Preparation for Successful Natural Shampoo Transition
Are you one of the many people who have tried to eliminate commercial shampoo by changing to natural shampoo but were so unhappy with the results you were forced to revert back?
Or, maybe you have heard the terrible stories of how “Natural shampoo destroyed my hair.” Causing the person to discover their new head of “straw-like, unmanageable, crazy hair” or stories so awful they have caused you to decide you would prefer to continue with harmful chemicals in store bought shampoo over the almost certain failure and certain damage associated with using natural shampoo?
Are you unwilling to cause your hair to be damaged, unmanageable and corrupted to eliminate the final store bought chemical concoctions remaining in your shower?
Would you believe it if you heard that there is a single small error in the ‘Natural shampoo destroyed my hair’ belief?
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say that they can’t use natural shampoo. They tried the natural shampoo transition but it destroyed their hair/ dried out their hair/ their hair was unmanageable/had become so damaged from using it.
So, they went back to using the bottle of toxic chemicals they know as bad for them, but at least they can brush through their hair.
Fortunately, once they resumed using store bought products, their hair has ‘recovered fully’.
They will not consider putting their hair through the Natural Shampoo of Mass Destruction again.
Have you ever tried the natural shampoo transition for yourself?
The kind that does not strip the protective oils from your hair?
As you probably already know, most shampoos are made using surfactants and other chemicals that will remove your natural oils meant to protect your hair from damaging elements. Most surfactants are made from petrochemicals.
There are also some surfactants that are considered “natural” because they began as a plant or animal. Unfortunately, most of these have been so processed and often with harmful chemicals, they no longer represent the original ingredient they once were.
If you have been using shampoos that contain these oil stripping surfactants, then without you realizing it yet, the damage has already been happening to your hair. This unfortunate destruction is being compounded each minute of your day while you are using commercial shampoo.
Once you decide to stop using mainstream shampoo and conditioners and switch to using natural hair cleansing products, you are taking a very important in the right direction of achieving real healthy, stronger hair and healthier, happier YOU.
If you resumed use of commercial products after being dissatisfied with the state of your hair which, you probably noticed, had become dry, straw-like, coarse and shredded feeling. You were getting there..but not quite…
This is the place people arrive at when they say they tried the natural shampoo transition for themself, but it almost ruined their hair so they went back to store bought and it has been so much better. Unfortunately, there was just not enough available information, or accessible information, to get to the real reason of this change to your hair.
If only we were told the truth.
“Natural Shampoo Destroyed My Hair!!!”
This is an erroneous conclusion many people make.
In actuality, store bought shampoo/conditioners are causing horrible damage, destroying both hair and scalp. It contains chemicals that strip the nutrients and moisture from hair then the silicones, crude oil by-products (paraffin wax is one) are used to coat each hair follicle like saran wrap, keeping oxygen from penetrating, while sealing dirt, toxins and impurities inside.
When you use shampoo and conditioner that contains surfactants and other ingredients that removes sebum, there will also be a number petrochemicals and silicone based ingredients that are added to coat each hair strand of hair in order to give you the feel of having soft, manageable, smooth hair.
The silicone’s and waxes causing impurities to build up trapped inside the hair follicle (and in your body when the same effect happens on skin).
These harmful chemicals are known to corrode the hair follicle, impede hair growth, and can even lead to premature hair loss. Used by cosmetics industry in many products, including commercial shampoo/conditioners, these chemicals will damage cell DNA, alter protective outer structure of hair (and skin) allowing even more of the harmful chemicals to penetrate deeper, causing damage to your immune system. Also known for causing damaging developing eyes (child’s), damage to immune system, CNS depression and many others.
The damage is not restricted to your scalp and hair.
Even though you are just using these for your hair, they still get rinsed out and come into contact with your skin. Your skin is the largest organ of your body which is meant to allow oxygen to pass through, oxygenating your blood, allow for the elimination of toxins to release harmful elements in your body. When silicone/waxes are washed down your body, they create a saran wrap like barricade that holds toxins inside, causing their build up to damage your immune system, refusing oxygen to enter body through skin.
Your Pores: Your skin is covered with pores. Except for certain areas; palms, soles of feet, etc. Within each pore lie a hair follicle and a sebaceous (oil) gland. These glands secrete oils (sebum) that keep our hair and skin moisturized. Sebum combines with dead cells to fill the inner chamber of the hair strand and spread over the surface of the skin. If the sebum production is disrupted it can result in acne, pustules, dry skin.
If left to do its job, the sebum coating you hair will moisturizes your hair, causes hair to be thicker, helps prevent breakage, split ends, give hair more body and protects hair from damage caused by styling heat, UV, and other elements
When you start to notice that something is wrong…
Once you stop using store bough shampoo’s, it takes a week or more to remove the silicone/wax from the hair. Once this is off, they are able to feel the actual state of their hair!! This is usually the point where they get disgusted by what the natural shampoo does to their hair. (note that the amount of damage does vary, depending on styling, number of products and other factors such as diet, stress, age)
It has nothing to do with the natural shampoo. Except that the natural shampoo does not contain the silicones, petrochemicals and waxes to continue coating your hair.
Removing these coatings is the first step in a process to finally have healthy hair.
This process of the natural shampoo transition can go by unnoticed, can take weeks or even months. This adjustment includes:
- Essential nutrients and moisture replaced,
- hair shaft conditioned and smoothed,
- natural protective oils coat hair the way intended, your hair will be thicker, smoother, stronger, grow faster, to start.
Let’s continue with
What you will need:
- Natural Bristle Brush (Boar works well) hair brush. make sure it has stiff enough bristles to be able to brush through your hair the entire length from ROOT to END
- Apple Cider Vinegar WITH MOTHER A proper mixture of ACV to water can be from 1 part ACV to 4 or 5 part water, depending on how your hair reacts.
- Plastic Spray/Spritz bottle
- Baking Soda (small plastic cup/bowl to mix)
- Essential oil (optional) makes hair smell good when a couple drops are added to apple cider vinegar mixture. Depending on the oil it can help with regulating sebum, improving condition of hair and leaves appealing scent in hair when it dries.
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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.
- Now you have 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”
The period of getting the production of your natural oils production in sync with no longer using chemicals to strip your hair is the “Transitioning” period.
How to get the best results with your Natural Shampoo Transition:
During the transition 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 goes away as 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 bring out the best health of your hair but it will take time to repair its current, damaged state
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Essential Oils for 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)
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- Clary Sage
- Sweet Orange
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