Let me start by saying that in order to get the healthiest hair, you should NOT be using regular shampoo. Commercial shampoos contain pH altering chemicals and harsh detergents. The detergents in shampoo not only clean your hair of build up, but they also strip your hair of it’s healthy oils. The more you use shampoo, the more dependent your hair will become on it. It is an endless cycle: Your hair feels greasy, so you shampoo it, natural/healthy oils are stripped from your hair along with the dirt, your scalp produces more oil to compensate, and then you have to shampoo again the next day! The natural pH balance of our hair is toward the acid side, but most of the hair care products available are alkaline. This means that the hair products we use will open up the cuticle seal causing breakage, a rough appearance, and dryness.
- A natural alternative to traditional shampoo that I have started using is NaturOli Soap Nuts Natural Shampoo .
It contains natural soap nuts that work to gently cleanse the hair. I have only used this shampoo a couple of times, but I noticed that after using it, my hair did not feel as “thirsty” for conditioner as it was when using traditional shampoo. You may also want to try a natural shampoo bar like Herbal Shampoo Bar 3.50 Ounces, although, I have never tried the shampoo bar so I can not share any personal experience. Some even like to use baking soda to cleanse the hair, but this sounded a little harsh to me. Link
- Another natural hair care routine that I have started to try is using Apple Cider Vinegar rinses.
I am a graduate of Oakland University in Michigan with a BS in Health Sciences. My studies included Nutrition courses, Community Health courses, Alternative Medicine courses, and Human Anatomy Courses. My studies jump-started my interest in natural and alternative medicine, but my real interest came through my own research and personal use of supplements and natural alternatives. When I am not learning about the world of natural alternatives, I spend my time with my boyfriend of nearly 5 years who I have also put supplements to the test on. I am so excited to be writing this blog to share my research and findings with you and I hope we can all learn something new!