Did you know that shampoos only became common in the 20th century? In the old days, people only used normal soap to wash their bodies, faces, and hair.
Nowadays, using soap brings no real benefits to our hair, but ordinary supermarket shampoo also has some disadvantages…
So what is the best way to have healthy hair? What products should you use? How many times per week?
If achieving sleek, smooth, shiny hair is on your wish list, then keep reading to find out some of the best natural alternatives to shampoo that you can safely use on all hair types!
1. Egg Yolk
If you’ve been feeling your hair a little dry or dirty and you have some spare eggs in your kitchen, consider using them for your hair! You might think it sounds weird, but eggs have many vitamins and proteins capable of transforming your hair. All you need to do is grab one egg and beat it until you have a smooth mixture. Later, in the shower, apply this mixture to your wet or damped hair. And the best part? You only need to leave it for 3 minutes to see results!
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is very acidic, so it will work wonders on oily hair or scalps. Its acidity also happens to slow down yeast growth that usually causes hair loss. Apple cider vinegar is also filled with helpful vitamins and minerals that are key for strong, smooth, and shiny hair, while also helping with color maintenance and pH balance. If you’re curious about this treatment, grab a bottle with a small amount of water and place a tablespoon of vinegar in it. Then, shake it and massage your hair with this liquid right after you shower. Rinse your hair and dry it normally.
3. Baking Soda
Again, don’t judge too quickly. Baking soda works amazingly as a hair exfoliant. It removes dirt and dead skin cells while reducing oils as well as itchiness and scaliness. Instructions: Mix one cup filled with water with one tablespoon of baking soda. If you have thick hair or oily hair, use two tablespoons of baking soda for better results. Allow the baking soda to dissolve while shaking it in a bottle. Apply this mixture from your roots to your ends after you shower.
4. Aloe Vera
If you suffer from dandruff and allergies or sensitive skin, then aloe vera may be a less scary choice for your hair. Besides its antibacterial properties, aloe vera has an anti-inflammatory effect on our skin. It can be used on our scalps to combat dandruff and oiliness while promoting hair growth and hydration. Go get yourself a bottle of aloe vera and use it almost like a shampoo, rub it into your hair and scalp gently and brush it with a comb to avoid tangles. Allow the mask to sit on the hair for at least half an hour. After that, rinse normally with lukewarm water.
5. Lemon Juice
Lemon contains citric acid, which is rich in anti-microbial properties. These properties are great for dandruff removal and cleaning your hair. Many people also use lemon to lighten their hair, but we don’t advise you to use it more than once a month. Otherwise, it could lead to split ends and dry hair. Grab some lemons and squeeze them until you get 1 or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Mix this with some water (1 or 2 cups) and shake it until you have a cohesive mixture. Please leave it in your hair for about 3 minutes and then wash it off!
6. Coconut Oil
If you’re into a beauty product, you already know that coconut oil is a key product to have for many reasons. Coconut oil is a great item to have because it provides many benefits. From protecting against UV rays, removing makeup, stimulating hair growth, providing hydration for your air and skin, and much more! If you haven’t tried this product already, try to apply a small amount to your dry hair. Make sure every strand of hair is fully covered in coconut oil and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. For better results, wrap a towel around the hair for more absorption.
7. Olive Oil
It may not smell as good as coconut oil, but it is just as good in terms of results! If you’ve been noticing your hair is quite dry or unhealthy, consider adding a tablespoon of warm olive oil to your wet hair every week. Massage your scalp for 10 minutes or so for all the nutrients to penetrate your hair. In the end, you’ll notice how softer and shinier your hair will be. You’ll be able to see results right after the first try. Tip: this product is advised for thick or processed, damaged hair.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is not as famous as other items on this list, but it has been used for centuries to combating skin problems, just like dandruff. This specific oil is known to fight inflammation and bacteria. It removes excess oils, dead cells, and all the dirt you may have in your hair. You can also use it on your face and body since it helps with pore cleansing. Tip: never use it directly on skin/hair. Mix it first with other ingredients like almond or coconut oil (1 to 10 ratio).
9. Fenugreek Seeds
Another great source of proteins and vitamins are fenugreek seeds. They stimulate hair growth while combating bacteria and preventing hair loss. So how does it work? Firstly, soak these seeds for 5 to 8 hours (you can do this overnight). In the morning, grind two tablespoons of these seeds and mix the resulting powder with two cups of hot water. In the end, you should be left with a slimy texture that you’ll later apply to your hair for at least 20 minutes.
Everyone loves a cup of tea during colder days. But tea can have other benefits other than warming up our bodies during wintertime. Tea is known to promote skin hydration as well as blood and oxygen flow through the body. This helps, of course, your hair as well. If you apply tea onto your hair every other day, you’ll notice your hair growing 2x faster! Now that you’re aware of all these healthy hair tips, what are you waiting for to give your hair a new life? Shampoos are products that damage your hair. To balance this damage, you end up buying other products such as conditioners, gels, and masks to reduce the effects shampoos chemicals cause on your hair and scalp.
So why do you keep buying all these damaging products instead of saving money and buying fewer but effective natural products? You don’t need to be a hair specialist to know how to keep your hair healthy. You just need the right advice and, of course, the best products!