Hair Care au Natural
your hair dull? Lifeless? It’s no wonder. Exposure to the elements, blow-dryers
and harsh chemicals can leave you with a drab mop, an itchy scalp and a chronic
case of the frizzies.
hair needs some serious Rx, it’s time to drag out some heavy- hitting hair
treatments. But before you reach for drug or department store miracles, be aware
that the products you choose can make or break your hair. Synthetic chemicals
and petroleum-based products, touted to make hair shinier, more manageable and
even thicker, can also damage hair, worsening the problems they are suppose to
solve. Unlike many natural hair care products that actually nourish hair, most
big-name hair products – even deep conditioning and hot oil treatments meant
to repair dry, damaged hair – can strip hair of its natural oils. Used
regularly, these products build up on the hair shaft, making hair dull, dry and
prone to split ends.
Simply washing your hair can also wreak havoc. Full of harsh detergents and synthetic fragrances, many well-known shampoos not only remove natural oils, they can irritate your scalp. Worse yet, many shampoos contain diethanolamine, a potential carcinogen which is readily absorbed into the scalp.
your hair to its naturally beautiful state won’t happen overnight. Daily
maintenance and the development of healthy hair habits are a must.
A hit-or-miss strategy can’t make up for the daily practice of gentle
Shampooing is the first step toward healthy hair. Look for a chemical-free shampoo containing hair-building herbs such as calendula, horsetail, rosemary or nettles. To combat dryness, select a shampoo with aloe vera, lavender or birch.
you wash your hair can also affect its health. After lathering up, gently
massage your scalp in a circular pattern for a minute or two. This simple act
stimulates the scalp’s rich blood supply and helps flush away metabolic waste.
your hair is dry or badly damaged, or if it tangles easily, use a good
conditioner after every shampoo. But instead of reaching for a synthetic
conditioner, treat your hair with a natural oil conditioner. Warm olive oil or a
specially prepared oil infused with herbs are excellent for restoring moisture.
give hair extra shine, finish with a rinse of diluted lemon juice (if you’re
blond) or apple cider vinegar (if you’re brunette). This acidic rinse
eliminates any shampoo residue and helps to stabilize your scalp’s acid to
your hair with tender loving care – and natural products – each and every
day can turn that haystack into the crowning glory it was meant to be.
tips on natural hair care – and formulas for making your own non-toxic
treatments – can be found in
Dead Gorgeous: Protecting Yourself from the Hidden Dangers of Cosmetics.
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