Ditch your regular shampoo for better hair!!
April 18, 2016 1:07am CST
Shampoos are known to contain harmful sulfates that are basically harsh detergents. They strip your scalp of all their oils and mess with the natural pH of hair. I have stopped using mainstream shampoo on my hair and use only sulfate free shampoo whenever I need a cleanse. Alternatives such as soap nuts can also be great for your hair. However for working people, this may be a little cumbersome. So I suggest you buy a sulfate free shampoo. It is fairly inexpensive. I do strongly recommend that sulfates not be used on your hair. Also try using silicone free conditioners on the hair. Silicones coat your hair shaft and while they may initially add shine and lock moisture temporarily, they would draw a lot of dirt and cause build up. To clear the silicones you would need sulfates. And the vicious cycle is continued. Aloe vera gel can be a great alternative to regular conditioners with Silicones. Even apple cider vinegar does a good job at conditioning. However, this must be used with care as it may be too acidic for some people. However it is a magical ingredient when diluted in the right amount of water. You'll have to figure the ratio out through trial and error. Never use more parts of acv though. Let me warn you that you will have bad hair days for a couple of weeks at the most and the transitioning phase may not be very smooth. But after that your hair will thank you. Seriously! It's been a year since I've used regular shampoo and my hair has never looked better. I also use apple cider vinegar as my cleanser and conditioner and it provides great strength and shine and also cleanses the scalp without stripping it. Also make sure that you limit the acv to once a week or lesser Do give this a try and test it on your hair. Patience is the key for this to work. And when it works, you'll never go back!!
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18 Apr 16
@tecchigurl The apple cider vinegar should show effects in two three uses.. Be careful to dilute it in the right amount of water.. To be safe start with equal portions of water and vinegar. You can put it in a spray bottle, spritz it over your scalp, massage it in and leave it in for 20mins. If this ratio is too acidic or irritates your scalp, then reduce the acv quantity. Hope it helps.. Even lemon juice will work just the same.. Try it out..
18 Apr 16
Hey.. The apple cider vinegar is brilliant at controlling oil. Even otherwise, I apply diluted lemon juice on my hair and it betters my scalp. Also don't keep touching your hair. That could probably be adding to the oiliness.. Do you use a lot of products on your hair? If that's the case, the buildup could be the reason for the oiliness.
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18 Apr 16
To me it all comes down to convenience and the amount of times one washes their hair - I have even used body soap on my hair. Using sulfate free in my experience can be an expensive way to go. Using home made shampoos are far more cost effective even if apple cider vinegar in the UK can be too expensive to buy, and like Manuka honey and other natural additives, it all comes down to the strength/quality you're paying for. Plus in different countries and dependent on weather outside, it all hangs on the speed in which hair can be washed, rinsed out, dried, styled and ready to go. Sometimes the more organic plan can be too time consuming.