October 08, 2017 2 min read
Hair can sometimes feel like your greatest asset or your worst enemy depending on the day. So what makes hair so temperamental?
Our scalps are incredible-- they produce natural oils that keep hair healthy and shiny. The oils are supposed to travel down the hair shaft in order to nourish it entirely and keep it from getting dry and damaged. This is why brushing hair is great for straight hair (but, warning!! you never want to brush dry curly hair).
Unfortunately, many conventional shampoos are harsh on hair. They use strong petroleum-based detergents that strip the hair of its natural protective oils. Silicone-based ingredients are then added to give hair a glossy shine for a healthy appearance (since all the natural oils have been stripped). Over time this may cause hair to thin and require more intervention.
For a while, the NO POO movement caught on. Basically, hair was rinsed in the shower but never washed. The idea was that this would allow the scalp to begin to balance and produce the right amount of hair oils. This method works for some people, but many people feel like they still need something to remove dirt from their hair.
Enter in all natural shampoo bars! Because it is in bar form, it doesn’t need some of the harsh preservatives liquid shampoo does in order to prevent it from going bad. The soap is able to lift dirt and surplus oils from your hair. The coconut oil and salt helps it to lather (giving the user that frothy hair washing experience). A shampoo bar can be full of nourishing ingredients in order to vitalize hair and help repair damage to both the scalp and the hair follicles (after all, a healthy scalp is the basis of healthy hair!).
Now it is very important to understand a couple of things! One, a transition period may occur when switching to a natural shampoo bar. Some experience heavy, dull, or greasy hair during this interim. Why? Commercial shampoos/conditioners contain detergents and silicones to make hair shiny. Built-up residue takes time to get worked out while the scalp is also rebalancing its natural oil production. And remember, hair (like it’s beautiful owner) is UNIQUE. Finding out what works best for YOU-- whether it’s which oils your hair loves (curly hair does great with Lavender Oil while Rosemary Oil is great for encouraging hair regrowth/thickening) or even the perfect numbers of days between washes-- it will vary from person to person! Enjoy the process of getting to know your hair and taking care of it properly <3
Let me know what hair oils and routines have worked for YOUR hair!
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