Did you know you can cleanse your hair with ingredients from your store cupboard?
While we go through the regular ritual of cleansing our hair and scalp with water and shampoo, there are alternatives. All natural, non-toxic and easy on the finances too.
Majority of the shop-bought shampoos have the same properties as detergent, which makes them very harsh on both the hair and scalp. With regular use you they strip hair of the natural oils that are needed to keep the hair-shaft soft and strong. Many contain chemicals that we would avoid if we found them in our food or skin creams – so why would we want to apply them to our scalps?
There are a number of all natural options that you can try, straight from your kitchen cupboard! Start off by alternating between regular washes with a natural-based, quality shampoo.
THE CLEANSER Baking Soda
The readily available kitchen product does magic to your hair. As a weak alkaline it is very gentle on the scalp as it cleanses your hair from chemical build-up.nJust one tablespoon of baking soda added to a cup of water will do the job. Mix the solution well and then drench your hair with water. Start applying the solution from the crown of your head and massage it as you concentrate on saturating the entire scalp. Rinse out just as would with shampoo. If you find your hair too dry, use a little less baking soda in your first wash.
THE CONDITIONER Apple Cider Vinegar
As it is mildly acidic, apple cider vinegar is an awesome replacement to regular conditioner and do a great job when it comes to counteracting the alkaline baking soda. Besides detangling hair follicles and sealing the cuticle, apple cider vinegar also balances the hair’s PH balance. Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to a cup of water. Pour the solution onto your hair, let it set for a minute and then rinse it out. If hair is oily, use less vinegar solution to condition.
If you want to further moisturize your hair and scalp, massage in a very small amount of olive oil.