Shampoo Alternatives for Naturalistas
Cleansing your hair and scalp are part of a healthy hair regime and we all have so much to choose from. Shampoos promise to do everything from thicken your hair, eliminate dandruff, get rid of buildup and promote hair growth. But many naturalistas are turning towards shampoo alternatives and for good reason.
Most shampoos and conditioners alike can contain chemicals that build up in your system. This buildup can eventually have negative effects on your health.
The good news is that there are a wide variety of organic shampoo products that are absent of phthalates, parabens, fragrance and other harmful chemicals that you should avoid if you can.
Another option is to make your own hair cleanser at home. Here are two different DIY shampoos that you’re able to make at home. These will also work wonders on your hair.
African Black Soap Shampoo
African black soap is a handmade soap originating from West Africa and has been widely known as a remedy for skin problems. This soap works like magic and is not just limited to your skin. This soap makes an amazing shampoo as well.
In a bottle, combine:
- 1 cup of hot distilled water
- 2 tsp of honey
- 3 tsp of grapeseed oil
- 4 tbsp of the African black soap crumbled into pieces.
Combine all of the ingredients into a bottle and shake well to ensure that everything is mixed well.
After the mixture has cooled, use it as necessary to cleanse hair and scalp. If there is any remaining, it can be stored for up to four weeks.
Bentonite clay is another great alternative to traditional shampoos. Bentonite is absorbent clay that is formed from weathered volcanic ash. Bentonite clay is widely known for its detoxifying and cleansing properties.
In a plastic or glass bowl, combine:
- About 1/2 cup of the bentonite clay
- 1 cup of brewed herbal tea
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 7-10 drops of an essential oil of your choice
Stir the mixture to ensure a smooth consistency. To use your shampoo mixture with ease, transfer it to a plastic bottle in order to have more control.
Next, apply the mixture section by section to your hair working it into the scalp and all the way to the tip of your hair. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and apply your desired conditioner.
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