November 10, 2010 Read Online
I received an e-mail from my sister this morning who is having a challenge transitioning from synthetic shampoo to natural. She asked "Is the gumminess because of the buildup of the old shampoo? If I double wash each time I wash my hair will it go away faster?"
To help her, I sent her the following article which appeared in the Dying To Look Good Newsletter in August 2009.
I am reprinting it here today because this is an important issue that many people struggle with. It is so vital to make the switch to the natural products - for your health. However, the challenges may cause some people to just give up and believe that the natural shampoos don't work, when in reality, it is the synthetic, chemical shampoos that caused the problem in the first place! It will just take a little time and patience to undo the damage. Your persistence will be well worth it.
to Natural Shampoos
Have you had a poor result when you switched from the conventional shampoos to the natural brands? If so, read on... If you haven't gotten the courage to switch yet, then read this before you do.
Even if you've successfully switched without any problems, read this so you can share it with those you love when they make the switch. Everyone is unique, so your experience may be different than that of someone else trying the same product.
The Problem With Commercial Shampoos
The major brands of shampoos that make your hair silky soft, shiny and bouncy come with a cost. I'm not talking about the price either! It's the chemicals that the manufacturers put in these products and what they do to your hair.
Most of the conventional shampoos on the market contain a variety of synthetic chemicals that coat your hair with protein or plastic polymers to make your hair look healthy, silky and shiny. If your hair was damaged before using these shampoos, it absorbs more of these chemicals than undamaged hair. So what you have is chemical "gunk" glued to your hair. How your hair feels when using these shampoos is not a sign of healthy hair. Your hair has been plasticized!
If you've been using the commercial shampoos on the market and then tried to use some of the natural shampoos I've recommended, but did not get the result you expected, this is why!
What you need to know when changing to natural shampoosIt may take some time to get all the chemical coatings off your hair. During this time while you are detoxing your hair, your hair may feel sticky, oily, stiff or dry. The natural reaction is to think that these shampoos don't work, then go back to what you were using before. If you do, you will never get the toxic chemicals out of your hair.
Depending on how coated and plasticized your hair is, it may take some time to remove all the "gunk" glued to your hair. You may have to wash your hair daily, or even a couple times a day (morning and night) at first.
If you've tried the natural shampoos and experienced the sticky, oily results mentioned above, you may want to start with a soap based shampoo or shampoo bar. Each time you shampoo your hair, apply and rinse the shampoo two or three times. Follow it with a vinegar rinse. You can use as little as one tablespoon to a cup of water, or as much as one part vinegar and one part water. Experiment and see what works for you.
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A Testimonial for Natural Shampoo
A DyingToLookGood.com member sent me this report on her experience with the Morrocco Method Shampoos, one of the brands recommended in the 2006 edition of Dying To Look Good.
"I tried all four shampoos pine,apple cider, sea, earth and chi instant conditioner. My hair went through some interesting changes: stiff, dry, oily, unmanageable, but I continued to use the products. I am glad I did because after 2.5 months my hair has improved dramaticlly, and it is no longer dry and dull. It has shine." I. Teran, Fresno, CA
depending on the amount of chemical build up and damage to your
hair, it may take a while to see the results you really want.
Persistence is the key. It certainly paid off for Ms. Teran.
Choosing your natural shampoos
Don't trust the packaging to tell you if the shampoo inside is natural or organic. Manufacturers lie all the time. Make sure you read the ingredients and know for sure that the product is safe and healthy.
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Practical Natural Skin Care Tips
All natural skin care includes taking care of your body on the inside as well as on the outside. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. To have truly radiant skin, you need to be healthy - from the inside out and the outside in.
The best natural skin care routine starts with eating nourishing foods. Eat fresh, whole and organic if possible. Stay away from junk foods, processed foods and anything with a long list of ingredients on the back of the package. Learn to read labels so you know what’s safe and what’s not.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of good water. Your body needs adequate water to help flush toxins out of your system and keep your cells hydrated. Beverages like sodas, energy drinks and fruit drinks have too much sugar or artificial sweeteners along with chemical additives that can have adverse effects on your health. Even fruit juice has too much sugar, unless diluted at least 1:1 or better yet 1:4 with pure water. Occasional herbal teas are fine, but should not make up the majority of your liquids.
Remember to exercise and avoid excess sun exposure as well. Outdoor physical activity is important. Just use good sun sense. Start out slow. Avoid the times when the sun is at its hottest. And cover up when you’ve had your daily quota of sun.
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