The popularity of natural shampoo has grown dramatically in recent years — and not just among hippies. Many people are looking for a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle, which includes taking better care of their hair. However, the market is inundated with products that claim to be natural but contain harsh chemicals. For those wanting to learn how to use natural shampoo and get the most out of their hair care routine, see this article.
1. How to Choose a Natural Shampoo
When choosing a natural shampoo it’s important to look out for the following and avoid: Sulfates. These are ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium Laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, etc. that form a tight molecular bond when combined with water. When these ingredients reach the hair shaft it forms a “cross-link” and keeps permeability in your hair intact. They dissolve sebum and disrupt the lipid composition of your hair. This leads to clogged hair follicles, breakage, frizz, dandruff, and reduced hair density.
Beyond the wide array of hair colours available, a significant amount of hair products today contain sulfates. A lack of goji berry colour is a common side effect of sulfate use. However, when using sulfates in products like shampoos, conditioners, and conditioner bars, you’ll be discarding a valuable source of nutrients. Sulfates have been linked to serious health concerns like obesity, cardiovascular disease, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer.
2. How to Use Natural Shampoo for Dandruff
If you are one of those people who suffer from dandruff and think there’s no way out, then it’s time you tried natural shampoo for dandruff. Herbs like sage and chamomile are known to cure dandruff and are found in many dandruff shampoos. So what is a headache-free, clear, healthy smelling shampoo made from herbs? It’s made by adding essential oils to the water.
OPTIMAL THINGS TO ADD IN MIXED OILS
To make healthy, tasty and odour-free shampoo, dilute herbs in enough water to make a nice thick paste, then apply to damp hair (for best results, gently massage your hair, if needed). We recommend mixing herbs in the amounts below.
- Chamomile: Apply to damp or slightly wet hair.
- Sage: Apply to damp or slightly wet hair.
- Spinach: Apply to damp or slightly wet hair.
- Thyme: Apply to damp or slightly damp hair.
- basil: Mix into damp or slightly wet hair and massage thoroughly for about a minute.
- cilantro: Mix into damp or slightly wet hair.
- grounding tar: Combine 1 tablespoon of the herb and 2–3 pinches of the grounding spice in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for roughly 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
- cup oats: Combine 1 tablespoon of the herb and 4–6 pinches of the oats in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until oats are heated through. Boil for just a minute.