dive right in and give it a go. I want to share with you all the information you need to know before moving on to natural shampoo.

So here is my guide on using natural shampoo and how to care for your hair without the use of chemicals.

I’m not going to lie, it’s not easy at first, some of you may be lucky and it works out great from the get go but for others of you, myself included, it will be somewhat of a difficult process. Having gotten through it now my hair is so much healthier and better off as a result.

If you really do want to stop putting chemicals into your hair and skin then read on and find out more about why it is sooooo much healthier for you,  your hair……and of course the environment.

We stock a variety of natural solid shampoo and conditioner bars.

 

Transition from chemical to natural shampoo:

When switching to a natural shampoo bar there is what’s called a transition period, for some it may only last a week or two but for others it can take up to 2 months, this is how long it took me to get through it and trust me if I can do it so can you I promise you won’t regret it either!

Everyone’s hair is different which is why the time period can vary so much from one person to another but the outcome will always be the same…..your hair will be healthy, naturally shiny and in far far better condition.

I have ridiculously long and thick hair, it takes some serious maintenance to look after it, but I was so committed to stop using chemical shampoos with SLS and parabens in them. I was prepared to get through the transition period no matter what it took.

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The reasoning:

Traditional shampoos contain harsh chemicals such as SLS and parabens which completely strip your hair of everything including healthy natural oils. These shampoos then start to leave their very own synthetic chemicals and residues in your hair, scary right?

At first this may feel great from the silicone (silicone is a form of plastic!) which smoothes the hair initially but after continue use your hair will feel more and more dry and damaged!

Once you first start using natural shampoo bars you may notice your hair getting very oily, this is your body over producing natural oils to try and compensate for all that has been stripped when using chemical shampoos.

It may also feel waxy and sticky which I must admit is a bit of a nightmare, especially when you have long hair. This stickiness is where your hair has a build up of of synthetic chemicals and residues from the previously used shampoos!

Natural shampoo bars are gentle and won’t strip your hair of it’s natural oils unlike those that contain SLS and other harsh chemicals. Which is why it takes time to get through the sticky waxy stage, this is your hair ridding itself of those chemicals left behind!

So you do need to have a little bit of patience until your hair is completely rid of those nasty harmful synthetics. But trust me once you have gotten through this your hair will feel better than ever, naturally nourished and full of life!

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My hair towards the end of my transition period, looking much healthier but still a bit sticky!

 

How To Get Through It:

There are a few tips and tricks which make it so much easier getting through the transition period. Preparation is key to making it simpler and making it less likely you will go back to synthetic shampoo.

1.  make sure you buy some apple cider vinegar, it can be bought in glass bottles. Also get some baking soda, this can be found in cardboard boxes at the supermarket or you can buy it online.

2. Don’t be tempted to use commercial shampoo as you will have to start this process all over again, trust me you don’t want to do that.

3. Use a natural conditioner bar (you can find them here) on the ends of your hair if neccessary, please please please don’t use a traditional conditioner with a natural shampoo bar.

4. Make sure to brush your hair from the roots all the way down to the ends at least twice a day. This will pull all the natural oils to the tips of your hair, keeping it nourished and healthy.

 

Once you are prepared and ready to go:

 

The first stage: Mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with a pint of water and pour onto your scalp while scrubbing in.

This mixture will unclog the pores that have been coated in silicone and synthetic waxes, allowing them to breathe and release the natural sebum.

Then use a natural shampoo, we stock a range in our shop here.

 

Second stage:  If your hair still feels waxy or sticky then next time use a vinegar rinse. Add 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (A.C.V) to 1 cup of cool water.

You can experiment with more or less A.C.V (dry hairs like less and oily hair likes more). You can also add essential oils of your choice and even herbs.

Once you have washed your hair with natural shampoo, pour the A.C.V mix over your hair, massage into your hair and scalp then leave to sit for a few minutes.

Then rinse out with cool water. A.C.V protects the outer layer of the hair and closes the cuticles, which gives the hair it’s natural shine.

 

Once a week: If you want your hair to really shine then you can use the A.C.V mixture in a spray bottle, after washing as normal, spray the mix onto your hair then leave to sit.

After a couple of minutes rinse with cool water then leave to dry.

Your hair will be looking and feeling healthier than ever. You won’t believe the difference from when you were using chemical shampoos.

 

Extra Tips For Healthy Hair:

Here are a few essential oils that have benefits for your hair and scalp (you can mix this into your A.C.V mix):

 

Hair Growth:

Vitamin E – Full of antioxidants and promotes healthy hair growth

Lavender – Moisturises and balances sebum production

Rosemary- Packed with antioxidants and stimulates hair follicles

Thyme – Increases the blood flow to the scalp and rejuvenates hair follicles.

Cyprus – Improves blood circulation and stimulates hair follicles for optimal hair growth

 

Dry And Damaged Hair:

Lavender – Moisturises and balances sebum production

Almond – Soothes and moisturises

Cedarwood – Stimulates hair follicles

Geranium – Strengthens hair

Jojoba Oil – Moisturises and add nutrients

Sandalwood – Helps with dry ends

 

Oily Hair:

Basil – Promotes hair growth and improves blood circulation

Lemon – Helps balance natural oil production, adds shine

Lemongrass – Balances oil production and strengthens hair follicles

Rosemary – Balances sebum production and stimulates hair growth

 

Dandruff and Itchy Scalps:

Lavender – Moisturises and balances sebum production

Ylang Ylang – Antiseptic, soothes and conditions

Thyme – Antiseptic, rejuvenates hair follicles

Tea Tree – Soothes, moisturizes and relieves itchiness

Rosemary – Clears pores and helps prevent itchy scalps

Patchouli – Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties

 

Blonde Hair:

Lemon – Adds a natural shine

Chamomile – Brightens and highlights

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this huge essay of a blog, I think it’s extremely important that you have as much information as possible when switching to natural hair care. I know that a lot of you may be worried about changing it up because of course we love our hair and want it to be as healthy as possible. But seriously you won’t regret switching to natural hair care, the proof will be there when your hair is looking incredible and feeling so so soft.

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