Things to Know Before Use Natural Shampoo
The most common issue that we get from new shampoo users when they use natural shampoo is-
I love to use natural shampoo on my hair but why my hair feels weird?
Here are some important natural shampoo tips to avoid hair problems-
When you start using natural shampoo there is a period of transition from chemical to natural shampoo. This period can range from a few days to a few weeks or even a month. Some people find that hair has become soft & scalp is more healthy, where as some may take more time to adjust to natural shampoo.
It can be a matter of patience. This time will differ from person to person as it depends on hair type.
In the beginning scalp may become oily or dry or it can switch between two extremes. Hair may feel waxy, frizzy or increase tangle after first few use for some people. It will go away! Remember your hair was used to chemical laden shampoo. Now they are learning to live on natural shampoo!
If you persist, you will achieve healthy, soft and silky hair.
The most common reason for adjustment period is that long use of commercial products. Which results in a heavy build-up of silicone and chemical residues in the hair.
Using a natural shampoo will gently (as they are not detergents) remove silicone residues. It will tend to glop together and give you waxy and frizzy feel. They will never be removed if you put them back by using a commercial conditioner containing silicones after using natural shampoo. It’s best to rinse hair either with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixed with water, or use a natural silicone-free conditioner.
Rinsing hair with diluted apple cider vinegar (half to 1 tsp in 2 cups of water) after shampooing will also help remove silicon built up from the hair, and promote a healthy scalp.
Though it is recommended this ACV rinse depends on personal preference later on.
Commercial shampoos are synthetic detergents hence they are very drying, so the scalp produces an excessive amount of oil to compensate. Hair will eventually adapt change and will balance the produce of excess oil with continued use of natural shampoo.
Some people still get dandruff after getting used to natural shampoo. It indicates that their hair and scalp needs more nutrition from inside as well as outside.
Hair packs do wonders to the scalp health. You may need to apply once or twice in a week till the scalp issues are solved.
I began making handmade shampoo around three years ago and was very happy with the improvement in my scalp and hair. I found that it made my hair feel very healthy, soft and silky as it did when I was ten years old.
If you find coconut Vinegar and Amla Vinegar it is more effective than Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).