By Surabhi Pisal
Hello beautiful ladies! :*
Hope you all are doing good. I am super excited to write my first article ever! 😛 Summer is here and heat is increasing significantly with each passing day. Well, girls with oily skin – I am one of you too. I understand how everything is super greasy and gross! Anyway, let’s come to today’s topic. Oily skin can be tackled through a number of ways, but wait! What about oily hair?
So, girls! Hold your breath while I declare the secret of my oily hair-turned-beautiful and healthy. I don’t use shampoo!! Yes, I just don’t! I have not used shampoo or combed my hair since last 3 years. And, mark my words – my hair never felt so smooth or looked and felt so healthy. I usually tie a bun so as to make my straight hair little wavy.
Let’s start by analysing and understanding the chemicals used in shampoos:
• Carcinogenic Chemicals
Shampoos contain a lot of chemicals which are carcinogenic (trust me on this, I have tested it in the lab as I am a microbiology student! :P). But, that does not mean we all would suffer from cancer, thankfully. It simply means that they could catalyse the risk of cancer.
Commercial shampoos contain silicones that are not as harmful as the other ingredients. Silicones simply coat our hair to make it appear and feel smooth, not natural right? (Check the ingredients list on your shampoo, the ones ending with ‘one’ are silicones).
The most dangerous ingredient in shampoos is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or simply SLS. Yes, I said dangerous, and you would soon know why. SLS is a foaming agent used in commercial shampoos which strips the hair off its natural oils making it dry, and the scalp produces more oil to balance it.
You must have witnessed your hair getting oily or greasy after a day or two of shampooing. My hair used to get oily the very next day of shampooing. *sigh* But, goodbye to the old greasy-hair days, and hello to the all-natural-beautiful-healthy hair! Want to join my no-(sham)poo journey? Here’s a complete guide to going shampoo free, based on my personal experiences:
• The Best Time to Start
Choose the time of the year when you can avoid going outdoors, for example, vacations. The reason? Your hair is going to be at its worst the first few weeks like super oily and flaky. You could simply stay indoors, or tie a high bun or a ponytail if staying indoors is not in the option.
PS : Oily, sleek ponytail looks hawt! Wear a coral lipstick, smoky eyes and you are done!
• How to Start
Different people require different time to transition. The transition phase is nothing but the phase where your confused scalp is trying to adjust to the no-shampoo phase. Your hair might look greasy and gross. But, avoid shampooing as much as you can. Gradually, decrease the frequency of washing your hair with shampoo and you would survive the transition better.
It took me 3 months to transition. There were times I actually felt like giving up with no-poo and using shampoo, but now I feel so proud that I was brave enough to go on with my no-poo experiment.
• Comb Before Each Hair Bath
Use a wide toothed comb to scrub the scalp gently and comb starting from the roots to the tips of your hair before every hair wash. This will help to distribute and spread natural hair oil (sebum) till the ends.
• How to Show Hair Some TLC
Avoid heat treatments like straightening, curling etc. If you have coloured hair, use argan oil or grapeseed oil to keep your hair moisturized.
• If You Have Dandruff
Dandruff problem? You can massage your scalp with tea tree oil before every wash.
So, you must be wondering that if you are not allowed to wash your hair with chemical laden hair products, what’s gonna work. Right? Well, these are some of the alternatives that you can use:
• Apple Cider Vinegar
• White Vinegar
• Lemon Juice
• Baking Soda
While baking soda can be used to wash the hair, the other three products can prove to be really good conditioners. Baking soda will not foam, of course. But then, foaming has got nothing to do with cleansing. So, do not worry about it!
What to Use:
• For Oily Hair
Cleanser : 2 teaspoons of baking soda diluted in 3 cups water
Conditioner : 20% ACV or white vinegar or one lemon’s juice in 2 cups water
• For Dry/Normal Hair
Cleanser : 1 teaspoon of baking soda diluted in 3 cups water
Conditioner : 30% ACV or white vinegar or 1 ½ lemon in 2 cups water
Few More Tips for Hair Washing:
• Massage hair with baking soda solution till hair feels slippery. This could take four to five minutes.
• Make sure you wash out the baking soda properly before rinsing your hair with vinegar or lemon solution! You don’t want to have a volcanic eruption on your head, of course! Remember our school experiments?
• Baking soda disrupts the pH level of the scalp and vinegar or lemon juice helps restore it. Make sure you massage your scalp properly with lemon/vinegar. Keep it on for around five minutes and then wash it properly with water.
And, if you still don’t trust me on how well this method works, take a look at my hair. They look and are healthier and shinier than ever!
So, are you brave enough now to ditch shampoos? Hope it works as well for you as it worked for me. Hope to catch you all soon in my next article. Let me know if you would try it or not and should you have any doubts or question, I would love to answer them. 🙂
Till then, go be beautiful :* :* :*
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