Hair care is the latest area of the beauty and lifestyle world to get hit by the wellness craze. This is good news for people who have sensitive skin or finicky hair. Parabens lurk in many commercial products. They are a chemical preservative that can cause allergic reactions. Sulfates, especially sodium laureth sulfate, are used as detergents in shampoos. If you're looking to abandon both you need look no further than some of these all-natural alternatives.
Try DIY Conditioner
Conditioner can smooth out frizzy hair. It's typically used to lock in moisture and prevents hair from getting too wild. If you want to make your own you will need to purchase BTMS, which is a chemical emulsifier. Glycerin helps with consistency and lucidol is a naturally self-preserving ingredient. Don't forget to add essential oils for fragrance.
Head To The (Shampoo) Bar
Conditioner isn't the only thing you can make naturally. Shampoo bars are good for the environment in more ways than one. They typically come without packaging that would get tossed or recycled anyways. Shampoo bars are also very easy to use. Just lather up the way you would with soap and work that through your hair.
Soothe With Oil
Essential oils are definitely having a moment. As mentioned earlier you can use them in your own conditioner concoction. They can also be a good choice for after-shower care. Try putting some oils on the very ends of your hair to seal in your style and keep your hair healthy throughout the day. Peppermint oil is often used as an energizer just because it smells so fresh. Lavender oil is said to have soothing properties.
Dye Your Hair The Organic Way
It's no secret that hair dye is very damaging. Most chemical dyes require you to bleach your hair before adding color. Bleach strips your hair of its natural color and can turn the hair very brittle as a result. Henna hair dye is a good alternative. Henna is coloring derived from plants. It typically comes in bar form. Melt the bar on your stove top and add water to thin out the consistency. Apply the dye as you would normal shampoo: work it through your hair in even sections. Henna is a permanent dye, which means it will last for four to six weeks.
Don't despair if you're not seeing results right away - or at all. Everyone's hair chemistry is different. Trying natural products can be a fun way to explore that.
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