The Sham of Organic Shampoos: How to Naturally Clean Your Hair
While organic shampoos are most definitely not as bad as the cheaper commercial versions on the market, they are by no means perfect and will still harm the body, according to studies. There are alternatives, however, and using a truly natural shampoo you make at home is by far better than following the latest trend of washing your hair once a week or not at all. In my opinion, that's just two extremes and one should always look for natural alternatives.
Would you ever walk out of your house without a good shampooing?
The new trend is all about keeping the washing of your hair to a minimum, in line with older practices of wiping your privates clean but waiting until the end of the week to soak up your body and head. The rationale? Your scalp produces much needed oils to protect against the world. The problem? the oil called sebum is also pretty nasty in its habit to trap all the dust and pollution in the air around you. That would make you spell terrible and your hair look like a total mess. It weighs hair down as well, making balding people look like they have even less hair.
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EcoWatch has published a list of seemingly natural but falsely-labeled shampoos alongside the known brands that contain a deadly cancer-causing agent known as cocamide DEA. Most shampoos tested for having more than 1% of the chemical in their makeup while one in particular tested for 20%.
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- Olive Oil: Used with another natural shampoo, possibly one you pay an arm and a leg for but know it is only made up of herbal extracts, olive oil alone can be amazing, leaving hair shiny and smooth. Just knead a few tablespoons into your hair, put on a shower cap and leave it in to soak for 30 minutes before washing it out.
- White Vinegar: The perfectly easy shampoo made out of equal amounts of white vinegar and water, can be used every night before bed. The only problem is the smell. No matter what, it will never smell floral. That's where kneading in essential oils from your favorite scented flowers comes in.
- Baking Soda: One tablespoon is all you need, with 2 tablespoons of water. "Lather" up your hair without any actual lather or suds and wash it out for a beautifully healthy looking hair. Simple, easy and perfectly clean.
David Suzuki has his own natural recipe to add to the mix.
- Using a quarter of a cup of apple cider vinegar, add 16 cups of water. Use it alone or after a natural store-bought shampoo is added to the mix to add to the shine and condition without the chemical additions.
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For the whole shabang, the Old Farmers' Almanac has some great tips on homemade shampoo, including dissolving old castile soap to use in your hair, followed by a rinse with lemon juice to give it a shine. If you want to stick to dry shampoos, the Almanac also recommends mixing 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 a cup of cornmeal in a shaker bottle before sprinkling onto hair. Combining baby powder and corn starch will also do the trick apparently.
What is YOUR Natural Shampoo Recipe?