Beauty products are supposed to make us beautiful but some don’t. Some are so harsh and packed with powerful chemicals that they can seriously irritate and damage delicate skin. If you have very sensitive skin, you may have noticed that some so-called beauty products can cause irritation and unsightly inflammation.
Shampoo is one of the beauty products that can cause more harm than good. The scalp can be a very delicate and sensitive area, even more delicate than the skin on the face. If it is exposed to harmful agents it can suffer.
What you should know about “organic” shampoos?
The role of a shampoo is simple – to clean the hair. It needs to be able to remove dirt, oil and dandruff. It should also have ingredients that promote a healthy scalp. Modern chemical ingredients don’t always do that!
The typical scenario is stopping using your anti-dandruff shampoo only to find that the dandruff returns immediately. Or you stop using that hair product and your hair looks lifeless in a few days. This is because many modern hair products never cure the problem – they just disguise it so you think it’s gone away and need to keep using the shampoo to avoid the problem from coming back.
If you truly want great looking healthy hair all the time you will need a totally natural product that works in harmony with your body. Using natural ingredients to make your own organic shampoo means it won’t damage your hair or scalp. You will even be helping the environment by not washing artificial chemicals down the drain.
Hair washing advice
- Wash your hair every other day to preserve natural oils.
- Do not use too much shampoo, evenly distribute it throughout the hair.
- Give yourself a good scalp massage as you shampoo.
- Rinse with cool water – it improves the blood supply to the scalp.
Make your own natural shampoo
Here are some great recipes for homemade natural shampoo. When you first use them you may notice some itching or dandruff but this is simply a sign of your scalp returning to its natural state. If the symptoms last for more than 15 days, consult your doctor as you may have a skin problem.
- Orange and soap shampoo: Beat together half a litre of soap infusion, two tablespoons of orange juice and two egg yolks. Store the shampoo in the refrigerator until you use it.
- Sandalwood shampoo: Mix 25 grams of dry chamomile flowers with 25 grams of diced saponaria root in a bowl and then pour 250ml of hot water over them. Stir and let the mixture set over night. The next day, add 20 drops of organic sandalwood oil and use.
- Lavender shampoo: This shampoo is great for blond hair. Juice two lemons and mix the juice with two tablespoons of lavender water and two eggs. Apply to the hair with a gentle massage and allow to act 15 minutes before rinsing well. Then condition as normal.
- Rose water shampoo: This shampoo is suitable for brown or black hair. Mix two tablespoons of vinegar with two tablespoons of rose water and two eggs. Then apply by massaging into the scalp. Let it work for 15 minutes before rinsing well with cool fresh water. Condition with a natural product for best results.
- Nettle and rosemary shampoo: A great tonic for hair loss and brittle hair. In a stainless steel pan, place two handfuls of saponaria and one and a half cups of water. Boil this mixture and let it set for 10 minutes over a gentle heat. Then cover and allow it to cool. Once cool you can strain the liquid and place it in a capped bottle. Make an infusion with half a tablespoon of fresh rosemary and one handful of nettle in one cup of boiling water. Let this set for half an hour and then stir in the saponaria mixture. Apply to your hair as a shampoo.
- Coconut and egg shampoo: This shampoo is great for dry hair. Prepare the saponaria mixture as above. Then, melt two tablespoons of coconut oil and add to the mixture along with one egg yolk and 3 drops of brandy. Stir well and let cool. Apply to the scalp after wetting the hair. Let it work for five minutes before rinsing well.