Shampoos, rinses, creams, etc.–it can sometimes seem like there are a million different products out there for hair! Say goodbye to the pricey designer and over-the-counter hair care products that at best don’t really do what they’re advertised, and at worst hurt more than they help. Instead of drying out your hair with twenty and thirty dollar bottles shampoo and conditioner, consider taking a natural approach.
Natural hair care methods have grown in popularity in recent years due to their high ease-of-use along with many testimonials from happy so-called “no ‘poo” advocates who don’t wash their
hair the way they used to. Here’s a few ways to get naturally beautiful hair, at less cost and with organic, unprocessed substances.
Though you may be familiar with it as a salad dressing, apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural rinse for hair. With its acidic properties, it cleanses and conditions hair strands by removing dirt and oil buildup without overdrying. When used in conjunction with other items like baking soda, ACV is a great alternative to drugstore haircare methods.
If you want to cut some of the potency of pure apple cider vinegar, consider putting a few tablespoons into some natural oil treatments:
- Castor oil: Castor oil has historically been used for multiple body areas including the skin and hair. Made from the castor plant, it helps lock in moisture while gently conditions your hair.
- Avocado oil: Avocados contain a wealth of vitamins. As a hair treatment the oil confers a wealth of nutrients including vitamin E, A, B1, B2, D and Beta Carotene.
- Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is made from jojoba seeds and is a component in many drugstore hair products. The pure oil itself is a great treatment for cleansing and conditioning your hair, skin, and nail cuticles.
- Olive oil: Olive oil is great on pasta and veggies, but for your head? Olive oil actually acts as a great conditioner for frizzy, dry or damaged hair by smoothing the hair cuticle and strengthening it to prevent against future breakage.
- Essential oils: Add a few drops of essential oils for scent. Lavender, eucalyptus, rose, and patchouli are all natural fragrances that can help moisturize your scalp and get your hair smelling great.
Coconut oil is a great treatment for hair because it moisturizes and softens your locks. Often used as a substitute for hair conditioner, a dollop of coconut oil can be worked through the hair to remove tangles and smooth down breakages. As a bonus, it smells great and leaves your tresses touchably soft.
Instead of relying on expensive shampoo or daily showers, give your skin (and your wallet!) a break by using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo has the advantage of soaking up excess grease or oils on your scalp without stripping hair follicles of all natural oil, as other shampoos tend to do.
Try cornstarch or talc free baby powder on shower-less days. Using your fingers and small handfuls, apply the powder to your scalp and lightly fluff through your roots. Brush your hair to distribute it evenly and remove any extra.
Whether you knew it or not, you can actually get great hair while you sleep. Try a few of these hair hacks during bedtime in order to wake up with a good hair day:
- Leave in braids while you sleep, or put damp hair into a french braid before bed to create tight texture.
- Loosely pin your mane into a low bun and wake up with loose waves.
- Treat damaged hair overnight with one of the oils listed above. Wear a plastic shower cap to keep your pillow clean and rinse in the morning for soft, cleansed and conditioned hair.
Whether you’re a veteran of applying natural treatments to your hair or a first-time user, mix up your hair care regimen to find what works for you. Experimenting with natural combinations is a healthy way to take great care of your hair on a more customized level that costs less!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Since online beauty articles helped her immensely as she was getting her start as a makeup artist, she now hopes to return the favor and connect with new and longtime hair and makeup devotees alike. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.
As always, keep it clean, keep it natural… From my natural health blog to you!