If you’re used to conventional products, taking the leap to natural products can be overwhelming. Hair products can be part of an identity, and switching it up is something many would consider carefully. For those looking to switch to an all-natural hair wash, here is a quick post on how to transition, the transition process as well as the benefits of going natural.
Conventional shampoos contain synthetic chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Phthalates. While not every synthetic is harmful, some, such as the ones mentioned, are linked to skin irritation and hair loss. Also, the natural oils your scalp produces will be stripped away by conventional shampoos. Ditching these will unclog your scalp, promote healthy hair growth, and prevent other negative side effects. Your scalp will be able to breathe and produce a healthy amount of sebum. As a bonus, natural products contain organic ingredients which are biodegradable and won’t pollute the earth. YAY to sustainable products!
Transitioning to a natural hair wash
When you switch over to a natural hair wash, there could be an adjustment or ‘purging’ period. Your hair and scalp might behave erratically at first, it could either be too oily, too dry, or bounce back and forth between the two extremes. This is an important phase as your hair is detoxing from years of buildup of chemicals from conventional hair products. During this period, although it might be tempting, do not use any conventional products! It will undo the effects and prolong the transition period. Aside from that, here are some tips to deal with these situations.
For oily hair:
Your hair might feel oily or waxy when you start using a natural hair wash. This happens because your scalp is compensating by overproducing sebum to replace those that has been stripped away. To make the transition easier, brush your hair twice daily to evenly distribute the natural sebums produced. It also helps to rinse twice after washing your wash to get rid of excess oil.
For dry hair:
Your hair might feel dry and tangled as it is no longer coated with synthetic softening agents. Again, brushing helps as distributing the natural oils throughout your hair will alleviate the situation. Brush often and at least twice daily and your hair should be more manageable. Consider using a natural hair oil to quicken the process and give your oil a healthy shine.
Patience is key to obtaining healthier hair. Everyone's hair is different and depending on how long, curly, thick or damaged your hair is, purging can last from a few days to over a month. It might take a little time getting used to, but once your hair is free of chemicals, your hair (and the earth!) will thank you.
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