Et tu Shampoo? Did you ever think that the very shampoo that you swear by, may be damaging your hair? Although, it does partially cleans your hair, detergent-based shampoo strips away the naturally produced oils that maintain its health.
Shampoos contain mineral oil as an ingredient, which is a byproduct of gasoline when distilled from crude oil. This oil is added to hair shampoos (apart from hundreds of other products) to thickly coat your hair strands, giving it an artificial shine. As such ingredients cannot be absorbed by the skin, they act as a layered barrier on the scalp and therefore, preventing the natural oils from being released. The more shampoo you use, the more you require in order to strip the grease away.
You can minimise the usage of chemical and detergent based shampoo and conditioners and settle for the herbal varieties that are sulphate-free. To maintain your hair’s natural health try these simple and effective home remedies for cleansing your hair, without using any shampoo at all!
- Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic, that works well to counteract the baking soda, and is a great alternative for conditioner. It helps detangle your hair follicles, seals the cuticle, and balance your hair’s pH balance.
In a small bowl or cup, pour 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and add 50 ml of water. After rinsing out the baking soda out, simply pour this apple cider vinegar water over the ends of your hair. Let it soak in for a minute and wash. Instead of vinegar you can even use lemon juice and if you have very dry hair apply honey. Oily hair? Use less vinegar.
- Mix three drops of your favorite natural essential oil, in a cup of herbal tea and add a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Gently pour this herbal mix over your hair, let it soak for a few minutes and rinse your locks clean.
- Without wetting your hair, you can even dab some baby powder or a pinch of baking soda to your hair and scalp to absorb excess oils.