People are becoming more and more aware of what chemicals are lurking in their food these days which is fantastic; organic and vegan diets have never been more popular. But have you ever stopped to think about the chemicals being applied to your skin and hair? Popular beauty treatments are becoming less about the complex chemicals promising to scientifically fix you, and more about natural, home remedies with trusted plant-based products. Consider the popularity of coconut oil for example which can be used for an infinite list of things, from skin, face and hair to cleaning make-up brushes and cooking your dinner. On this note, more people are casting their regular chemical filled shampoos and conditioners aside in favour of a more natural solution, often with surprisingly miraculous results.
We’ve rounded up some of the most popular alternative shampoo replacements, these are definitely worth looking into if you have issues with dandruff or a sensitive scalp, limp or fine hair that gets greasy fast or dry and brittle ends. Most conventional shampoos contain sulphates, most notably, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, a known carcinogen which is harmful to the environment. You’ll find this as one of the first ingredients on the back of a bottle and is the chemical responsible for foaming the shampoo, making it easy to use, but it also strips your hair of the natural oils it needs and irritates the scalp. All over the internet people are claiming using non-sulphate shampoos or alternatives like below completely stopped their dry scalp issues.
Clay masks have huge benefits for your skin and have been used as face masks since forever, Bentonite and Rhassoul clay have wonderful healing benefits when used in place of shampoo and are also super cleansing for your hair, many people swear by a clay treatment as the ideal shampoo alternative.
- Herbal Tea
Plain herbal tea can be used to gently cleanse your hair and remove any build up without adding any damaging chemicals. Different herbal combinations claim to do different things, a quick search will tell you which flavoured tea could benefit your hair type.
Oats are super conditioning, they leave your hair shiny and soft which is ideal for damaged hair as a conditioning shampoo. They contain plenty of vitamins and form a protective barrier on the outside of your hair protecting it from everyday damage.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil acts as anti-bacterial, it penetrates the hair follicles, unclogs them and kills microorganisms that can trigger dandruff. It’s also an oil so therefore nourishes your hair to repair damage and scalp to promote hair growth.
As an extreme, some people don’t use any product on their hair at all and just rinse through with water. The idea behind this is, your hair compensates being stripped of it’s oils from shampoo by over-producing and making your hair greasy. When you go without removing the oils so harshly your scalp adjusts and eventually stops producing more oil than it needs. People who’ve been shampoo free for months or years often have very healthy, clean and soft hair, it just means going through that few weeks of adjustment period where you’re over-producing oils and not removing them!
It’s also common when looking into shampoo alternatives to see people talk about bicarbonate of soda or baking powder. Bicarb has a very alkaline pH which is damaging to hair when used regularly but can absolutely be used as a monthly treatment to really wash your hair and has the power to leave it squeaky clean. Be sure to also use a conditioning agent such as apple cider vinegar or coconut oil to ensure the ends stay moisturised and healthy.
Let us know if you’ve ever gone shampoo free and what you’d recommend to people wanting to try it!