Are you ready to begin your transition to natural shampoo?
If you take the time to prepare yourself, you can eliminate many of the problems and negative reactions heard about from transitioning to natural shampoo.
It is important to note that many of the people who experienced problems, difficulties and negative reactions approached the transition to natural shampoo without knowing what to expect or fully understanding the effects they experienced.
More people are becoming aware of the harmful chemicals in personal care products. Despite the growing awareness, there is still considerable reluctance toward switching from mainstream shampoo to natural.
Often times, people will change every item in their bathroom and still avoid eliminating store bought shampoo for natural hair washing methods.
This aversion to using natural hair cleansing methods often stems from so many people sharing their (more often negative) experiences with natural shampoo.
Unfortunately, a certain amount of information has been withheld from most of us that has confused our understanding of what we experience. Withholding this important information has led to the misinterpreting of results. They concluded that the change in shampoo was responsible for the change to the condition of their hair. If they had known what conventional shampoo was actually doing to their hair, they would have been better prepared to understand what they were seeing was the actual state of their hair. Once they stopped using conventional shampoo and conditioners, the silicones and waxes that coated their hair was no longer applied to their hair, revealing the true state of their hair. For more information on this read “Help! Natural Shampoo Destroyed My Hair!”
If people had a better understanding of this important information, they could have had a completely different outcome. We hope that we can provide you with enough information that you will be able to achieve a successful transition to natural shampoo and eliminate harmful chemicals from your bathing routine and enjoy better health.
**This information on how to best transition to natural shampoo is not limited to use of the natural, solid shampoo bars we offer. It can also be applied to the many different methods of “no poo” as long as the new method does not use harsh chemicals or strip natural oils from hair.**
On your way to healthy hair…
The following information is meant to help you be better prepared. WIth proper preparation you will be able to equip yourself with all the tools you will need to make your transition to natural shampoo a satisfactory, smooth process.
All Natural Shampoo, like these, will not contain synthetic chemicals, strip or damage your hair. Natural Shampoo will allow your hair to retain its natural, healthy, protective oils (not oily, beneficial, protective oils) and give you the hair you are meant to have. If you have always used commercial shampoo, you may not realize what your hair can be.
There are multiple reasons to consider making the switch, just a few are:
- Commercial shampoo strips the healthy, natural oils from your scalp and hair, causing your body to overproduce oils, in an attempt to replace what keeps being removed.
- Since the ends of your hair never get the oils supplied by nature that are meant to give it manageability, we rely on conditioners and other hair tamers.
- Commercial shampoos contain dangerous toxic chemicals. Just one of the many synthetic chemicals, used in almost all commercial shampoos, was developed for industrial use to be used as: engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners, car wash soap.
Ending your use of commercial, oil stripping shampoos and choosing to clean your hair by using safe, natural alternatives like these Premium Natural Solid Shampoo Bars may cause you to cause you to go through adjustment stages. The 1st stage will be caused by the natural oils overproducing to compensate for being stripped for years. During this time, to you; your hair may feel greasy to you/look oily, and your scalp can become flaky. This does not last too long, don’t give up. An easy way to help with this is:
How to Have Best Results when You Transition to Natural Shampoo:
During the transition to natural shampoo period; you will need to be brushing your hair from root to end at least 2x/day with a natural or boar bristle brush to pull these oils all the way down to the tips of your hair. As if you are retraining the oils.
1-2x/week, combine baking soda and water. Approx 1-2 tbsp. baking soda and 1/4 cup water and scrub your scalp. You can use this in place of your natural shampoo or even before. If you use natural shampoo after then you are ensuring removal of all residue and nourishing hair.
The baking soda mixture will scrub any excess oils from scalp, unclog pores that have been coated with the silicone and waxes to help open them up, breathe and help regulate release of sebum.
You will also want to get a spray bottle and fill it with 1 part apple cider vinegar WITH MOTHER to 4 parts water and a few drops of your preferred essential oil.
After washing your hair DO NOT USE STORE BOUGHT CONDITIONER and instead, spritz the hair follicle with the A.C.V. mixture to seal up the hair shaft and give your hair shine.
Do not worry, the vinegar smell does not remain once your hair dries and you are left with the scent of your preferred essential oil.
You can spray this A.C.V. mix on your scalp once a week to balance the pH levels on your scalp. This reduces the opportunity of dandruff becoming an annoyance.
I hope this has helped you to have a better understanding of why the Natural Shampoo did not cause your hair to be damaged, dried out and unmanageable. Instead, it only uncovered the true state of your hair being caused by mainstream products. A good quality Natural Shampoo will help your hair recover, maintain protective oils and encourage your hair to reclaim the best health possible. Likely this will be better than you can imagine.
Please, be patient. Your hair has been continuously damaged and depleted through use of commercial hair products, styling, processing, UV and environment. In comparison, your hair will recover better health very fast, although it will seem like forever while you wait, because waiting always seems to take too long.
Are you ready to give Natural Shampoo a try? At Spa Secrets 4 U, we offer a variety of premium Hair Spa Natural Solid Shampoo Bars made using the best, natural, plant based ingredients for your hair..
Essential Oils that Benefit Hair
(please note this is not a complete list)
- Tea Tree (Keep away from dogs & cats, could be toxic)
- Clary Sage
- Tea Tree (please be cautious with Tea Tree essential oil, it is believed to be toxic to dogs and cats. I have no intention of doing any testing of this so I am just adding a warning)
Dry, Excessively Damaged Hair:
- Clary Sage
- Sweet Orange
Dull, Lifeless Hair:
- Mix 1 part Apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 3 or 4 part water in a spray bottle (a few drops of lemongrass essential oil added works wonders). After washing your hair, squirt this mixture on your hair and scalp, a little goes a long way, and comb through. Allow to set for 2-3 minutes, rinse.
- 1-2 times/week week, leave diluted ACV in your hair for extra conditioning. Spritzing this on scalp once a week is supposed to regulate PH levels and help get rid of dandruff flaking.
- Start using a natural bristle brush (boar) that is stiff enough to go through your hair from scalp to tips, a couple times a day to distribute oils to the ends of your hair.
- Make a paste with baking soda/water 1:7/10 and scrub your scalp 1-2 times a week until your oils regulate.
- Sprinkle rice powder onto scalp and allow rub in, use natural bristle brush to brush it out. This will absorb excess oils. (personally I don’t find this to be anything but messy, but in thinner hair it might work better.)
This could happen for a week to a month but is a very worthwhile inconvenience. Being able to end the use of commercial shampoo and conditioners, with all the damaging chemicals they contain is worth a few weeks of bad hair days. Once you have moved past the adjustment stage, you end up with amazing healthy and beautiful hair.You can find much more information on this online, just search Google for “no poo” (no more shampoo).
What to Expect:
I have heard this called “No poo” but I am not certain if using Natural Shampoo is the same. Either way, this is what I have seen be most effective for the transition.
First, your body has been producing a minimum of 2x the normal amount of oils needed to give you naturally healthy and manageable hair. There is an overproduction because you have been stripping them every time you wash your hair so your body has been struggling to replace them.
- Your body produces natural oils for healthy hair.
- You wash with commercial shampoo and strip these natural oils.
- Your body makes even more to replace the ones you removed.
- Your body has been overproducing to counteract the damage from shampooing your hair.
- You’ve suddenly stopped stripping these oils but your sebaceous glands have not caught up to stop overproducing oils as quickly as you have stopped stripping them.
You are “TRANSITIONING”
SLS/SLES or surfactants dissolve grease & oils, drying to hair. Most store bought shampoo and conditioners contain silicone and/or wax that coat your hair give you the soft and manageable feel.
It seems odd that they coat it with something that is actually more drying and is sucking the remaining moisture from your hair. These will chemically strip your hair of natural oils, corrode hair follicle, impedes hair growth, causes premature hair loss, damage cell DNA, will alter protective outer structure of hair/skin and allow even more chemicals to penetrate deeper, damages immune system, eye damage, CNS depression,as well as strip moisture from both skin & hair.
To create the feel of healthy, manageable hair, store bought shampoo & conditioners contain silicone and/or wax that will coat hair in hope that you do not notice how much your hair has damage, breakage and dryness. Unfortunately, these silicone’s and waxes will create a seal around your hair strand and trap anything inside, dirt, harmful chemicals not rinsed and does not allow air(oxygen) to pass through. Even if you are using this just to condition your hair, it still gets on your skin in the process. Your skin is the largest organ you have and it is meant to allow oxygen to enter through to help oxygenate the bloodstream. You also sweat and release toxins through your skin. When your skin has been coated with a silicone or other petroleum product, your body’s normal process of elimination of toxins through your skin is now stopped with a barricade like saran wrap, holding the toxins inside and building up in your body, causing damage to your immune system. Some of the ingredients that do these things are: Dimethicone, petroleum, petrolatum, paraffin wax, mineral oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (emulsifying wax), Cetyl Alcohol, palmityl alcohol, Stearic Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycearyl Stearate
Now that you have the needed information for a successful transitioning, we offer a variety of solid shampoo bars for you to get started!